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Mice Asia Net : July 2009
fiji your bure. It is just a short swim out to a gorgeous coral reef. I counted well over 100 varieties of the most gorgeous tropical fish enjoying their home among some beautiful coral gardens. I was also lucky enough to see a sea snake (sea krait) - a sparkling but deadly black and white banded animal that could be mistaken for a rare piece of jewellery. Surrounded by a number of other gorgeous islands you can be dropped off at one for a picnic complete with gourmet lunch, umbrellas and snorkeling gear. Or you may like to get really energetic and kayak to some of the other islands. Finally landing on one isolated beach I really felt like I was on the set of “Survivor” complete with a range of marine life, coconut husks, beautiful seashells and not a soul in sight (except for the herd of wild goats who ran off into the forest). Other options are a trip to the local Fijian village. Just a short speedboat trip around the corner we were welcomed with a traditional song, kava ceremony, a small market selling sea shells and other arts and crafts made and sold by the women and children and then a walk through the village observing the locals going about their day, cooking bread fruit, climbing up trees for coconuts, giving respect to their humble church and cemetery. It’s amazing to think that many of these people never leave the village they are born in. Somehow life in Fiji reminds us all to slow down and appreciate what we have. The people radiate happiness and a desire to serve. There is a range of walking tracks around and many provide wonderful views of the aquamarine waters and surrounding beaches and islands. Shell collecting is also fun with cowries dotted all over the shore line. Other activities might include a guided tour of the archaeological sites, basket making, a game fishing trip, scuba diving and snorkeling at nearby sites, and island hopping. Tatadra Spa is located on site and offers a range of treatments including restore and relax massages, hot stones and couples pampering complete with local aromatherapy coconut oils to dissolve that last bit of stress. Meetings and incentives The island is especially popular with those celebrating their honeymoon, renewal of vows or a special anniversary. It is a very romantic and luxurious destination and fits that “once in a lifetime” wow experience. While we were there I counted Japanese, Chinese, Koreans, Canadians, New Zealanders, Americans, Germans, English, Italians, Russians and, of course, Australians. This resort is certainly attracting the international market. It is also ideal for small incentive groups, board and executive team retreats. While we were there Destination Events organised an incentive reward for 10 couples from Mercury. The resort provides a private dining and conference room for up to 20 people plus group activities can be organised to suit. This is the perfect reward for top performing staff members. We were very sad to leave and, in true Fijian tradition, were serenaded by the staff with the haunting harmonies of Isa Lei at our final dinner. I could not hold the tears back. I so wanted to stay in that calm and beautiful haven. The final verse of Isa Lei translates as: Isa Lei, the purple shadow falling, Sad the morrow will dawn upon my sorrow; O, forget not, when you’re far away, Precious moments beside dear Suva. We will not forget Liku Liku. To learn more visit www.liklikulagoon. com, telephone +679 672 0978 or email@example.com. Tania de Jong AM is the inspiration, co-founder and artistic director of Pot-Pourri and of Music Theatre Australia (MTA) one stop entertainment national and international. Tania is on the Board of Child Abuse Research Australia. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2008 for service to the arts. Visit: www.musictheatreaustralia.com.au; www. pot-pourri.com.au. miceAsia.net 53