Thursday, 27 November 2008


Tropical fish swim below the jetty on Mana island

This structure is a bure - a cool place to sit during a hot day

Escaping the crowds and enjoying peace and quiet...
while the little one learns to swim

Sunset Beach for snorkelling

A beautiful yellow hibiscus flower

I don't know if you're like me, but I have resisted Fiji as a holiday destination for years. Resorts. Tropical islands. Nothing to do but relax... No thanks, I said time and time again. I was always more of a city person - Paris, Rome, New York, Barcelona. You get the idea. But now... NOW I have a whole different perspective thanks to the little bundle of joy and energy that is my son. And I was looking forward to the trip just based on the fact that my partner was going to be there, helping to share the responsibilities of parenthood for six days. But I got so much more than I bargained for. I actually finished a book and three magazines! It was such relaxing bliss. I cannot recommend Fiji highly enough. And perhaps one of the greatest features was the people. All the locals wanted to hold little C - on buses, ferries, at restaurants. This meant we actually got to eat meals as a couple and not in shifts. Heaven, thy name is Fiji.


Kate Moore said...

You are a cruel, heartless woman to have shown me all those gorgeous pictures from a real holiday (not just brochure pics). Oh Lordy me. You lucky duck, you.

Natalie Walton said...

KCN, Fiji is exactly like in the brochures with loads of palm trees, bright blue ocean and white sand. But it's much much better than a piece of glossy paper! And very affordable too.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous photos! We are taking our two kids to fiji in 4 weeks time...any tips would be gratefully received. Love your blog and your mag!

Natalie Walton said...

Hi Toni,
We stayed at Mana Island Resort & Spa and I would recommend it. It wasn't the most expensive place to stay but it wasn't the cheapest either - a happy medium. We stayed there because it was only a 90 min ferry journey from the mainland. I wouldn't spend too much time on the mainland if possible. It is not as pretty as the islands. And even if you are staying on the mainland you can do daytrips with South Sea Cruises. Also, pack lots of mozzie spray. They attacked me like crazy - which is (unfortunately) quite common for me! Other than that, pack a book or mag, sunscreen, hat and get ready for some serious relaxing! What more could you ask for?!


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