I’ve said it before and will say it again, I am truly spoiled, but on a recent vacation in Fiji, Matangi Private Island Resort set a new high bar for barefoot luxury and pampered guest service. It may have been the ultra private treehouse with outdoor jacuzzi and rock shower, super comfy canopied bed, and stunning oceanview. Perhaps it was the soothing Fijian foot massage with coconut scrub and fragrant oils I received a few minutes after arrival. Or starting each day with a hand crafted latte with secret message in the foam, freshly baked muffins and amazing papaya and pineapple.
It could easily have been the ever attentive but always discreet Sireli, Matangi Island Resort concierge, who ensured I was able to snorkel, hike, kayak, scuba dive, learn about coconuts, enjoy Horseshoe Bay and Buoma Waterfalls, nap on a swinging bed inches from the sea, and get back to the oceanfront spa for a bone melting Fijian massage. All without detracting from the sense of timelessness, serenity and leisurely island life.
It is possible that the excellent New Zealand wines added to my pleasure and most certainly the treat of three beautifully prepared and presented multi course meals all included at no extra charge. The seafood is fresh from the sea, fruits and vegetables are grown on the island and even the ice cream is homemade. Mmmmmm…. all served in a supremely elegant but barefoot casual, open air setting with gleaming hard wood floors, balmy island breezes and flickering candlelight. Did I mention all day cookies and coffee? But I digress…
Matangi Private Island Resort is a very special place for many reasons but it is not for everyone. You are miles and miles and miles from home. There are no roads on the island and no cars of any kind. There is no town nor stores. There are no televisions in the bures. There is no late night entertainment beyond some Fijian music, cocktails or kava, conversation with another guest. All you have is PRIVATE TIME WITH YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER or travel companion and an awesome Fijian staff whose goal in life is to pamper you in every possible way. This is what makes Matangi Private Island Resort one of the best choices anywhere for a romantic honeymoon or special anniversary. I’ve been to almost all the islands and resorts in the South Pacific and have traveled all over the world. Trust me, this place is exceptional and if you experience Matangi’s magic you’ll know what I mean!
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