There is a buzz of activity in the tropical paradise of the remote Yasawa Islands. Located off the west coast of Fiji, significant investment is occurring along the length of the spectacular 20 island archipelago.
The majestic ancient volcanic islands have long been the playground for adventurous and independent couples seeking out the untouched beauty of Fiji and experiencing the true Fijian culture first hand. Now dotted with over 30 resorts ranging from basic backpackers to more luxurious '3 coconut' properties specialising in honeymooners, the Yasawa's are seeing an injection of investment from new owners and management at many resorts.
As the wet season gets into full swing with steamy days broken by tropical showers, many resorts are taking the opportunity to close up and focus entirely on renovations, refurbishments and new building projects. The end result – in April there will be a string of shiny, new accommodation and resort facilities to be explored and enjoyed by couples throughout the Yasawa Islands! That creates the perfect excuse to book a romantic getaway to relaxing Fiji.
NOTE: Awesome Adventures Fiji issues coconut ratings from 1-3 for all resorts it partners with throughout the Yasawa Islands. 1 coconut rating = basic but beautiful; 2 coconut rating = more modern rooms and amenities; 3 coconut rating = upmarket.
Gossip from the Yasawa's
The owners at the well-known Barefoot Island Resort on Drawaqa Island have been busy over the past 12 months completing a brand new Sunset Deck and Bar area, as well as completing the first new 2 coconut dorm room. The new design is upmarket while in-keeping with traditional Fijian style, and will be used as the prototype for all dorms on the island to be upgraded. The Resort has also rebranded to become known as 'Barefoot Manta Resort' – aptly named after the stunning Mantarays that grace the ocean channel right off the beach of the resort.
The rebrand at Barefoot Manta happened in association with the owners taking on a new resort, 'Barefoot Kuata' on Kuata Island in the south of the Yasawa Group. Currently a 1 coconut rating, there will new 2 coconut rated deluxe dorms and bures. The owners also have similar upgrade plans for the general resort facilities, with work already underway. New luxurious outdoor showers and a facelift of all facilities are just the first stages of a longer term upgrade plan. There are also now opportunities to scuba dive straight off the beach, or at spectacular locations nearby with a fully equipped dive centre now established at the resort.
Speaking of re-brands, the former Otto and Fanny's Place on Tavewa Island is now known as 'Coconut Beach Resort'. The new owners are looking to upgrade the entire property to a 3 coconut rating, including a new restaurant, day spa and completely new room type. The resort is currently closed and will re-open in April.
There are more new owners at Viwa Island Resort who have already commenced general improvement works and will be identifying additional new opportunities over the next two months while the resort is closed. The resort is due to re-open in April.
Nadi Bay Resort on the mainland is also under new management – we are eagerly awaiting an announcement on their plans!
Moving on from new owners and onto existing owners with big plans! 3 coconut Paradise Cove Resort on Naukacuva Island has unveiled their newly built 'Paradise Suites' which have been especially designed for honeymooners. Featuring private plunge pools and swinging day beds, the romance is sure to sizzle in these beautiful villas overlooking the ocean.
Korovou Eco Tour Resort now offers ocean-side dining from under the shelter of a new roof purpose built over their verandah. With the spectacular views over the water from this verandah, dining is sure to take on an entirely new atmosphere at this resort. There are also renovations planned for the accommodation here, to be undertaken while the resort is closed during February/March. The resort is due to re-open in April.
Wayalailai Ecohaven Resort has also focused on improved dining experiences, with a brand new coffee shop built right on the beach for guests to enjoy.
Oarsman's Bay Lodge is planning new bathroom blocks for it's 1 and 2 coconut accommodation, as well as new accommodation room types.
And rounding out the list, Mantaray Island Resort on Nanuya Balavu Island has introduced a new Beachfront Luxury Villa room type which opened in mid-December 2014. Just meters from the beach, the villas can sleep up to four in air conditioned comfort.
To help plan your own romantic holiday to this South Pacific island destination, visit the official website for tourism at Tourism Fiji
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