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Lomani Island

COVID-19 Update

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A very warm Bula Vinaka to all our past guests, as well as those who are dreaming of a visit in the near future.

Over the past few months, we have all experienced dramatic and significant changes to our daily lives.

The pace at which things went from normal to disrupted, and now to what some are calling the “new normal” has been breathtaking to say the least.

Even in our beautiful tropical paradise of Fiji, where we encourage visitors to slow down and unwind, many of us have been swept along and forced to change and adapt at an incredibly fast pace.

Some good news however is that Fiji has been spared any significant outbreak of the coronavirus. Whilst we had a small number of cases initially, these were swiftly and effectively isolated. At time of writing there were only three active cases left in Fiji and all were expected to make a full recovery.

We had just begun a planned three-month closure of Lomani when the recent events began to unfold. We were just beginning a major redevelopment of the Resort’s central facilities and suddenly found the entire project was at risk of not being able to go ahead.

As the situation quickly escalated, we implemented a self-imposed quarantine on the island to ensure there was no risk to the staff that were still on site.

Whilst this ensured the health and safety of the small team that were still on the island, it created some significant challenges for the redevelopment project. Building materials were suddenly delayed and all the workers employed by our contractor were now subject to the strict quarantine rules; no-one in, no-one out.

With the island quarantine now lifted, the project is well underway and will be finished by early September. Once completed, Lomani will feature a stunning new Reception & Lobby Bure, plus fully refurbished pool, and a luxe poolside Bar Bure.

Positioned in the middle of the Resort, these new facilities will sit alongside our cool and casual open-air Restaurant, surrounded by lush landscaped gardens and swaying coconut palms.

We are excited to be heading into this new era for Lomani Island Resort and the team are already working on a brand new welcome song to sing their greeting to you very soon!

Until then, sota tale, stay safe and we will see you soon.

Bradley Robinson
Chief Executive Officer
Raffe Hotels & Resorts

 

Health & Hygiene upgrades at Lomani Island Resort

All over the world, Hotels & Resorts are re-inventing how we will do business when holidays and travel begin to return to normal.

Central to this is a significant focus how we can better safeguard the health and safety of guests and staff.

At Lomani Island Resort, we are currently working through sweeping upgrades to many aspects of our daily operations.

Although the Resort will still feature the same warmth and Bula spirit that we are famous for, you will notice some changes and improvements when you next visit.

Check-In will be a quicker process as we move toward developing pre-arrival and self-check-in options to reduce the time needed to fill out paperwork.  Our new Reception & Lobby Bure has also been modified to ensure that physical distancing will always be easy to achieve upon arrival and during your stay.

Housekeeping teams are being provided with enhanced cleaning procedures for the rooms and guest facilities.  All areas will now undergo a “twice cleaned” process that includes a sanitisation stage.  Staff will be undergoing on-the-job training to ensure they are able to uphold these new standards of hygiene, and regular audits are being programmed.

Restaurant & Bar layout will have reduced seating to make physical distancing easy to achieve.  Although we will strive to keep things casual and stick to “island time”, we may need to ask you to book a dining time slot during peak periods.

Buffet Breakfast has been changed so our staff will now serve you.  The continental selection is still on display so you can select what you want, however it is now served to you by restaurant staff.  Cooked breakfast selections are still available a la carte and are cooked to order.

Pool will continue to be monitored by our pool attendants however will be checked twice as often throughout the day.  The fully refurbished pool will also feature an automated chlorine monitoring and dispensing system.

Activities staff will be assisting us in helping you maintain physical distancing.  All organised activities will have limited numbers and wherever possible will be held outdoors.  Our team are currently developing more environmental and wellness-based activities to keep you interested, informed and healthy!

 

View our ‘Savasava Hygiene Program Promise‘ document.

Travel in the time of coronavirus

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With many countries imposing travel bans, many travellers’ dreams of a luxurious tropical island escape with just you and your partner are fading into dust. But just because you can’t travel now doesn’t mean you’ll never get the opportunity again – Fiji will still be there when these trying times pass, as will your Fijian travel adventure.

So what should you do now?

Decide now

Even the most reticent governments now admit – we’re in this for the long haul. If you’ve booked travel within the next six months, act now to cancel or change your bookings and travel plans. If you’re booked to travel after September, look carefully at what experts, governments and your own workplace are saying about the length of work from home periods and travel restrictions. Be sure to err on the side of caution and think carefully about the reason for your travel before deciding whether traveling in 2020 is really something you want to commit to.

Change bookings and buy gift cards

The travel industry has been hit hard by this pandemic, and many businesses are struggling to stay afloat. If you’ve booked accommodation, snorkelling or hiking tours, visits to local villages, or crafting or cooking classes, contact your travel agent or the business directly and see if you can alter your booking rather than cancelling it. Smaller businesses are especially hard hit, so if it’s within your budget, avoid asking for deposit refunds, or even ask if you can pay upfront or purchase a gift card to redeem when you finally get there. Even a little bit can help businesses in the travel industry stay afloat, and ensure you’ll still get to visit them when this is all over.

Check your insurance

If you’ve been looking forward to traveling for a while and booked your Fijian travel adventure back in 2019, your travel insurance may cover any flights, accommodation, and other bookings that you can’t get refunds for – including flight change fees and other administrative fees associated with changing or cancelling your holiday. Check your product description, read your provider’s website, or call your travel agent or insurance provider to see what you can claim.

These strange times have hit us all hard, but it’s not all self-isolation and sadness. When coronavirus passes and the travel bans are lifted, Fiji will still be there, waiting to welcome you with open arms and a friendly ‘Bula!’

 

Show them you love them this Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day. The one day of the year dedicated solely to lovers and to love, to celebrating relationships and affirming commitment.

Valentine’s Day encourages us to think carefully about our loved ones, what they like, how they like to spend their time, and how to show them we love them in a way that they’ll truly treasure. Love languages, popularised by Dr Gary Chapman in the late 1990s, allow you to tune in to the way you partner best expresses and receives affection. Here’s how to use your partner’s love language to make your Fijian escape the most romantic holiday you’ve ever been on.

Quality time

Quality time is the backbone of all healthy relationships, but for some people, it’s the only way to demonstrate affection. Putting away your phone during mealtimes and choosing activities that your partner loves doing, and which will allow you to bond either while you participate or afterwards, will ensure your partner hears loud and clear that they’re the one you want to spend your time with, even when your surroundings are as exotic as Fiji.

Physical touch

Most of us are instinctively drawn to touching our loved ones, but there is a way to use physical touch to intentionally express how much you love your special someone. Holding their hand during a romantic walk, leaning into the intimacy of sleepy mornings by offering to fix their hair or button their clothes, or taking the time to bathe together after a long day are all great ways to show your partner you love them through physical touch.

Acts of service

If you’ve ever had a fight with your partner about not helping out around the house, it could be because their love language is acts of service. Whether you’re at home or taking a romantic island trip for two, show your partner you love them by making breakfast, surprising your loved one with a cocktail as they lounge by the pool, or wrapping up a long day with a foot or shoulder rub.

Giving and receiving gifts

We all love receiving gifts, but a well-chosen trinket or flower can speak volumes about how much you love and cherish your partner. Take a basket-weaving class and surprise them with the result, keep an eye out for a quirky tchotchke they’d love to add to their collection, or even just pick a frangipani and tuck it behind their ear as you walk. It shows you’re thinking about them.

Words of affirmation

Like quality time, “I love you” is often the backbone of a healthy relationship – but how many times do you say it without thinking, at the end of a phone call or as you rush out the door? For a partner whose love language is words of affirmation, these offhand comments aren’t really enough to keep the love alive. Instead, look into their eyes while you say it. Comment on how cute they look first thing in the morning, or how stunning the result is when they’ve had their hair cut or dressed up for a date. Savour those romantic moments and tell them what’s on your mind, even if it feels mushy or silly.

Paying attention to and using your partner’s love language can be an essential part of a healthy relationship. It shows your partner how much you care for them and pay attention to their wants and needs. Start by exploring your partner’s love language while on your romantic Fiji holiday, and then keep it going to make every day as special as the ones you spent in Fiji.

Preserving Fiji’s future

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Sustainability at Lomani Island Resort

Waste and pollution has been identified as one of the greatest threats to sustainable development throughout the Pacific region. Nine percent of Fiji’s waste stream has been estimated to be plastics, mostly snack packs, PET bottles, and plastic bags. That 9% comes to about 168.4t.

It’s estimated that up to 135t of this plastic waste is mismanaged, ending up on roadsides, in storm drains, and ultimately making its way to the ocean. From there, each piece of plastic does one of three things: it floats on the surface of the ocean, endangering wildlife who may eat it or become entangled; it sinks, littering shallow ocean beds; or it washes up on beaches across the globe, where it comprises between 50-80% of the ocean debris on any given beach.

On the bright side, accumulation of plastic rubbish in the environment is completely avoidable. Proper waste management, public awareness campaigns to prevent littering, and minimising plastic use can all contribute to reducing overall plastic waste and litter.

Fiji is leading the charge in the Pacific region to minimise the harm that plastics are doing to our natural environment. The Fijian government has partnered with nations including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, and the United States to export plastic waste for recycling, including a buyback agreement with Coca-Cola Amatil.

On a local level, Lomani Island Resort is committed to minimising the amount of plastic waste we produce. Throughout the resort, plastic shopping bags are banned. When you check in to Lomani Island, you’ll receive a complimentary reuseable canvas bag to use throughout our stay – perfect for transporting shopping, wet beach towels, and much more. We’ve also stopped offering plastic straws with your drinks and cocktails. If you need a straw, please ask – the one you get will be made of paper, and much easier to recycle.

Lastly, Lomani Island Resort has committed to recycling all plastic bottles used and collected on our grounds. If you need to dispose of a PET plastic bottle, please use the recycling bins provided, so we can ensure it makes its way to the proper recycling facility.

 

Zen and the Art of Resting with Intention

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While the word “zen” derives from Buddhism, colloquially it has become deeply connected with wellbeing. It conjures up images of total relaxation and restfulness, a peacefulness with your life and everything in it.

If you’re looking at booking a tropical island getaway, you’re probably looking for the “zen” kind of rest. But not all rest is created equal, and while you might be looking forward to spending whole days lounging by the pool with a book, chances are your body and mind need a bit more than that to recharge properly.

Depending on what kind of rest you need, you’ll probably be experiencing specific symptoms. If you’re snapping at your spouse or getting angry at other drivers on the road, you’re probably in need of emotional rest. Recharge by connecting deeply with someone who you can unload on, or tucking yourself away to meditate or journal – really let those emotions flow.

That poolside scenario we described earlier? That’s physical rest: being gentle with your body and mind and focusing wholly on energy recuperation. Taking a nap, indulging with a relaxing massage, and ensuring you get a good nights’ sleep are all great ways of resting that recharge your physical batteries.

A need for mental rest is probably what gave you the idea of a tropical getaway in the first place. Your mind is cluttered, and you can’t clear it enough to focus on work, plan your day, or answer the ten urgent emails sitting in your inbox.

Rest your mind by turning off your screen and moving your body. A snorkelling tour, afternoon of surfing, or a gentle walk on the beach are all great ways of giving yourself some well-deserved mental rest.

Get the most out of your tropical getaway and achieve true zen, peace, and tranquillity by listening to your body, fulfilling its needs, and achieving true, regenerating rest.

Lomani Island Resort is world renowned for its peace and tranquillity and if you want to indulge in experiences during your stay, our team will help find the right activity for you.

The new Lomani

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Renovations starting March 2020

Lomani Island Resort is excited to announce plans for the next phase of its redevelopment in early 2020. The Resort will be closed completely from 9 March 2020 until 31 May 2020 for an extensive public area refurbishment.

Following on from works completed throughout 2018 and 2019 to improve our room, restaurant and garden offerings, in 2020 we’ll be upgrading and rebuilding our reception area, public pool, and bar area.

Each of our 30 private suites and bures is newly renovated, featuring unimpeded ocean views, beach access, and beautiful local fittings. Each includes a private outdoor area where you and your loved one can retreat to utter privacy.

When your day of adventuring or relaxing is done, the brand-new Flame Tree Restaurant has a menu designed with the freshest Fiji produce in mind, blurring the line between traditional and modern ways of cooking and eating to give you truly exceptional food at every meal.

Our current works will begin on 9 March 2020 and continue through to 31 May 2020. We’ll be demolishing and upgrading our guest reception area to give you a truly welcoming Fijian experience, including smooth transfers to and from the Malolo Cat ferry.

Our outdoor guest pool area will also receive a total upgrade, from the tiling to the gardens and everything in between. Whether you’re after a quick splash, some loving horseplay with your significant other, or just a lounge chair on which to while away another perfect Fijian afternoon, our new and improved pool area will cater to your every need.

Last, but certainly not least, our 2020 renovations will include a brand new bar. Complete with signature cocktails, lounging and socialising areas, and a new menu of snacks and nibbles, the new Lomani bar will be the perfect complement to your pre-dinner drinks.

Book now to be among the first to experience Lomani Island’s brand-new reception, pool area, and bar. Available from 1 June 2020.

Dre Ko Malolo: Malolo is the island where the sun comes to rest

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Fiji has long been known as a tourist destination, a place where the weary traveller can rest, relax, and be rejuvenated by sun, sea, and hospitality. But long before its reputation as a tourist destination was cemented, indigenous Fijians would turn their eyes to the west each afternoon, looking to where the sun appeared to rest upon Malolo Island.

Indigenous Fijians believe that Malolo was an island especially created by the gods where the sun would come and rest after a day of wandering. Every Fijian, irrespective of what island they hail from, knows that at the end of the day, wherever you are in Fiji, the sun will always come to rest on Malolo Island.

Katonimana: 3,500 years of peace and prosperity

Settlement in Fiji stretches back almost three and a half thousand years ago, when Melanesian voyagers sailed west and settled the Pacific islands of Vanuatu, New Caledonia, and Fiji. Legend has it that the great seafaring warrior Chief Lutanasobasoba sailed his giant double-hulled canoe Kaunitoni south from Egypt in search of bountiful seas and rich lands where his people could call home.

Alongside families, warriors, and skilled craftsmen, the Kaunitoni carried something truly precious: the Katanimana, the Box of Blessings. Rough seas around Malolo Island caused the Katonimana to be lost to the ocean. To this day it remains buried in the seabed, bringing peace, prosperity, and good fortune to all of Fiji.

Trade, commerce, and European settlement

The first Europeans came across the prosperous Fiji Islands in 1643, completely by accident. Abel Tasman stumbled across Fiji on his way to discovering the Great Southern Continent, and James Cook sailed through in 1774 in search of the same place. From there, many British sailors settled and traded among the Fijian islands, bringing sandalwood and sea cucumber to the rest of the world.

Amidst a climate of social unrest among and between indigenous Fijians, British settlors, and the descendants of indentured Indian plantation workers, which ebbed and flowed throughout the 19th, 20th, and now 21st centuries, in 1872 the Nadroga chief Ratu Kini sold the uninhabited island of Malolo Lailai to John Thomson for cotton planting, a mere two years before British Governor Sir Aurthur Gordon banned the sale of Fijian land to non-Fijians in an effort to protect the local indigenous population. After some time as a cotton, coconut, and copra plantation, the island was sold in the 1960s to Richard “Dick” Smith, Sir Ian MacFarlane, and Reginald Raffe, who parted ways in the early 1970s to develop their own parts of the island. It was then that Lomani Island Resort was first developed as a lush adults-only resort where travellers could come to seek adventure, relaxation, and some time away from the world.

Get the most out of Fiji in every season

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Fiji’s climate ranges from tropical to equatorial, meaning that beautiful sunshine, mild to warm temperatures, and light, localised rainfall are always a feature.

Fiji’s tropical climate means that it doesn’t have ‘seasons’ in the same sense that other more northerly or southerly nations do. Instead, Fiji has a distinct winter – or dry season – and summer – or wet season – with climate and weather remaining fairly predictable within those two periods.

The average temperature in Fiji is 25°C/77°F, but it can climb to above 30°C/86°F in summer and sink to 18°C/64°F in winter. Water temperatures are also quite steady, averaging around 27°C/81°F throughout the year.

Summer: December – April

Summer in Fiji is the wet season, characterised by higher temperatures, higher rainfall, and great surfing. Most of Fiji’s annual rainfall occurs during these months, in the form of heavy, brief local showers. Annual rainfall on the main islands is between 2000mm and 3000mm on the coast and low-lying areas, and up to 6000mm in the mountains.

Smaller islands such as Malolo Lailai will typically get less rainfall than larger ones. Depending on where they are and what their size is, rainfall on the smaller islands ranges from 1500mm to 3500mm.

A side effect of all these storms is great surfing, as swells increase in size and frequency. While you’ll still be able to leave the wetsuit at home, be sure to keep an eye on swell reports and only surf the larger breaks if you’re confident and experienced with them.

Pack light clothes made from natural fibers, a sun hat, a scarf for the breeze, a light sweatshirt for the evening, and a light raincoat or umbrella. As with all humid climates, mosquitoes will be more prevalent throughout the wet season, so be sure to bring your favourite DEET-free mosquito repellent – DEET has been known to mix poorly with many sunscreens, making them less effective and even turning toxic.

Winter: June – October

The cooler temperatures, great underwater visibility, and low rainfall of a Fijian winter make it the ideal time to experience all that Fiji has to offer – which also means it’s peak travel season. Mild temperatures and gentler swells mean that this time of year is perfect for all types of activities, including hiking, village visits, and resort activities. You’ll only need to pack lightweight clothes for the day, but be sure to include a scarf for the breeze, a sweatshirt for the evening, and a light raincoat or umbrella, just in case.

Winter is the best time for underwater activities, as visibility is at its highest for both snorkelers and SCUBA divers. When going to the reef, you can bring your own snorkelling equipment if you prefer, or your resort will have some to rent. Include water shoes or rubber-soled shoes to protect your feet from those sharp reefs.

A Couples’ Guide to Lomani Island Resort Spa

A Couples’ Guide to Lomani Island Resort Spa

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One of the most popular ways that couples can relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect is with a couples’ massage at Lomani Island Resort Spa.

Designed with you and your body in mind, a couples’ massage will treat your mind, body and spirit. Imagine listening to the hush of the waves and feeling the sea breeze through your hair as a qualified massage therapist works sweet-smelling coconut oil into your sunwarmed skin, massaging all your cares away. That is a couples’ massage at Lomani Island Spa.

Love one another

Veilomani is a Fijian expression meaning love one another. It represents the importance Fijians place on supporting one another, whether in a couple, a family, or a community, through good times and bad.

Our Veilomani Massage is designed to support you, your loved one, and both your bodies through good times and bad. We use a combination of traditional massage techniques to relieve muscle tension and encourage relaxation, restoring harmony and peace to mind and body. Enrich your skin with the healing properties of coconut oil and pineapple, both high in vitamin C and antioxidants to heal and replenish your sun-soaked skin.

Traditional healing

Fijian Bobo Massage is a traditional healing treatment, passed down from generation to generation. These traditional techniques are designed to improve lymphatic drainage and blood circulation throughout your body, enhancing your body’s natural detoxifying measures and leaving you energised and refreshed. Our unique blend of cold-pressed coconut virgin oil is produced by Pure Fiji. Coconut virgin oil is a powerful agent which enhances the skin’s own repair mechanism, soothes irritation and promotes healthy skin growth.

Your Fiji couples’ adventure is about relaxing, reconnecting, and forgetting the world for a little while – let the magic of Lomani Island Resort Spa help you achieve your goals. Heal your skin, soothe your muscles, and reconnect with your loved one amidst the most beautiful sea views in the world.

Travel like a local

Travel like a local

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How to get the best information for your romantic Fiji getaway

Part of the adventure of travel is what you find along the way – but it pays to be well prepared. Before you set off on your dream Fiji holiday, do a little work to get to know this beautiful nation of islands before you get here. From the smile you get when you return a local’s ‘Bula!’ to the ease of already knowing which snorkelling tour suits you and your loved one best, you’ll be surprised at how much difference a few hours of research can make. Find out how to get the best information quickly below.

Read widely

Lonely Planet is number one for quality, well-researched travel information – but it’s not the only name in travel anymore. Your local bookstore’s travel section will be stuffed full of different travel guides, each designed to serve a different need.

If you don’t fancy spending your whole travel budget on travel guides, blogs are your friend. Googling “honeymoon Fiji” will set you up with days worth of tips, tricks, and insider knowledge – and you never know which one will be the tidbit that turns your romantic Fiji getaway from “wow” to unforgettable.

Join the conversation

Most businesses are on social media now, and joining in the conversation can be the easiest way to read reviews, ask questions, and get advice from holidaymakers who have already been where you’re going.

At Lomani Island Resort, we’ve turned our Facebook page from a marketing tool into a community of satisfied holidaymakers. Like and follow us on Facebook to share in the romantic stories, hilarious Fiji adventures, and quality advice from singles, couples, and groups who have visited and loved Lomani Island Resort.

We’d love to celebrate 2019 with 10,000 Facebook likes – and we need your help. Pop over to our Facebook page and like us, or share our stories with your friends. Everyone needs a little bit of paradise in their lives, and you can share in the love every day with the Lomani Island Facebook page.