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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.

 

3 Romantic Ways to Enjoy Lomani Island Resort

3 Romantic Ways to Enjoy Lomani Island Resort

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Love thrives at Lomani Island Resort. Whether you’re on your first big holiday together, starting the rest of your lives at your destination wedding, or celebrating your mutual retirement, the swaying palm trees, fresh salt breeze, and sparkling beaches are the perfect backdrop for a trip filled with romance.

Pause, reconnect, and feel your love renew with these three tips:

Indulge in a Soothing Spa Treatment

Nothing says sensual like an open-air spa treatment. Whether you go for a couple’s massage, get your nails buffed, or enjoy the body- and mind-healing properties of a full-body wrap treatment, a spa treatment at Lomani Island Resort’s open-air spa bure will slow you down to Fiji time and give you and your partner valuable time to relax and reconnect, surrounded by the beauty of Malolo Lailai Bay.

Relax in your Private Plunge Pool

For something a little more one-on-one, retreat from the world into your own private bure. Tastefully screened from the resort proper, Lomani Island Resort’s Beachfront Pool Bures offer pure sunbathing bliss in the form of day beds on your very own sundeck overlooking Malolo Lailai bay, and a private plunge pool to relax in.

Engage in some resort activities

The crystal-clear waters of Malolo Lailai Bay beckon you and your loved one out of the relaxing shade and onto Fiji’s real playground – the ocean. Enjoy one of our free resort-based activities, or follow the sea’s siren call on a surfing, diving, or watersporting tour. Indulge your sense of adventure and create memories you and your loved one will treasure for a lifetime.

Take the plunge at Lomani Island

Take the plunge at Lomani Island

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Fiji is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway for two. With it’s sugar-white sand, perfect turquoise beaches, and the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation, there’s nowhere else in the world as perfect to slow down and reconnect with your perfect person.

It’s no secret that Lomani Island Resort is designed for couples – couples in love, couples looking to renew love, couples looking to discover love. Discover everything you need and more for the perfect romantic getaway in your own private Beachfront Pool Bure.

It’s convenient

Your holiday is just for the two of you, but if you need to stretch your legs, grab a meal, or order some fresh towels, all the conveniences of resort living are just moments away. A short walk will take you and your loved one to the public pool area, restaurant, reception area, and to Fiji’s famous beach. And if you don’t fancy any company at all, spend your days sunbathing on your own private deck, and we’ll bring the conveniences to you.

It’s private

This romantic getaway is about the two of you, and the last thing you need is interruptions from housekeeping, screaming kids, or some other couple’s romancing distracting you from your own. In a private beachfront pool bure, coconut leaves and lush tropical gardens ensure that your private pool is truly private. Feel free to enjoy every precious moment to its fullest with the assurance that whatever transpires will be perfectly concealed – just for the two of you.

It’s made for romance

Between the lush vegetation creating absolute privacy, your own sundeck on which to enjoy the Fijian sunshine, and your own private plunge pool to dive into whenever things get a little… heated, Lomani Island’s Beachfront Pool Bures exude romance. Wake up every morning and look out over the stunning Malolo Lailai Bay, and feel your romance reawaken with every passing moment.

Home away from home

Home away from home

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Even more than the food you eat or the sights you see, the room you stay in has an impact on your whole holiday. Where you start your day will frame your whole Fijian adventure, and for a romantic retreat for two, you know you’ll want the best.

At Lomani Island Resort, you’ll be staying in one of only 30 newly-renovated private suites and bures, each with unimpeded ocean views, beach access, and beautiful local fittings. With paradise right at your fingertips, you can stop worrying about the real world and sink into your dream Fiji holiday.

Take the plunge

Mere footsteps away from the sugar-white Fijian sand, our private Poolside Beach Bures offer pure Fiji bliss exactly the way you like it. With beach access and a private plunge pool, you don’t need to choose between ocean adventure and poolside luxury – spend your day doing a little of both, then relax on your private poolside daybeds and share a cocktail with your loved one.

Beachfront Bures

Wake up every morning with the sound of the sea in your ears and the beach only footsteps away – our Beachfront Bures are 65 sqm of pure Fijian luxury. Large private sun decks provide a perfect private retreat for your morning coffee or afternoon cocktail, where you and your partner can take in the view and bask in the beautiful Fijian sunshine.

Hibiscus Suite

Feel at home while you’re away with the best in open-plan living, offer breathtaking ocean views and private sun decks on which to take them in. Enjoy breakfast with your loved one in your California king bed, or retreat from the bustle of the resort proper to rinse off in your private outdoor shower and sun-dry on the deck with a much-deserved cocktail.

Deluxe Suite

Your Lomani Island retreat should be catered to your needs – that’s why our Deluxe Suites offer separate sleeping and living spaces as well as a private patio or balcony from which to enjoy the stunning views of Malolo Lailai Bay.

Destination? Wedding!

Destination? Wedding!

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If you love travel and you hate hard work, a destination wedding may be for you. Put simply, a destination wedding is a wedding held somewhere you and your future spouse don’t live, and where most or all of the guests will have to travel and stay for the celebrations. A destination wedding can be held anywhere you like – but we of course suggest somewhere beautiful (those natural decorations of sun, sea and sand!) somewhere relaxing (did someone say ocean breeze? Resort facilities? Lounging by the pool?) and somewhere that will take all the work off your hands for you (hello, dedicated events team!) In short, we want to host your wedding!

A destination wedding brings all your guests together – literally – by taking everyone out of their comfort zones of hometown and routine and really emphasizes the beautiful, special moment of the union of two people. Can you just imagine scrunching your bare feet into the white sands of Fiji while you say I do? Toasting under the clear island sky full of brilliant stars? Luxuriating in a giant, comfortable bed, knowing you don’t have to do the laundry?

Why not invite all your most special people to a wonderful vacation where they get to celebrate you, and where you can stay for your honeymoon right after? Again, while you can take some of the organisation on yourself if that’s what you like, many couples choosing a destination wedding are using the event planners at their chosen resort to really make something special for them, while taking away all the stress that can really taint your special day.

Of course, a destination wedding isn’t for everyone. Guests usually pay for their own flights and accommodation, and destination weddings are often smaller, as not everyone enjoys travel or can afford the trip. But if a destination wedding sounds like the perfect way to marry the one you love – contact us to get started on the wedding of your dreams.

Destination? Wedding!

Welcome to Lomani Island: the lovers’ paradise

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Holidaying with your partner is a great way to see the world, strengthen your relationship, and share wonderful experiences that otherwise might never cross your paths. Choosing where to go is the most important part of the process – but once you’ve settled on your island paradise getaway, the next most important choice is where to stay.

Choosing the right hotel or resort can set the tone for your entire holiday. Whether you’re a bargain seeker or a lover of luxury, the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning can be the difference between bouncing out of bed and burrowing back under the sheets.

Be pampered
If you’re going on an island adventure, you want to choose a resort that will pamper you from the minute you arrive, massaging your cares away. Lomani Island Resort offers a wide range of massages and beauty treatments to help you relax, rejuvenate, and wind down into the slower tempo of island life.

Paddle along the crystal clear ocean
The waters surrounding Fiji’s Malolo Lailai Island are some of the most beautiful in the world – and the most fun! Whether you like high-octane water sports, experiencing some of Fiji’s most breathtaking views with the help of a snorkel or SCUBA, or just splashing in the water in between sunbathing, Lomani Island Resort offers an ocean experience for every taste.

Kick back at the beach
Sugar-white sands and turquoise seas are essential components of Fiji’s island paradise. Whether you’re getting pampered in an ocean bure, enjoying a romantic picnic for two, or sunbathing with a book in one hand and a cocktail in the other, Lomani Island Resort’s private beaches offer the ocean experience you crave.

Taste the goodness
Last but not least – food! The food you eat on holiday can make some of the strongest impressions, creating your favourite – or least favourite! – memories. Lomani Island Resort is home to the renowned Flame Tree Restaurant, a world-class eatery featuring Fijian, Fijian-Indian, and international foods. Chef Pranesh Goundar uses only the freshest local produce and seafood and imported meats to create a Fijian menu you won’t soon forget.

Destination? Wedding!

Fall in love in Fiji aboard a romantic sunset cruise

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One of the great things about a trip to Fiji is that there are many ways you can enjoy a romantic evening with your partner. Whether you enjoy watching the waves at the resort restaurant, or you love nothing more than relaxing on the beach with a picnic, Fiji truly accommodates all tastes. But if you’re keen to do something a little out of the ordinary, then why not enjoy a romantic sunset cruise?

Imagine reclining on a cruise yacht with your loved one whilst watching the sunset transform the waves into a sea of pink, orange and yellow. Is there a more romantic way to enjoy Fiji than with a cruise? You’ll be pampered by our professional staff, who pride themselves on their attention to detail and excellent customer service. Speak to your concierge and let us plan an evening to yours and your loved one’s tastes, featuring Malolo Lailai Bay’s best views. Turn your back on the sun and see Malolo Lailai’s shores lit up in gold and amber, and snuggle close to your loved one as the temperature dips under the darkened sky.

Fall in love all over again with our private sunset cruise along the warm turquoise sea. See a new side of Malolo Lailai Bay as the normally turquoise waters transform in the Fijian sunset. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion such as birthday, anniversary, honeymoon, or are simply reconnecting on a lovers getaway, Malolo Lailai’s spectacular beach and ocean views are best experienced with just you and your loved one, relaxing and reclining in style on a private sunset cruise.