NAVINI ISLAND RESORT - Affordable private island hideaway in Fiji
On Navini, one of the smallest island resorts off the Nadi side of Viti Levu, guests experience a casual and thoroughly relaxed destination at this private resort. The ?no day trippers? policy ensures there are never any crowds on Navini...
You can and will stroll around the island in 10 minutes, surveying your domain from the circle of the beach on this true coral cay rising a few metres from lapping tides. In from the beach are coconut palms and shady big-leafed trees, and a profusion of tropical flowers picked daily to decorate your Fijian bure and dining table.
Navini has only 10 bures, all fronting the beach and coral reef sanctuary.
Navini Island's best-loved feature, along with its white sandy beaches surrounded by crystal clear waters, is its Fijian people. The greatest pleasure of Navini's 36 island staff (who outnumber guests), is your enjoyment of the happiest, most relaxed holiday possible.
At Navini, your time is your own. A major decision is whether to snorkel around Navini's reef, join the complimentary morning outing which may be to the local village, trolling or dropline fishing over one of the neighbouring reefs, snorkelling around bombies and over bright coral walls, visiting other island resorts, or joining an occasional shopping trip to Nadi town.
From the Island, you can explore the coral reef sanctuary, take out the hobie-cat sailboat, borrow snorkelling gear to watch the colourful fish, try the sailboard, spyboard, kayaks, or the seacycles. All complimentary...
The afternoon volleyball game is an option. So is lying under a thatched umbrella reading a book from the resort library, or for a really relaxing experience, enjoy a Fijian style massage.
There is no swimming pool on Navini. We offer instead a beautiful, refreshing, calm and much more interesting sea, just a few steps away.
There is, however, the opportunity to go Scuba diving, para sailing, or sports fishing; the only activities for which you'll pay a modest fee.
About once a week, Navini has a Fijian night with a big 'lovo' dinner taken steaming from the underground oven, or a traditional meke performance by the staff, which tells old and new stories in song.
The night's kava ceremony gives way to Fijian singing by the staff, and then to a session of laughter and all-join-in dancing of what is known traditionally as a 'tara-la-la'.
Some evenings everybody gathers around a beach bonfire shooting sparks at the millions of stars in unpolluted skies and roasting coconuts on the fire.
Navini's open air dining room takes advantage of the surroundings; tropical gardens, blue waters, sunset-tinted clouds. Lively conversation is punctuated by waves lapping a few metres away on the sand.
Navini offers a tantalising selection of innovative, traditional and Fijian dishes, with choices at all meals. Dinner includes appetizer, soup, a variety of main courses including vegetarian, and desserts. Fresh fish and tropical fruits are always there, but never the only alternative. Everything the Navini kitchen serves is prepared there, from fresh baked breads to home made ice creams.
The dining room is fully licensed, with a wide selection of cocktails, good Fijian beer and a broad selection of wines.
Private candlelight - and starlight - dinners can be set up at a flower-laden table for two, on the beach in front of your bure.
Renee's Honeymoon insider notes: I have sent over 50 couples to Navini since 1995. Honestly, I cannot think of one couple that did not rave about this adorable island hideway. This is one of the islands in this area of Fiji that has this few bures making it so private and secluded. The staff are amazing and if you are into snorkeling this resort has some of the best in the world right from the beach. Also, they will prepare a private dinner on the beach for you if you ask. This is a real find and that is why we featured it on the Honeymoon DVD ! Read about the DVD in upcoming issue of LA Brides.