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“Wow...the real Fiji”
wrap around infinity edged pool accessible from entranceway, living and bedrooms with sun pool below
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wrap around infinity edged pool accessible from entranceway, living and bedrooms with sun pool below
stars on Taveuni will bedazzle you like never before as there is no light pollution on island view from our master suite
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wrap around infinity edged pool accessible from entranceway, living and bedrooms with sun pool below
stars on Taveuni will bedazzle you like never before as there is no light pollution on island
view from our master suite
our 10 meter long outdoor shower and tub area with wild orchids will enchant
View from the entrance
our great room with gourmet kitchen, active LINN Hi Fi and views forever! View bar and seating below
our gourmet kitchen and views
our baths with 3d tiles and indirect lighting
our giant rainshowers in the master bath
Nothing more romantic than a couples soak in our outdoor tub with a glass of wine
Vacala Bay Beach
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2 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Matei, Taveuni Island

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“Wow...the real Fiji”
Reviewed 18 October 2017 for a stay in September 2017

We stayed with Helena and Paul for 8 nights in Taveuni - 4 nights at their Villa (Vacala Bay Resort) and 4 nights on 'Looping', their yacht. Its hard to know where to start but here goes....
The Villa is modern and luxuriously appointed with the most spectacular view over the beautiful azure water of Fiji. We (2 adults and 2 teenage boys) arrived in the morning after a night in Nadi and we were met by Paul at the airport in Taveuni and after several emails between us I felt i already knew Paul and felt like I was meeting a friend. The drive to the villa was only 5 minutes and we were greeted by Helena and her team singing a Fijian welcome.

Once settled, we soon realised that Paul and Helena were really lovely down to earth people who are genuinely happy to welcome you to their home. Their warmth and generosity are evident from the beginning and nothing was too much trouble.

We were really trying to avoid the package "Fiji Resort" style holiday and have a more intimate experience and we absolutely found it. On the beautiful Taveuni and spending time with Paul Helena, Ana and Pini we found a great place to relax, enjoy amazing food and wine.....and squeeze in a little exercise - the hill from the beach to the villa certainly got the heart rate up, and we loved the opportunity to do something after such beautiful food prepared by Helena and her team. Helena spent considerable time and effort to source local fresh food and create gourmet meals from anything she touches!!. Helenas breakfasts had the teenagers mesmerised......
Should probably mention the lovely and gentle Taka - Helena and Paul's Rhodesian Ridgeback that is such a sook and loves nothing better than to sit on your feet and revelled in the attention.....Also loved the kayaks and the opportunity to explore the bays - if you are going on the boat don't forget to ask if the kayaks can come too.......

Looping - the boat
After an extra night in the villa due to the weather we were finally on the boat...cruising here we come...the boat was the perfect size for the 4 of us to live in comfort. The sailing was amazing and the weather divine. Even one slightly seasick teenager raved about it! Highlights of the sailing included FANTASTIC snorkelling, incredible corals and fish that rival if not surpass the GBR and pristine water quality. Paul knew all the great spots and took the time to educate us about Fiji and what the various reefs, atolls and islands held.

The isolated beaches and Ana's ability to climb a remote coconut tree for a green drinking coconut were amazing... as was the fresh skipjack tuna sashimi after catching it fresh from trolling on the boat. AND Paul's tempura fish - also caught fresh that day from the boat.

What Paul and Ana produced from the tiny galley on the boat was unbelievable and so much better than the other places we have stayed in Fiji (and may other places).

So to sum up... Go Go GO and our tips are:
Take plenty on sunscreen, your appetite and a mind set to relax and enjoy the beautiful location on offer.....

Congratulations Paul and Helena - you have nailed it!!
Leone and Paul (and the teenagers).....

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
19 Oct 2017
WOW..What Fabulous Guests! It was such a pleasure hosting you and your lovely family. It really was great having you stay with us and we very much look forward to seeing you again. All the best from the staff at Vacala Bay Resort!
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