Royal Davui Fiji Wins Award

The winner of the 2005 AON Fiji Excellence In Tourism Award in the category "Accommodation Boutique" is the five-star Royal Davui Fiji Resort. This F$10 million property on tiny Ugaga Island (aka Stuart Island), just southwest of Beqa Island, opened in November 2004.

Royal Davui Fiji is a partnership between Suva businessmen Grahame Southwick and Keith Watkins, who supplied the capital and technical know how, and the people of Naceva village on Beqa, who contributed the land and labor. The lagoon waters just off Ugaga's white beaches have been declared a marine sanctuary, so the sealife is profuse.

Each of the 16 thatched villas perched on the cliffs of Ugaga has its own jacuzzi and plunge pool, among other modcons. The absolute luxury is reflected in the nightly tariff of US$1,013 double deluxe or US$1,175 premium, with meals, non-alcoholic drinks, non-motorized watersports, and tax included. The honeymoon suite is US$1,350.

Upscale couples are the target market at Royal Davui Fiji, and three people are not allowed to share a villa. Guests have a choice of five wedding packages at varied prices, and to avoid detracting from the romantic atmosphere, children under 16 are not accommodated.

Scuba diving, spa treatments, sport fishing, surfing, and semi-submersible rides all cost extra at Royal Davui Fiji. Getting there is another US$250 per person roundtrip by boat from Pacific Harbour, or US$690 per person roundtrip from Nadi Airport on the morning helicopter shuttle (each passenger is allowed only 15 kilograms of luggage on the chopper).

If these facilities and rates seem extravagant, consider instead the Lawaki Beach House at Lawaki Beach on Beqa Island. Accommodations there begin at F$95/160 single/double including all meals, F$65 per person in a six-bed dormitory, or a mere F$52 if you brought your own tent. Children are welcome. The public boat from Navua on Viti Levu costs F$50 per person return. That's the nice thing about Fiji - there's something for everyone.

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