Taking you on cocktail fueled tour (arriving via heli thank you very much) of TripAdvisors #1 Resort in Fiji and #3 in the South Pacific, is our Creative Director, Tess Willcox. Our Tips for a week at Tokoriki Island Resort, Fiji!
♥ Every room is beach front so privacy is guaranteed
♥ Children are not welcome so it’s a perfect adults play ground
♥ If you stay at the resort for 7 nights between December and May (except Xmas) you can arrive like a rock star via complimentary Helicopter
♥ The stunning spa offers 3 days of unlimited massage for only F$370 (AUD$225). SIGN US UP!!
♥ If you want to elope or even renew your wedding vows , the Resort will do it for FREE if you stay for 5 nights
Tokoriki Island Resort, Fiji, has received so many accolades, it’s hard to arrive at this paradise without high expectations (which we endeavour to do whenever we travel – no research, no rush, no reason to complain). So when we step off the helicopter from Nadi onto Tokoriki’s newly built pier, idling in front of the Resort pool just close enough so that people notice our arrival but are not disturbed by it, we are met with the most picture perfect of scenes.
Located within the idyllic Mamanuca group of islands, the resort is an adults-only paradise which suited us perfectly. Horizon edge pool, beautiful Fijian structures, stand alone bures scattered along the white sandy beach, palm trees as far as the eye can see, and islands dotted all along the horizon. It feels like coming home.
It’s not just the aesthetics of Tokoriki that have secured it the #1 Resort in Fiji as voted by Tripadvisor over the past few years. It isn’t the white sand beach you can explore to your hearts content, nor the 36 dotted bures half of which adorn personal pools. One would think it could be the sumptuous cuisine that saunters its way out of the newly renovated kitchen, or the fact that this is one of the most heavily booked Resorts in the South Pacific. If it were me, it would more than likely be because daily breakfast comes complete with free flowing champagne! Even with all of these aspects combined, there is nothing about Tokoriki that quite compares to the people. It is quintessentially the divine staff on this island paradise which renders guests as emotional wrecks when it comes time to depart the island.
Arrive as a visitor, leave as a friend. This is the apt tag line of Tokoriki, as we watch countless guests climb onto the helicopter through tears of gratitude and sorrow. It is perhaps the reason Tokoriki have had guests just return for their 45th visit! You can feel the charm of the staff, the cheek, the care.
It’s the small touches that don’t go unnoticed here. The staff calling you by your first name, forming personal jokes, offering you cool face towels around the pool whilst cleaning your sunglasses and refilling your glass at just the right time. This Pool side butler service is luxury served with a divine Fijian smile.
Days are slow at Tokoriki Island Resort – we know this as Fiji time. There are no TV’s nor wi-fi in any of the bures, except for the main areas. This is where we really start to relax, in society that is so obsessed with being connected, the owners of Tokoriki want you to disconnect, recharge and enjoy the natural, sensory pleasures that abound on the island. We spend the mornings paddle boarding and doing yoga out the front of our bure, lazy lunches by the pool, and afternoons diving or snorkelling the beautiful under water paradise out the front of the Resort.
The real selling point of this paradise is what awaits you on arrival. Stunning doesn’t even describe the purpose built Tokoriki spa with 4 individual rooms set amongst cascading water features and ferns. You can imagine our enthusiasm when we were presented with the option to have 3 days unlimited massages for FJD$370!!! Only bookable direct with the Resort on arrival, YES PLEASE!
It’s the same feeling every time one leaves Tokoriki. You can see every guest overcome with emotion. It’s time to leave our family, our second home. Each time we leave this island paradise, it is with the same trepidation, ‘But can’t we stay forever?’. We unfortunately can’t, but the memories always do.