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Fiji Maravu Plantation Resort - " The Garden Island "

Maravu Plantation Resort is probably one of the best places in the Fiji Islands for a wedding or honeymoon.  

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Maravu Plantation Beach Resort & Spa

Tree House

  

Private outdoor jetted tub

Maravuís newest, finest and largest bure is also the most unique.  The Treehouse is situated at treetop level, amongst an ancient Rain Tree.  Extensive decks and a covered verandah with comfortable furnishings offer premium views of both the ocean and surrounding lush tropical rainforest.  The large bedroom and expansive living room feature elegant furnishings, including a king-size bed, leather and palm tree wood furniture, a stocked mini-bar and more.  The fully air-conditioned Treehouse has two full indoor bathrooms, and the living area can be converted into a second private bedroom, allowing for privacy for two couples sharing, or a family.  A large outdoor courtyard features an open-air shower and a state-of-the-art spa pool.  The maximum occupancy for The Treehouse is 4 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children (minimum of 12 years of age).

 

 



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Lunchtime at Maravu
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The Pool surrounded by tropical gardens
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Fine wines to complement first-class meals
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Fijian entertainment
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Restaurant overlooks the tropical gardens
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Cocktails in the Pool
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Fijian Meke (Cultural Night)
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GREAT DIVING - Soft Coral Capital of the World

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What Makes Maravu Different ?

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The access to Fijian rites and ceremonies, including the traditional Meke dance that's staged before leaving the village, which keep visitors coming back. Maravu has everything you'd expect from an intimate Pacific Island resort - stunning beaches, a budding spa, lush tropical gardens, swimming pool, waterfalls, dining, entertainment, friendly staff that call you by name, and sunsets that could make even the least romantic visitors weep.

That might describe a lot of resorts in Fiji, where the accommodating nature of the people and the beauty of the landscape are legendary.

But Maravu distinguishes itself with the variety of active cultural adventures offered by the staff. Among the variety of cultural courses on hand are a Fijian cooking lesson, where Maravu guests learn to make Kokoda, a popular tropical dish. Guests can also attend a course in natural healing where they learn about herbs and Fijian magic passed down through the generations. Of special interest is Lovo Night, where guests attend a traditional feast featuring fish, sweet potato in coconut cream and peppered taro are wrapped in banana leaves and cooked on hot stones in an underground oven.

Finally, in order to fully illuminate the imaginations of visitors, Maravu offers Fijian storytelling. Like many myths, the tales not only tell of tormented lovers, but also incorporate anthropomorphic anecdotes involving the area's mountains, lakes, flora and fauna. One such yarn often told to Maravu guests involves a princess who was about to be forced by her father into an arranged marriage. However, her love for another man caused her to flee the village into the mountains. Utterly exhausted, she fell asleep on the banks of Lake Tagimaucia. There she cried endlessly, as her tears of anguish turned into beautiful flowers called Tagimaucia, which means 'to cry in your sleep'.

Guests at Maravu, however, will be crying tears of joy when under the spell of their special brand of Island massage. According to resort co-owner and managing director Jochen Kiess, Fijian massage reflects the local way of life - relaxed, deep and natural, using coconut oils and tropical plant essences. "Many Fijian people are natural healers, and this reflects in the massage as well," says Kiess. Massages are offered either in the guest's private bure, the Fijian-style bungalow where guests stay, or in the massage bure. "A lot of our guests become so relaxed they fall asleep during the massage".

Maravu rounds out its activities by offering opportunities for horseback riding, snorkeling, mountain biking, kayaking, off-roading, diving, nature walks, deep-sea fishing for local species such as wahoo, walu, yellow fin tuna, mahi-mahi and barracuda.

REVIEWS

Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Taveuni Island: Maravu Plantation Resort: "The Best All Inclusive Resort in Fiji"
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I could not have wished for a better honeymoon experience. The grounds were a horticulturist/florist paradise. There were always fresh flowers in our room, tables, and porch. All the meals were first rate and delicious. I ate at a lot of restuarants on Viti Levu and a couple on Tavueni, and Maravu Resort was by far the best cuisine I had on my entire 2 week stay in the fijian isles. The staff was the best I've ever encountered in the world. My biggest compliment goes to the Maravu Staff, from start to beginning. They remembered my name the entire duration of my trip and always greeted me with the most endearing "Bula". It was beautiful and when they said my name, it was like they were singing my name, "Jason". I thought it was a great concept to have the staff conducting all of the activities, e.i. boat trips, cook-outs, snorkeling, waiting tables, massages and the list goes on. We even had an escort from the Maravu Resort at the Nadi airport after we left Tavueni. Bolo took us around Nadi after we had already checked-out and paid for our stay at the Maravu Resort. There were so many wonderful things about Maravu that I could write a short book about my fabulous stay there. I really got to know the staff and got to interact with them daily. I would highly recommend Maravu to anyone, and dare them to compare. I will also be back myself to enjoy an anniversary with my wife. I thank the entire staff of the Maravu Resort for helping me and my wife get our married life started on a positive, wonderful and beautiful beginning.
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Taveuni Island: Maravu Plantation Resort: "The Best Honeymoon Ever!"
   Houston, TX
My husband and I went on our honeymoon there and we loved it! The plantation was absolutely gorgeous! The bure's (the rooms you stay in) were so nice. They were clean and very roomy. They clean it everyday, and every night the bed was turned down for us. We got clean towels everyday. They decorated the room with fresh flowers. We didn't get the room with the jacuzzi but we didn't miss it. The staff there is excellent! They call you by name and act like we've been friends for years! The resort was never crowded. We would go to dinner every night and there might be 2-3 other couples there at a time. They do all kind of different stuff every day. We had drinks up on the hill before dinner and watched the sunset, (just remember your mosquito spray--we got eaten up!). We had drinks down at the beach. I suggest going on as many excursions as you can. My husband thought that we would want to relax, but we would end up going to bed at 10 PM every night! So you definately have the energy to do stuff during the day. I suggest going to Honeymoon Island but bring lots of sunscreen! We got real burnt! And go to the natural waterslide! It's a lot of fun! And also do the hike to the waterfalls! They are absolutely spectacular! If you are looking for nightlife, this isn't the place for you. But if you are adventerous but would also like to relax, this is the place for you! The whole island is just beautiful and you don't have to worry about crime! There isn't much around there like in Nadi. We didn't lock our room door at night most of the time! And don't worry about there not being air conditioning in some of the rooms! You don't need it! With all of the windows open at night a nice breeze comes through! And you do have screens on the windows so you don't have to worry about bugs in your room! It's definately the trip of a lifetime!

Facilities:

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Swimming Pool
  • Internet facilities
  • Handicapped facilities
  • Fans
  • Tea / Coffee making facilities
  • Private yard and outdoor shower
  • Sun Deck and Jacuzzi spa in Honeymoon Bures and Honeymoon suites.

Activities - complimentary:

  • Kayaking
  • Horse riding
  • Surf skis
  • Snorkeling
  • Hand line fishing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Storeytelling
  • Fijian Cooking classes
  • Coconut Displays
  • Meke, Lovo & Kava ceremony

Activities with cost:

  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Diving
  • Game fishing
  • Hicking Tours
  • 4 W-D Tours
  • Boat tours and trips
  • Birdwatching
  • Snorkelling Tours
  • Village visits

Size of Resort / Operator:

  • Small (less than 50 rooms)
BEACH or GARDEN WEDDINGS

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Framed by a Floral Wedding Arch

Maravu Plantation Resort offers the ideal locations for a wedding. The ceremony can be held on the beach, in the gardens, by the pool or at the sunset viewing area with panoramic views of the ocean and outer islands. Maravu caters for a traditional Fijian wedding with full Fijian costume and Fijian magiti (feast) or a traditional European wedding with a simple or full mass. And if you like your ceremony takes place in the jungle beside a tropical waterfall or in an exotic village.

Maravu offers some of the most exotic wedding packages in the South Pacific.

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NEWS!

Million Dollar upgrade at Maravu Plantation completed

Last year Maravu added a new gym and completed four new Honeymoon Suites, each of which have their own very individual and private outside spa. The state of art Jacuzzis contain almost 1000 Gallons of fresh Taveuni Water, which can be heated within a short time to 35 Degrees Celsius.

In the first quarter of 2004 the Honeymoon Bures have been totally refurbished and Jacuzzi plunge pools have been added to the private, stone-wall surrounded courtyards. The Spas are high tech with Hydrotherapy Massage Jets and can be filled with fresh, hot, warm or cold water at our guests' fingertips.

The Reception, Hilltop Wedding Bure, Boutique, Bar and Massage Bure have been relocated, extended and redesigned to match international 5-star standards even though the 2004/05 rates are not reflective of these changes. Added to this is a total behind-the-scene overhaul, in particular the kitchen and power plant.

Further works are completed on two new Bures called "Oceanview Spa Villas".

They are located on a prime piece of property next to the Resort. Currently Maravu is a 90 acre private property with 16 Bures nestled in a tropical Garden, which was a former Coconut Plantation, Hilltop Sunset Garden, Beach, Ocean view Side and Rainforest. The new development is connected with the existing Resort area via a 100 meter long walking bridge.

These new Villas accommodate our guests' every whim. They feature both an inside & outside shower, lavish decks with an integrated tree (providing a tree house effect), heart shaped Jacuzzi Plunge Pool in a private, stone wall surrounded courtyard (which can be opened to the seaside), air conditioning in both the bedroom and sitting room, CD-Player and a fully stocked mini bar. The Four Poster King-size bed with baldachin comes with the finest linen and boasts spectacular palm wood furniture and unique artwork. Both Bures feature magnificent 180-degree sea views from all aspects of the bure, outside shower and Jacuzzi.

Included in the rate for the Oceanview Spa Villa is a Spa Package consisting of two Maravu bath robes, two Maravu Massages (25 minutes each), two traditional Fijian scalp massages (15 minutes each) and two Pure Fiji body scrubs (25 minutes each), all gourmet meals, transfers to/from Matei Airport, free Resort-Activities and all taxes. Free activities include horseback riding, mountain bikes, kayaks, snorkelling, guided plantation walks, storytelling, several times a week Kava ceremony and entertainment with our house band, weekly Meke (Fijian songs & dances) and Lovo (Fijian underground feast).

TAVEUNI - A FIJIAN PARADISE
Maravu Resort highlights Fiji's 'Garden Island' By Les Furnanz
High On AdventureTravelmagazine


I'm not known as a dancer, but the rhythm was so infectious and the beckoning Fijian woman so insistent that I found myself joining the last Meke celebration dance. Similarly, my wife was beckoned by one of the young Fijian lads who had earlier performed a war dance. A large group of singers and dancers from nearby Qeleni village joined hands with us twenty Maravu Resort guests. We snaked around the swimming pool and the seated villagers playing guitars, ukes, and percussive lali hardwood and derua bamboo gongs. After several dancing encores we exploded in applause and warm thanks for a vibrant evening of fun.

This was our last night on Taveuni Island, and as we dined on the lovo feast of fish, chicken, pork, and vegetables that had cooked all day in an earthen oven, we voiced our sorrows of leaving to the staff and guests. "What was the highlight of our trip?" we asked each other. We considered quite a list: Honeymoon Island, which we had to ourselves for a day before kayaking back across the blue lagoon; the incredible reef snorkeling at Fua Point; the jungle hike to Bouma Falls and the swim in the pool at its base; the wonders of Maravu Resort with its friendly Fijian staff, private beach, and coconut plantation surroundings. But deciding on a single highlight was just too tough a decision.

Taveuni - Paradise Found

A visit to Fiji without a stay on Taveuni would be like visiting Australia without seeing the Great Barrier Reef. There are over three hundred Fiji islands, but the 'Garden Island' is truly unique. It's a world apart from the largest, most populous island of Viti Levu or the picturesque but dry Mamanuca and Yasawa island chain. We had spent several days touring the many sides of Fiji, but when we flew across Somosomo Strait and landed on Taveuni, we immediately sensed that the non-touristy mixture of mountains, rainforest, plantations, reefs, and Fijian villages make it special - a pristine island harkening back to South Seas yore.

As Fiji's third largest island, Taveuni sports a 25-mile mountain spine that blocks the southeastern trade winds, resulting in up to 30 feet of yearly rainfall on the windward side. The northern and western sides of the island enjoy a much sunnier climate, but receive enough rainfall for beautiful vegetation and productive farming. Coconut plantations are still thriving on Taveuni, and taro and tapioca fields surround the small Fijian villages. Maravu Resort has an ideal northwest island location near the small airport and several villages. Access to both sides of the island is convenient, and the private beach provides for reef snorkeling and kayaking to nearby uninhabited islets.

In addition to our days of lounging at Maravu, we took guided tours along both the west and east coastlines. The west coast boasted the chiefly town of Somosomo with its council houses, the 1907 stone church at Wairiki, crafts shops at Waiyevo, and an excitingly cool ride down Waitarala Waterslide. Our favorite tour was of the east coast where Rupenee, our Maravu guide, drove us on a dirt road past farms, copra plantations, and small seaside villages such as Qeleni and Naselesele to the trailhead at Bouma National Heritage Park. We hiked upstream through the glistening rainforest to Bouma Waterfalls, surrounded by huge ivi trees. We couldn't resist the temptation to take a dip in the pool, feeling strong air gusts coming off the cascading falls. An added treat was encountering Fiji's now rare native frog, the interesting dreli.

Maravu - Plantation Resort

Previously a 54-acre coconut plantation, Maravu retains the charm of its origins while catering to its guests. Twelve elegant bure cottages are scattered among the coconut palms, spacious lawns, and flowering hibiscus, orchids, heliconia, and bougainvillea. The bures sport reed and bamboo exteriors with terraces and thatched roofs. Beautiful interiors are accented with daku hardwood floors, kiao mats, and coconut and wicker furniture. Lulling sounds of nature make for restful lounging and a good night's sleep.

Four of the bures are honeymoon cottages with canopy beds and screened outdoor sundecks and showers. Maravu caters well to honeymooners, including romantic, hilltop-view facilities for traditional Fijian weddings. During our stay we met two happy honeymooning couples, Darcy and Shauna from Vancouver, and Dave and Miranda from Los Angeles. They had already started to build a strong friendship since meeting there only a week earlier. Miranda commented, "This is a great honeymoon spot ... quiet and peaceful. You can socialize or be to yourself. The staff is friendly, and there are so many adventurous things to do!"

Maravu's centrally located main building is a thatched open-walled Fijian assembly house containing the restaurant, bar, lounge, boutique, library, and reception. Steps away, a waterfall cascades into the swimming pool, bedecked with comfortable chaise lounges and umbrellas. It was our favorite spot for relaxing after our daily ventures.

A major Maravu highlight is the nouvelle Fijian cuisine. At each morning's buffet breakfast we perused the day's menu for lunch and dinner choices. Favorites in addition to the lovo feast offerings included northern Fiji lobster, numerous fish dishes, and desserts made with locally grown fruits, including bananas, mangos, papayas, and pineapples. Owners Jochen and Angela Kiess, who have fastidiously overseen Maravu since 1995, also pride themselves on their excellent wine list offering.

Adventures Galore

Taveuni's sporting and adventure opportunities are never-ending, including some of the world's best snorkeling and kayaking. Excellent reef snorkeling is only 100 yards off Maravu's private beach. Nearby islets with surrounding reefs are reached with just a two-mile boat ride or kayak paddle.

One morning Rupenee boated us to Fua Point for the most entrancing snorkeling of our trip, with many unforgettable views: giant crocus clams; stag, brain, and porite plate corals; digitate and mushroom leather soft corals; sea urchins, Christmas tree worms, sea cucumbers, starfish, and impressive crowns of thorns. We also saw an endless stream of fish, including raccoon butterflies, Moorish Idols, painted flute mouths, angelfish, sea perch, blue streak cleaners, and large parrot fish chomping noisily on the hard coral. On another morning we surf kayaked in a double kayak (no easy venture) and had the good fortune of catching a wave breaking over the reef near Fua Point.

Other options available directly from Maravu include horseback riding, mountain biking, guided bush walks along the east coast Levana Trail, and 4-wheel-drive tours to Des Veoux Peak and other inland locations. Maravu also escorts visitors to a local village and holds courses in Fijian cooking, language, and the legends of kava.

Several nearby Taveuni companies offer daily trips to Somosomo Strait's incredible diving locations: the Great White Wall, world-renowned for its 90-foot-high ledge of tree and cauliflower corals; and, the Yellow Tunnel with divaricate tree corals of long, slender, yellow branches. We talked with an avid diving family, Ken and Kathi and their children, Eric and Laura, who were fellow Maravu guests. Ken offered, "This place is unique for its amazing soft corals. We take a dive every morning and afternoon. Drift diving the Great White Wall is so breathtaking that we have to see it again and again, as the current changes. And the night dives are fantastic!"

Friendly Fijians It wasn't long after arriving that we came to a first-name basis with the Maravu staff. Smiles and laughter were the rule. We won't soon forget Rupenee's excellent tour guide services, or the time we spent with Setoki, expert scuba diver and fisherman, who boated us to Honeymoon Island. When he left us there for the day with our requested kayak for the return paddle, he asked when he could expect us ... he'd have come searching if we hadn't returned. Siteri made all of our meals special with her excellent service. On the evening of the Meke celebration, she introduced us to her family from Qeleni village. Each night we were serenaded at dinner by a band from Naselesele village with Charles, one of Fiji's top guitarists, leading the group. The band members talked quietly and drank a cup of kava, Fiji's national non-alcoholic drink, after each song.

Got Those Maravu Blues

Even paradise must come to an end, but not before we decided that Taveuni and Maravu had combined to offer our most satisfying tropical vacation. On our last morning when the staff gathered to sing their Fijian farewell, it was hard to say 'goodbye'. Inspired by the local's rendition of the blues that I had heard that week, I took the opportunity to sing them a parting version of the Maravu Blues.

Traveling There: Flights connecting Los Angeles to Nadi, Fiji (pronounced "Nahndy") are available through United Airlines, Air Pacific, Qantas Airways, and Air New Zealand,. Web links and phone numbers are available at this Airlines page. Flight times average about 12 hours. Flights generally leave Los Angeles in the evening and arrive in Fiji in the early morning, with a day "lost" due to the International Date Line. Flights from Fiji generally leave in the evening and arrive in the early afternoon (on the same date, due to the day "regained" due to the Date Line). Note that Fiji has a five-hour earlier time difference from Los Angeles.

Travelers from the United States can make same-day connections to Taveuni and other islands. Sun Air provides flights twice daily from Nadi to Taveuni. Maravu Resort provides a convenient van pickup from the airport, a short five-minute drive to the resort. Visitors to Fiji will find that it is generally not necessary to rent a car, as local transportation arranged through their resort accommodations or via taxi is convenient.
A recommended time to travel to Fiji is during their "winter" season, June to October, although as a South Pacific locale the shoulder months of April, May, and November are also pleasant.


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