We spent another wonderful holiday at Botaira in May. After a warm welcome we checked in to our usual bure on the beach, it was so good to 'come home'. Quite a change of staff with a new barman and wait staff and a new activities organizer named Moses who is amazing, we had so much fun with the never ending activities he arranged for us. What a wonderful addition to the Botaira 'crew'. As always our bure was spotless and although we had a key to the door we never felt the need to lock it. The staff at Botaira are so friendly and helpful it is hard to believe the previous reviewer. Botaira is on Naviti island one of the larger islands in the Yasawa Group it faces west on a beautiful white sand beach fringed by one of the most beautiful reefs, a marine sanctuary, with a huge abundance of colorful coral and fish, the only grass in the water is the sea grass close to the shore where the baby fish breed and this area of grasses is not extensive.The reef is easly accessible at all tides via a path through the shallows. The food is good, well cooked and fresh, the resort has a wonderful veggie garden and fruit growing as well. Hens provide fresh eggs. I think the raw fish dish the previous reviewer was referring too was Kokoda, raw fish which cooks itself in lime juice to which coconut milk and cream is added, it is a great favorite with everyone who stays at the resort, it is a traditional Fijian food and on the menu of many hotels in Fiji. The overall quality of the food is really good. We met some wonderful people from all over the world many who had come from other resorts and wished they had only stayed at Botaira. The Manta Rays are back and daily trips to the' passage' were made available and all who went came back thrilled with the experience and photos were shared. Evenings were filled with laughter and all joined in the activities organized by Moses, the crab races were great fun. Botaira hosted a convention of local people to do with new fishing licences and the health and saftey of the reefs and the ocean, nearby resorts were involved too and it was interesting to listen to the presentation on the final evening. It was lovely to catch up with our hosts Jerry and Alumita again and hear of their plans for the resort. What is new is a massage bure overlooking the beach, I had a most relaxing massage by Sala, great addition to the resort, and the gym for those who are active. Solar hot water panels will be installed on every bure and is probably being done now. This will ensure that cold showers will be only by choice. A wonderful addition in time for the winter months. The trip to Soso village gave us the chance to catch up with former staff including Ase and it was lovely to see her husband Jerry looking well again after a serious illness. We have already planned our next visit to beautiful Botaira, even so it is always hard to leave. Thank you all, staff and fellow guests for making our stay so memorable and for the most moving farewell we have ever experienced, we love you all. Moce... Barb & Eddie
The beachfront are just that and the sunsets are so beautiful,
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