My husband and I just returned from a week at Royal Davui, where we were both married and spent the beginning portion of our honeymoon. I can honestly say that I don't think we will ever be able to match the amazing experience we had at Royal Davui anywhere else. We have been VERY spoiled!
We are avid travelers and have been around the US, Europe and the Caribbean, but this was our first visit to the South Pacific and I had very high expectations. I spent roughly 6-7 months researching a variety of hotels and resorts in this area before narrowing our trip to two resorts - Royal Davui and Likuliku - for our two week trip. To be honest, I think we were perhaps slightly more excited about Likuliku prior to the trip, but we left Fiji feeling the exact opposite. Royal Davui could not have provided a more fantastic experience if it tried.
We arrived in Nadi at 5:10am on July 1st and took the plane/boat transfer to the island - Yvette, our pilot, was so nice and friendly! Despite the cloudy weather, that first glance of the island was beyond impressionable. It's like everyone says, a little cupcake sticking out of the ocean with gorgeous vales peeking out from the trees. We met the staff and our wedding coordinator, Seini, and were given our welcome drink and tour before being taken to our Vale.
The accommodations at Royal Davui are gorgeous, better in real life than you see in the pictures. We stayed in Vale 5 and couldn't have been happier. We loved opening up the walls of the bedroom (such a cool feature!) and relaxing on the bed, staring out at the different colors of blue of the ocean, seeing schools of fish jump in and out of the water and watching the sunsets. The living room had recently been refurnished and my husband enjoyed reading on the couch every afternoon. We had many room service meals brought to our room - eating on the deck was one of our favorite things to do on the island. The bathroom is beautiful – big tub, Pure Fiji products, great water pressure in the shower and the ceiling opens above you to give you the feeling of showering outside! The vale offers amazing privacy, which we did not have at our other resort. You could easily walk around your vale or swim in the plunge pool without worry of anyone seeing you. All of the vales are a very short walk to the restaurant and bar, which we visited every night.
The staff on the island was hands down the best we have ever experienced on any vacation we have taken. Seini, our wedding coordinator made the wedding planning so easy. She arranged for a lovely room service breakfast before an hour long couple's massages the morning of the wedding – no stress for us! Sinu, Jale, Reave and Siteri were such friendly and gracious hosts and quickly became good friends. My husband and I commented every day that, on many vacations, you feel as though the friendly face and smile you receive are fake; not so at Royal Davui. We felt that the staff truly cared that we enjoyed our stay. If I mentioned I wanted to do an activity, suddenly it was taken care of. If I said that I liked a particular drink, Reave remembered. Everyone knew us by name and asked us every day at dinner if we had enjoyed our day and wanted to know what we had done. We also commented that, given the tiny size of the island, it felt so intimate without being lonely or having the staff all over you. Service was not at all absent; however, they gave you your space unless you needed anything.
We expected to have a pretty lazy time at Royal Davui. However, we wound up kayaking, snorkeling, having two massages, visiting the sandspit, doing a village visit, feeding the fish on the jetty and trying the discover scuba program. Every activity was easy to arrange and we enjoyed everything, especially the snorkeling, the sandspit and the village visit. Plenty of people have commented on the sandspit, so suffice it to say it is an unforgettable experience and we saw the most gorgeous sunset of our lives from our little deserted island! We also participated in many of the nightly activities – my husband won a massage during the crab races one evening and the resort hosted a Fijian Lovo with Meke dancing and firewalkers the night of our wedding – it felt like an amazing reception just for us! Julie the manager arranged for the band to play a song for us and we were able to have our first dance as a married couple.
There are so many good things to say about Royal Davui and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone. We only regret that it’s a long way from Chicago to Fiji and can’t budget to stay there for our 1st anniversary! Vinaka vakalevu to our Royal Davui friends!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Royal Davui Island Resort is an exclusive adults-only sanctuary situated in Fiji's spectacular Beqa Lagoon offering a level of Fijian luxury, elegance and privacy not found in today's larger resorts. At Royal Davui Island Resort Fiji, the shell symbolises our invitation for you to come to our island paradise. Just a few guests can be accommodated at Royal Davui, so be prepared for an exclusive and exceptional experience from the moment of your arrival. Here the world-renowned warmth and hospitality of the Fijian people awaits you. Royal Davui Island Resort is an adults only resort, offering an ideal tropical island escape, vacation, honeymoon or wedding.Bula Vinaka! - Welcome to Royal Davui Island Resort Fiji ... more less
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