We booked Daku randomly from a small internet cafe on Taveuni Island and I am ridiculously grateful that we made that serendipitous booking.
While we only had one night - 24 hours total at Daku, we left feeling like we'd been there a week. Daku is an low key, vintage-style resort on a 100 year old coconut plantation near the seaside town of Savusavu on Fiji's second largest (and most beautiful island) Vanua Levu.
We stayed in an Ocean View Bure - the cheapest accommodation option and it was lovely. Bright and airy with a balcony to read our books on and look out at the ocean. The bathroom was huge and we were conveniently located right near the resort's large, aqua pool. Although swimming at the beach across the road was a highlight. The ocean around Vanua Levu is crystal clear and deliciously warm, perfect for snorkeling.
Daku is a simple, beautiful resort. The staff were incredibly friendly and we felt instantly at home. The ladies in the kitchen even prepared a stuffed chicken and veggies for us to take into the hot springs in town to cook in the scalding water - an activity we were recommended to do. While the springs themselves were a tad anti-climactical in terms of aesthetics, the chicken was yummy and only took 20 mins to cook! We taxied it back to the resort and the girls in the kitchen made a wonderful lunch out of it for us.
The menu at Daku was much like the resort itself. Simple, authentically Fijian with a local feel. Savusavu is quite a distance from the mainland or any large town, which means that much of the produce used in dishes is grown on the property and the seafood gathered from the local market. For us this was amazing as we're all about eating local.
Delia and JJ the British owners of Daku were always around to make sure that their guests had everything they needed. They were a mine of information on what to do around the island and were interesting, worldly and open people who we loved chatting with.
The pièce de résistance however was Daku's hilltop Yoga Shala. As a yoga instructor it was my dream spot to practice and my boyfriend's ideal spot to workout after our eight days of intrepid travel and filmmaking.
Vanua Levu is worth the travel time and Daku is the perfect spot to stay. You won't blow your budget and you'll leave feeling like you've experienced Fiji like it should be. This island's distance from the mainland means that it's not saturated with tourists or cheesy resorts and the beaches are truly spectacular.
We loved our time at Daku so much and our hosts Delia and JJ that we're hosting a wellness retreat there in November 2014. I can't wait to get back there, explore a lot more and do some scuba diving!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Daku Resort is Vintage Fiji at Vintage Prices. All the pleasures of a bure in a traditional bayside resort without the prices of five star resort life. Accommodation - ranging from villas with their own pools to simple bures around the main resort pool. Food - ranging from gourmet dinners taken at the resort's communal table, through traditional Fijian dishes to a plate of fries for the kids when needed. Drinks - ranging from the exotic "Dakuree" cocktail through a competitively priced wine list to a bowl of Kava with the friendliest staff you'll ever meet. Activities - ranging from diving,snorkeling, kayaking and trekking to Yoga, and writing, painting and singing courses. Daku is no ordinary Fijian resort. It's for those who want something different. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Daku Hotel Savusavu
- Daku Resort Savusavu
- Daku Resort Fiji/Savusavu