Need To Know
Three exclusive-hire pool villas, each with two suites.
10am, but flexible subject to availability and a half-day rate. Check-in, 2pm (for guaranteed early check-in, you'll need to book the night before).
Double rooms from $1500.00, excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates cover welcome champagne and post-flight massage, all meals (including a five-course dinner), select non-alcoholic drinks, private dining, seven staff, hotel activities (guided snorkelling, kayaks, cooking lessons) and return Matei Airport transfers.
Spa treatments come to you, with therapists setting up massage tables on your open-air terrace (there’s no standalone spa). Drift off to the sounds of the sea and birdsong, as the long, sweeping Fijian stroke technique soothes away stress.
At the hotel
Private beach, bikes, boat, kayaks, gardens, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, iPod loaded with 500 songs, library of books, CDs, DVDs and board games, computer, fully stocked maxibar and kitchen, Pure Fiji toiletries, deck, hammock.
Our favourite rooms
Each of the two-bedroom, two-bathroom villas is wow-worthy, but for the best wraparound sea views and gorgeous Mod-Pacific interiors, we love the three-acre Grand Villa, which enjoys the loftiest location atop the headland (bag the master bedroom for ocean vistas). The Lower Beach Villa is handiest for beach access; the Upper Horizon Villa, between the two, works a more Balinese style. All come with romantic outdoor double showers; the top two villas also sport white stone baths in courtyards.
Each villa has its own private plunge pool, flanked by shaded day-beds and dining areas with panoramic Pacific views. Spot live-aboard diving yachts sailing past while you lap and laze, or dolphins frolicking in the waves.
Binoculars for scanning the azure horizon wouldn’t go amiss, but Taveuni’s savvy Brit/Kiwi owners have pretty much thought of everything, so just bring convivial companions to help you appreciate this peaceful paradise.
Alcohol, spa treatments, diving and excursions cost extra, as do golf and tennis (available nearby). Your villa staff includes a manager, two chefs, waiter, barman, housemaid and nanny, housed in separate quarters. Smoking is allowed outdoors only.
Welcome, with intimate family time assured in Taveuni Palms' private villas. Baby cots and extra beds for children under six can be supplied for free. Free babysitting with a nanny and a kids' menu are also available.
The delicious food ticks the three eco trends du jour – organic, seasonal and locally sourced – drawing on Fijian produce such as cassava, papaya and coconut, with homegrown vegetables, herbs and rainforest aromatics (think feisty ginger and vanilla). The self-sufficient Taveuni team catch fish, too.
This property is suitable for weddings