Fiji – Royal Davui

Fiji - Royal Davui

Just 16 luxury bures nestled on an island that can be swum around in 40 minutes – for the more exercise inclined – Royal Davui is a definiteive honeymmooners’ daydream and a definite way to disappear from life’s stresses for a few days.

Days are spent by the pool, snorkelling or taking advantage of the gorgeously secluded, brilliantly equipped (indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, iPads, wall-to-wall glass doors that open onto the sea, air-conditioning for those that like to keep the doors closed instead), sea-front bures that are cleverly tucked in among the trees so that each couple feels as if they are the only one there.

On-call boat trips to nearby islands offer waterfall hikes or picnics a deux on deserted islands that only appear when the tide is low, while the bar at night – set in the branches of a giant Banyan tree – brings all the guests together for cocktails and the occasional hermit crab race – before they retire separately for dinner to enjoy delicious locally grown and caught food.

The perfect desert island getaway – the only slight downside of this destination is the lack of beach. It appears only at low tide – but when it does you can wander almost all the way around the island amid the rocks and truly realise your Castaway fantasy.

If you can, try to book a bure on the sunset side of the island rather than the sunrise side – if you want a lie-in. The service is as friendly and helpful as you’ll come to expect in Fiji and standards are high – however this resort has a slightly less formal atmosphere than some others in the area and it’s more about relaxation than big activities. Having said that, the spa is not as much of a focus as elsewhere – as a destination it has to be a 9 out of 10, while the plush-ometre of the amenities is more like a 7. But then not everyone needs a state-of-the-art spa when they’re on a desert island, do they?