It’s been almost 5 months since our dreams came true with our honeymoon visit to Raiwasa! Our lives were greatly impacted by this experience that my words below have no way of doing Raiwasa justice! We are still residually affected by Raiwasa in our day to day life when we smell something that takes us back there; feel a breeze that makes us take a deep breath to hope we can return soon; feel the compassion from someone in our hometown that reminds us of the Fijian kindness and hospitality at Raiwasa; and so many other instances that bring the desire in our hearts to find peace in our hearts and souls just remembering the lifelong impact of Raiwasa!
My experience as a soon to be married man was a pleasure in exploring my selection for our honeymoon to Fiji. I narrowed down my decision to Fiji after great consideration of the Maldives, Bora Bora, Bali, Tahiti, Hawaii and Greece. My decision on Fiji was because I wanted to experience the tropical and remote destination that has breathtaking waterfalls everywhere. I researched the Fijian Islands for weeks if not months to make my final decision on Raiwasa Private Resort which is located on the 3rd largest Fijian Island called Taveuni. Hundreds of properties were considered by me after I juxtaposition of all these properties to find the diamond. So I found Raiwasa to be that diamond where I would Raiwasa (look to the sea) with my beautiful new wife!
I initially made an inquiry about Raiwasa to communicate directly with the Owner, Mr. Patrick Janin. Raiwasa is unexplainable as we know this, but let me start my experience with Patrick. He’s a 7 star owner of the most beautiful property in Fiji in my personal opinion. I cannot begin to calculate how many times he responded in depth to my emails, spoke to me on the phone multiple times for hours and did FaceTime calls with me personally and then with both my fiancé and I after I let the cat out the bag on where we were going. I wanted my crème de la crème location to be Raiwasa but I also wanted another property to visit as well for our 2 week honeymoon. Patrick knows the Fijian Islands like the back of his hand so he networked his connections and we finally found a 2nd location for our departure after Raiwasa that I’ll mention briefly at the end. So, Patrick is really the main reason I settled on Raiwasa and he became a lifelong friend through this process.
We flew from Atlanta to LA on Delta Airlines and directly into Nadi International Airport using Fijian Airways to begin our journey. Upon arrival to Nadi we immediately were greeted by Fijian people, music and culture at the airport. We loaded onto a small craft 19 passenger Fijian Airways plane that would take us about 1 hour northeast of Nadi to the 3rd largest Fijian Island called Taveuni. As we flew into Matei Airport in Taveuni, I noticed out my plane window in our last seconds above the blue water the property we were about to inhabit for the next 5 days called Raiwasa. I get chills just at the thought of how perfect this experience was unfolding! We were immediately greeted by the first of our 12 staff members at Raiwasa by Boji would would escort us in the Raiwasa truck to the Raiwasa property. In the truck we knew we were going to get first class treatment the entire way when Boji blessed us with mango oil covered wet washcloths that I can still smell to this day. It was a perfect gift after our long flight to Fiji from the USA!
As we arrived to the resort, again we were greeted with Fijian love ! Fresh coconut water, live music and lots of smiles. From day 1 stepping onto the property we were treated with the utmost respect and love. It was something we will never forget. The Fijian love is something we had never experienced and Raiwasa was the epitome of that.
Every evening we were greeted by the property manager, who discussed our plans for the next day. This included: activities, meals, excursions and spa treatments. Whatever we could imagine, was put on our itinerary for the next day. We never grew bored at Raiwasa! Excursions such as snorkeling, waterfall tours, horseback riding, deep-sea fishing, private beach picnics and much more ! And that did not include all of the activities you were able to do on-site. Swimming in the infinity pool over looking the South Pacific, paddle boarding, kayaking, Fijian ceremonies, biking, etc.
Each excursion was planned with so much detail. The staff would pack special meals, drinks, and anything and everything you needed for the excursion. We were always so very pampered !
One of our favorite outings was our journey to Boma Falls. After exploring and jumping in the falls, we were taken to an exclusive part of the falls where a private lunch was set up for us. This is something the staff had to get permission from the nature park to set up for us. We had live music, food, drinks, and a beautiful arch that was handmade with beautiful Fijian flowers! It was unreal and so romantic for our honeymoon.
In addition to the amazing excursions, the food at Raiwasa is 5 stars! Each dish is carefully handcrafted and tastes absolutely delicious. We have dined at many top restaurants around the world and Raiwasa’s food is unforgettable. Definitely some of the best dishes we have ever had !
After staying at Raiwasa for 5 days our stay was coming to an end... we did not want to leave. The one thing we said we would miss most is the love of the Fijian people and the way the staff cared and loved on us. It was something we had never experienced anywhere else. We truly felt we were in a dream our entire stay.
If you are planning your next vacation, honeymoon, or get away please do not look any further! There is no place that compares to Raiwasa. The people, the experience, the views, the uniqueness... it is something that no other resort can match!
We love Raiwasa and it’s people and we cannot wait to come visit again. This is not a goodbye, but a see you later, Raiwasa !!