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Romantic Fiji

Escape for a Romantic Picnic or Intimate Dinner
Romantic Fiji
Fiji's is one of the world's most romantic places, where couples will find intimate escapes, private islands, and deluxe spa treatments. From hand-in-hand walks at sunset along a deserted beach to snorkeling in a pristine blue lagoon, this island nation delivers.
By Gayle Keck, AFAR Contributor
Photo by Marc Schmerbecka/age fotostock
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    Escape for a Romantic Picnic or Intimate Dinner
    Escape for a Romantic Picnic or Intimate Dinner
    If you're in the mood for an over-the-top romantic experience, take a helicopter trip to a private island such as Yadua Island. You'll be whisked off to a white sand beach, provisioned with champagne and a three-course picnic lunch. You've got the place all to yourself: snorkel, sunbathe, explore 27 acres of tropical forest—or invent your own Robinson Crusoe games. And it might just be the perfect place to pop the question and it's also currently for sale. A number of resorts will set up a dinner for two on the beach, but Laucala Island goes further, providing a lavish barbecue on your own private beach (or another location you choose). Fresh seafood, wagyu beef, and decadent desserts are cooked and served by gracious staff. If you'd like, Fijian singers will even serenade you with mellow tunes as you dine by torchlight. Turtle Island Resort offers dinner for two under the stars on a floating pontoon in the middle of Blue Lagoon (made famous by the movie of the same name) where the meal is served by boat.
    Photo by Marc Schmerbecka/age fotostock
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    Luxurious Couples' Spas
    Luxurious Couples' Spas
    Likuliku Lagoon on Malolo Island offers a wonderful spa night for couples. You have the entire spa to yourself and everything—the walkway, the rooms, even the floor—is decorated with candles and flowers. You start with champagne, canapés, and a foot scrub, followed by a couples' massage. Afterward, there's a milk bath in a tub with flowers floating on the water. Namale Resort and Spa offers a similar experience, which ends with Champagne and hors d'oeuvres on the deck of a private room overlooking the Koro Sea. Flowers, candlelight, indulgence—and perhaps some romance.
    Photo by Kzenon/age fotostock
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    A Private Island All of Your Own
    A Private Island All of Your Own
    If a private beach isn't enough, you can stay at a private island resort. You'll have the whole of Dolphin Island to yourself; the main bure overlooks a generous infinity pool, and two spacious guest suites feature stunning décor by New Zealand designer Virginia Fisher. Or spend a fantasy night on a hilltop in the dreamy four-poster bed at Sleep-Out Bure that's lit by candles and lanterns. Wadigi Private Island's cliffside villa has three deluxe suites but is only rented to one couple or group at a time. The staff includes two chefs, a hostess and housekeeping, and a boat captain; there is also an infinity pool and two private beaches.
    Photo courtesy of Tourism Fiji
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    Private Pool and Private Beaches
    Private Pool and Private Beaches
    The private plunge pools at Royal Davui Island resort are small—more the size of a hot tub—but the views are spectacular, thanks to a cliffside setting that puts you well above the water. Ask for a villa that faces the sunset and you'll get one of the best shows in Fiji, or stay at Tokoriki Island Resort—the beachfront pool villas have panoramic sunset views. Each villa on Laucala Island has an infinity pool large enough to swim in and some and the Plateau villas atop Nawi Mountain have spectacular views of the sea. Many resorts offer beachfront lodging, but for the ultimate in romantic luxury, consider a resort where you'll have your own private swathe of sand, such Turtle Island where each of the 14 villas have a private beach. A number of Laucala Island's 25 villas feature large, flat, perfectly groomed beaches, complete with a personal yoga platform. Greenery tastefully protects views from neighboring villas.
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    Adults Only
    Adults Only
    Resorts in Fiji cater to all segments of the vacation market, but the adults-only resorts specialize in blissful honeymoons, anniversaries, vow-renewals, and straightforward relaxing getaways. Most adults-only resots do not allow children under 16; check with individual resorts for their specific rules. Some top adults-only resorts include Likuliku Lagoon, with the first over-water bures in Fiji; Qamea Resort and Spa, with secluded villas and spa pools; Tadrai Island Resort, which has private plunge pools and outdoor showers; and Lomani Island Resort, where some suites have private sun decks.
    Photo by Stuart W./age fotostock
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    Ephemeral, Magical Sandbars
    Ephemeral, Magical Sandbars
    During low tide, sandbars can emerge from the middle of the ocean. These pristine sandscapes are visible for a few hours, then disappear again as the ocean closes over them. A number of resorts will take you to one of the sandbars when the tide is right, leaving you with a picnic, champagne, a beach umbrella, and snorkel gear. It's like being shipwrecked—but in a good way. Royal Davui Resort offers a trip to a sandbar that's near some magnificent snorkeling reefs, or you can just relax and enjoy the solitude. Likuliku Lagoon's sandbar offers views of nearby islands, and you can snorkel there too. Note that times for trips will vary with the tides, so organize in advance with your resort.
    Photo by Lee Corbett/age fotostock
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    Extinct Volcano, Beautiful Beach
    Extinct Volcano, Beautiful Beach
    There's no shortage of romantic beaches on Fiji's 300-plus islands, but perhaps the most beautiful is Horseshoe Bay beach, on Matangi Island. Featured in the book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, the entire island is shaped like a horseshoe, with the white-sand beach at its center. The curved ends of the island embrace the blue waters, forming a setting that's hard to beat for views of water, jungle, clouds, and stunning sunsets. The island's unusual shape is due to its collasped volcanic caldera which created the beautiful bay.
    Photo by Martin Stoll/Sparkloft Media