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Romantic Fiji

Escape for a Romantic Picnic or Intimate Dinner
Romantic Fiji
Fiji is one of the world's most romantic places, with intimate escapes, private islands, and deluxe spa treatments all on offer. 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, where you'll be whisked off to a white-sand beach, provisioned with champagne and a three-course picnic lunch, and have the place all to yourselves. Snorkel, sunbathe, explore the 27 acres of tropical forest, invent your own Robinson Crusoe games, or possibly even pop the question there. (Looking for a special engagement present? It's also currently for sale!) A number of resorts will set up a dinner for two on the beach, but Laucala Island goes one step further, providing a lavish barbecue on your own private beach or any other location you'd like. Wherever you settle, fresh seafood, Wagyu beef, and decadent desserts are cooked and served by gracious Laucala staff, and Fijian singers will 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 the 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
    On Malolo Island, Likuliku Lagoon will arrange a wonderful spa night for couples. You'll have the entire spa to yourself, and everything—the walkway, the rooms, even the floor—is decorated with candles and flowers. 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 in 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 Your Own
    A Private Island All 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 yourselves; the main bure overlooks a generous infinity pool, and two spacious guest suites feature stunning decor by New Zealand designer Virginia Fisher. Or spend a fantasy night on a hilltop in the dreamy four-poster bed at Sleep-Out Bure, which is illuminated 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 include two chefs, a hostess, a housekeeper, and a boat captain, and there is also an infinity pool and two private beaches.
    Photo courtesy of Tourism Fiji
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    Private Pools and Private Beaches
    Private Pools 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, where the beachfront pool villas have panoramic sunset views. Many resorts offer beachfront lodgings, but for the ultimate in romantic luxury, consider a resort where you'll have your own private swath of sand, such Turtle Island, whose 14 villas each have their own private beach. All 25 villas on Laucala Island have individual infinity pools large enough to swim in, and the Plateau villas atop Nawi Mountain have spectacular views of the sea. Others on the property feature large, flat, perfectly groomed beaches, complete with personal yoga platforms and greenery that tastefully protects views from neighboring villas.
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    Adults Only
    Adults Only
    While the resorts in Fiji cater to all segments of the vacation market, the adults-only properties specialize in blissful honeymoons, anniversaries, vow renewals, and straightforward relaxation. Most adults-only resorts do not allow children under 16; check with individual properties for their specific rules. Some top adults-only accommodations include Likuliku Lagoon, with the first overwater bures in Fiji; Qamea Resort and Spa, with secluded villas and spa pools; Tadrai Island Resort, with private plunge pools and outdoor showers; and Lomani Island Resort, where some suites have private sundecks.
    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 has views of nearby islands, and you can snorkel there, too. Note that times for trips will vary with the tides, so organize the outing 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 stretches of sand 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, creating a setting that's hard to beat for views of water, jungle, clouds, and stunning sunsets. The island's unusual contours are due to a collapsed volcanic caldera that created the beautiful bay.
    Photo by Martin Stoll/Sparkloft Media