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Ten miles from the waterfront town of Savusavu on Vanua Levu’s southern shore, Koro Sun is an intimate retreat of just 31 rooms and eight villas surrounded by rain forest, gardens, beach and ocean. The property has become more upscale in recent years without compromising the Fijian style. Its excellent staff, Fijian cuisine and island charm are entirely unchanged.
Guests stay in traditional bures (Fijian for house) dotted across the 150-acre estate. Oceanview Garden Bures are the smallest and most affordable, but still feel spacious surrounded by white picket fences and lush gardens. The pitched, corrugated roofs give that quintessential island look, while inside, canopy beds and loft ceilings add a romantic vibe — which is appropriate since these rooms are just for two. Indulge in a private Edgewater Villa, situated along the ocean front, with ladders leading you directly into the lagoon.
Seaside Restaurant offers alfresco dining, island-inspired dishes and spectacular sunset views. For families, Raintree Bures offer two bedrooms, a full kitchen, a plunge pool and an outdoor stone shower. The screened porch looks directly onto the golf course and rainforest beyond.
Koro Sun is well known for the freshness and quality of its food, and the menus incorporate Pacific Rim–style dishes. Fruits are picked from trees on the property, the resort’s small farm produces fresh vegetables, and fresh-caught fish come straight from the boat to the kitchen.
Spa treatments also use local elements. A papaya facial, coconut scrub and wrap in banana leaves, all use fruits and herbs grown right on the property. During your massage you don’t have to suffer through New Age music — chirping birds and the stream that runs below the treatment rooms create a much calmer soundtrack.
Fiji has some of the world’s last great coral reefs, and at Koro Sun, not only can you take boat trips to snorkel over rich coral heads, you can also simply jum off the resort’s dock for more communing with tropical fish. For scuba divers, there are excellent sites nearby, and it’s not far to the renowned Somosomo Strait, with its soft coral gardens and caves of dazzling white coral. Daybeds on the small beach are a relaxing spot to end a day of kayaking, golfing, fishing, scuba-diving or bicycling into town. Cocktail hour at the bar is another must. And even though Koro Sun is perfect for kids, they’re kept so busy that honeymooners barely notice them.