We were very blessed and fortunate to be able to take an overseas holiday at the conclusion of a full school and work year. To re-group as a family and reward ourselves for staying on course with a few wobbles thrown in.
Our first destination was to the pacific island of Fiji. Only 3.5 hours flight from Brisbane. We were on Fiji time from the moment we stepped on board the plane.
It is the ideal location for us because we ceased to be busy, routine was thrown out of the window and we thrived on Fiji time (in all sense of the word).
We rejuvenated at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton on Sonasali Island. To get there from Nadi International Airport is super easy.
30 minutes by private car and a 1 min boat ride from mainland.
We arrived at a secluded tropical paradise and stayed in a beach bure (Fijian word for wood-and-straw hut). The unobstructed views, swaying coconut trees, friendly smiles and waves lapping onto the shore serenaded our bodies and mind to just ... relax and breathe deeply.
Our days were spent in the pool, by the pool, at the pool bar, on the sun lounges...you get the point. In the evenings, we would head to the restaurant for dinner, hit our pillows by 9pm, awakened leisurely at 9am, be one of the last families to show up at the extensive breakfast buffet before plunging in to the pools for the day.
There was something for everyone. We were 1000% present with each other and nothing else mattered. Just us.
Charlotte and Daniel went to Kids' Club for a few hours and met other children, learnt to catch sand crabs, made a kite using recycled materials, etc. The husband went to the gym and I read...check out my reading spot below:
Suffice to say, we were very content and grateful.
After three full days on beautiful and relaxing Sonasali Island, we departed for our next destination. To my surprise, I found myself slightly teary when we departed because the Fijian people we had encountered were absolutely beautiful and that deliberate pause was exactly what my soul desperately needed.
Vinaka vaka levu Fiji and your people. We will return.