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Wednesday, 01 January 2020

Paradise Cove Resort, Fiji

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Tucked into the Yasawa Islands is a beautiful resort with the most welcoming staff who learn your name almost as soon as you arrive. You'll likely get there on the Yasawa Flyer which is part ferry, part day cruise meandering through these lovely islands - and the main transfer system in the Yasawas. When the boat stops in the deep water near each island the speed boats of the hotels or homestays pull up to it and collect their passengers.

We were whisked off to the shore while our luggage was retrieved by a different small boat and were led up to the bar area where the staff sang us a welcome song and gave us a glass of tropical juice before being shown to our rooms where our luggage was already waiting.

Our room was in 'The Cove' - an adult only area with two pools and multiple sun beds, chairs, sofas and even a second bar/restaurant area in case you wanted to request a private meal - though we preferred the main one with its ocean view. The cove has smooth wooden paths and decking all around it, with lush, manicured gardens and flowers everywhere. Kudos to the gardeners who kept it looking so good even in the strong winds we had one day.

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Our room was half of a small house with a cathedral ceiling and a huge outdoor bathroom. It was stylishly decorated and had everything we needed. We loved the outdoor shower and the comfy bed. It had its own porch with a lounge area looking toward the pools as well. Unlike most places that charged way too much for mini bar items, they had stocked the mini bar with beers and sodas which were free (though if you asked for it to be re-stocked you'd be charged for the extras). The room also had a living area with a large L shaped couch. There was a TV but it was too small and far away (on the opposite wall) to be usable. That was fine for us as we don't watch much TV, but it would be better if they had it on a small movable table so it could be repositioned near the couch for use on a rainy day, as they did have a large selection of movies and you wouldn't be able to watch anything over the wifi (probably not anywhere in the Yasawas actually as wifi is not their strong suit).

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The other room choices were ocean view, garden view or beachfront bungalows. The beachfront ones had their own reserved sun beds and a shady hut right in front of them. If the resort was fully booked there may not be enough loungers and huts for everyone on the beach, though you could sit up by one of the pools instead. The price range is very dependent on the dates. There were rooms as low as $150 on some of the booking sites in shoulder season when we went (late October) but popular times could be 3 or 4 times that and the beachfront bungalows much more.

The center area of the resort had a classy bar and restaurant overlooking the main pool and the ocean. Located right on a coral reef, the beach had hammocks, life sized chess, and the watersports area with free equipment for your use including snorkeling gear, paddle boards and kayaks. So there's plenty to do, or you can just relax and lie on the beach.

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