Volivoli Beach Resort from Fiji joins the Best Boutique Collection

The dive resort at the Northern tip of Fiji’s main island Viti Levu is run by the Darling family in third generation and has been completely renovated after cyclone Winston left a huge damage in 2016.

With the fourth member of the Best Boutique Collection, the new representation company for stylish boutique resorts and lodges is expanding to the South Pacific.

With its rich and colourful underwater world, abundantly blessed with soft corals, it is no wonder that Jean-Michel Cousteau named Fiji the “Soft Coral Capital of the World”. The family-run Volivoli Beach Resort is located at the Northern tip of Viti Levu in Rakiraki with direct access to the Bligh Water Passage where the majority of the dive sites are at a depth between 20 and 40 metres. Besides soft and hard corals, divers can expect to see large gorgonia fans, small caverns, lobsters, sepia as well as schools of barracuda and jack fish. At certain times of the year, it is also possible to see hammerhead sharks and eagle rays. At the dive sites closer to the resort, macro and critters including the rare ornate ghost pipefish as well as two wrecks offer diversified dives. The PADI and SSI dive centre “Ra Divers”, directly located in the resort, runs courses up to instructor level.

After hurricane Winston erased a large part of the resort in 2016, the Darling family decided to take this as a chance and upgrade the resort. Along with the renovation, new Luxury Ocean Front Villas were introduced, with two bedrooms, a private swimming pool and a spacious outdoor covered living area. In total, Volivoli Beach Resort offers 33 rooms and villas in five different categories.

Local Fijian customs such as Meke (traditional style of dance and singing performance), Lovo (earth oven prepared food) and Kava (traditional ceremonial drink) are performed weekly, typically on a Thursday night at the Ra Bar in the resort. For further exploration of Fijis stunning landscape, nature and culture, guests can choose from a variety of excursions offerd at the resort such as a guided cultural village tour, a waterfall adventure tour, regional trekking, Standup Paddle Boarding River Adventure and a sunset cruise.

“We are very excited to welcome more guests from Europe in Fiji through our new partnership with Best Boutique Collection. While Fiji is certainly on the bucket list of many divers there, the time difference makes it difficult for us to efficiently communicate with the tour operators. On the consumer level, we need to address the prejudices that a vacation in Fiji is pretty expensive and that it is very tedious to get here,”says owner and General Manager Nick Darling.

The best travel time for Fiji is between April and December. Fiji is easily accessible from Europe with only one stop in Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore, Los Angeles or San Francisco, hence offering multiple options for an interesting city break on the way to paradise. The nearest airport to Volivoli Resort is Nadi International (NAN) and the transfer time from the airport to the resort takes about 2,5 hours.

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About Best Boutique Collection

Under the umbrella brand "Best Boutique Collection" individual and stylish boutique resorts and lodges are marketed, which are characterised by an exceptional feel-good atmosphere and excellent service. None of the member's hotels may belong to any chain. With a maximum of 40 rooms, suites or villas, it is ensured that guests will enjoy a personal service and privacy. The philosophy of the brand can be summed up with one sentence: “Stay in Style”. Best Boutique Collection currently has member resorts in Fiji, Indonesia and the Philippines