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October 4, 2011

The journey to Matangi is well worth the effort! Vacationers will arrive into the on Air Pacific into Taveuni Island Airport. The flight from Nadi to Taveuni is exceptional way to start your trip. On the 90 minute flight from Nadi in the small aircraft flying about 7000 feet elevation, vacationers will have a birds-eye view looking over the mountain ranges of the Viti Levu and then onto the sea surrounding the Fijian islands. Vacationers can look deep into the waters and see the massive coral reefs around the islands. Make sure to explain to guest to have their camera ready for the flight, as this is not a sight to miss. Upon landing into Taveuni Island Airport guests will be picked up by the resorts min-bus (seats 8 people including the driver and luggage). Guests are taken on a 20-minute drive to the boat landing. The mini-bus will drive rate out onto the sandy beach to the water where the boat’s captain and resort crew is waiting to carry your luggage onto the boat. Once the luggage is arranged they will assist you from the beach into the back of the boat, this is a wet landing meaning off with your shoes, take a few steps into the water and up the three-step ladder into the boat. The boat will take about 20-minutes to get to Matangi, we were there when the sea waves were high however the boat they used made for a very comfortable ride.

Arriving at Matangi by the staff is on the beach waiting to welcome you to their home by playing instruments and singing in their native language! This is also a wet boat launch, this time the staff is first off the boat to lend you a hand to climb down the ladder into the water, shoes off because you will get wet! Then onto the beach where you are whisked away on a quick tour of the resort and lead straight into your bure!

The resort grounds are well maintained and offer an extensive area to walk and hike as well as jump into the water to cool off. There are plenty of activities to do in the water; kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, water skiing as well as land options for village tours, hiking trails to the top of the ridge on the island, hiking to the waterfalls, journey to a pearl farm and volleyball to name a few. They also have a multimedia room that is air-conditioned offering a large TV with DVD selection.

Matangi’s bures feature something very unique inside… air-conditioned bed areas! The family at Matangi decided they wanted to give guests the option to have an air-conditioning as an option for the hot summer nights but wanted to do so in an environmentally friendly way, and from this was born the air-conditioned bed area. In the top of your four-poster bed is a built-in air-conditioning unit that only works when you have let down the white mosquito netting. This allows guests to have a comfortable sleeping environment and conserves energy due to the small space receiving the air-conditioning.

There are three styles of bures are well appointed comfortable barefoot chic. The most expansive and sought after are the Tree House Bure. They are perched up on stilts into the trees overlooking the water and split into three levels giving the feeling of more space. The units offer a large private sundeck and separate outdoor Jacuzzi tub. The Tub and deck area needed a little refreshing and we were promised this is being done in early 2011. In addition is large bathroom enough rooms for 2 and if you would like more space step outside to the outdoor lava rock shower. Stacked high with rock nestled into the foliage and unique and private setting await!

Beachfront Bure are slightly smaller, by about 100 square feet but still offer a wonderful space to relax and unwind. All units are made out of bamboo and lava rock topped off with palm thatching for a roof. Rick deep woods decorate your bure. The outdoor lave rock shower is a nice treat or sit out on your private veranda only steps from the beach to watch the sunset. These were my personal favorite, because of the location of the water!

Matangi is a great place for couple, honeymooners or people celebrating an anniversary. Offer this resort to anyone looking to offer something special to a loved one. On last wonderful amenity is guests arrange a day at Horseshoe Bay. This is a three minute boat ride on the back side of the island. One couple a day can book a trip to Horseshoe Bay, guests are taken by boat dropped off and left with a meal if the choice or simply privacy to enjoy a nap in a handing bed or a swim in the private lagoon or arrange a spa treatment here… radio back to the resort and the staff will pick guests up. What a way to spend your vacation!

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