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Royal Davui

Fiji

Property: Royal Davui Island Resort

Region: Baqa Lagoon

Resort size: 16 stunning vale, which means home in Fijan, situated on a 10-acre, adults-only island

Flight time: Getting to Royal Davui requires a 4-hour flight from Minneapolis or Chicago to Los Angeles, followed by 11 hours from Los Angles to Nadi Airport in Fiji. From there, couples can reach Royal Davui in one of three ways: 

  1. Plane and launch: A short 20-minute flight on Hibiscus Air (flights run twice daily to accommodate different arrival times at Nadi Airport), followed by a 30-minute “fast launch” boat ride across Beqa Lagoon.
  2. Helicopter: A 35-minute flight from Nadi Airport over jungles, waterfalls, and villages, landing directly on the island.
  3. Road and launch: A 3-hour scenic drive from Nadi Airport to Royal Davui’s jetty, followed by a 30-minute boat ride.

Why I’m smitten: Without a doubt, Royal Davui is a honeymoon heaven. Nestled along the edge of the private island, the resort's stunning vales boast pinch-me views, heated plunge pools, spa baths, sun decks, and wet bars. Moreover, these beauties were built on the premise that a luxury sanctuary can exist responsibly, meaning the resort is committed to protecting what brings visitors to the island every year—its unbelievable natural beauty. As such, Royal Davui’s villas sit on areas that didn’t require its oldest trees to be cut down, and the resort was strategic about avoiding harm to its precious reefs. (Hello, out-of-this-world snorkeling!)

While an oasis for relaxation, Royal Davui also offers a variety of inclusive activies (all meals with fresh menus daily also are included):

  • Cooking classes
  • Coconuts classes
  • Stand-up paddle boards
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Hobie cat sailing
  • Bocce and croquet
  • Beach picnics

Speaking of beach picnics…

A truly magical Sand Cay Picnic can be arranged, where couples are whisked away on a 7-minute boat ride to a pristine white sand beach  surrounded by crystal clear tide pools. Here, the love of your life and you can spend an afternoon—complete with sunshade, picnic mats, and a meal of your choice. Check out the photo below to get a sense of the surrealness of this experience.

Travel tip: Aviation requirements and Royal Davui’s remote location mean that weight requirements are strictly enforced on luggage. All bags are limited to 44 pounds. However, if you know that your bag is going to tip the scale beyond the magic number 44, special arrangements can be made. These need to be taken care of in advance, though, so be sure to touch base with your honeymoon consultant well before your departure!

(Photos courtesy of Royal Davui)