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300 palms and more…..

26 September 2013

Earlier this year Jim Valentine opened his Flora Tropica Gardens just 3 k down the road from Daku and since then we’ve sent a lot of our guests to visit them. The gardens have a magnificent display of flora with an emphasis on palms – Jim has collected over 300 varieties from all over the [...]

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Beaches, bays and Savusavu town

16 September 2013

Leonie Norton’s week of Botanical Art and Holiday Sketching earlier this year was another week of combining the glorious flora of Fiji with the pleasures of leaning to capture the local sights in sketches. Leonie describes the week: Another amazing week at Daku comes to a close. A week of near perfect weather with sunny [...]

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Oxbridge Easter weekend

25 August 2013

This was a long weekend of delightful indulgence for us. We invited the alumni of our own alma maters to come and enjoy each other’s company, and as part of it, give a talk of approximately 15 minutes on a subject of their own choosing – a sort of mini TED talk in the tropics [...]

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The art of using plastic cling film

28 June 2013

When I asked Elena’s group of painters what was the most important thing they had learned from the week, someone said that it was how to use plastic cling film to cover their palette. There was a lot of laughter at this but actually it contained a serious point that went to the heart of [...]

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Yoga with Pam: relax, refocus

16 June 2013

A retreat gives you time to explore your practice at a deeper level than usual, sinking into the disciplines of both the body and the mind. Pam structured her classes to explore the body in the morning, always staying mindful of the purpose behind each asana, moving gently amongst the students to correct, encourage, adjust. [...]

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Fiji Pearl Ocean Swim

5 June 2013

25 swimmers, three races, four relay teams, fabulous pearl bracelets as prizes, kayakers battling the rain, pearl barges full of swimmers….the first ever Ocean Swim in the northern division of Fiji was an exhilarating event. Sponsored by J Hunter Pearls, the Fiji Pearls Ocean Swim ran over three days: May 29 / 30 / 31 [...]

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“It was then that I realised, writing is not so difficult after all.”

3 April 2013

Jan Cornall’s writing retreat in March brought together a large, vibrant group of writers ranging from experienced and published authors to complete beginners. Let’s start with the beginners. Dinny Laufenboek describes her experience: “All too conscious of being a complete novice as far as writing fiction was concerned (if you discount the “spin” placed regularly [...]

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Hot hot hot

23 February 2013

  The year started off hot in Savusavu – although folk arriving from Australia were bringing stories of temperatures back in Melbourne and Sydney of over 40 degrees, which was way more that we were experiencing. The heat didn’t stop us enjoying the first yoga retreat of the year. Michele Jayne from Melbourne taught the [...]

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So that was 2012….

18 January 2013

I am mortified…..over two months since the last blog. And it’s not as if nothing has been happening. Far from it: a week’s visit from an artist from Queensland, Chris Postle, who gave free lessons to guests and locals, some great diving weather, a couple of local conferences, and the fabulous visit of the Melbourne [...]

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Ocean Swims from Daku

20 October 2012

We seem to have tripped into the area of Ocean Swims – and now we’re wondering why we never did it before. Warm seas, calm waters, easy entry and exit…. Lorraine and Norman after the 5 km swim It started off a couple of months ago when one of our guests, Norman Hantzsche, decided to [...]

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