300 palms and more…..

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 […]

September 26th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on 300 palms and more…..

Beaches, bays and Savusavu town

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 […]

September 16th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Beaches, bays and Savusavu town

Oxbridge Easter weekend

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 […]

August 25th, 2013|Categories: Life at Daku, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Oxbridge Easter weekend

The art of using plastic cling film

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 […]

June 28th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on The art of using plastic cling film

Yoga with Pam: relax, refocus

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 […]

June 16th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Yoga with Pam: relax, refocus

Fiji Pearl Ocean Swim

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.

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June 5th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Fiji Pearl Ocean Swim

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

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 […]

April 3rd, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

Hot hot hot


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. […]

February 23rd, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Hot hot hot

So that was 2012….

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 […]

January 18th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on So that was 2012….

Water is for washing brushes only!

Kerrie Lester’s third painting retreat at Daku was her busiest to date.  There was a difference this year in that much of the painting took place on the deck of the villa where Kerrie was […]

Ocean Swims from Daku

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 […]

October 20th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Ocean Swims from Daku

Making peace with life


Elena’s painting retreat was a journey to new places for everyone. The journey to Fiji was just the beginning. It turned out to be a voyage of both artistic growth and self discovery.

The landscapes and […]

October 12th, 2012|Categories: Art, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Making peace with life