Don’t worry, it doesn’t take long to adjust your internal clock to Fiji time. As soon as you lie back on a hammock and look across the calm turquoise waters and surrounding coral reef, a certain calmness comes over you. Finally you can relax. It’s how Australians Sue and Rob Cecconi felt when they first set foot on the island of Malolo in 2009. They loved it so much they bought it, rejuvenated it and named it Tropica Island Resort.
The retreat, catering especially for adults, is known for two things: celebrations (honeymoons and weddings are popular here) and rejuvenation. Picture this: lolling in a freshwater horizon pool and sipping on a cocktail while watching the sunset – bliss! Then taking a walk through the gardens, past the waterfalls, rock walls and fish ponds to your cabin, known as a bure. It’s here your absolute private beachfront with swaying palms is revealed! The bures, all with wooden decks, are made for lounging about all day – but be warned, there’s no TV. If those digs don’t get you in the zone, there are spa treatments available – the signature Tropica massage uses Fijian oils.
Hungry? In the restaurant menu the changes daily and there are cooking classes on offer. But, best of all (yes, even better than the setting!), is the warm island hospitality from the moment you arrive. You’ll be greeted with a welcoming song from staff and return visitors say it’s the staff that keep them coming back. Getting to Tropica Island is easy, just hop on a South Sea Cruises catamaran transfer from Port Denarau Marina. It operates three times a day. Seaplane transfers are also available.