Tides Reach Resort, Taveuni Island, Fiji
As I looked down over Tides Reach Resort from the cliff top above, I was intrigued. I marvelled at the white sand beach. The beautiful simple structures of the villas. The minimal footprint it had on the landscape.
When I arrived at the front entrance, Tides Reach Resort looked so unassuming. As I walked through to the main pavillion, I noticed quad bikes (ATV) and bicycles. Then it hit me – that white sand beach and the stunning vista there the tides reach the shore. Breathtaking. I immediately thought that yes, Tides Reach Resort is as special as I thought it may have been.
The staff, local Fijians, greeted us with a warm “Bula!” and beautiful smiles. Fiji is known as the place “where happiness finds you” and for me, I found my happiness at Tides Reach Resort.
The main pavilion is a combined lounge / dining space. I noticed the two guitars standing proudly in the corner – for guest use, they say. What a nice touch, ideal for relaxing evenings in this Taveuni paradise. A beautifully crafted timber table houses a selection of board games including two of my favourites – yahtzee and rummikub, taking me back to fond childhood memories. The perfect accompaniment to a family holiday.
Attention to detail is evident everywhere. From the concrete tables to the candles on the bar and the artwork on the walls. The comfortable lounges that you can sink into and laze the days away. The polished concrete floors softened with rugs and blending with the wooden armchairs. The table top runners and accessories – everything finding its place in this welcoming, airy space.
I want to linger on the armchair but am drawn towards the swimming pool on the deck of the pavillion, surrounded by deck chairs. From there, just a few steps away, are the watersports. If you’re feeling energetic, perhaps a kayak or stand-up paddle board. Or, the staff at Tides Reach Resort can arrange a deep sea fishing trip for you on their 28-foot Edgewater fishing boat. Have fun on the Jet Ski cruising the Pacific Ocean. Or perhaps scuba diving with a dedicated dive boat. Or simply snorkel off the beach or arrange to be taken out to the nearby Rainbow Reef famed for its amazing snorkelling and dive sites, particularly the Great White Wall.
At Tides Reach Resort, everything seems so easy. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff. Your meals are included in your rate and are prepared by the chef using fresh ingredients with local fruits, organically grown vegetables onsite, freshly caught fish and catering to special dietary requests. It’s like a farm to table experience – so fresh, flavourful and mostly healthy (except for the moorish dessert that you can’t resist!). Non alcoholic beverages are also included in your rate, as are the non-motorised activities.
Resort casual attire is recommended, in keeping with the surroundings. Never mind about packing too much – daily laundry is included in your accommodation rate.
Time to relax and rejuvenate? The onsite spa therapists at Tides Reach Resort offer you a veriety of treatments specifically designed to balance our mind, body and spirit. Using the beautiful island scents and Pure Fiji products, you will feel hydrated, refreshed and glowing afterwards.
Tides Reach Resort was founded in October 2012 and is truly the only resort on the beach combining 5-star service with traditional friendly Fijian hospitality. There are four personally styled, luxury beachfront suites. These are set amongst a backdrop of lush mountains whilst sitting on pristine sand and affording you an impressive vista of crystal blue water and Rainbow Reef in the distance.
There are two Beachfront Deluxe Villas with an attached living room and wrap-around deck, offering some 1200 square feet of space. These Beachfront Deluxe Villas can accommodate up to six people. Then there are the two very spacious Beachfront Standard Villas with 800 square feet to accommodate up to three people. All villas include designer bath amenities, oversized bath, wifi in the room, flat screen TV with satellite, luxe Belgium linens, bath robes and literally just a few steps away from the beach.
Tides Reach Resort is an ideal property for a Fiji Honeymoon or couples who want to escape from it all. The Beachfront Deluxe Villas are an ideal choice for families. My recommendation is also that Tides Reach Resort is a fantastic choice for an extended family getaway, a reunion, a special celebration with a group of friends or a stunning destination Fiji wedding.
The property is located on the island of Taveuni, the “garden island” of Fiji. It is a volcanic island which has an inactive crater and now stands as a lake known as Lake Tagiumoucia. 80% of Taveuni island is the Bouma National Heritage Park which means there are plenty of great walks to explore during your stay at Tides Reach Resort. This includes the dramatic 5km Lavena Coastal Walk. Taveuni Island has a population of just over 16,000 people with a total of 14 villages and the local staff at Tides Reach Resort can arrange a local village visit during your stay should you wish to understand more of the Fijian culture.
I cannot recommend Tides Reach Resort highly enough! It is a truly amazing property and must be seen and experienced personally to understand how special this place really is. Taveuni Island holds a very special place in my heart and so too now, does Tides Reach Resort.
Carly Evans from Bespoke Travel is an accredited Matai Specialist with Tourism Fiji. Carly has visited Taveuni Island, Fiji on three occassions, as well as having travelled to the Yasawas, Mamanucas, Coral Coast and Denarau.