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April/May 2012

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racing champion, whom Grahame picked up off the docks of Suva as a loitering youngster and taught to sail, now gives Hobie Cat lessons at the resort. The ocean around the island is usually relatively calm, being protected by a large reef farther to sea that provides the barrier for Beqa lagoon. "The tides are very kind to Royal Davui," says Christopher. "We have a great deal of respect for the water around us—it is our biggest asset. We do all we can to maintain the natural beauty of the lagoon." At Royal Davui, guests may go out on a fishing boat to try to catch their own dinner. Farther out, the fishing guide will place lines behind the boat and cruise quickly enough to keep the lines taut. One afternoon, in the water ob- scured by the foam coming off the boat, shapes move through the water. It's diffi- cult to determine what they are, but one thing is certain: They are moving along with the boat. The guests laugh and point. "Dolphins!" they cry, as three of the creatures shoot from the water, leaping, arcing, and racing the boat. Afterwards, as the sun sets, the guests lounge and compare their tan or sunburn lines. Grahame jokes that every shower a guest takes here will view to a thrill Opposite, elegant nets protect the bed in one of the resort's Premium Rooms. This page, from top, a prime view from a Premium Room; a bathroom set up for romance; and a living room with retractable walls, allowing sea breezes to blow inside. restore two years to his life, because the resorts's mineral- heavy water comes from a sacred spring high on Beqa Island. Grahame acquired access to the spring by meeting with vil- lagers and promising to pump down water to Beqa's villages, in addition to supplying the resort via an underwater pipe- line. There is more than enough water for everyone, but Royal Davui regulates how much fresh water it pipes in so that the runoff does not disturb the surrounding coral beds. Royal Davui welcomes only guests over the age of 16. All accommodations feature sleeping pavilions, oversized bath- rooms with Jacuzzi tubs and separate marble showers, two out- door decks for private dining and lounging, a private plunge pool overlooking the ocean, and other amenities. Prices include food and some activities, with discounts available for stays of five nights and more. Between November 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013, couples staying longer than four days may also qualify for a free elopement-style wedding. royaldavui.com. the details fiji Fiji is one of the more accessible destinations in the South Pacific, with daily flights from Los Angeles. Royal Davui will typically arrange complimentary plane/launch transfers from Nadi airport, with the additional option to helicop- ter from Nadi directly to the island. 80

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