Dream Vacation: Fiji

Fiji has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. Fiji is an absolutely magical tropical island with gorgeous beaches and delicious fresh food. We ended up spending a long week in Fiji staying on different parts on the island. We flew into Nadi International Airport on a Sunday and flew out on the following Sunday.

In this post, I’d like to share our experience in the Southwestern part of the main island near Pacific Harbour. We stayed at an amazing resort on a secluded beach by the name of Nanuku Auberge. This resort had about 10 private huts with direct access to the beach. The service was personalized and top notch. We didn’t want for anything, after all, this was an all inclusive resort.

Upon arrival, we were greeted with a Fijian necklace, flower for our ears, and a cocktail. This was a pure delight after flying over 24 hours and a 2.5 hour car ride to the resort. After our genuinely warm greeting, we were invited to have lunch after settling into our home away from home. Our hut was 2 levels, it had a Jacuzzi, pool, and direct beach access. It faced the ocean and had a balcony right off our bedroom. The bottom floor had a living room, kitchen, and dining room. There was also a private theater attached.

During our stay, we took full advantage of the resort by soaking up everything it had to offer. The resort included different activities, beautiful beach, and our private accommodations!

Here’s some of our favorite pictures!

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This entire hut arrangement was ours. Completely private and nestled right up against the beach.

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This is paradise! We had a private pool and Jacuzzi tub in our backyard. And there was obviously the beach right in front!

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Friendly flower messages awaited us in our rooms. The turn down service was also special with fresh flowers and chocolates.

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This was our dining experience every day! We had  a prime view of the ocean and the food was impeccable for an all-inclusive resort. I miss being catered to like this!

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The cloudy weather didn’t keep us from enjoying the views and our backyard 🙂

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This beach was completely secluded. There weren’t any other resorts within walking distance. It honestly felt like we were staying on a private island!

We spent some time off the resort by going zip lining and visiting a remote village. The zip lining was unforgettable and a fun thrill. The remote village visit was one of the most amazing cultural experiences of our lives. Here are a few pictures of these adventures.

We try to go zip lining in every country that we visit. It’s such a thrill and honestly a unique experience each time we go. We can’t get enough of it and always have such a blast! It doesn’t get any better than doing this through the jungles of Fiji!

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The remote village was a 2 hour drive up into the depths of the jungle. It consisted of about 30 people all within the same family. The homes were all made of whatever material they could find. The most interesting aspect of the village is that it was powered by 1 generator and they conserved it as much as they could.

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These were our guides into this village. They have a good relationship with the people and were able to secure our way in.

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During our visit, we were treated to a ceremonial Kava drinking ritual and had powder spread on our faces. This was to symbolize a special occurrence, such as our visit. We sat on the floor on reed mats while the Kava was prepared in a special Kava bowl.

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After our ceremonial Kava drinking, we were treated to a ‘bilibili rafting’ adventure down the river. They made the bilibili raft for us to sit on while one of the villagers used a bamboo stick to steer the boat.

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This was such an incredible experience! We would 100% go back to this village and do it all over again. They were extremely gracious and kind. Even though there was a language barrier, they took us in with open arms.

This sums up our first few days in Fiji! Keep a look out for more posts! Thank you for reading and if you have an unforgettable cultural experience, we would love to hear about it. Please share below 🙂

 

Birthday Weekend at the Poconos

We love nature as much as we love cities and skyscrapers. We honestly love a good balance between the two. There’s beauty in experiencing both aspects of what this wonderful world has to offer us. Adventure comes in all shapes and sizes and we crave all the adventure we can get! That’s why he knew that surprising me with a weekend in the Poconos for my birthday would be ideal without having to take days off work.

The Pocono mountains are located about 1.5 hours west of NYC in Pennsylvania. This is a sparsely populated area of land that offers wonderful opportunities in the outdoors. There are plenty of places to go hiking, go river tubing, camping, exploring quaint towns, zip-lining, and other adventures. We left on a Friday night after work and came back on Sunday in time for dinner reservations for my birthday. We stayed at Crescent Lodge and Country Inn for 2 nights. Here are many of the adventures we squeezed in during our stay:

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This was our personal little cabin in the lodge area. There was a bedroom, bathroom, sitting area, and a Jacuzzi tub!

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After our drive, we were famished. We decided to stop by and eat at the restaurant on the property and were extremely pleased! You can’t go wrong with French Onion Soup!

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There were so many options and he chose the lamb chop which I have to say, stole the show that night. Delicious!

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We called it an early night and got up early in the morning to have breakfast. We came upon this sign that we found fascinating.01b3f34252920b02c0ede6fe704c49f9665a6b44c2

And of course, the actual breakfast. I was super excited about the plans for the day and couldn’t contain it. Our first stop was zip-lining, then an adventure treetop course, we spent some time in the the quaint town that had a great candy store and finished the day in our cabin.

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This particular zip line was located in Kittatinny and offered duel racing zip lines. We were able to go together at the same time on different ropes. It was such a great experience! We love zip lines and have a plan to zip line every one that we can in every country that offers them. More to come in future posts!

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We were off to our tree top adventure after the zip lines! We wanted to spend as much time as we could in the trees!

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I had to get strapped in and harnessed in order to do the adventure.

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There was a lull where he was in the trees and I had gone ahead of him (I tend to be good at these adventures).

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It was such a great time and offered us great picture opportunities. This was a treetop adventure in Skytop, PA.

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After both adventures, we grabbed a quick dinner in town and headed back to our lodge. The property offered different hiking trails and we wanted to take advantage of them prior to leaving.

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On Sunday morning, he surprised me with a horseback riding adventure! After our successful and memorable horse back ride in the hills of Ireland (you can check out the post in  my blog), this has become another passion for me. I want to ride horses with every opportunity I get! And this ride was so much fun! We were able to trot and gallop with the horses and we had never done that before!

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Once the horse back tour was over, we headed back towards the city. He made reservations at a great restaurant in our neighborhood. We toasted with a bottle of rose to a wonderful weekend that was a perfect mix of nature and adventure!

Let me know what fun adventures you’ve had for your birthday and if you prefer City or Nature adventures!

Rose Event: Pinknic!

We have a passion for wine and when we heard about a Rose party on one of the surrounding islands of NYC, we jumped on the opportunity to be a part of it. This was to be a summer lawn party with rose, live music, and pre-made picnic baskets packed by a renowned chef. This event was to be held on Governor’s Island which sits south of NYC. It’s a small Island that used to be a military base and over the years shut down it’s doors. The city of New York has tried to revitalize this little island by creating a day trip getaway for New Yorkers and tourists with park spaces and beautiful views of lower Manhattan.

In historical accounts of the island, Governor’s Island was easily crossed by walking to it from a point in Brooklyn. This was at the early stages of when people first founded America. It’s no longer possible to cross over to the island by foot and taking a ferry across is the only option. There are other pretty little islands that surround Manhattan that can be reached by Ferry, Train, or Sky Tram, but Governor’s has been sitting empty for many years. Thankfully, the island is becoming a fun spot to get away from the city and enjoy a reprieve from the hustle and bustle. Who knows, eventually we may see other modes of transportation to get to Governor’s Island.

With a Pink and White dress code, we boarded the ferry across the river to Governor’s Island. The logistics of it weren’t greatly thought out since masses of people were heading to the party at the same time. The lines to the ferries were miles long and the ferries weren’t too consistent. We were lucky to have purchased tickets that allowed us VIP access to the ferries and festivities. Once on the Island, we made our way to the venue (which was about a half mile walk from the ferry landing). Once we were checked in, we picked up our picnic basket, bottles of rose, and found a spot on the lawn to camp out for several hours.

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We were surprised at how many people were already gathered and ready to enjoy the music and rose! Even though the clouds look ominous in this picture, we lucked out! It only sprinkled a little bit!

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We ended up finding a spot to lay out blanket and delicious picnic out and got ready to dive into the food! The Pinknic baskets were adorable cream and pink tote bags that included a blanket, our pre-made meal, and various beverages. When we picked up the rose, they were in plastic bags with ice and included rose glasses! We of course kept the tote bag, plastic wine bag, and the blanket! If you look in the background, you can see some of the gorgeous Manhattan skyline!

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The stage was in front of us and the city was behind us. We decided to uncork the delicious rose and dived right in!

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With glasses full of bubbly, we enjoyed our wonderful Pinknic experience!

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The food was delicious! There was a great spread of pork sandwiches, quinoa salad, veggies, and a cole slaw salad.

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We finished off our pinknic with yummy macaroons! We had a lot of fun and carry away lots of memories from that day. It was a unique experience that we were lucky to be a part of in this city!

Have you been apart of any unique experiences or adventures in NYC? If so, I’d love it if you shared them with us! We’re always looking for new and exciting things to do in and around NYC! With how big the city is, it’s hard to stay on top of all of the events that go on, and I’d love to hear some other recommendations.