Adventures at Matheran Hill Station
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Matheran is a Hill Station located near Mumbai, Karjat.   It is located 800 meters above sea level in the Jambol Forest of Maharashtra.  It was found by Hugh Poynts Malet in May 1850.  It spreads over an area of 8 square kilometers in Sahyadri Mountains.  It is one of the best places to spend a two-day holiday if you are in Mumbai or in the vicinity of Mumbai or its suburbs.  To reach Matheran,  [...]

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Fiji Resort in Excellency: Jean-Michel Cousteau

Posted on January 5, 2011 | HotelsNo Comment


Can you believe that a resort on this planet has won 9 awards in last 5 years? Well, even I could not, but after staying in this Fiji resort, I had to! Nestled on the Vanua Levu Island and flanked by soothing coconut plantation, Jean-Michel Cousteau in South Pacific is an award-winning, five-star retreat that is among the prestigious vacation spots in Fiji. Offering opulent accommodations that watch over the calm waters of the Savusavu Bay, this much-admired Fiji resort is a worldwide favorite for weddings as well as family fun where heavenly surroundings, extraordinary dining, and supreme array of eco-friendly activities win the hearts of everyone – young and old. Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort is the only of its kind that provides a full-time marine biologist for exploring the spectacular underwater world of Fiji as well as combines leisure with luxury.

Coming to its awards, it is the top eco resort in the world as per Trip Advisor, leading resort in Fiji and top green hotel in the nation according to World Travel, and No. 1 resort according to Conde Nast Traveler. And yes, it is also awarded as the best hotel for scuba diving in the world. So, if you want to go for scuba diving, go for Stay 7/Pay 5 package meant for families, which include gourmet meals, 3 days of 2-tank dives, foot massage, and much more.

Rooms and facilities

Accommodations here are in form of The Villa, Point Reef Bure, Oceanfront Bure, Oceanfront Suite Bure, Garden view Bure, and 2 Bedroom Bure. All of these have ultra modern facilities. Passing via the scenic lagoons, curving stone route boasting tropical foliage and flowers takes one to the Villa reflecting Fijian essence amidst bamboo reeds and hardwood timbers. Herein, the Master Suite has an opulent bathroom, spa tub with whirlpool, lounge, indoor shower, vanities, and beveled gilt mirrors along with lit stone pillars by copper torch lights. Other amenities here are walled windows, sliding doors into tropical gardens, waterfall into the bathroom, café table, enclosed lavatory, four-poster canopy bed, a generous safe, quality sound system, writing desk, reading chair, imported furniture, Daybed Pergola, the Horizon Edge Pool, relaxed living area with kitchenette amenities, alfresco dining deck, and stone patio.

Point Reef Bure in a secluded area offer a balcony, foot deck, a king bed, two separate day beds, and spectacular ocean vistas. Children are allowed to stay only in these bures. Oceanfront bures are for hammock resting and water views and are just perfect for a family of four. Oceanfront Suite Bure for a family of four or five offer splendid views, big stone mosaic patio, and king beds. Garden view Bures dominate over tropical foliage, exotic plants, and colorful flora.

Recreation activities

Each day, this Fiji resort emphasizes on a special feature and related activities. For example, Monday is the day of the coral reef featuring snorkeling in morning, reed exploration with our Marine Biologist in afternoon, and slide show regarding the coral reef in the evening. Similarly, Tuesday is the day of Fijian culture during which you come to know about the Fijian village life and skills. Wednesday is dedicated to the ecological awareness involving mangroves tour, planting them, and exploring the coastal ecosystem.

Thursday is for the Rain Forest featuring hiking, excursion to a hidden waterfall, and a dip in a fresh jungle pool. Friday is devoted to Coconut on which you see the coconut husking demonstration, sip coconut juice, and creating your won fans using the coconut palm leaves. Saturday features the Fijian Feast on which you explore the local market for shopping. Sunday has to be for relaxation and involves beach side strolls, pool dip, and kayaking.

Restaurants

You can enjoy the award-winning meals in an open-air dining room under temple-like roof looking over the sea. Recognized for serving the ‘Best Food in Fiji’, the restaurant offers modern South Pacific, Fijian, and International cuisine along with the non-alcoholic beverages. You also enjoy two dining events weekly: a Lovo as the cultural Fijian feast and Mongolian barbecue.

Do also experience dining at the Pier’s End, the resort’s private pier flanked by the waters of the Koro Sea. With reservations in advance, have a memorable dinner amidst starlight and candlelight.

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