About this listing
In our one-of-a-kind all-mahogany home, you will feel like you are staying in a large, deluxe wooden cabin. Enjoy your morning coffee on the veranda overlooking the beautiful pool. Take a dip and, then, pick a fresh papaya off a tree for breakfast!
We built this pretty second home and pool in Fiji in 2005 when we were living next door. The house is all-mahogany in and out with a 360 degree veranda, the back overlooking a lovely pool. A perfect place for R&R, wake up with the sun (or later!) and relax on the back veranda with your coffee and a good novel, dipping into the pool as much as you wish.
Our home is fully furnished with double beds in each of the 3 bedrooms that sleep 2 persons each. Two pretty bathrooms, each with a shower, a living room that opens onto the kitchen and eating area combines to provide you with a sense of simplicity and ease during your stay in Fiji.
We lived in Fiji twice, raised our son and worked there and these have been some of the most wonderful times of our lives. Fijians are as warm as the tropical South Pacific weather; having an opportunity to get to know them will be a highlight of your visit.
Pacific Harbour is a 2.5 hour drive along the Coral Coast, from the international airport in Nadi. You can rent a car for the duration of your stay but it is also easy to get around in Fiji via local buses and reasonable taxis and vans, and then use your feet to just walk around our neighborhood to reach many of the various local activities. Pacific Harbour and the surrounding areas have a number of outdoor activities to enjoy from diving and snorkeling to golf, kayaking, river rafting and boat trips for snorkeling and picnicking to outer islands as well as up the river to visit an indigenous village. A long sandy beach is close by - a 6 block walk through the lovely streets of Pacific Harbour. You can access the beach through The Pearl Hotel or there are other paths just off the highway to walk through. You can also talk a longer walk or drive(about a mile) to the Uprising Resort to access the beach. You can spend the whole day just relaxing, swimming and playing there.
Pacific Harbour also has a few cafes and restaurants and small grocery shops for supplies should you want to eat in. The capital city of Suva is located less than an hour away by bus or taxi and worth a trip in order to see this small city's colonial style architecture, visit the historic Grand Pacific Hotel, the South Pacific museum and the large outdoor fruit, veggie and spice market. Having lived in and loved Fiji for many years we are happy to provide any advice or guidance about your trip there which we hope will be spectacular.
The entire house with swimming pool, washing machine, TV, and DVD player
Interaction with Guests
I am in regular contact with my guests before their trip and then check-in via email once they have arrived to ensure everything is fine. Guests can contact me with any questions or needs during their trip and I then typically check in towards the end of the trip. I also have a property manager located nearby for any immediate needs.
The gardens, the greenery, the way people greet each other with 'Bula', walking to the beach and the small shops, crossing the bridge over the small river way and watching the daily activity throughout Pacific Harbour.
I can arrange a local taxi or van service to pick guests up at the airport and take them to the villa (this is just short of a 2.5 hour trip along the Coral Coast). I advise guests of the current price before their trip. Currently the price for a taxi is about F$150 and for a van about F$180. Rosies' Tours (see their website) also has an airport service from the airport to Pacific Harbour that is less expensive as it stops at the several hotels between Nadi and Pac. Harbour. Another good service is TTF (see their website) which has airport to door service at a more reasonable price than the private van service from Pacific Harbour. In Pacific Harbour it is easy to get around by walking and there are also a few local taxis that are not too costly for short distances. And, one can rent a car for a day or two at the service station in our area if they don't want to hire a car for the entire trip. Fiji also has a public bus system that can be fun to experience - it travels the highway from Nadi to Suva and one passes through Pacific Harbour every half hour on weekdays and every hour on weekends. I don't recommend this for transport to and from the airport though as it is hard to manage luggage and is a slow transport but it can be good for a day trip to Suva.
Other Things to Note
On and off positions for lights and fans are noted on small notes next to each switch. The house uses solar heating; on a rare occasion, after several cooler and grey days, there may be a need to heat the water via our gas system. The switch for this is in the closet in the master bedroom.
We have a person who comes to clean the pool 2-3 times a week, generally on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We also have someone who comes to do grass cutting and gardening about once a week. These workers try to be unobtrusive and come and go fairly quietly though the grass cutting machine is a bit noisy.
Garbage should be put out into the bin on the back veranda daily or there are likely to be ants. The garbage is picked up twice a week on Monday and Thursday mornings. Our guests are asked to put the big bin out front first thing in the morning on these days.
We recommend that food items are kept in plastic containers or in the fridge to avoid ants.
Our villa has new, lovely coconut wood and leather furniture in the living room. We cover these with sulus for a bit of protection and ask that no one sit on them with wet clothes or sunscreen on their bodies. Also, no eating or drinking on these please.
Our guests are expected to have a great time, take walks around the neighborhood to the small shops and cafes and most importantly, the beach. Enjoy breakfasts of fresh papaya or mango in your bathing suit, on the veranda overlooking the pool. Help yourself to a fresh papaya from one of the trees next to the veranda if they are ripe. Get to know the locals and relax.
Other than the above, we ask our guests to leave the house tidy and to advise our property manager immediately if they have any questions about how to work equipment such as the TV, washing machine, solar water heating system, there is anything lacking or a problem arises during their stay. We ask that guests who smoke do so outside and not in the house.
We have beautiful and unique-to-Fiji leather and coconut wood furniture in the living room and ask that no food or drinks be eaten when sitting on this furniture.
Generally there are not many mosquitos but if you wish to use a mosquito coil it must be placed on a plate and not directly onto the floor or any counter top or other surface. We also ask that electricity be used thoughtfully; most rooms have fans and the master bedroom has aircon. When using the aircon please close the doors and windows and be sure to turn it off when not needed. Fans can also be switched off when guests go out during the day.
We generally set check in time for 2 pm and check out time for 10 am. Please let me know if you need different arrangements and we'll try to accommodate if possible.
About the Host, Susan
I am a global citizen, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, educated in Cincinnati, Ohio, then headed to beautiful California after college. Met and married an amazing man with whom I have a wonderful 20 year old son. Thanks to my husband's love of life and living in many places we have lived in Fiji, The Philippines, the US, and Argentina. I am fortunate to work as a Human Resources Consultant and have worked in many different countries and cultures, regularly returning to the US for assignments as well as occasionally taking on short contracts with non profits in other countries which enables me to keep learning about the world while also helping others.