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.
The host ensured she provided as much information as possible before we got there about activities, arrival details, etc.
The house is really great - beautiful and spacious, private and in a pretty convenient location. I loved the big warp around porch. The kitchen was really nice also for making big meals. About a 15 min walk to the Arts Village in Pac Harbor, and about a 5 min walk to small shops.
The neighborhood is filled with other large homes, some occupied with permanent residents, some other rentals. It's pretty quiet, definitely safe.
Decent wifi - altho if you have a group, you might need to kick others off for enough bandwidth for a video chat, for example.
Susan was pleasant and fair to deal with and the house is gorgeous. The management at Pacific Harbiur were a bit of a nightmare. They accused the Solomon Is women in our group of being high maintenance when all we had done is move some chairs in the lounge. Then they called the police and kept the women captive rather than ring me to ask why I had not paid the final balance on two properties including this one. The reality was I had gone to pay as arranged and the chap wasn't there. Then when one of the NZ wimen in iur team lost her passport I had to urgently deal with that prior to flying out. Rather than call me to ask what had happened the police were called and a hysterical girl at the office accused our women of trying to sneak off. I work for a major international organization and was solely responsible for the payment and had every intention of paying and had indeed tried to pay prior. The only conclusion I can draw is that the management is racist. Susan was fair and communicated well. I hope she can find a way of ensuring the management don't ruin a positive experience for guests.
As I wrote in my review of Ingrid's recent visit there appeared to be hiccups with this visit. Ingrid and I communicated well and pleasantly but I understand she moved part of her group to another home that my property management friend manages (not my home and not related to me). Whatever happened between Ingrid and that home and payment is not connected to me apart from the fact that my property manager looks after both properties.
I have had 26 AirBnB reviews and other rentals through other sites. I have a 5 star rating and am considered a Superhost and all of these rentals have been assisted by the same property management people when I am not available on site. We have hosted people of many races including Pacific Islanders. I wish Ingrid had rung me or sent a note while the problems were occurring and I would have been happy to jump in to try to sort it out but I only learned of this after the fact.
Mahogany Villa was everything and more than it's description on airbnb. The home was beautiful and as was the neighborhood. When we arrived after dark we found that the caretaker had come in and turned on lights and had left a beautiful arrangement of flowers cut from the garden.
Waking up each morning and being able to go outside to pick a papaya for breakfast was an extra bonus.
We would defining stay there again!!
Susan was a wonderful host, the house was beautiful and Pacific Harbour was an excellent place to be located for a couple of days. Susan was really easy to talk to in the lead up to the stay, and organised everything perfectly. We arrived to fresh pawpaws, a very clean and airy house and pool, and extra home comforts (washing machine, fast wifi and cable TV). I would definitely recommend this place!
Nous sommes arrivés de nuit mais grâce aux instructions de Susan, nous avons trouvé immédiatement la villa. Nous avons pu joindre facilement la personne responsable de la villa sur place qui a répondu à nos demandes de façon très efficace . La villa est telle que décrite sur le site et même mieux car le jardin est magnifique ! Le quartier est calme et semble sécurisé, le "arts center" à proximité est très pratique pour les courses, les restaurants et même pour son centre médical très opérationnel .
We had a great time- spent most of it in the beautiful pool!! Everything we needed was there- our 2 year old loved all the space to run around. Thanks!!
This was the perfect place for our first visit to Fiji. Susan is the best host you could possibly ask for. She is responsive and we'll organized. We didn't want for anything the entire time we were there. It's a long drive from the airport but absolutely worth it. I would stay at Pacific Harbour again and again. It's peaceful, safe and beautifully green.
The house is even better in person! No photo or description could possibly do it justice. The kitchen has everything you need and the living and bedrooms are spacious. The balcony wraps around the entire house and is the perfect place to have a meal or just sit and read.
Our favorite part of all was the pool. Staying at a property rather than a hotel means the pool doesn't have a closing time! It's cleaned regularly so theres no need to worry about anything.
If you're looking for a peaceful and fuss free time in Fiji, don't think twice about booking with Susan. This beautiful home contributed to making this one of our most memorable holidays ever.
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.