3 reasons why Fiji should be top of your travel bucket list

Looking for a new, sun-filled holiday destination? Join the 350,000 Australians who, according to Fiji Bureau of Statistics, visited Fiji over the course of July 2016 to June 2017. There's a reason, after all, why the country consistently makes the top ten list of travel destinations for Aussies.

As experts in everything 'Fiji', allow the five star resort of the Jean-Michel Cousteau to explain why the tropical paradise of Fiji should be at the top of your travel bucket list.

1. Bask on beautiful beaches

If you're dreaming of postcard-worthy beaches surrounded by gently swaying palm trees, you're in luck. On the second largest island in Fiji – Vanua Levu – where the Jean Michel-Cousteau Resort is located, stunning stretches of sand are the norm – a particular treat while enjoying your romantic Fiji getaway. And, best part is, they are just a short stroll from your accommodation!

Spend your time relaxing on the shores or take to the clear waters for some of the world's best snorkelling. We have our very own dive centre that allows guests to experience the Namena Reserve in all it's glory. Swim with four of the world's seven sea turtle species, keep an eye out for playful Bottlenose dolphins and see more than 400 colourful coral species.

2. Immerse yourself in the culture

As soon as you step into our five star resort, a swarm of smiles and 'Bulas' will greet you. Our friendly staff are a shining example of the country's warm and welcoming demeanour and they work to ensure that your stay is nothing short of magical.

Expect to have a permanent smile plastered on your face when joining one of our complimentary excursions that explore Savusavu and beyond. Interact with locals at the Savusavu Saturday market and experience the hospitality and warmth for yourself as they guide you through their offerings and homemade crafts.

Here at the Jean Michel-Cousteau Resort we love nothing more than celebrating our great culture and what better way to do so than by experiencing a traditional Lovo feast? Watch as chef Raymond Lee cooks the ingredients in an underground fire pit – a time-honoured Fijian method.

3. Experience the adventure

The Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is proof that you'll never be bored when holidaying to Fiji. Take to the water and enjoy snorkelling, diving, boat rides and kayaking. If dry land is more your thing, hike to secluded waterfalls, visit a Fijian village or create your own traditional wares – the possibilities are endless!

We knew it wouldn't be hard to convince you that Fiji is the perfect holiday destination, so what are you waiting for, contact the Jean Michel-Cousteau Resort to see just what we can do for you.

Easy ways to keep healthy on your Fiji holiday

Going on holiday is about spending time doing things you enjoy. Whether that be relaxing by the pool or indulging in local cuisine, it's your time to do exactly what you desire. For some, staying fit and active whilst away is just as important, and here at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, we have the facilities and activities to help.

Spend time swimming

Apart from being a fun and popular sport, swimming is a great way to stay healthy and enjoy a full body workout. It works at toning and strengthening muscles, building endurance and maintaining a healthy heart. Luckily for our guests, this activity isn't so hard to come by as our five star Fiji resort is surrounded by swimming friendly and clean, clear waters just a short stroll away from all accommodation. The Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort also has an adult-only pool – perfect for lengths without the waves. 

Enjoy maintaining a healthy lifestyle at the Jean Michel-Cousteau Resort.Enjoy maintaining a healthy lifestyle at the Jean Michel-Cousteau Resort.

Other water activities to get amongst

The waters of Savusavu deliver endless room for activities that can help provide a little more adventure to your luxury couples vacation in Fiji. Apart from swimming, why not hop in one of the resort's complimentary kayaks and explore the shore of the island? Known to improve cardiovascular fitness and increase muscle strength in the arms and back, kayaking is a fun and easy way to get some exercise into your holiday routine.

Paddleboarding is widely regarded as the fastest growing aquatic sport in the world according to sports magazines globally and you can experience the fun for yourself, right here at the resort. If you're feeling adventurous and confident, try your hand at stand up paddleboarding, which uses the core muscles to keep balance, legs for stabilisation and arm muscles for paddling through the water. Kneeling paddleboarding, although lower impact, still requires a degree of work and delivers great results.

Volleyball is great for improving reflexes, balance and muscle tone.Volleyball is great for improving reflexes, balance and muscle tone.

On land activities to enjoy

If you'd rather keep yourself dry and water sports to a minimum, don't worry there are still plenty of equally incredible exercise activities to get stuck into on land. Channel your inner Williams or Murray and take to the on-site tennis court to really get that heart thumping. A reported 7 per cent of the entire Australian population play tennis, according to a Roy Morgan study, and with health benefits of improving metabolic function and lowering body fat, it's no surprise why.

With finely-grained, clean white sands at the resort's edge, where better to partake in a game of volleyball than here? Playing 45 minutes can burn up to 585 calories according to Athletico and works to strengthen muscles and improve reflexes and balance. 

When exercising, be sure to take the time to cool down and relax. Thankfully, as the best Fiji resort on the island, you'll have no trouble winding down in our tranquil settings and spa.

Fun facts you didn’t know about Fiji

Are you excited for your 5 star family holiday in Fiji? Of course you are! With togs packed and excitement building, it's not long until you arrive at the sun-filled Jean-Micheal Cousteau Resort.

Learn more about our incredible destination and its incredible surroundings with these seven fun facts.

1. There are 333 tropical islands in Fiji and only one third of them are inhabited. This means that there are 222 paradise islands waiting to be explored. What do you think you'd find? Hidden treasure? A flock of flamingos? Awesome bamboo waterslide? The possibilities are endless.

Out of the 111 occupied islands, the best kids club resort in Fiji can be found on Vanua Levu – the second largest island out of them all! That's right, the Jean Michel-Cousteau Resort is situated in the sun-filled town of Savusavu, where there are plenty of amazing activities and family fun to be had!

2. Savusavu welcomes warm weather all year round, with 25degrees Celsius the average temperature. This is great for splashing in the sea, playing beach games with the family and hanging out with new friends in the resort.

3. The Jean Michel-Cousteau Resort is home to an award winning kids club. Our Bula Kids Club is a favourite of families visiting and it's no surprise why. We've got a team of friendly buddies and nannies that are in charge of creating a fun-filled atmosphere, complete with activities, games and island adventures. Meet new friends and learn all about the amazing island, all while having so much fun.

What sea creatures will you discover?What sea creatures will you discover?

4. The official language of Fiji is Fijian. However, people may also speak English and Hindi. Learn some simple Fijian phrases before you arrive and practise them while enjoying your stay.

5. Fiji is home to a method of cooking called 'lovo'. This involves cooking food underground! Don't worry, all of the delicious ingredients are wrapped in banana leaves before the surrounding burning rocks slowly cook them. You can experience this tasty traditional practice at the Jean Michel-Cousteau Resort every week!

6. Just over 900,000 people live in Fiji, compared to the 25 million who live in Australia, according to Australia Bureau of Statistics. 

7. Fijians love sport, especially rugby union. It's the most popular sport in the country and nearly ten per cent of the entire population play, according to Fiji Travel. Who do you think would win in a match between Fiji and Australia? There's only one way to find out – bring a ball and your game face!

Fiji is full of culture, beautiful beaches and so much sunshine. Enjoy all this and more while staying with us at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort.

How can the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort bring you closer to Fiji’s incredible food?

What do you look forward to when you go on holiday? Sun? Beaches? For many, both of these factors are top contenders, but experiencing local delicacies takes the number one spot for plenty of people. 

Fiji is famed for its fresh seafood, island flavours and traditional cooking methods. Experience all of this and more while enjoying your stay at the five star Fiji Jean Michel Cousteau Resort.

Enjoy dining on locally sourced seafood.Enjoy dining on locally sourced seafood.

Loco for lovo 

A Lovo feast is not only a unique and traditional Fijian cooking method, it's also incredibly delicious! Watch as our in-house executive chef, Raymond Lee, places ingredients including various meats, fish, vegetables and taro leaves filled with corned beef, onions and coconut cream (locally known as palusami) into the pre-dug pit. The hot coals in the underground hole slowly cook the wrapped ingredients to perfection. Your children will love the theatrical element! 

As The Band Boys serenade diners with their mesmerising Fijian melodies, Raymond will serve the food in a mouthwatering buffet, ready for hungry bellies.

Experience this unforgettable dining practice at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort every week.

Culinary classes for the little chefs in your life

If you have a house full of kids that can't stay out of the kitchen, you'll be thankful for the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort. Our award winning Bula Club not only offers your children a world of fun full of activities and games, there's also the chance to partake in our junior chef's program. With aprons on and hands washed, kids will be able to assist in preparing delicious lunches and dinners. It's a completely enjoyable and hands on experience that you won't find anywhere else that will create lifelong memories – as well as tasty treats!

See what delicious treats your kids will create.See what delicious treats your kids will create.

Dine in paradise

Your luxury family holiday in Fiji wouldn't be complete without gorgeous dining spots alongside the equally gorgeous food you'll be enjoying at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort. Thankfully, we've got plenty. Whether you choose to revel in romance dining under the stars on the end of the beachside pier, or pack a picnic and head to our private island, dining in our Savusavu resort is always special.

Tantalise your tastebuds with traditional treats

A great feature of the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is the amazing array of complimentary excursions that the whole family will enjoy. From glass-bottom boat rides to visiting a traditional Fijian village, there's a lot of fun to be had. A popular choice for all guests is travelling to the market. Every Saturday morning, you'll find local vendors selling freshly caught fish from the sunrise haul, nearby grown produce and hand-crafted gifts and wares. For a vibrant, cultural and exciting morning, this market is the place to be!

Allow our expert bar staff to create exotic cocktails at our Lounge Bar.Allow our expert bar staff to create exotic cocktails at our Lounge Bar.

A flavour of Fiji

With endless exotic eating experiences to indulge in, you'll need something refreshing to wash it all down with. Fiji is world-renowned for its clean and crisp rums, locally produced Fiji bitter beer and tropical cocktail concoctions, and you can sip them all at our very own Lounge Bar. Spend an evening savouring these local delights and take the time to meet other families or simply enjoying the company of your own.

The Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort promises every single guest a marvellous time in every aspect of our 5 star Fiji resort and with full bellies and smiles all round, you'll be glad you came to stay! 

Everything you need to know before departing on your couples holiday to Fiji

With a plethora of pristine, fine-grained beaches, abundant coral and marine life and exploring opportunities, it's no surprise that Fiji consistently makes the top ten list of Australia's most popular travel destinations. From June 2016 to June 2017, over 350,000 Australians visited the country, according to the Fiji Bureau of Statistics.

If like the many other Australians that continue to visit the country, you too have booked a romantic Fiji getaway to the island of Vanua Levu, there are a few things that you'll want to be aware of before departing. Allow the five-star Fiji Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort to fill you in!

Weather

The Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is located in Savusavu which as a whole receives a warm, tropical climate all year round. Weather temperatures average at around 25C, making it enjoyable and bearable for all visitors.

Enjoy the sunshine on your holiday in Fiji.Enjoy the sunshine on your holiday in Fiji.

What to pack

With pleasant temperatures and sun-filled days, visitors to the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort are sure to want to make the most of our outdoor facilities and surrounding areas. Ensuring that cool clothes are packed for daytime activities is necessary, along with longer coverups for when the sun sets. Essentials such as sunglasses, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, swimming gear and thongs mustn't be forgotten either.

Food

Fiji is renowned for its food, with visitors set to enjoy cuisine heavily influenced by the surrounding ocean, along with subtle spices and root vegetables such as taro. To make your five-star couples holiday in Fiji extra special, the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort bring the best of Fiji cuisine to our guests.

Experience a traditional Fijian Lovo feast; a method where food is covered in banana leaves and cooked in a fire pit. We hold one every week here at the resort, so a traditional taste of Fiji is never far away!

Immerse yourself in incredible Fijian food.Immerse yourself in incredible Fijian food.

Language

The native language of Fiji is unsurprisingly known as 'Fijian', although Hindi and English are also spoken. Learn a few common phrases before you depart to truly immerse yourself in the culture.

Culture

The people of Fiji are renowned for being incredibly friendly, welcoming and easy-going. Our hospitable and kind staff are shining examples of this and help to keep our five-star Fiji resort the great place it is today.

However, there are customs that should be adopted to avoid causing offence. When visiting a village, individuals should dress conservatively and remove hats and shoes, and avoid touching anybody's head. If offered the national drink of Kava, visitors should politely accept as it's customary to drink.

After remembering the above points, the only thing that's left to do is to get excited! With so much to see and do, your luxury couples vacation in Fiji is waiting for you here at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort!