We are back from our family escape. And what an escape it was!
The heat was incredibly overwhelming, along with the humidity it was almost unbearable. So we spent our days in the shade and the pool, venturing out in the evenings when the sun wasn't so intense.
Buffet breakfasts in the resort restaurant, where the kids had their own special corner to get their food - their eyes bulged at the pancakes, fruit, yogurt, cereals, pastries, muffins and juices it was bliss!
We ventured out a couple of times to Nadi town, once with the kids who promptly fell apart in the blinding heat, so we hightailed it back with them to the resort to enjoy the air con and cooling water. The next visit Owen and I went on our own on the local bus ($1!) while the kids were at the resort's Kids Club, which was far easier but still blimming hot. We enjoyed the feel and atmosphere of Nadi, but I was shocked at the poor state of the town... it was a real contrast to the modern, clean and well stocked resort areas. We managed to find a shop which gave us a "real" Fiji experience by providing a kava drinking ceremony and charging us an exorbitant price for a couple of trinkets...hmmm I think some places could use a bit of work on their dodgey tourism. But those things aside the trip was a great success in that we spent time together as a family, we relaxed and we made ourselves experience something so different and slightly out of our comfort zone.
The simple things are often the best, and the fact we all got to spend such precious quality time with each other without any pressures was the best gift anyone could receive.
I'll leave you with the first of my photos...I'll finish the rest in another post.