Bula! Although the effusive and ubiquitous Fijian greeting was not heard at all during Monday night’s broadcast of ABC’s The Bachelorette, (the action was focused solely on Bachelorette Ashley and her three remaining suitors as they frolicked on beaches and in waterfalls), the final roses are being doled out in the exotic and welcoming South Pacific island nation of Fiji. As Ashley whittled down her remaining men from three to two (Greek restaurateur Constantine was not feeling the love and respectfully bowed out before the overnight date, leaving just Ben and JP), the action unfolded at two leading resorts on Fiji’s second largest island, Vanua Levu, while next week’s finale is set at a resort on an island in the Mamanuca group. Here’s the scoop on the properties and on The Bachelorette packages being offered:
Namale Resort & Spa: This intimate luxury resort on Vanua Levu (which is owned by motivational speaker and author Tony Robbins) was the setting for the majority of the July 25th episode. Namale has 19 bures (traditional Fijian bungalows) and villas, none of them exactly alike, and Ashley stayed in Tatadra (Dream House), a two-bedroom villa with striking vaulted ceilings, a private infinity edge pool, and a romantic daybed (shown above at left). Namale’s other villas range from Garden Tropical and Ocean Tropical Bures (where previously ousted Ryan stayed as he tried to convince Ashley’ to give him another chance) to the 2,000-square-foot Civa Villa (shown at right), where Ashley and Ben enjoyed their romantic infinity pool dip and overnight date. The five-star resort is also known for its award-winning Spa & Sanctuary, set on a volcanic cliff with floor-to-ceiling windows. Namale is offering a seven-night “Bachelorette-Inspired” package with lots of sexy extras, such as a Couples Fusion Spa Treatment and private candlelit dinner, beginning at $8,190, including meals, beverages, transfers, and more (must be booked by August 12, 2011). Namale is also part of two Romance Packages being offered by Tourism Fiji (see below).
Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa: After Ashley and JP’s seaplane ride to secluded Namena Island, the action on Monday night’s semi-final episode shifted to this enchanting resort, featuring 29 bures and villas and also located on Vanua Levu, for their candlelit dinner set in a 90-acre virgin rainforest. When JP agrees to overnight in the Fantasy Suite, he and Ashley head to the 3,500-square-foot Kavika Falls Villa, which is perched on a hillside above the Koro Sea. Not only does it have an infinity edge pool, but also a cascading waterfall throughout the entire villa. It goes for $1,200 per night, including meals. Koro Sun is offering a five-night Bachelorette-inspired “Passion Under the Palms” package (with all kinds of romantic inclusions, such as a private rainforest dinner for two, a 90-minute couples spa treatment, and guided snorkeling and waterfall excursions) that ranges from $2,350 (in an Ocean View Bure) to $6,400 (in the Kavika Falls Villa). Regular rates for an Ocean View Garden Bure start at $390/night including meals.
Vomo Island Resort: Tune in this Monday, August 1, as Ashley, Ben, and JP move to this 225-acre resort, which features beautiful beaches (shown at right) and an ambience that’s a bit more contemporary, to mix and mingle with Ashley’s family as she decides who gets the Final Rose. Since it hasn’t aired yet, I can’t tell who stays where, but Vomo offers a mix of 33 Beachfront Villas just steps from the sand and Hillside and Garden View Villas (shown below at left) set on the slopes of Mt. Vomo. There are also two larger accommodations, The Royal and The Residence, which are sure to factor into the meet-the-family scenes. Here’s hoping Ashley and the guys try a traditional Fijian kava-drinking ceremony or experience a meke song and dance ceremony. Vomo is offering a five-night “Bachelorette” package that includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, helicopter transfers to the resort, accommodations in a Garden Villa, all meals, some beverages, and most activities for $6,344. There are also two special Bachelorette Packages offered by Tourism Fiji in conjunction with Namale Resort (see details below). Regular nightly rates start at $963 for two, including meals.
Romance Fiji Style: Tourism Fiji has put together five Bachelorette-inspired “Fiji Romance” offers, with round-trip airfare on national carrier, Air Pacific, and a series of resort combos featured on the semifinal and final episodes. They range from the “Vomo/Namale 10-Night Ultimate Honeymoon,” which includes round-trip Business Class airfare on Air Pacific, five nights in beachfront bures at each resort and loads of romantic extras (all for $19,000) to an 8-night Vomo/Namale combo minus the Business Class flights and a few amenities (for $9,696) to a more budget-friendly seven-night version of the “Passion Under the Palms” package at Koro Sun (mentioned above with a five-night stay, while this includes seven nights plus roundtrip airfare and transfers for two), starting at $5,362.
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