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The Honeymoon! Part 1

Zak and I took a couple months to plan our honeymoon, which in hind sight I can say was well worth the time invested. We knew we wanted something tropical, that we wanted a good mix between being active and relaxing, and for the room to be a little more luxurious than what we would get on a normal vacation… this was our HONEYMOON for goodness sakes! The best part is that I would say Zak was much pickier about the location than I was, and I’m so excited that he spoke up because if it were up to me we would have been in Hawaii and completely missed out on something super special… getting a sense of home. Zak grew up in Papua New Guinea and wanted to take me “home” with him, so since PNG isn’t exactly a honeymoon destination we went to one that had a very similar feel… that lead us to FIJI!

I’ve had a lot of clients go through Costco Travel to book their honeymoons and then come home with raving reviews of the experience, so we naturally went the same direction. Using Costco combined with TripAdvisor, we fell upon Qamea Resort and Spa in Fiji, and after looking through their photos of the resort everything reminded me of my trip to PNG a couple years ago. I showed it to Zak and he said “BOOK IT”! So we did. It was SUCH a good decision and I can’t imagine having started off our marriage in any other place. It was PERFECT in every way. So that said, if you are planning your honeymoon, research, research, research. Write down what each of you really want, and find a place that makes you both beyond stoked, adjust your budget, then book.

Our first night we were laying out under the bazillion stars and Zak said, “I’m home.”

And I felt at home with him.

Our trip to Qamea started with about a 10 hour flight from LAX to Nadi, then about an hour flight to Taveuni (with delay of course), about a 20 minute van ride, and finally a 10 minute-ish boat ride over to the island. We’re in island time. The inter-island flight was pretty sweet since it was a smaller plane with some amazing views of Fiji.

Landing!!

Welcome to Taveuni’s airport. This was our plane…

And here is our van transfer to the boat.

This was probably the best view an airport has to offer. In my opinion.

Welcome to the water in Qamea! It has the most beautiful blues you have ever seen in your entire life.

As soon as we arrived to the resort they fed us! Which was great because we were starving and lunch wasn’t for a couple more hours. We had fresh papaya, pineapple, muffins, juice, coffee and tea. And their welcome drink was something tropical with midori in there somewhere I think. It was great and we were happy to have finally made it over!

After our “snack” they showed us to our burre…

Our bathroom with the outside shower:

Our complimentary champagne on our outside porch. We loved reading out here before breakfast and in the afternoon…

It took Zak all of 5 seconds to hop in our hammock.:)

And our VIEW!

That’s the first post for now, more to share soon!

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Amy - March 18, 2011 - 8:54 am

How fun!!! I love reading this! I am so glad you are blogging it and can’t wait to see more!

Dave - March 18, 2011 - 11:35 am

Alright…. it’s settled, we’re going to Figi on our next trip. Such amazing photos (naturally)

Amy Shultz - March 18, 2011 - 1:50 pm

Oh my goodness, this totally made me laugh and cry at my desk! It does look like home…only better (if that can be said!). It reminds me a bit of my senior class trip to Jais Aben in Madang. So lovely…and a great way to start your lives out with an adventure. Welcome back, sistah!…and Zak too! :)

Erica Schneider - March 26, 2011 - 1:28 pm

WOW! Dreamy!!! Those pictures are amazing and your “hotel” looks incredible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jenna J. Merryman - March 28, 2011 - 1:53 pm

A-MAZING! I’m loving this.