Our Family

The Raiwasa Villa is owned by Patrick and Erika who found their piece of paradise and welcome you with open arms to share all of its exotic delights and comforts. They are an international family; Patrick is French-Swiss and American; Erika is Swedish; children Oskar and Estelle were born in the U.S. and raised in the US and Europe and are tri-lingual.

They discovered Taveuni while taking a break to travel the world after years of hard work and the shock of losing friends to cancer. Out of all of the places they visited they fell in love with Taveuni and the Fijian people, so much so that they celebrated their own marriage at Taveuni Palms, the five-star resort next door to the villa.

Says Erika, “This has to be one of the most romantic spots in the world. The people here are among the friendliest and most genuine we have ever met.”

An avid scuba diver, Patrick is thrilled by his discoveries on the Rainbow Reef, the soft coral capital of the world, every time he ventures below.

In 2010 the family spent six months in Tavenui and redesigned and renovated the villa. They continue to use their home as much as they can—school schedules permitting—and the remainder of the time they are happy to share its magnificence with weekly visitors.

Days and nights move at a quiet and slow place – making this one of the most idyllic and peaceful island retreats possible! We believe that a stay in our villa with our beautiful and friendly Fijian Staff will be one of the best “experience investments” you will ever make. If you are anything like us you like surprises, but only the good ones 🙂 Your stay will be magical for so many reasons.

Your discerning hosts, Patrick, Erika, Oskar and Estelle.
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Our Fijian Family

Your on-site hosts Richie and Rosie guarantee an unforgettable experience at Raiwasa Villa, raising the word pampering to new heights of excellence.

From the moment you arrive full of wide-eyed expectation until the moment you leave (wishing you didn’t have to go) the husband and wife duo head up a team that’s totally dedicated to taking care of your every need.

Together they deliver an experience that goes beyond five star—an experience that’s personal and discreet and tailored to your personal preferences.

It’s experience gained from more than 20 years of service at prestigious five star resorts, restaurants and hotels in both Fiji and the Cook Islands, including the renowned 5 star Grand Pacific Hotel, Nautilus Resort, the Rarotongan Beach Resort and Spa, Taveuni Palms and Paradise Cove resort.

Before entering the hospitality world Richie studied business and astronomy at the College of San Mateo in San Mateo, California. When he returned to his native country to study at Fiji’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Rosie was in the same class—and they have been together ever since.

During your stay Richie and Rosie will be your dedicated chefs introducing you to the gastronomic delights of dishes influenced by the different cultures of the Pacific region while also embracing your own personal preferences. If you’re interested, they love to share their culinary techniques with guests using locally grown, fresh, and mostly organic ingredients.

Both Richie and Rosie are extremely knowledgeable about the island of Taveuni and thrilled to share their insider secrets.

They have two children, Riya, six and Robert, two, and Rosie is an experienced children’s nanny, should you have need.

Richie oversees the villa’s skilled staff, who are so quiet and efficient that you will rarely notice their presence.

Patrick & Erika, owners of Raiwasa Villa, have entrusted their home and their guests to Richie, Rosie and the whole Raiwasa team. The couple is an integral part of the daily life of the villa. So much so that Patrick says,

“As your local hosts they are amazing and very skilled at what they do. I am sure, like us, you will just love them. But don’t think you can adopt them. We found them first!”
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