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"One word : Perfection. My Raiwasa experience is unforgettable. This place is more than a very high level of luxury resort.. Raiwasa has a soul. It's authentic, and out of the time and space. Everything is anticipated, every wish is provided... It's like living the dream from the beginning to the end, and Richie is such a brillant chef. Very good balance and creativity in all the menu. He would be so successful in Paris !!"
Bob and I spend our honeymoon at the beautiful Raiwasa private resort for 10 nights. We were on the black package and it was definitely worth every penny! We are already talking about an anniversary trip in the future! This place is unlike any other, and if you are looking to feed your soul, I highly recommend a stay at Raiwasa. I promise you won’t regret it!
"Bob and I got married May 19th 2018, and we decided to spend our honeymoon at the beautiful Raiwasa private resort for 10 nights. We were on the black package and it was definitely worth every penny! From the moment our plane landed in Taveuni we were in awe of the beauty this place exemplified. Being that our package included everything the resort had to offer, we took advantage of every activity we could during our stay. From scuba diving the Rainbow Reef, horse back riding, hiking Bouma Falls, island Hopping, snorkeling, fishing, paddle boarding/kayaking, taking a village and island tour, taking a garden tour, and last, but not least becoming Fijian for a day was nothing short of amazing. The staff became like our family, and the genuinity that comes from each and everyone of them is so sincere. They treat you as their own and tend to your every single need. I have to admit that on our last day I shed a few tears saying our farewells. We fell in love with the people, the island and the values we came to learn during our stay. The attention to detail and making sure we were happy 24/7 blew me away. I have never been treated with so much respect and warmth from staff at any other resort. They honestly think of everything possibly imaginable to make sure your stay is perfect. Being that it was our honeymoon, they made sure to serenade us with the most beautiful and romantic gestures. I am so happy that we chose Raiwasa for our honeymoon because it was everything we could’ve ever dreamed of and more. We are so blessed and grateful for having the opportunity to experience what this island and this resort offers. We are already talking about an anniversary trip in the future! This place is unlike any other, and if you are looking to feed your soul, I highly recommend a stay at Raiwasa. I promise you won’t regret it!"
"Perched high above the South Pacific Raiwasa Private Resort is a paradise for those seeking luxury and solace. A tranquil setting where you can relax in comfort and soak up the warm tropical air. The calming seascape spans for miles and the natural sounds of this vibrant haven caress your mind as you lose track of time. The Raiwasa experience is all about meeting your personal needs at this time in your life. If its a break from constant work and people then you will hardly notice the Fijian staff members as they prepare your room and ensure that your breakfast, lunch and dinner is organised wherever and whenever you would like to dine. The staff are wonderful, and show genuine hospitality.If you wish to be active the staff can arrange for special day activities and tours. The waterfall lunch and swim is a must, and your guided tour by charismatic staff is a wonder in itself. If your like me and would like to tangle with Fiji's tropical Gamefish, a driver will be there to take you to a suitable vessel, where a master skipper will guide you on a wonderful fishing adventure. Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo and Giant Trevally, join a long list of fun fish to catch. Our Raiwasa experience was flawless. The balance of privacy and interaction with staff was a perfect mix. We truly enjoyed our stay in this Tropical Fijian paradise."
"Best vacation ever. Raiwasa is an amazing place, so beautiful, with a stunning views, fantastic house, wonderful pool area. You can´t have it better. The staff was so friendly, amazing food, massage, water activities and tours on the island. Everything was perfect. The staff made a perfect week for us. I can´t explain Raiwasa with words it´s so much better. You have to go there to understand. I can only highly recommend it. I can't wait to come back.
"DREAM VACATION - My husband and I just returned from Raiwasa, and it was the vacation of a lifetime. We read the reviews, and saw the pictures, and were prepared to have a great time, but nothing could have prepared us for the welcome, (genuine warmth of the staff), the peace and beauty of the house, and the five star dining and attention that we received. I have severe allergies to gluten and dairy in particular, and avoid all grains because of cross contamination. I was so fortunate that Patrick and Ritchie communicated clearly with me prior to the trip, and Ritchie continued to create meals for me that were way beyond expectation. If anyone has gluten allergies in particular, you know how vacations usually go. You go in to dine, and someone whips up a fabulous gourmet meal for your significant other, and then you get handed some steamed vegetables with no flavor, and a piece of chicken with no sauce. Ritchie created the very same gourmet entrees for both my husband and myself, substituting as easily as I would have at home. Because we are the only guests, every need is carefully thought of, anticipated, and created beyond our expectations. I am a "foodie" and gourmet cook myself, so dining out is usually filled with disappointment as I described above. This was spectacular. As regards the staff, they were so lovely, I wanted to take them home with me. With fresh flowers everywhere, the gorgeous outdoor shower and bath, and beyond beautiful outdoor areas and views, it was hard to find a favorite spot on the property. There were fabulous surprises for us too. It was out 25th wedding anniversary, and the staff organized special moments for us on our special day, as well as other special things throughout the week. As a special note, Patrick was so easy before we arrived. He made sure that he fully understood my allergies. I am allergic to most detergents, so the staff even rinsed all of the bedding with white vinegar before we arrived. I brought some of my own detergent with me, and never had a single itch the entire time because of bedding. It is very unusual to go to a place like this. It is so far removed from how we live at home, and so quiet and peaceful. I loved the Fijian people, the way that they live, and the way that they value friendship, family and simplicity. I am all ready to look at the calendar and schedule our next trip to Raiwasa, and to tell anyone with a pulse that they absolutely need to go there. Maria was an absolute joy to be around, Babu our driver was knowledgeable, funny, and enjoyed sharing cultural similarities with us. All of the staff were marvelous, no doubt because of the excellent skills and personalities of Rosie and Ritchie, who manage the place and pay such close attention to the little details. Everything that they touch, they make beautiful. Do yourself a favor, and go. It is the perfect place for as much privacy or as much interaction as you wish, and suitable for a fantastic honeymoon, unplugging from the craziness of our daily work week lifestyle, or like us, celebrating 25 years of marriage. We are so happy that we chose to celebrate it here. "
"As an actress and model, my life is so busy. I am always running to photo shoots planning events and running my business. I rarely take real time off from my crazy schedule, so when my boyfriend surprised me with a romantic Fiji getaway at Raiwasa I was excited but did not know what to expect. Let me just say that Raiwasa is something that everyone should experience once in their lives. Sean and I had many amazing memories that we will hold on to forever! The staff, the service, the food and the privacy was perfect and my stay was what I needed to get re-energized. It's a very peaceful, exciting, and romantic Atmopshere all in one. Truly a one of a kind experience, do yourself a favor go down to Raiwasa, you won’t regret it."
"We've been to several 7 star hotels and Raiwasa’s services along with the experience provided goes way beyond them. We really got to live the saying of "your wish is our command" and everyone was beyond wonderful and you could feel the love and how they work as a team. The view here is unbelievable and is nothing like we have seen before it's simply amazing. We've traveled to so many different places but this is the first time that we felt such sadness leaving a place. It was indeed our home away from home. "
"As a family we span several age dynamics, with mid teen children and also early twenties. This often means getting all together difficult as some are still at school, some at university and others now forging their own careers in the workforce and own relationships with significant others. This recent trip was short in the planning by our standards, as often and more usually Melinda spends months planning and strategizing the optimal destination and itinerary for all involved. Our youngest son, Nicholas had returned from boarding school in the country, where they are denied electronic communications and can only touch home and family through the written word. You can imagine how foreign this would feel for all involved. He had two weeks to be back in the embrace of the family before returning for a final term. So, arriving at Raiwasa was at once both a relief and a surprise. Obviously, the location and setting is the stuff postcards and stories are based upon. But most 5+ star resorts deliver an initial wow, but then fail to follow through. The magical thing for us as a family and I’m sure to all your other guests, was and is, your team. Straight away this felt like a different experience, as we were treated like family and the team quickly adapted to our psyche and pace. And it all happened effortlessly and without our direction. The quality of food and the inclusion of locally grown produce was a surprise, as often we have found this to be a short coming in typical resorts. The activities being tailored just to us made them all a memorable experience. And the opportunity to interact with so many of your team on a personal basis was a joy. The tour of the garden and the cultural night were a highlight, especially with the involvement of their wonderful children. We all felt at our stays conclusion that we should have stayed longer and have vowed to return."
"My wife and I had the pleasure of staying at Raiwasa Private Resort which has to be one of the most unique private places I've ever experienced. The food was undoubtable the best even compared to high end resorts such as Kokomo. The property itself is amazing, suitable for couples or families with 2 dual masters and upstairs sleeping. Impeccable attention to detail. The grounds are extremely well kept and the views are simply stunning. The staff are at your beckon call (approximately 12 staff members). They are professional and friendly and will do whatever it takes to make your stay a memorable one."
"Raiwasa exceeds all expectations. Your website doesn't begin to do it justice. Our trip was to celebrate my (big) 60th birthday (which apparently, due to the international date line, I turned 60 twice ;) and also my 25th year in business. All of you made it a very special celebration for us. Your taste in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and attention to every other detail, is impeccable, as are your gracious team members. (You've created a wonderful culture with your team), and we look forward future vacations at Raiwasa."
"Raiwasa team, where do I start! My husband and I stayed at Raiwasa for 17 days in January for our wedding anniversary. I have been to many 5 star accommodations around the world including our recurring annual vacation to either the Four Seasons or the Royal Palm Beachcomber in Mauritius. These are top-notch resorts with beautiful service, food and amenities. But nothing prepared me for Raiwasa! This island is paradise and the Raiwasa experience is just crazy in its perfection. I can say I have now found a new home in Fiji, and I will be going back as often as I can. We stayed in January and had 12 days of perfect tropical weather, 3 days of overcast weather with intermittent breaks of sunshine and 2 days of rain showers (not lasting that long). It mostly rained at night and then during the days it was beautiful. The rain was welcome so we can relax with a book in the hot weather with two sides of the house open to the big deck and with a view to die for. Honestly the pictures can’t do it justice you have to see it for yourself. The staff is just beautiful; Raiwasa has a staff of 12 that will cater to all your needs. They have an ingenious way of ensuring that we receive total privacy, you never see anyone unless you call on them. This place is fully private, I spent many days sunbathing and swimming nude in the pool. I love this place ! Just Freedom …. The most amazing chefs, try the Coconut crepes and the eggs benedict for breakfast. The 5 course dinners were amazing and we tried all their different dining locations (two of our favorites are the private beach and the overlook deck by the pool), the quantity was perfect and the taste was really great. Richie, Ben and Rosie have some serious talent, best food we have ever had in a tropical setting. The activities are amazing, with highlights being the Bouma waterfall (with a surprise, you will see :) ), my husband loved the coastal fishing and the snorkeling on the Rainbow Reef, the Fijian culture day was really something special and authentic. Nothing Disneyland about it. The attention to detail is really there and there is so much more to be said about the experience but I don’t want to spoil it for you. We where not bored one day and only spend 2 days lounging around doing nothing. I can’t believe I am saying this but this was the best vacation ever (for this 56 year old that has been around). Vinaka to the whole team, we love you XOXO! "
"My experience at Raiwasa was nothing short of amazing. Fiji is paradise and Raiwasa has captured a spot as the most luxurious accommodation in Fiji. As the owner of a yacht charter brokerage, I am accustomed to five star service, surroundings and amenities. Raiwasa rivels the experience of some of the world's most luxurious super yachts at a fraction of the cost. Your villa provides an excellent extension to clients who have enjoyed a charter yacht vacation and now are looking for a land based property. As a frequent visitor to Fiji, I can say that the cultural experiences you provide guests is by far the best. The traditional Kava ceremony preceded by the root grinding and presentation was informative and something I have often wondered. The local village performances were genuine and the beauty of the children singing and dancing was only eclipsed by their beautiful smiles. Your staff are superstars. They have mastered the difficult task of balancing guest privacy with interaction. They are attentive, they are gracious, they are funny, they are energetic and they are ready to make every second of your stay memorable. I was in awe upon arrival and I was in tears to depart, not because I wouldn't be back again, because I will, but because I felt a connection with this special place and the special staff you have brought together. "
"I am not the type of guy to write reviews. In fact, this is my first ever review for anything, positive or negative. I typically vote with my patronage and if I like a place, I will frequent it and if I dont like it, I just dont go back or support them. This is true for me from anything from a local store purchase to a 5 star resort or a car dealership purchase. I am writing this review of Raiwasa because it was simply fabulous and deserves recognition. I chose Raiwasa as a destination for my 25th anniversary. I had never been to Fiji before so I was a bit worried at trying it on such a special occasion and getting it right. I have been to Hawaii more times that I can count and to Tahiti numerous times and my default would normally have been to choose a known destination for my 25th as opposed to an unknown Pacific Island destination. Laucala Island resort in Fiji was my first initial choice but I could not get any availability for my dates (turned out to be a blessing). I settled on Raiwasa after some online research and after speaking to the owner, Patrick, by phone who was very gracious, helpful and informative. I live in Orange County, California. The flight to Fiji from LAX is about 12 hours. Regardless of your airline booking, most seem to codeshare with Fiji Airlines. We flew business class and the plane was clean, the food decent and the Fijian airline staff incredibly friendly, helpful and professional. By the time we got to Taveuni, since leaving our house, we had been travelling about 20 hours. Normally you would be feeling some typical travel fatigue at this point on any journey but both of us were totally stress free and in surprisingly good shape. I attribute this virtually 100% to the airline staff attitude as well as all the easy transfer process with super friendly customs and ground staff. At this point, before even seeing Taveuni or Raiwasa, I knew I'd love Fiji and its people. That was a nice start and a good omen. It is a very short distance and easy connection to the domestic terminal for the flight from Nadi to Taveuni. The flight was just over an hour and went quickly because there is some great sightseeing of all the islands and turquoise colored reefs on the short journey. We were met at the tiny Taveuni airport by "Babu" from Raiwasa who had cold towels and a cold drink for us. By the time the plane landed, we had our luggage and were on our way in about 10 minutes flat. The trip to Raiwasa is short and we were met by all the staff that would be looking after us. Another 15 minutes later we had breakfast ordered and a cocktail in hand overlooking a vista of coral reefs, islands and the Pacific Ocean. Raiwasa is set on about 3 acres of waterfront property. It is an awesome location. The villa, the pool and all the property improvements are of a very high standard and are beautifully done set in spectacular foliage and landscaping. It offers total privacy from any angle and is a delight to view and explore all the gardens and beach access. I have built custom homes in beachfront locations and I can attest at how much energy and resources it takes to not only build such a property but also to maintain it and keep it to such a high standard with the oceanside elements constantly beating things up. Throw in the fact that you are on a remote Island the logistics of keeping a place like this is doubly difficult. For me this just increased my appreciation of the beauty of the property. The food was simply fantastic. Richie, the manager and chef is obviously professionally trained, but more importantly he has real talent and 100% commitment to everything he makes. My wife has an extensive array of allergies that make most chefs run for the hills. It's not a lifestyle choice, it's a medical necessity with her. Richie managed to navigate her extensive allergies and provide us with the meals on par with the best we've ever had anywhere. He did this not for one meal, but for every breakfast, lunch and dinner. Taveuni is a beautiful Island. It has some of the worlds best scuba dives and some incredible fishing. I fished for a few days using Raiwasa's own fishing boat. As an avid fisherman, I could write forever about the sailfish, giant trevally and other fish I caught or the well over 200 lb Yellowfin Tuna I fought for almost 3 hours before it came undone, but right now I'm thinking about the Lobster Benedict Richie made for me. So you have a beautiful Island, an awesome location and villa with incredible food. What more is there? Well the staff (and the Fijian people) were the highlight. I own a few successful businesses and I have been fortunate enough to have travelled the world first class for business and for pleasure for over 35 years. The staff were simply the best I've ever experienced in all my travels. Nothing was a problem for them. They did so many special things for us that touched us deeply. Mix the incredible staff with all of these amazing other location attributes and you have......a truly magical place. I cant imaging not going back to Raiwasa. Now we know it exists it is a must for us to make it a part of our annual travels. We will be back sooner than later. I'm already clearing my calendar."
"So…my wish right this moment...blink twice…and be back at Raiwasa enjoying "Fiji Time" by the pool! I want to thank Patrick, Richie, Rosie, Lo, Maria, Babu, Kelera, Bogi, Petero, Harish & Sepo, for making our stay absolutely incredible & truly unforgettable! I've been in the dive industry since 1999, visited numerous destinations as well as 5+ star resorts around the world but never had such an amazing experience as Raiwasa offered! The moment we entered the property & drove up the driveway, we knew it was going to be "absolute paradise"! And it definitely was everything & more than anyone could ever expect! The teamwork of the entire staff was so unbelievably amazing! Each & every "i" was dotted & "t" crossed to absolute perfection! There are not enough praises to express how incredible our stay was with all of you. We were truly sad to leave & say good-bye! Each planned event was above & beyond what we could have ever imagined - absolutely incredible, thank you! I look forward to returning to Raiwasa for another truly remarkable & unforgettable experience! It was an honor meeting & spending time with all of you! Vinaka, Patrick & Richie so much again for everything…until next time."
"I have been handicapped from birth but I can still use my legs with crutches. While Raiwasa is not “officially” handicapped accessible let me tell you about what the staff did for me while I was there. I had never been snorkeling because it’s impossible for me to get into and out of a boat (without a crane, lol). But when I told Richie that snorkeling was on my bucket list, he went about and invented and built an ingenious teeter-totter that was placed on the boat. It allowed me to get in and out of the boat with ease. They also built me a chair specifically so that I could shower sitting down. I don’t think there is anything you can ask these guys that they cant accomplish. This place should be called Aladdin’s wish factory. Next time I will go to Bouma to swim in the falls, Richie told me he would build me a chair that the staff would carry me in. The massages where to die for and the food glorious. I loved my time discussing the dinner menu with Richie and Ben. Do the garden tour, very educational and Babu is so funny. My experience was downright unique and amazing, I can’t wait to be back. "
"We enjoyed Raiwasa more than any other Resort or Lodge we have stayed in in this part of the world. Patrick has done an amazing job with the level of training he has achieved with his staff and the attention to detail from the Villa itself, the amazing food and the manicured gardens. We have travelled extensively and stayed in some very high-end luxury Resorts all over the world and could not find fault with anything about our stay at Raiwasa. We will definitely be back."
It's almost difficult to write a review for a place that's so special. I've initially chosen Raiwasa based on the location, contemporary décor and wonderful amenities. It turned out to be so much more than just another vacation in a tropical place. It was an unforgettable experience! LOCATION The island of Taveuni was a perfect match for our vacation style. We do not like big resorts or tourist traps and prefer to rent private villas and to get to know the local culture of the place we're visiting. Taveuni makes you feel like you stepped back in time and away from your daily grind. Life is simple and people are friendly. The nature is spectacular and the climate is perfect. VILLA The villa is incredible! It's spacious, luxurious, immaculate, and has everything a discerning traveler might need. The decor is contemporary, tasteful, and comfortable. I loved having fresh flower arrangements everywhere. There are so many places to relax and lounge depending on your mood, and the views are beautiful everywhere! STAFF AND SERVICE If you want to live like royalty or a celebrity for a week, come here! With 10 staff attending to your needs, you'll be sorry you have to go home! There isn't even a common phrase that would capture the level of service the staff provide. I could say they "go the extra mile" but it wouldn't be enough. I could say they go "above and beyond" but it would still not describe the incredible service they offer. They're thorough but not intrusive. They'll take care of things before you have to ask. After a couple of days they'll learn your preferences and you won't have to say how you like certain things. Every guest can decide how much they want to interact with the staff and we wanted to get to know them a bit. I highly recommend for you to do the same! They're all such special people that you'd be missing out if you don't ever talk to them. After a few days we joked that we felt like we live on the island now and the staff are our neighbors and friends. In the morning, we'd look forward to saying hello to Maria or Lo and chatting with them as they were serving breakfast. Then Richie would come over and we'd talk about dinner plans or what we'd like to do that day. Then we'd go out with Babu to the beach or for a drive around the island. Please, please spend time with Babu! Every outing with him is such a fun experience! He knows everyone on the island and has a ton of stories to share! FOOD If you're a foodie, you'll really appreciate Raiwasa! Richie and Rosie blew us away every day with their cooking. The variety and quality of dining options is superb! There is an extensive menu for breakfast and lunch. And every night, Richie would design an elaborate menu for dinner based on local flavors. He can even make special requests if you're craving something specific. My husband told him a story of an amazing while chocolate bread pudding dessert I had on the island of Anguilla years ago and how I still talk about it. Well, for my birthday dinner Richie surprised me by making it for for me! The dining experience made this vacation so memorable. ACTIVITIES You can make your stay here into whatever you'd like. Of the 8 days we spent at Raiwasa, each one was different. Some days were spent relaxing by the pool or the private beach. And other days we'd do something fun and adventurous. The list of activities is extensive and will suit anyone's style. I especially appreciated having kayaks and paddle boards available; the water right next to the villa is a perfect spot to take those out. SUMMARY If you want to have a vacation that will spoil you, rejuvenate you and give you an experience to remember, Raiwasa is for you!
" THE MOST ROMANTIC PLACE ON EARTH! From the moment I contacted Patrick about booking Raiwasa, he was very helpful. It was a simple process to make the vacation of a lifetime a reality. As a busy executive, I am constantly focused on my work and downtime is very limited. Ashley and I were thrilled that we chose Raiwasa for 10 days to get away from the busy lives we both lead. Now that we have been back home in California for a few weeks, we are constantly reminded of the amazing memories we made. The STAFF was ABSOLUTLY AMAZING! I need to mention the resort staff; Richie, Rosie, Lo, Maria, Babu, Kelera, Bogi, Petero, Harish & Sepo, they made every experience truly remarkable. We were treated to a traditional Kava Ceremony, we watched the traditional south pacific drink be made and drank with them! I enjoyed this drink very much, the morning we were leaving they surprised me with a package of Kava to bring back to the U.S with me! Babu, our driver was a true joy. He took us on many adventures around the island, always had our favorite snacks and cold drinks packed up for our excursions. Natural waterslides, the blowhole, local villages, and snorkeling were just a few of the daily enjoyments we had. Every day, Lo and Maria greeted us with huge smiles, they spent so much effort making each and every dining experience memorable with different flower arrangements that were so beautiful. The staff set up an amazing lunch at the waterfall for Ashley and I, we sat staring at the waterfall while we enjoyed cold beer and a picnic lunch. I was able to climb up the back of the waterfall and jump in, it was a lot of fun. Again, the attention to detail was second to none! Fishing is a great joy of mine. I was able to go out hand line fishing with Harish and Babu a couple of times during my stay! We had an absolute blast! Catching multiple species of fish, close to the resort on the kayaks they provide. This was one of the best experiences I had during my stay. Ashley and I went out fishing on the larger boat they have at the property. Buba (not to be confused with his cousin Babu) took us out for a few hours, we ended up catching a 30lb Spanish Mackerel that Richie ended up cooking for us that evening! Ashley also ended up catching a 6 foot Copper shark, fortunately we were able to release it with no harm done to it. Richie was our incredible executive chef and General Manager for the property. He set up all of our experiences and was an absolute joy to be around. Nothing was too large of an ask, if it wasn't available he would find a way to make it happen! The food was INCREDIBLE, creating so many wonderful meals each and every time! I need to mention Lo and the incredible service she provided everyday along with Maria! Lo took us into her village one afternoon and we were introduced to the how they lived their lives each and every day. Very interesting to see how these villages prepared meals and interacted! Lo also does the massages and skin care treatments, Ashley was very happy with the services! Top notch! One evening we were surprised by some local children from a nearby village! They performed multiple song and dance routines for us at the villa, Ashley and I were so moved by this. A couple of the children were related to some of the staff at the villa making it very special! There are so many wonderful people on this island. We feel so lucky to have had the pleasure of connecting with many of the locals and learning more about them as individuals. The culture here pulls you away from your everyday life and is so refreshing. We both can't wait for the opportunity to return again! I'll never forget at the airport, Babu dropping us off, not saying bye, but see you later! If you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to go here, don't hesitate. "
You know when you find the perfect vacation spot and you immediately want to tell everyone about it but then you also want to keep it for yourself? That’s Raiwasa! You will NOT need a vacation from your vacation when you experience this resort. This is a place where time stands still, natural beauty surrounds you, and you are allowed to disconnect from the rest of the world and reconnect with what is important to you. Soak in the incredible view, the excellent service, and remember you are on island time!
My husband and I just spent 6 days at Raiwasa. Nothing prepared us for the experience that we lived. We where heading home to the US from Melbourne and stopped over in Taveuni at Raiwasa. We were greeted with an unbelievably warm welcome with Fijian warriors in full garb. The short walk on the coral path brought us to the most amazing shimmering view of the ocean. Literally mesmerizing… The pictures on the web site are beautiful but do not do the expansive view justice. We are very private people and only saw the staff when we requested interaction. Below is my attempt of capturing the experience we enjoyed. The house is gorgeous, its flows beautifully. It has an inside outside feel to it, large rolling doors open on two sides of the living room to a huge covered wrap around deck where you can sit and enjoy the beauty of Fiji. The outdoor bathrooms are amazing. The pool is great at a perfect depth to swim but also to stand up and laze around. They have a small private beach area above the ocean, which is also great, and a little hut to stay out of the sun where you can read and listen to the ocean. My husband Gabe asked for flavored coffee on the first day, but there was none available on the island. But little known to us Richie took it upon himself to have hazelnut and vanilla flavored coffee flown in on the next flight. The next morning without us asking, a great flavored coffee appeared during breakfast. The attention to detail was special and the feeling we received from the staff was honest and genuine. There is an “as you wish” culture at every point of the entire experience. It is really special, something that we have never experienced anywhere else. The food was spectacular and we quickly realized the passion that Richie brought to our food preparation. While you can completely control what you want to eat we finally just gave in and told Richie, just makes us whatever you want and we where not disappointed. Gabe and I really enjoyed the food and wine experience, we where under the Platinum package and had an extensive choice of wines to chose from. The wine list is impressive, all New Zealand and Australian and it was fun to experience wines from this part of the world. Richie pairs a wine with every meal and he never missed. I personally fell in love with Richie’s Walu, what an amazing fish (I had never eaten before) and so well prepared. The island fries made with local potatoes and home made paprika lime Aioli where also to die for. The avocado, panacotta salad was wow and Richie even made a chocolate lava cake on request because Gabe is such a chocoholic. Now the massages: Perfect !!!! Lo was amazing, great variety to chose from on the spa menu, stuff that I have never done before like the sugar scrub and Dilo wrap. Gabe fell asleep during the massages they where so relaxing. We had a massage everyday! I have some knee pain but we spent some time visiting the Bouma falls, which are very accessible through a flat walkway (the service team has prepared something for us but I am not going to ruin it by telling you). We took the private boat to snorkel on the rainbow reef, which also was amazing. Next time we go we will experience the Lavena waterfalls, the sea was a little rough this time around to do it. Overall we were treated to some amazing small surprises along the way from before we arrived to after we left that made the experience special and catered. My husband Gabe and I have traveled the world and been to some very special places, 5, 6 or even 7 stars, we have been to many of them but Raiwasa is on another level (for altogether different reasons). These stars systems show the level of amenities, which of course many are above Raiwasa’s. But Raiwasa is real, genuine human connection with the staff catering to only our needs in a beautiful setting, great service and food. Raiwasa is one of the best vacations ever because it was so personalized to us. We are already recommending it to friends and family and will be back for sure. I never write reviews and I have been scratching my head about how I can balance this review with something negative or something to improve. I am giving up ! There nothing to change, perfection I can’t find anything bad to say so I wont. I look forward to coming back and having the people I love experience this little piece of paradise. I hope this is helpful to people, I enjoyed writing it.
" Absolute perfection ! From the moment we made the initial contact with Patrick enquiring about a stay at Raiwasa, we knew we were onto a winner. Before we even boarded our flight to Fiji; Patrick, Richie, Rosie and the team had put an incredible amount of forethought into our arrival. Traveling with young children can be challenging at the best of times, and with our youngest son being on the autism spectrum, it can throw all sorts of additional curve balls. The whole team were incredibly prepared and Rosie jumped in as the little guys personal nanny. She had done research on ASD and after 9 days with him I can honestly say that she understood his quirks as much as many people that have known him his whole life. Rosie is an incredibly patient and kind hearted soul, and she gave us the confidence to go out with our 5 year old - snorkelling on the rainbow reef and out the front of the villa, kayaking to nearby islands, paddle boarding, kayak 'surfing' and hanging out in the gorgeous pool - knowing Mr3 was in safe and loving hands. And he was happy. We arrived to a gorgeous welcome, with the whole team to greet us with fabulous warmth, beautiful singing, stunning leis. And found ourselves in the most incredibly serene location with views that I cannot do justice to with words. Just incredible. I am a big foodie - have been a chef for over 25 years, a lot of that time spent running kitchens and working in various 5 star resorts and hotels - and the food we experienced at Raiwasa was as good as, and in many instances even better, than I have seen in a multitude of worldwide locations. The menu was extensive, and Richie was more than happy to adapt and create anything else we felt like eating. Requests for sushi and sashimi platters, goat curry, homemade gluten free breads and baking for Mr 3 and even pain au chocolat for sir, were greeted with enthusiasm and executed perfectly. The thought and attention to detail that went into every meal was quite astounding, wine pairing and table settings included. The villa was kept spotlessly clean, with beautiful pure Fiji products in the pristine indoor/outdoor bathrooms and the nicest towels I've ever used. Super comfortable pillow selection too! It was mind blowing to have such an amazing piece of paradise all to ourselves. Beautifully manicured gardens. A great deal of the fruit and vegetable produce being used in the kitchen is being grown on site - the garden tour is a must! A short Walk through the property down to the waters edge where we had all the water sports available, (and the option to be accompanied by Sikeli) including snorkelling, hand line fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Bonfires on the beach, lovo in the backyard, day trips to the waterfalls and rainbow reef, to local beaches to hunt for shells, kayaking to local islands, massages overlooking the magnificent Pacific Ocean, and endless hours by the world class pool. We could not have wished for a more perfect holiday. Heartfelt thanks to the Raiwasa team - as far as perfection goes - you nailed it. We cannot recommend this island dream enough. And words will not convey how magical our holiday was. The place. The people. Thank you. We will be back!
When I booked Raiwasa for an 8 day romantic getaway, I didn't realize that I'd be ruining our future vacation plans! This place is so beautiful and the service is so incredible that you'd never want to settle for anything else. To say it was an amazing experience would be an understatement. Every aspect of our vacation was excellent - the island, the villa, the views, the food, the service, the amenities, the activities... I could go on and on. The staff at this resort are incredible. They create a luxury experience in a way that's hard to describe. Richie and Rosie spoil you with fine dining. Maria, Lo and the others keep the place spotless and ensure you're always comfortable. Babu will turn a simple drive to the local shopping area into a fun experience filled with stories about the island and spontaneous adventures. It was an amazing stay and I highly recommend it!
"My wife and I stayed at Raiwasa April 2017. From the moment we were greeted by Babu at the airport with a cold water and a huge smile, we knew we were in for something spectacular. I refer to Raiwasa as my great reset. As the CEO of two software companies, I've had one too many sleepless nights and 80+ hour work weeks. I needed something more than our annual trip to Maui with the kids. I needed serious R&R, something different, a real chance to connect with my wife, get spoiled and fill the soul. Raiwasa crushed it. This place combines the best of so many things...a quaint island, an amazing 3-acre villa overlooking the ocean, world-class food, once-in-a-lifetime activities and a staff lead by Richie and Rosie. Trust me, you will be scheming ways to smuggle them back home. There was a genuine friendship that we developed with everyone that I actually got a bit teared up at the airport. No joke. It's real and difficult to put into words. This is a special place run by special people. We will be back. Vinaka Vinaka vaka levu. "
"Raiwasa was hands down our best vacation yet! The staff never stopped trying to please, they were always on top of everything and truly cared. There were so many small details that we wouldn’t have ever thought of that made the experience that much more special. Our stay was full of surprises that made us feel like such special guests. Everyone on the island is so friendly and happy. No one is ever in a rush or hurry, it’s a very nice change of pace and very relaxing. "
My family and I have travelled extensively around the world and this is one of our best experiences and far and away the highest quality service we’ve ever had. The essence of Raiwasa is a phenomenal setting and a warm local team dedicated to excellent service—both leading to an unforgettable experience on the “garden island” of Fiji. Upon arriving at Raiwasa--on its several acres of beautiful gardens and pathways overlooking the ocean--we were welcomed by two warriors, plus Babu, Richie, Rosie and seven staff singing songs as part of a traditional welcome ceremony. The villa is an architectural gem, open and gentle breeze swept with its tiered decks and verandas overlooking the shifting tides of the Somosomo Straights. High ceilings, solid timbers, nicely appointed living and bedroom areas, and spacious outdoor showers and baths are part of the villa’s charm. To the side of the villa, along a short pathway, is a natural infinity pool with its own decks, cabana and spectacular views. The lighted walkway down to the private beach leads to another cabana and deck right above the water. Kayaks, paddle boards, a motor boat and a nice selection of snorkeling equipment are part the offering. Raiwasa is characterized by outstanding service and a staff that is attentive to every need and every detail to make your vacation truly outstanding. The twenty pages of menu selections, prepared by master chef Richie and his spouse Rosie are simply amazing involving a wide variety of cuisines—Fijian, Asian fusion, French, Spanish, Mexican and Indian. All meals were delicious with outstanding presentations. Dinners are five course meals, and with reasonable sized portions. During our first dinner at Raiwasa we were serenaded with guitar music and traditional Fijian songs. Breakfasts and lunches were complemented by local fruits and a creative selection of flavorful smoothies. Each afternoon Richie appears to discuss menu ideas and recommendations for the evening. He emerges a few hours later with his staff to present his special creations at any of the villa’s six indoor and outdoor dining areas--on the decks, beach or by the pool. During the evening torches light the pathways around Raiwasa, adding a special aura as the sun sets and night sets in. Rosie and Lo provided soothing messages as options or part of the premium package. My wife and daughter loved the banana leaf wrap and head and foot message to sooth sun-kissed skin. The watersports are supervised by Petero and his colleague to make sure everyone is in their comfort zone whether kayaking, paddle boarding, tubing behind the boat or snorkeling. They know the coast and the tides and are there to make it all easy and safe for all ages and adventure types. During the week we enjoyed many exceptional experiences at Raiwasa, all made more memorable due to the attentiveness of Raiwasa’s staff. At first, we simply enjoyed the villa, beach, grounds and fantastic meals. A few days later we decided to take a short trip and hike to the local waterfalls with Babu in the lead. We had a great surprise waiting as we emerged from the rainforest at the base of the falls, but I won’t say what it was so I don’t spoil the fun for others. We had a fine cook out one evening where in-ground cooking with hot rocks and banana leaves (something like an American clam bake) allowed us to sample local Fijian dinner treats. After dinner we enjoyed traditional dances and a kava ceremony on the veranda with the whole crew. Lo took us on a walking tour of her village where the entire village was preparing for a big, once-in-a-lifetime ceremony to install her mother-in-law as the new village chief. We met the new chief as she proudly supervised construction of the ceremonial grounds with her advisors from a perch above the rugby fields. During our last few days we explored the island a bit more knowing that there was much more to see and do, and that we needed come back to enjoy more of Raiwasa’s charm and the warm, caring and attentive people that made our family vacation such an outstanding experience for all. Rolf Sartorius Note: We travelled to Raiwasa as a group of six, my wife and I, our 20 year old daughter, 15 year old son and his friend and my mother.
You will not need a vacation from your vacation after staying at Raiwasa, although I guarantee you have never vacationed like this before! The owners and the staff of this exquisite private resort have created a magical world where time stands still, natural beauty surrounds you, disconnection from the outside world is a possibility, connection with loved ones is a reality, and happiness is infectious! Set on three acres of lovely Taveuni Island in Fiji, the grand villa is home to a wonderland of surprises. The house includes a large wraparound sun deck, two bedrooms each with outdoor showers and bathtubs, a den, an upstairs recreation room, and a kitchen. My favorite seating areas were the egg chair, the hammock and the outdoor couch; I could sit and look at the ocean view for hours! Did I mention the “mini” bar? You get a stocked full size refrigerator with all the Fiji water (yes, they serve Fiji water in Fiji), soft drinks, milk, orange juice, and beer your heart desires!! The spectacular view of the ocean will absolutely hypnotize you! You will succumb to the constantly changing colors of the water & the sky, the gentle sound of the distant waves breaking on the reef, and the palms swaying in the breeze. The crystal clear blue infinity pool provides views that continue past the ocean towards the other islands in the distance. In the three days I was on the property, I maybe saw one boat in the far distance and two snorkelers on my last day. It was insane how little interaction with the outside world occurred but it was definitely welcomed! There are 7 dining locations on the property for you to enjoy 5 star quality meals prepared to your liking by the very talented team of Richie & Rosie. I should mention that the presentation & plating of each meal was outstanding! They must own a thousand napkin rings because I never saw the same one twice! The house has an expansive garden specifically grown for the guests with a large variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that are used to create the very meals you enjoy! I highly recommend you take the garden tour to fully understand and appreciate all the dedication that has been put into the property. The house is outfitted with a staff of 10 individuals that anticipate your every need even before you dream of the need. These lovely happy Fijians bring the resort to life by creating an experience in everything you do. And there is so much to do! The resort offers spa treatments, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, and more. Getting around on a primitive island is no concern when you have the Raiwasa truck & Babu to drive you. Take time to see the Tavoro Waterfalls, blow hole, International Date Line, and more. Have Petero teach you how to jump off the waterfall, it is such a rush!! Take the private boat fishing or to Rainbow Reef for snorkeling or scuba diving. On my snorkeling adventure I saw schools of colorful fish, lobsters, and even a shark! The island is your playground to enjoy! The staff will create very memorable moments along the way; you will be surprised, you will feel honored, you will be humbled but most of all you will remember the way you were made to feel after you return home. I will not mention the surprises that are in store but know that you will not be expecting any of them and they will absolutely take your breath away! No detail is missed by the wonderful people I now consider friends. If privacy is what you seek, the staff will arrange it so you have little to no interaction. The entire resort can be yours without any disturbance. Discretion and endless choices is what Raiwasa offers to guests. Remember, you’re on island time, relax and appreciate the love that surrounds you. Oh, did I mention the outdoor showers with the ocean view? ☺
My son and daughter-in-law Rolf and Pat invited me to join them and their family Caroline and Jacob, my grandchildren, for a magical week’s vacation at Raiwasa, Taveuni, Fiji. It all began at the gate with a welcome ceremony by our villa’s extensive staff in native dress. They then introduced us to the lovely house and surrounding property that would be our exclusive home for the coming week. The house itself has large outdoor oriented rooms tastefully decorated with island crafts and beautiful fresh flowers from the property’s gardens everywhere. The adjoining wrap around veranda has extensive views out to the sea. Here we would enjoy meals, receive massages, enjoy entertainment or just relax. A few steps away is the infinity pool with a grass covered relaxation area and a dining area, again with extensive views of the water. We were shown the path down to our private beach with its boat, paddleboards or snorkeling equipment, available as we wished with assistance when needed. We were encouraged to peruse a book containing long lists of beverages, including delicious smoothies and alcoholic drinks, snacks, breakfast and lunch menus that could be ordered any time, to be served where we wished. Richie the talented chef would consult with us daily about the dinner menu which was always wonderful, multi coursed, prepared with local ingredients and beautifully presented. He would also help us organize daily activities. It was difficult to leave this beautiful setting but with the help of the always friendly and accommodating staff, we took several side trips to explore the island and its rich culture. They drove us to Bouma Falls, and after a short hike we reached the high falls and swimming area where the staff had already prepared our lunch to which was served on white table cloths and flower decorated tables. A member of the staff was kind enough to give us a tour of her village and introduce us to some of its members including her mother-in-law who was soon to be inducted as village chief at a large island wide ceremony. One night returning to our villa the staff prepared kava (the signature, age old, Fijian drink) and served with the traditional ceremony. Another night we were serenaded with native songs and watched, encouraged to join in with native dancers performing traditional dances. Staff took us to visit a local market with fresh exotic fruits and vegetables, a French Missionary Church with stain glass windows built in the 1800’s and the nearby International Date Line where we could take a step and cross from today into yesterday. Speaking of yesterday, I am 78 years old and am so fortunate to have such a wonderful family sharing this time with me. I and to be in good health with good mobility but the staff was always extremely helpful to me, as to all my family and to their individual needs. During my lifetime I have been able to visit and live in many parts of our world, but my weeks stay to Raiwasa was one of the most memorable times.
"Raiwasa Grand Villa is an outstanding luxury property/ location offering everything a 5 star resort offers and more. You have 10 dedicated staff looking after your every need. They are at your service at the push of a button and went out of their way to make sure our short break was everything we wanted it to be. The food created by Richie is outstanding with a great selection of champagne, wines and beer. The view from every angle is stunning and elevated so you can see for miles. Everything Raiwasa offers is about attention to detail even down to the most immaculate gardens we have seen in Fiji. We lead busy lives and came away relaxed and could only wish we could have spent more time enjoying the luxury. Everything about Raiwasa exceeded our expectations and we will certainly be back for more!"
"We spent 14 days at Raiwasa Grand Villa and it was like we landed in Paradise! We decided to elope to get married and have our honeymoon in one place. After an extensive research and a lot of reading about Fiji, we found Taveuni Island. We decided that the island had everything we where looking for, not too touristy, wonderful nature with waterfalls and nature walks and hikes. Beaches and snorkeling and world-class diving and it just looked so tranquil. The island for filled all our needs for adventure and beauty. We where looking for the best accommodation on the island and we decided that privacy and to get a customized wedding and personalized stay was the way we wanted to go. We found Raiwasa by chance (web search) and right away after emailing and talking to Patrick we knew this was it! What he promised us was just 20% of what we received, we where treated to so many surprises. Everything was so easy from start to end. We just filled in all our wishes and dreams in a form and emailed it to Patrick. From how we imagined the wedding (a down to earth wedding by the ocean, lot’s of flowers and our rings in a shell and just us) to what food we liked and disliked. Everything was absolutely amazing! Our wedding was the best day of our life and the staff at Raiwasa went out of their way to make it extra special and beautiful. They even planted a coconut tree in our name for when we return. Our honeymoon followed after which was amazing. Riche who is the manger and also the chef is outstanding; he made everything just “happen”. He also made food that was so good that we could have just spend all day eating. He is making magic in the kitchen and listen carefully what we liked and did not care for too much and made every dinner customized just for us. Almost everything you eat comes from the garden or the ocean. My husband even dared to try fresh tuna sushi, which he would never eaten at home and he loved it! We bought the platinum package so everything was included from food and drinks to excursion and spa and car with chauffeur! We spent our time between relaxing by the pool and getting massages by the beach. We really wanted to relax and not have other guests making noise around us and this is place is ultra private. If you have a special occasion to celebrate this is a once in a lifetime treat. Besides the absolutely gorgeous place, they also have an incredible "staff" of 10, all for us. Babu, who was our private guide/chauffeur, took us around the island and he has a wealth of knowledge about Taveuni. He is also a very entertaining and funny guy who made us laugh nonstop. Thank you Rosie and Lo we will never forget your laughs and friendly Fijian way of being and how you made everything so incredible special on our wedding day (well everyday was amazing!). The boys in the garden, thank you for all the beautiful decorations on our wedding day and for the great surprise of being dressed as Fijian Warrior and walked me down the isle. We went as I said to relax and have forever memories and we got everything we where looking for in holiday. No stress, no pressure, it's Fiji time. One thing is certain: We will be back to check out our wedding palm tree."
“Raiwasa Grand Villa is in a completely different league from anything we have ever experienced…breathtaking, panoramic ocean views… beautiful private setting. The staff is absolutely the friendliest, always smiling. They cater to all your needs at the villa and all of your adventures as well! We loved the Bouma water falls and the Lavena coastal walk was magical! Paddling out to see the dolphins before breakfast was a first for us. The food was beyond all expectations. Everything Richie served was wonderful! But my favorites were the fresh seafood and coconut cream-based dishes. I have never seen my husband, who works so hard, able to relax like he did. We can’t wait to go back.”
“My husband and I experienced a few days in paradise…no words strong enough to describe how we felt…extremely private, exclusive and low key. Settled on top of a hill, with the glittering turquoise water at eye level, and surrounded by tropical flowers, palm trees, we were left speechless…it’s even better than the pictures. Richie and Rosie and the staff gave us the best service we had ever experienced, so friendly and personalized. The meals and food presentation were fantastic. Rosie with her warm smile, like a fairy, arranged flowers in every corner of the house. They made our stay a dream, and leaving them was hard... Walking in the garden when the sun rose, admiring those rare red palms, tropical fruits hanging here and there, and beautiful flowers…it all made our days even happier!”
“I am 75-years-old and no newbie to travel and I have to say Raiwasa was great. I only rent private properties because if you choose them properly they have the same amenities as the best luxury resorts, but with absolute privacy. Plus, I am too old to fight for a sun bed. The staff met all my needs without fuss or delay and was well-trained and unobtrusive. My skilful massage therapist, Lo, came to the house every day for my 60 minutes of indulgence. Raiwasa rivals my best experiences in Thailand and Bali.”
"Taveuni,the Garden island .... welcome to the paradise. We just spent 3 days at Raiwasa Grand Villa in Taveuni Fiji. Such amazing location with a very unique view! I am an Italian national that works in the Food and Beverage hospitality industry since long time,including cruise lines. I must admit that I was really impressed with the property, it was very well maintained and the view, wow one of the best I have seen in Fiji. The staff was extreme friendly and wanted to help us enjoy our stay. Richie is the Executive Chef with a great experience in the and you can feel that. The food was exquisite and so well presented, my wife and son also had an amazing time.We will plan on coming back as soon as we have the time off. Vinaka"
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