Say the words “adult’s only getaway”, and your mind may start to wander.
If you’re a parent, you’re imagining the joy of poolside cocktails and deep relaxation (without the sounds or demands of your children). As a single, couple or group, however, your mind may be, well, elsewhere.
For mums and dads, sometimes, it’s easier to stay local where the kids don’t complain too much, fish and chips are on every menu, and although exhausted at the end of each day, you’re making memories together. And while not a terrible idea, we’re excited to say that five-star hotels are now giving you extra reason to book an international trip for you and the family.
Introducing KORO at the Hilton Fiji – a place where the only child-like squeals emanate from adults after asking how long happy hour lasts for (and then giggling when the bartender points at a sign informing them that it lasts for 2 hours, Fiji time).
After a super-relaxed airport arrival, customs process and short transfer later, we arrive at the Hilton Denarau to be greeted in a way that Fijians are known for the world over. With a big smile, friendly “Bula” and of course, a lei. Eager to get a drink in our hands, after dropping luggage at our room, (soon to be-) fiance and I hurry down to KORO to catch the sunset.
As we turn off the main access laneway to walk into KORO, the hallway leads us down the garden path, (pardon the pun!) to our adult’s paradise.
We’re drawn toward the ocean view, where impressed by how incredible it is. The huge, open-plan restaurant overlooks the pool and sparkling sea with a large open-air frontage. After marvelling at our front yard for the weekend, we head straight to the bar and arm ourselves with a fresh, Fijian cocktail . The bar staff here are super-friendly and accommodating, though I’ve never known a bartender, at a resort or tropical destination bar, to be anything less.
After quenching our thirst and working up a hunger, it’s time to explore the delicious, Mediterranean tapas-style menu, which introduces a nice mix of “farm, land and sea” dishes. With a wealth of fresh produce at their fingertips, Executive Chef Pritam Shirlal and Executive Sous Chef Aaron Davies, have created a truly diverse menu which plays on Fiji’s strengths while giving travellers something healthy and wholesome. Think juicy lamb kofta, slightly charred cauliflower florets and Fijian chicken curry with coconut rice to satisfy post-sun-and-swim. Our favourite was the super fresh prawn with corn and radish salsa, which had us feeling full yet nourished.
After our Fijian feast (and a little more tanning) we glide into the purpose built day spa and gym located alongside the KORO complex. The award-winning spa uses Pevonia skin care products, providing a sanctuary for those who need that extra R&R. Complete with private lounge areas, luxe treatment rooms (for you and your special someone) and an outdoor plunge pool, we settle into a poolside Spa pavilion to truly experience the light, South Pacific sea breeze.
We love this concept within a major holiday resort. Not only does it allow you to create memories with the family in beautiful Fiji, (or in our case, get away from all the kids), it’s one spot that promises to melt away your daily stresses (and delivers).
Now, go on, off to the bar for another cocktail please, it’s your shout.