Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort scoops top awards

Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort has been voted “Fiji’s Leading Resort” as well as “Australasia’s Leading Green Hotel” in the 2008 World Travel Awards in Sydney, Australia.
Some 167,000 travel agencies and professionals from over 160 countries worldwide voted for the best in all sectors of the global travel industry.

“It is an honor to be recognized not only for the services we provide in creating an authentic and memorable Fiji experience for guests, but also for our part in supporting environmentally and socially conscious travel,” said General Manager Greg Taylor. “We are thrilled to accept two prestigious World Travel Awards from our colleagues in the travel industry.”

The resort is located on the island of Vanua Levu on a former 17-acre coconut plantation overlooking Savusavu Bay. Accommodations are 25 Fijian-style, thatched-roof bures set amongst elegant palm trees. The resort’s bures are designed with an environmentally sensitive eye; the structure and furnishings feature local non-endangered thatch, bamboo reeds and hardwood timbers. The bures are comfortably spaced apart with dense vegetation between them to ensure privacy. The Villa, designated as “Fiji’s Leading Suite” in the 2007 World Travel Awards, encompasses 2,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, including a master bedroom and sunken Jacuzzi, stone waterfall, private horizon-edge pool and garden, daybed pavilion, upper and lower deck made of recycled materials, living room and kitchenette.

The resort earned the title of “Leading Green Hotel” for its environmental philosophy centered on renewal, conservation and efficiency. Begun over 12 years ago, the resort’s organic garden now spans more than two acres. Produce varies from year to year but includes diverse vegetables, herbs and tropical fruits. The resort features Fiji’s first and only water reclamation plant using reclaimed materials (plastic water bottles that are cut up and act as a water filter). The resort and its staff have also established a successful Giant Clam restoration programme and were instrumental in establishing the world-acclaimed Namena Reef as a protected area.