Sorry about not replying sooner but as you know we did elope to Fiji and it has been quite a ride since arriving back home and revealing the news to family and friends!
Well where do I start? Firstly I have to thank you once again for everything you managed to organize for us in the short time given. Your service, communication and just you in general was fantastic!
We did not know what to expect when we arrived in Fiji, being a country we had not visited before, but everything could not have been better! The arrival greeting by Rosies Travel service was a nice touch and truly made us feel special just stepping off the plane. The day room organized at Gateway Hotel for us was also great, the perfect touch after a flight, it allowed us to catch up on some sleep and also freshen up before our trip to Qamea resort. The Gateway Hotel also had beautiful garden views.
We were greeted first by Sia as we got off the light plane in Tavueni. She greeted us with open arms and Melissa straight away took to her. By the end of the trip she was Mama Sia! The trip to the boat was very colourful as well, looking out seeing the locals and seeing a different culture was fun. I have never in my life met such nice people! Everyone was always smiling and never ever too busy to stop for a chat or to give advice.
Now Qamea, well firstly there is no place like it in the whole world. This beautiful Island was the perfect setting for us to begin our new life together. The spectacular forest and exquisite gardens and beaches was exactly the place where we wanted to tie the knot. The beautiful bures that we stayed in were awesome. It gave a nice touch of traditional housing with all the modern creature comforts. And the service by all staff was fantastic. Everyone remembers your name and always greets you, it made the whole trip that more special. Also Qamea offered so many activities, from snorkeling, to Island hikes, scuba diving, kayaking, canoeing, the beautiful tree house spa was also so relaxing and everything was first class! There were a lot of great people that we met on our trip, but there is always the few that manage to stand out. Firstly Mama Sia, the perfect wedding planner and just a lovely person with a great outlook in life. Nita and William the two brothers, Nita with his great nature and music skills was a delight to hang out with. And William well knows how to make the perfect drink and has a great sense of humor. A wonderful character and a great person to talk to and hang out with. Next there was the band, hanging out every night listening to the tunes and songs all night was the perfect setting for us. We had managed to get quite close with the boys as well. Drinking Kava all night and even getting some lessons in playing instruments too!
Then came our special day, the day we became one and let me tell what a day it was. Staff arrived early at our bure and started dressing it up with wonderful flowers and plant leaves, it just looked awesome. I was kicked out of the bure so Melissa could get ready. So I ended up hanging out at the Chiefs Bure waiting for my bride to be to arrive. The other guests were around as we had befriended a few other couples during our stay, and were also getting excited and keeping my nerves down too. Then came the moment, I was standing beneath two beautiful palm trees that had grown into a heart shape, with the Pacific behind me and soft waves crashing up against the shore. Then came Melissa and the warriors. She was carried in on a traditional Fijian Chair and her smile was breathtaking. The flower girl was the cutest little girl I saw on the whole Island too, as she lay flowers in front of the warriors as they carried Melissa towards me. The entire ceremony was great, from William, who was the official camera man, Mama Sia our Photographer, and the other staff running around to ensure the day went as smooth as. To the band playing tunes during the ceremony, to the village choir singing in the background, everything was just perfect. The rest of the day was spent sipping champagne and watching the awesome shows that were for us. The warriors doing the special Kava ceremony and then the village turning up and showing us the various Fijian traditions, songs and dances. It was more than we could have ever expected.
I could go on forever writing about our Fijian experience and what a wonderful trip it was. Though I don't want to give away too much as whoever gets to read this will have an experience they will never forget!
Once again Faye, thank you, thank you so much, if it wasn't for you none of this would have ever happened.
Thanks Fays, and thanks McCoy Travel.
Take care, C. & D. Govan United Kingdom
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