Bula! Rugby, racehorses and relief from the cold – hidden paradise Crusoe’s Retreat in Fiji is the perfect place to celebrate holidays and events throughout the year.

THE BEST-KEPT secret of the Fiji Islands, Crusoe’s Retreat is the ideal travel destination for those looking to make some memories and enjoy a veritable bounty of upcoming events.

There’s something for everyone at Crusoe’s Retreat this year. Sports lovers will find the warm and welcoming atmosphere at Crusoe’s not to mention the abundance of fresh food and divine cocktails available at the Taki Beach Bar and Grill, perfect for kicking back and watching the upcoming clash between two rugby greats, the Highlanders and the Chiefs, at the ANZ National Stadium on June 30th.

Winter in New Zealand and Australia happens to be the perfect time for an excursion to Crusoe’s Retreat. As Kiwi and Aussie kids alike eagerly await the arrival of the school holidays in July, Crusoe’s become the ideal place for a family getaway – as the temperature falls and the rain along with it back home, the Retreat provides a welcome sanctuary from a chilly winter.

“Families are always welcome at Crusoe’s,” says Scott Lee at Crusoe’s Retreat. “Up to two kids under 12 can stay with their parents for free!”

Meanwhile, as Independence Day draws nearer, American visitors looking for an unforgettable way to celebrate the 4th of July Fijian-style will find just such an experience awaiting them at Crusoe’s.

June 29th is National Sports and Wellness Day in Fiji, providing guests an opportunity to keep fit and healthy. Fitness lovers are presented with an abundance of options to stay active and have fun, whether through a game of volleyball on the beach or a dip in the warm oceans of the Coral Coast. Nature lovers can spend hours exploring the natural beauty of Fiji, in the spirit of the Retreat’s literary namesake. Swimming, snorkelling, nature and scenery walks and much more are on offer – with a deliberate limitation on access to technology, Crusoe’s gives guests a sense of privacy and freedom from the distractions of the modern world, while offering up a slice of Fijian paradise like no other.

“July is actually one of the best months to visit Fiji,” says Scott. “During July, the water is at its cleanest and the dry season is in full swing, making it a popular destination for break from the colder months elsewhere.”

Guests looking to experience Fijian culture first-hand are spoiled for choice at Crusoe’s Retreat. Cultural activities are on offer year-round, and guests staying at the Retreat in June can attend Fiji’s premier racing event, the Sabeto Horse Races, held on June 30th, at the Aviva Farms in Sabeto. Golf enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Fiji International Golf Tournament at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course, beginning on August 2nd.

Hosting weddings and honeymoons, team-building events and corporate getaways, family holidays and much more, Crusoe’s Retreat is an intimate and friendly Fiji-based travel destination. Boasting a dive centre, neighbouring Fijian village, deluxe ocean-view bures and much more, Crusoe’s is the ultimate travel destination for those wanting to start their Fiji adventure.

Australian couple Peter and Michelle love Crusoe’s. “I love the remoteness, the fact that there’s no technology to distract you, and there’s a fantastic lagoon. I think it’s more of a Fijian experience than a lot of the other resorts are,” Peter says.

“Once you’re down that road to Crusoe’s, you’re removed from life, from any cares,” adds Michelle. “The staff really care about your experience – from the moment you arrive, you really feel like you’re part of the community, and they go out of their way to make sure you are. There’s no overwhelming load of information, go with a good book and prepare to relax.”

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