Daku Resort - Fiji

Yoga In Paradise

Property Description

Welcome to Yoga in Fiji

Take a blissful yoga journey in the beauty of the South Pacific.
Fiji’s premier yoga destination.

Once you’ve had a look at what we have to offer, please email us with any questions you have.

Here at Daku Resort in Savusavu we have gathered teachers from a range of yoga styles. Each one is a practicing yoga instructor with an established following, and each offers a slightly different approach to this ancient discipline of body and mind.

Each programme differs according to the teacher,  but all of them combine yoga sessions with free time for excursions, having a spa massage, going snorkeling on the reef or just lazing by the pool at Daku Resort. It’s a friendly, comfortable resort set amongst  lush tropical gardens, and the staff will welcome you like family. Often described as Fiji’s Hidden Paradise, Savusavu is a small town hidden away from the crowded tourist track with the slow, friendly pace of traditional Fiji. It’s the perfect place to come and relax with a week of yoga. By the end of the retreat you will feel refreshed, invigorated and at peace with the world.

At Daku Resort, we have been running our Paradise Courses in a variety of subjects since 2004. We’ve had painting groups, writing workshops, singing weeks and  birdwatching tours as well as our yoga retreats. We have welcomed many people over this time, and Daku has found a special place in their memories for the attention and friendliness with which it cares for its guests – for many, it has been more like a family than just a place to stay.


Daily programme and other activities

Our daily schedule varies slightly with each teacher, but essentially it follows a pattern of early morning practice, a break for breakfast, and then another workshop session. It takes place in our stunning yoga shala set slightly above the resort with a view out across Savusavu Bay.

It’s a calm and peaceful environment ideally suited to finding that quiet space where you can really come into the full strength of your yoga practice. During the course we will give you a free half hour massage – and we have no doubt that you’ll probably book another one later on!

      

We have mats and bolsters but you are welcome to bring your own mat if you prefer. Most retreats are suitable for all levels unless otherwise indicated: please email us if you have any concerns.

In the afternoons there are organised excursions to see something of the local culture and way of life, and free time for snorkelling, swimming or just relaxing by the pool with a book.


                           

 


Accommodation

Accommodation at a glance. All prices are in Fiji dollars. 15% VAT andGovernment Hospitality Tax of 5% is payable on top of the quoted price. Price is for the entire villa/bure per night – not per person.

Ocean View Bures

All of our bures look out over the gardens and onto Savusavu Bay. We have 5 Ocean View Bures, 2 Family Ocean View Bures and one Garden Family Ocean ViewBure.

Each single Ocean View Bure has a bedroom with a double bed and an extra single bed, with a private bathroom and covered deck. There is a bar fridge and tea and coffee making facilities in each bure, and an overhead fan.

- 5 Ocean View Bures. Each sleeps 2 people. Air conditioning in 4. Price: $225.
- 3 Family Ocean View Bures. Each has 2 bedrooms and sleeps 4 people – 2 in each of the 2 bedrooms. Price: $350.



Bayview Luxury Villas


Each has its own 5 metre swimming pool, and is a hop and a step to the beach and ocean.
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Lounge, Kitchen, Huge Deck and Private Swimming Pool.  Air conditioning.

2 villas. Each has 2 bedrooms and sleeps 4 people – 2 in each of the 2 bedrooms. Kitchen, lounge, private swimming pool and deck. Air conditioning in both.  Price: $525

 

Three bedroomed villa with plunge pool

The Villa is set up on a hill surrounded by tropical foliage.

It is large and open with high ceilings, three air-conditioned bedrooms bedrooms, three bathrooms, lounge, kitchen and a large verandah with a magnificent view of the bay – a wonderful vantage point from which to enjoy the breeze, or sit with a drink and gaze at the stars. Private plunge pool. Price : $600.


The Beach House

The Beach House is nestled in a beautiful plantation-like setting, just steps from the ocean.

It’s true vintage island style with a large verandah (you’ll practically live outside), open living room and kitchen, three bedrooms, one large ensuite bathroom with shower and bath, and another bathroom with shower.
Make yourself at home!

Sleeps 5 people. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms (one is ensuite). Kitchen, lounge and large deck.  Price: $420.

The Pool House




The Polhouse sleeps up to 12 people. There are 4 bedrooms, with 3 ensuite bathrooms and a fourth separate bathroom. Kitchen, lounge and deck. Each bedroom canbe accesed via the main lounge or via a private entrance, making it ideal for both families or groups. (The photos above still show the old poolouse – we hope to have the new pictures up soon.)
Price: $550





Facilities

 

Daily Programme

Our daily schedule varies slightly with each teacher, but essentially it follows a pattern of early morning practice, a break for breakfast, and then another workshop session. It takes place in an open-fronted villa set slightly above the resort with a view out across Savusavu Bay. Some teachers also offer late afternoon sessions.

It’s a calm and peaceful environment ideally suited to finding that quiet space where you can really come into the full strength of your yoga practice. During the course we will give you a free half hour massage – and we have no doubt that you’ll probably book another one later on!

We have mats and bolsters but you are welcome to bring your own mat if you prefer. All retreats are suitable for all levels unless otherwise indicated: please call us if you have any concerns.
In the afternoons there are organised excursions to see something of the local culture and way of life, and free time for snorkelling, swimming or just relaxing by the pool with a book.

There’s plenty to do in your free time. If you’re a diver, we can help arrange diving : we have three excellent local dive operators to choose from. You can snorkel off the small reef in front of the resort, or hire the boat to go to the reefs further out in the bay. There are kayaks for hire, and we can arrange fishing with a local fishing charter. There’s a lovely walk to a waterfall about 40 minutes drive up the mountains, and there’s also a beautiful walk in the hills behind Daku Resort. And for those with an expensive taste, Savusavu is home to the J.Hunter Pearls black pearl farm where you can buy a pricey but priceless memento of your week in Fiji.

Play

Do Nothing

There’s lots to do – or there’s time to do nothing at all. Hang out at the pool, write your novel in the lounge, walk into town for dinner at the yacht club. Lie on your bed and read a book. Indulge in a spa massage.
No pressure. No schedules. Never a routine.
Our staff is small but our smiles are large. We’re always available, but we’re not in your face.You come, you stay, you do what you want. At Daku, you call the shots.

Do Something

Having said that, there are plenty of things to do – snorkelling, hiking, kayaking, boat rides. You can play tennis and golf at local resorts, and go diving with our world-class local dive operations. And in between times, you must find time for a spa massage and enjoy the deep relaxation it brings.

For those of you who like to have a holiday with a focus, we offer a number of special interest courses in areas like writing, yoga, music and art. They are 6-day residential courses taught by experts in their field who come from Australia, New Zealand and the US. Have a look at what we have to offer on our Paradise Courses site.

The snorkeling in Savusavu Bay is excellent: there’s a small reef directly outside the resort; there’s a funny old shipwreck 400 metres away and 5 km down the road, there’s the outstanding site of Split Rock. We can also take you out on our boat to a couple of sites further away near the outer reef. Bring a snorkel and mask or hire one of ours.


We have 3 kayaks – a double and two singles – which you can hire; and a boat which you can use for fishing or snorkeling. For serious fishermen, there are deep-sea fishing charters available in Savusavu Harbour.

If you enjoy hiking, there are a couple of tracks behind the resort, which go up into the jungle, or we can arrange a trip with Naveria Heights Adventure Tours to go and swim at Vuandomo waterfall, trek to Thorolou hamlet or walk over the ridge behind Natewa Bay. We can arrange for you to go and use the 9-hole golf course nearby – but watch out for the frogs on the greens!



Diving: We can book you with Rock ‘n’ Downunder in Savusavu Bay, with Koro Sun Dive or with the Jean Michel Cousteau divers who go to the internationally known dive site of Namena Island.

We can arrange excursions to Salt Lake for kayaking and swimming, and to Natewa Bay for dolphin spotting and snorkelling.

And when you just want to take it easy, you can enjoy a spa massage – choose from a traditional Fijian bobo which stimulates circulation and releases tension; a sports massage that focuses on the realigning deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, a hot stone rapture massage that uses smooth heated stones, or a coconut scrub – a full body massage with coconut oil followed by an exfoliating back scrub with cream and dried coconut flesh, washed off with warm wet towels.

We have a beautiful yoga shala in the resort where you can follow your own yoga practice in perfect tranquility – we often find our guests like to slip away up to it for an hour of meditation and yoga.


Rates



 

YOGA and SNORKELLING: UNION WITH NATURE.

 

February 14 - 21 2015 with Mauricio Eberlein

 

Join Senior Teacher Mauricio Eberlein in this inspiring Retreat where the yoga practice fuses with the wonders of the ocean.

You will be given :

-       an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of a Hatha/Vinyasa yoga practice a comprehensive insight and exploration of the endless benefits of pranayama, meditation, Aryuveda and yoga philosophy
-       talks on the marine wonders of the ocean
-       guided snorkeling trips to the reefs of Savusavu Bay .

Morning practice

Yoga means union with our true nature, our spiritual essence. It is an ancient path to the ultimate freedom.
And it is no stretch to claim that exploring the ocean world beneath the surface opens up new vistas of the world we live in, and offers a magically calming experience. As we float above the coral and fish, we are transported into another realm and see ourselves in the context of all living creatures.

In this retreat you will learn about:

  • Patanjali and his influence
  • The 8 limbs of yoga
  • Different styles of Pranayama and Meditation
  • A brief look into different yoga paths and styles
  • Bhandas & Asana
  • Mudras and their meaning
  • Your Dosha or constitution
  • Basic guide lines to eating healthy
  • A look into Rasa Shastra
  • A basic explanation of Chakras and 3 main Nadis ( Energy channels)
  • Introduction to tongue cleaning and Neti

You will practice a beautiful daily Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga program to help you relax for the week, and you will be taken out for two snorkeling trips and given talks on the marine world by a qualified marine biologist. And if you have never snorkeled before don’t worry – we’ll teach you. The only requirement is that you can swim, and that you can breathe….which of course you can do if you do yoga.

 

 

 

JOYFUL VINYASA FLOW

 

April 4 -11 2015 with Jessica Jacobi  

Vinyasa Flow Yoga is a dynamic form of yoga where movement is synchronized to the breath, in a smoothly way the poses run together and become like a dance. Vinyasa is a Sanskrit term; it can be decoded from its root words Nyasa denoting “to place” and vi denoting “in a special way”. Jessica Jacobi has been developing a unique Vinyasa Flow style influenced by her whole life of training different body movement’s methodologies. In a period of 6 days Jessica will guide you from the basics to a very dynamic flow suitable for absolute beginners and very advanced practitioners at the same time. Prepare yourself for a joyful, energizing, restorative and healing yoga flow!

 

 

A WEEK OF PURIFYING DETOX - AND LAUGHTER


May 9 - 16 2015 with Jani Burdette


Explore 6 days of pure food, yoga, kinesiology and detoxifying practices – and witness the unexpected benefits of a hilarious laughter session. Included and Optional : 3 Day Detox.

This  retreat – with the option of doing a supported detox – is a wonderful opportunity to cleanse and renew yourself. With the support of an experienced yoga teacher/remedial therapist who is passionate about helping people experience the benefits of detoxing and fasting, you can do a 3 day Clean Up programme. And if you don’t include that, you will still be eating from a healthy and delicious menu.

 

 

PUSHING THROUGH: A PRACTICE OF PERSONAL FULFILLMENT


May 16 - 23 with Vivienne Dias


Vivienne has an acute awareness of the unique needs of every student in her class. She has a rare and intuitive teaching approach which she believes is born of a difficult childhood and early adulthood, and which underlies her ability to effectively adapt and modify asanas (yoga poses) for individuals of varying yoga experience, No matter what the style of yoga being taught, the ‘level’ of the class timetabled or the fitness level of the student, Vivienne insists on ensuring that each and every class is an amazing experience for each of her students. She will meet you where you’re at, guide you to ‘play your edge’ and stretch to grow your own potential and the sense of self-empowerment which comes with that. Watching her students ‘grow’ through their practice of yoga is her ultimate joy and reward as a teacher.
 
Her classes are based on the Hatha vinyasa tradition, with strong influences from Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Anusara Yoga. She is inspired by teachers such as Noah Maze, Kathryn Budig, Sadie Nardini, Cristina Sell and BKS Iyengar.
 

 

PURE BALANCE YOGA FLOW WITH A TOUCH OF PILATES


13 - 20 June with DeidreLee Allen


PureBalance is a unique blend of yoga flow with a touch of pilates delivering strength, tone, flexibility and absolute relaxation. The body becomes strong, lengthened and aligned, the mind and body free of tension, and as the day’s stress is left behind, we exist only in the bliss of now.

There is a strong focus on core stability and strength within each session and a positive attitude towards achieving balance and abundance in health and well-being. Every day there will be two sessions of an hour and a half each: an early morning sunrise session, and a late afternoon practice.

Cost of course

$1700 per person twin share
$350 single room supplement
$950 non-participating partner
The course runs for 6 days, and includes workshops, local excursions

 


MINDFULNESS REREAT

3- 10 OCTOBER 2015



Mindfulness workshops with meditation and yoga.
Two daily mindfulness sessions with three - four yoga practices, village visit with meke, trip to waterfall,
tapa making demo,free half hour massage, free day.

 

Prices (all prices in Australian dollars)

Single room in an Ocean View Bure: $2050
Twin share room: $1700
Non-participating partner: $950

Single room in the Poolhouse: $1835
Twin share room: $1560
Non-participating partner: $810


 


 

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How to get there

Location

Beautiful Savusavu.

It’s the big blue bay. No, it’s the jagged tropical mountains surrounding it. No, it’s the phenomenal harbour for visiting yachts, tucked between shore and a deserted little island. No, it’s the vintage Fiji island town with its colourful buildings and the mix of people.

It’s hard to say what it is about Savusavu that draws repeat visitors and why so many of those visitors end up full or part-time residents with their own slice of paradise. It’s an active community of locals, expats, yachties, and visitors from around the globe. Its a quirky little place with limited choices for the dedicated shopper - but lots of endearing nooks and crannies.

Savusavu calls itself the Hidden Paradise – and with good reason. It’s off the sunset strip of commercial vacationland, away from the rush of day-glo tourists, bus tours and international hotel chains. Located on Fiji’s second largest island, Vanua Levu, it’s a 50 minute very scenic flight from Nadi. You’ll land on a beautiful little airstrip by the sea. Town is about 6 minutes over the hill from the airport, and 8-10 minutes to Daku Resort. From Daku, Savusavu town is about a 25 minute walk along the sea – or a three minute taxi ride.

Town is a mile long and has nearly everything you need lodged in colourful buildings facing the bay. You’ll find a mix of cafes, funky Indian shops, a Hot Bread Kitchen, hardware stores, video stores, a well stocked bottle shop, a post office, ANZ and Westpac banks, two supermarkets, and an outdoor/indoor fresh veggie and fruit market where you’ll find all the home grown goods – plus a great handicraft market run by local Fijian women.

If you want to get a feel for Savusavu, you could start off at the Copra Shed, a wooden building with its own wharf which was once used for loading copra from the coconut plantations onto the boats to Suva.  Nowadays it’s home to one of the best restaurants in town, Surf and Turf, run by Vijendra Kumar. Vijen has worked as a chef in some of Fiji’s top resorts, and opened his own highly popular place in 2007.

For a  more casual meal, pop into the Captain’s Café for burgers, pizza and fish and chips. Check out their fruit smoothies too. You’ll also find the Savusavu Yacht Club at the Copra Shed, where you can enjoy a drink whilst looking at the yachts in the harbour.

Then  walk through town and browse the  shops. You’ll find t-shirts and casual wear at Solanki’s, and if you want him to run you up a dress or a beach wrap. he has a tailor’s shop at the back. Further on, there’s the market where you can usually find papaya, water melon, bananas and pineapple. At the back, there’s a handicraft shop that offers things like tapa cloth, wooden bowls and shell necklaces. The market is behind the Town Council which you’ll recognize by the two extraordinary carved stone lions – a unique piece of municipal decoration in the South Pacific!


A bit further on the Hot Bread Kitchen sells fresh bread, buns and cheese rolls; Chhaganlal’s store is crammed with fabric, fishing lines, stationery, and a little section of tourist items that are fun if you’re looking for a souvenir. At the end of town the green Waterfront Building houses Bula Re, another good restaurant where you can eat or just have a fruit juice or an iced coffee.

There’s lots more… but you’ll discover it all for yourself.  J Hunter Pearls sell beautiful pearl jewellery made from their own pearl farm in Savusavu Bay; Karen Bower’s shop has a range of paintings by local artists (herself included); at Denise Melinsky’s shop in the Waterfront you can find some wonderful bits of local furniture and craft work.

Just outside of town you’ll find local villages and fantastic scenery – yours for exploring. Rent a car for a day or hop on a bus and really see Fiji.

Complete information on visitor facilities all around Fiji is provided in Moon Handbooks Fiji by David Stanley.


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