It's no secret that we love Fiji. Each time we host a retreat in Fiji we uncover even more beauty, talent and ways to become blissfully relaxed. While many holiday destinations are a great place to focus on health and wellness, we think that Fiji has a few trump cards.
So sit back. Relax. Visualise a white sandy beach and the sound of the water lapping at the shore. Then take a look at a few of the reasons we can't wait to get back to Fiji with our next retreat.
We’re nuts for Fiji’s coconuts! And with the amount of benefits they offer, you should be too. A freshly cracked coconut is packed with health benefits and opportunities to help you on your wellness journey. From culinary creations to beauty regimes, coconuts are much more than what meets the eye.
Coconut water is approximately 95% water so it’s still very hydrating for your body. It’s also filled with the added benefits of vital minerals such as potassium, magnesium, copper, and has loads of antioxidants. The flesh is also high in minerals, as well as fibre, which can be dried and ground to make a great gluten-free flour option.
Coconut oil is great for cooking and is one of the most stable oils when cooking at a high heat. It can be used to replace butter or vegetable oils in cooking or baking, and is seen as a staple ingredient for many delicious raw treats.
Coconut oil is also an amazing option for skincare. It can be used as a skin emollient and is good for many skin ailments such as sunburn, insect bites, rashes and small cuts or wounds. You can also use it as a makeup remover, or an intensely moisturising skin or hair treatment.
The list of health benefits of coconuts continues far beyond the water, meat, flour and oil; coconut milk, cream and sugar can also be used in cooking, beauty regimes and more. Taste it. Smell it. And feel it on your skin. Transport yourself to the islands and relax.
White sandy beaches
The humble sandy beach is far more valuable to your wellness than we realise. Walking along a beach barefoot will help to exfoliate the skin and stimulate the nerves in your feet. It will also require you to use different muscle groups for increased stability, compared to walking on solid ground. Bonus benefit? People often find walking along a beach, with the fresh air, warm sun and beautiful view, so relaxing that they end up walking further than they would if they were on a treadmill.
Sunshine and Vitamin D
With all the sunshine hours in Fiji there’s no time for us to get a Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is crucial for calcium and phosphorous absorption, which our bodies need for effective immune system function, as well as the growth and development of bones and teeth.
Vitamin D also helps to regulate mood and can fight off depression, which can have positive effects in many other areas of your wellness journey such as sleep, weight control, energy levels and more.
Time to get out in the sun - with adequate protection though of course ;)
Only a short flight to paradise
Jet lag? Nobody wants to kick off their wellness journey with that! And there’s no need to. Fiji is only a short 3-hour flight from Auckland. Close enough for a quick escape, and far enough away that you can leave all your worries behind. You could be in paradise on a tropical island in a similar time as it takes to get out of the city on a Friday afternoon. I know where I’d rather be.
Nama - natural beauty
Fiji is filled with some beautiful natural resources that enable us to nourish and care for our bodies. One of these is Nama, also known as sea grapes. Nama has a high mineral content and full of antioxidants which help to rehydrate the skin and replenish natural moisture levels.
Nama can leave you looking fresh and relaxed by plumping the skin cells and minimizing lines and wrinkles. Yes please!
Return from your holiday looking as healthy and refreshed on the outside as you do on the inside.
Fijians have many reasons to be as relaxed as they are – living in an island paradise surely helps. But so does Kava.
To some visitors, Kava is a seen as a muddy drink. To the locals it is much more than this. It’s a ceremonial and social staple; a chance to relax together within the community. The roots of the plant are used to produce the drink which has a sedative and calming effect on the body.
Kava can help you relax and reduce anxiety, without impacting your mental clarity. The drink itself is definitely relaxing, but so is the process of drinking it. Family and friends sit together and pass around a half coconut shell filled with the drink; a ceremony that brings everyone together to enjoy each others company and the peacefulness of their surroundings.
A culture of community and gratitude
Fijians are some of the happiest people on the planet. Each time we visit we are reminded to slow down (Fiji time!), relax, and realise what is really important to us in life. Happiness flows freely within the community, with smiles and a hearty “Bula” everywhere you turn. They are grateful with what they have, and find enjoyment in each day.
Whether your goal is to overload yourself less, appreciate your life and those around you more, or simply just to live each day with a sense of calm, spend a day or two in the Fijian community and you’ll leave with a sense of gratitude that you may have been missing out on.
Though it's only a taster of everything on offer, it's easy to see why we keep going back to the beautiful location and people of Fiji. Taking care of your health and happiness is a daily commitment, not just while you're on holiday. But a holiday can help you to view things from a different perspective, with different surroundings and influences. Next time you head away, try to make the most of the local environment and experience the benefits for yourself.