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Today is our last day in Fiji. We stay at the Fiji Orchid, which is described by co-owner Jenny Bourke as, "a nice bookend for a trip to Fiji." We were expecting a typical airport hotel - decent, but nothing special. We were very pleasantly surprised. Its really a mini-resort bursting with character. The Fiji Orchid has beautiful gardens, a nice pool area and six innovative nautical themed canvas bures, all air-conditioned with comfortable beds. The bures are really best described with photos.

Photos of The Fiji Orchid

The Fiji Orchid is a reincarnation of a resort built by famous Canadian actor Raymond Burr, known for his role as Perry Mason on the popular television series. After Burr's death in 1993 the property fell into disrepair until it was bought by Jenny's husband a few years ago. He and Jenny have invested considerable time, energy and money into the property.

We have a long chat with Jenny and her mother-in-law who everyone, including the staff, refers to as Nana. Nana is clearly something of an institution in these parts. Jenny is of Fijian and Chinese decent. Her husband is Australian. Jenny described her father's arrival in Fiji and subsequent integration into Jenny's mother's village. Her cultural identity is clearly Fijian. Jenny, who holds a degree from an Australian university in Economics, is smart, funny and opinionated. We thoroughly enjoy our time with Jenny, her brother and Nana.

After a very comfortable nap in our unique canvas bure (an invention of Jenny's engineer / designer husband), we head to the airport.

Our Fijian adventure has come to an end. There is no doubt we will be back at the first opportunity.

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