Need To Know
10am, flexible subject to availability. Check-out, 1pm.
Double rooms from $905.17 (FJD1,667), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates include all meals, freshly baked loaf of banana bread on arrival, sunset canapés and entertainment each evening, weekly beach barbecue and kava ceremony, non-motorised watersports and select activities.
There's a small Pure Fiji spa here for pampering (try the Dilo Rescue Wrap if you get sunburned), but it's hard to tear yourself away from beach lounging and ocean ogling. Look out for the Davui Daily newsletter at turndown, which lists spa treats, the menu and tide times for the following day.
At the hotel
Spa, watersports centre with dive shop, CD and DVD library, boutique, free WiFi in main bar/restaurant and library, gardens. In rooms: iHome music system, pillow menu, minibar with cookies and cakes, Fijian coffee, Jacuzzi spa bath, open-air shower, Pure Fiji toiletries, private deck with plunge pool.
Our favourite rooms
All vales are spacious, modern and embrace the outdoors, with Jacuzzi spa baths, louvred roofs, glass doors giving onto sun-decks, and plunge pools. For sunset sea views opt for a seductive Premium Plunge Pool Villa on the west side of the island. Spa fiends may prefer the Island Pool Villas nearest the spa, best for access to the southern beach. For sensational 360° lagoon views and a generous outdoor dining deck, you can't beat the romantic Royal Davui Pool Suite.
Wander down the steps from the restaurant, and you'll reach the curvy, palm-fringed outdoor pool, surrounded with shady loungers (just run the SOS Emergency Cocktail flag up the pole if you're feeling thirsty). Soak up rays and sea views, safe in the knowledge that the only likely stress here is of the coconut-falling-on-head variety.
Bring clothes that can double as a fancy dress costume, as Davui likes to throw a party (during Smith's stay Halloween turned the bar into a sea of flamboyant vampires and ghouls). On a practical note, you'll find a torch, mossie repellent and a woven beach bag in your room, so no need to bring your own.
Free activities include use of kayaks, catamarans, paddle boards, snorkelling gear and guided island snorkelling tours (diving costs extra).
The hotel is a romantic adults-only escape, so leave the kids at home.
Royal Davui strives for 'responsible luxury', serving regional produce to support the local community. Bedroom vales were built from sustainable timber and have been positioned to avoid cutting down old-growth trees, with all wastewater recycled to use on the garden. The hotel is also mindful of impacting on the surrounding reef eco-system, which is a marine sanctuary.
This property is suitable for weddings