Photos and a wee video from our Fiji trip!

 Hobie cat on Tokoriki Island, Fiji. Funny story – we promised Amelie we’d take her out on a boat, then the wind picked up for our last couple of days and we couldn’t. We bought a pool float and called it her boat…and quickly made sure we got a ferry trip in when we were back home.

Hobie cat on Tokoriki Island, Fiji. Funny story – we promised Amelie we’d take her out on a boat, then the wind picked up for our last couple of days and we couldn’t. We bought a pool float and called it her boat…and quickly made sure we got a ferry trip in when we were back home.

We escaped to Fiji for a quick sunshine break this winter. Fiji is so easy from New Zealand – it’s only about three hours to fly there, and it’s on the same time zone (which is so brilliant when you’re bringing a toddler with you!)

We went back to our favourite haunt of Tokoriki Island, in the Mamanuca Island chain. This place is just blissful. The weather has been consistently good for us each time we’ve been, the staff are all amazingly lovely and the hotel (a Sheraton) is beautiful yet still super-relaxed. There’s a big (and very cold!) pool, a ‘classic Fiji’ beach with white sand and palm trees, and a whole heap of watersports and other activities . Oh, and, importantly, a playground, which we made very good use of.

Fiji is not quite as relaxing with a toddler as might be hoped, but it was still such a beautiful, fun, lovely holiday to take. I don’t love winter, so any chance to get some winter sun makes my soul sing. Here are a few of my favourite photos of our week…and even a short video! First video on the blog, amazingly. Let me know what you think!

Helicoptering into beautiful Tokoriki Island. http://condimentsonacitylife.com
 Amelie on the playground. Every day she woke up by yelling excitedly, “Pool! Playground! Up up up!”

Amelie on the playground. Every day she woke up by yelling excitedly, “Pool! Playground! Up up up!”

 H1 and Amelie playing on the beach.

H1 and Amelie playing on the beach.

 Exploring. There were gorgeous little fish right in the shallows here.

Exploring. There were gorgeous little fish right in the shallows here.

 Chasing waves.

Chasing waves.

 Pool time! This kid loves the water so much.

Pool time! This kid loves the water so much.

 Braving the cold with Amelie and her boat.

Braving the cold with Amelie and her boat.

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 Fun in the sand.

Fun in the sand.

 General Fiji excitement!

General Fiji excitement!