Royal Davui Resort
An eight-acre gumdrop of an island has been turned into the Royal Davui Island Resort by the Southwicks, a fifth-generation Fijian family who also operate a commercial fishing fleet in the area—hence, the sashimi of yellowfin tuna on the dinner menu. The resort has 16 mahogany vales, or villas, clinging to the cliffs above a marine sanctuary and a shallow reef that ripples turquoise and silver at dusk. Meals are served in a tree house built around a giant banyan. Tropical orchids and bamboo shade steep paths that are perfect for hiking. And don’t be afraid of a swim in the reef-protected waters of the Beqa Lagoon: the staff at the resort delights in telling guests about the myth of Masilaca, a god who is said to have taught the local Sawau tribe how to dance across hot coals without getting burned and who protects islanders—and visitors—from sharks.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.