At Fiji’s Barefoot Collection they say “The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man” and that really sums up what this collection of properties is all about.
So, what does makes the Barefoot Collection so unique?
Barefoot Collection’s Peter Farrell [pictured] asks the questions whether it the spectacular beaches, the crystal clear waters or our visiting manta rays?
Perhaps it’s the relaxed and friendly local people, or perhaps the way they describe their eco-lodges seem to blend into the environment?
Whatever it is, they say you can be sure that a stay at Barefoot with will leave you without a care in the world.
But Peter also says that Barefoot is much more that than, with going Barefoot all about the feeling of freedom and of living in harmony with the environment, not referring to their islands as “resorts”, with their eco-lodges about living simply, comfortably and sustainably.
Barefoot also includes and offers a range of activities on land and sea, including scuba lessons and dives from their beaches, ensuring guests are able to experience all that their magical island home has to offer.
Rather than a tourist destination run by technology, Barefoot is in reality a concept fuelled by a feeling, with their collection deliberately uncomplicated, unfussy and unpretentious, with for both guests and staff, the sensational natural environment – land, sea and air – brings about a special frame of mind – carefree, receptive and aware.
Their naturalness though, is not carried to austere extremes, with the lodges comfortable and meals authentic, with Peter adding, “If you look hard enough, you’ll find a cold beer or a cocktail within arm’s reach.”
To hear what Peter had to tell me at Fijian Tourism Expo 2015, click on the video box below.
Written by John Alwyn-Jones