3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Patrick & Erika
- english, french, swedish
About Patrick & Erika
The Raiwasa Villa is owned by Patrick and Erika who found their piece of paradise and welcome you with open arms to share all of its exotic delights and comforts. They are an international family; Patrick is French-Swiss and American; Erika is Swedish; children Oskar and Estelle were born in the U.S. and raised in the US and Europe and are trilingual. They discovered Taveuni while taking a break to travel the world after years of hard work and the shock of losing friends to cancer. Out of all of the places they visited they fell in love with Taveuni and the Fijian people. In 2010 the family spent six months in Tavenui and redesigned and renovated the villa. They continue to use their home as much as they can—school schedules permitting—and the remainder of the time they are happy to share its magnificence with weekly visitors. The home has been completely renovated in 2016.
Patrick & Erika purchased this Villa in 2010
Why Patrick & Erika chose Taveuni Island East
Says Erika, “This has to be one of the most romantic spots in the world. The people here are among the friendliest and most genuine we have ever met. ”An avid scuba diver, Patrick is thrilled by his discoveries on the Rainbow Reef, the soft coral capital of the world, every time he ventures below.
What makes this Villa unique
Days and nights move at a quiet and slow place – making this one of the most idyllic and peaceful island retreats possible! We believe that a stay in our villa with our beautiful and friendly Fijian Staff will be one of the best “experience investments” you will ever make. If you are anything like us you like surprises, but only the good ones :) Your stay will be magical for so many reasons. Your discerning hosts, Patrick, Erika, Oskar and Estelle.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
However there are many outdoor spaces
Except for guide dogs.
Max guests:6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
It's hard to put into words just how magical our recent holiday to Raiwasa was. As a family of six, two adults and four children ranging from three to 14, it was the perfect place for us to restore, connect and learn. The location is paradise. The resort style house is set amongst stunning tropical gardens that frame panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, it’s actually so beautiful it is hard to believe that what you are seeing is real. From the moment we stepped foot onto the property we felt instantly in a zen state of mind. Just a few winding steps lead you down to your own private beach where your snorkelling guide awaits to show you the colourful fish that lie below. Taveuni Island, on which Raiwasa is located, is just a short flight from mainland Fiji, and has so much to offer. One of the things that ensures such a special holiday experience is that the Raiwasa staff take the time to get to know you and your pre-holiday needs. This ensured an experience that was tailored to our family. Our older children loved the boat trip to Rainbow Reef, one of the most spectacular snorkelling sites I have ever swam. The reef went for miles, with varied bright coloured corals and fish. Our younger boys loved the excursion the staff had planned to locate pirate treasure buried on an island, using a treasure map that had washed up on the beach. I loved the picnic lunch we had one day at the base of a stunning waterfall. I know my partner enjoyed having the time to read a book from cover to cover, knowing his children were enjoying themselves. For burnt out parents who need some time to unwind, the nanny service is worth every cent. You can do as much, or as little as you like, it’s all there to be designed around your desires. The fresh produce and the Fijian hospitality ensures for very memorable meal times. The staff take a lot of time and effort to design your meals to your taste preferences and there are many gorgeous locations to choose to have your meals served at. For us it was the privacy and connection that Raiwasa provides that makes it so unique. The fact that it is just you and your family being looked after in paradise is really something else. We returned a very happy and connected family. We hope to return someday.
We really enjoyed getting to know you and your beautiful family. We are so happy that you were able to reconnect, rejuvinate and experience the wonders of Taveuni and Raiwasa. We will be here if you want to come visit again.
The whole Raiwasa team.
One word : Perfection.
"One word : Perfection. My Raiwasa experience is unforgettable. This place is more than a very high level of luxury resort.. Raiwasa has a soul. It's authentic, and out of the time and space. Everything is anticipated, every wish is provided... It's like living the dream from the beginning to the end, and Richie is such a brillant chef. Very good balance and creativity in all the menu. He would be so successful in Paris !!"
Dear Mathilde, Thank you for your kind review. Richie was very proud to have satisfied a French Gastronome. Please feel free to come back and enjoy Raiwasa any time, it was a pleasure have you.
Top luxury, excellent service, beautiful setting
We stayed for 8 days as a couple here and it was the best vacation of our lives! The property is so much more than you can see from the pictures or the description. If you want to vacation like royalty or a celebrity, this is the place for you!
The villa and the grounds are spacious and are immaculately kept. It has everything for a discerning traveler who's looking for relaxation, luxury, privacy, and excellent service. The staff of 10 oversee your every need. I really encourage you to spend some time talking to them and getting to know them. Their unique life stories and caring personalities will leave an impression!
The food prepared by private chefs Richie and Rosie is amazing - the variety, quality and presentation rivals those at top fine dining restaurants.
Go on an island excursion with Babu who always turns a simple drive into a fun adventure filled with stories about the island. Experience the Fijian night with kava drinking, lovo, and children singing and dancing.
There is so much more I could say but I really don't want to spoil all the wonderful surprises for you. If you want to have a vacation that will rejuvenate you and give you an experience to remember, Raiwasa is for you!
Oksana, You review is very thoughtful. We thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with others. We look forward to having you back if you ever need to disconnect again.
A World Class Experience at Raiwasa!
My family and I have travelled extensively around the world and this is one of our best experiences and far and away the highest quality service we’ve ever had.
The essence of Raiwasa is a phenomenal setting and a warm local team dedicated to excellent service—both leading to an unforgettable experience on the “garden island” of Fiji. Upon arriving at Raiwasa on its several acres of gardens and pathways overlooking the ocean, we were welcomed by two warriors, plus Babu, Richie, Rosie and seven staff singing songs as part of a traditional welcome ceremony. The villa is an architectural gem, open and gentle breeze swept with its tiered decks and verandas overlooking the shifting tides of the Somosomo Straights. High ceilings, solid timbers, nicely appointed living and bedroom areas, and spacious outdoor showers and baths are part of the villa’s charm. To the side of the villa, along a short pathway, is a natural infinity pool with its own decks, cabana and spectacular views. The lighted walkway down to the private beach leads to another cabana and deck right above the water. Kayaks, paddle boards, a motor boat and a nice selection of snorkeling equipment are part the offering.
Raiwasa is characterized by outstanding service and a staff that is attentive to every need and every detail to make your vacation truly outstanding. The twenty pages of menu selections, prepared by master chef Richie and his spouse Rosie are simply amazing involving a wide variety of cuisines—Fijian, Asian fusion, French, Spanish, Mexican and Indian. All meals were delicious with outstanding presentations. Dinners are five course meals, and with reasonable sized portions. During our first dinner at Raiwasa we were serenaded with guitar music and traditional Fijian songs. Breakfasts and lunches were complemented by local fruits and a creative selection of flavorful smoothies.
Rosie and Lo provided soothing messages as options or part of the premium package. My wife and daughter loved the banana leaf wrap and head and foot message to sooth sun-kissed skin.
The watersports are supervised by Petero and his colleague to make sure everyone is in their comfort zone whether kayaking, paddle boarding, tubing behind the boat or snorkeling. During the week we enjoyed many exceptional experiences at Raiwasa, all made more memorable due to the attentiveness of Raiwasa’s staff.
Hello Rolf and Patricia,
Thank you so much for your kind words. It was a pleasure to serve you. We are so happy that we played a small role in re-uniting your family in Taveuni. We look forward to seeing you all again in the future, please don't hesitate to stay with us on your next escapade to Australia or New Zealand.
The whole Raiwasa Team.
From the moment we made the initial contact with Patrick enquiring about a stay at Raiwasa, we knew we were onto a winner. Before we even boarded our flight to Fiji; Patrick, Richie, Rosie and the team had put an incredible amount of forethought into our arrival. We arrived to a gorgeous welcome, with the whole team to greet us with fabulous warmth, beautiful singing, stunning leis. And found ourselves in the most incredibly serene location with views that I cannot do justice to with words. Just incredible.
I am a big foodie - have been a chef for over 25 years, a lot of that time spent running kitchens and working in various 5 star resorts and hotels - and the food we experienced at Raiwasa was as good as, and in many instances even better, than I have seen in a multitude of worldwide locations. The menu was extensive, and Richie was more than happy to adapt and create anything else we felt like eating. Requests for sushi and sashimi platters, goat curry, homemade gluten free breads and baking for Mr 3 and even pain au chocolat for sir, were greeted with enthusiasm and executed perfectly.
The thought and attention to detail that went into every meal was quite astounding, wine pairing and table settings included.
The villa was kept spotlessly clean, with beautiful pure Fiji products in the pristine indoor/outdoor bathrooms and the nicest towels I've ever used.
It was mind blowing to have such an amazing piece of paradise all to ourselves. Beautifully manicured gardens. A great deal of the fruit and vegetable produce being used in the kitchen is being grown on site - the garden tour is a must!
A short Walk through the property down to the waters edge where we had all the water sports available, (and the option to be accompanied by Sikeli) including snorkelling, hand line fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding.
Bonfires on the beach, lovo in the backyard, day trips to the waterfalls and rainbow reef, to local beaches to hunt for shells, kayaking to local islands, massages overlooking the magnificent Pacific Ocean, and endless hours by the world class pool. We could not have wished for a more perfect holiday.
Heartfelt thanks to the Raiwasa team - as far as perfection goes - you nailed it. We cannot recommend this island dream enough. And words will not convey how magical our holiday was. The place. The people. Thank you. We will be back!
Your review is touching and I had no idea you where a chef yourself. Thank you for these kind words and we really enjoyed having you and your family stay with us. Its great to see that you took advantage of everything Raiwasa and Taveuni have to offer. Again we are so grateful for our guests, we work hard to provide you with a unique experience and we are beaming with Joy when it’s appreciated.
Patrick, Richie, Rosie and the whole Raiwasa team.