Outrigger on the Lagoon was my home for the past two nights. Needless to say, we’ve been active for the last four days. We hiked a waterfall, rode in a jet boat, experienced a traditional Fijian Kava Ceremony, stayed at four different resorts, kayaked, snorkeled, and surfed. So when I had time to relax at Outrigger, I reveled in the five star facilities and services.
The views were astounding throughout the resort. My private balcony overlooked the 40 acres of lush tropical gardens and extended to the ocean; the beachfront restaurant offered 280 degree ocean vistas; and the spa sat at a lofty perch to create an Olympus environment.
In addition to the lushes surroundings, Outrigger has a lagoon style swimming pool where I played in the water, uninterrupted by the world. Once and a while, I like to watch the world around me without having to interact with others. I swam, took pictures, and watched as families and couples enjoyed the refreshing water. Normally, I can’t shut up; I chat with everyone and I find a way to communicate with people even if they don’t speak the same language, but sometimes I just observe. You can learn a lot about a person by the way they react in a pool. Watch them next time. Are they relaxed and having fun? Do they jump right in with little regard for the temperature? Do they swim around or just stand in one spot? What to you think is going through their mind?
One lady was annoyed when a child splashed her as she sat on the corner of the pool. She rolled her eyes and gave a dirty look to the father of the child. I couldn’t understand how she could be anything but overjoyed in such a dreamlike environment. It truly baffled me. Then, as if for my own comic relief, she dropped her glasses in the water and had to dive in and get them. If she was planning on staying dry, she shouldn’t have been hanging out in the pool area.
A young couple played on the other side of the pool and I wondered if they had recently married. They were obviously in love as happiness exuded from them. The woman hopped on her partner’s back and he splashed water at her. He took her in his arms before completely dunking her under the water and they both laughed when she emerged. It reminded me of something Darren would do and I left on a happy note.
I took a stroll on the beach before returning to the group for dinner. The abundance of color was like watching high-definition television. No picture could do it justice so you’ll have to see it for yourself.
See you tomorrow for some whitewater rafting with Rivers Fiji.