Where you should stay if you want to be like Ashley Hebert (only, you know, lucky in love)
I don’t watch The Bachelorette, but from what I’ve read about her (and I read a lot), Ashley Hebert may just be about the saddest dating reality star of all. “Unlucky in love” should be the 24-year-old dental assistant has gotten played by a plethora of men, and two even withdrew from the “competition” because they just weren’t that into her. Sad! Now that she’s down to two men — Ben Flajnik and JP Rosenbaum — what better place for a man to propose (what if they just wanted to date her and not give her a rock paid for by ABC? What a weird, twisted world we live in!) than in Fiji? Here’s where the romance and a little bit of late night nooky went down on Monday’s episode.
The July 25 episode was predominantly shot at the Namale resort in Savusavu, Fiji on the island of Vanua Levu (which is owned by motivational speaker Tony Robbins, weirdly. Weirdly because she really, really needs his help!) was voted the best hotel for romance by TripAdvisor in its 2011 Traveler’s Choice® awards. The resort has 19 bures, traditional bungalows, and villas. Ashley stayed in Tatadra (Dream House), a two-bedroom villa with an infinity pool, daybed and vaulted ceilings.
When Ryan Park (whom is a ringer to be the next Bachelor) desperately tried to win her back, he stayed in the Ocean Tropical Bure. Unfortunately, Ryan was told to take a hike instead of parking himself in Fiji, so his time on the island was short-lived (kind of like one of those characters who died on the first episode of Lost). Interestingly, when Ashley had her sexy overnight stay with 28-year-old winemaker Ben, they didn’t stay in her room: they hit up the 2,000 square-foot Civa Villa. How decent of the producers.She and good ol’ Ben (who reminds me of Benjy the shaggy dog, in a good way) also took a romantic stroll along the beach. Isn’t it so much easier to love someone in paradise? Reality is really the problem.
On to contestant number two, New York-based frontrunner JP. The 34-year-old construction manager ‘took’ Ashley on a seaplane ride to the secluded Namena Island before the action moved on to a different resort. The Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa, also located on Vanua Levu, is where she and her possible new fiance got all handsy during their candlelit dinner in the 90-acre untouched rainforest. Of course JP was going to agree to a night in the ‘Fantasy Suite’ — although after she and Ben stayed in a different Fantasy Suite, I’m not sure any man should want to be touching Ashley — in the 3,500 square-foot Kavika Falls Villa. Perched on a hillside above the Koro Sea, the KFV not only has an infinity pool, but also boasts a cascading waterfall throughout the villa — and costs $,1200 a night, in case you’re wondering.
The Bachelorette finale, which airs August 1, was mostly shot at the n 225-acre Vomo Island Resort. If you’re a fan, tune in to see who Ashley gives her final rose to. Honestly, I couldn’t give a toss about this girl, her slutty shenanigans or the guys she’s chosen (although if I did have to pick one, Ben is pretty darn adorable), but hot damn do I want to go to Fiji! And seriously, so should you — because if Ashley can find love and get engaged there, then anyone can. Literally.
BONUS! Each of the above hotels are offering ‘Bachelorette’ packages. Check out the deals here!
NAMALE: Bachelorette Inspired Romantic 7-Night Getaway Package, available for 90 days after the July 25 episode airs. Travel dates are August 2011 through the end of March 2012. The inter-island transport is only offered for packages purchased before August 12th 2011.
- 7 nights at any bure or villa
- Inter-island transportation for two (limited time offer)
- Chilled bottle of champagne and a basket of South Pacific fruits upon arrival
- Namale’s signature Couples Ultimate Fusion Spa Treatment, which boasts a unique combination of modern and traditional treatments
- Horseback riding to Namale’s privately owned waterfall with 3 course lunch served at the base of the falls
- Private candlelight dinner over the Koro Sea and under a bed of stars
- Lunch where the Bachelorette dined at the Walu Deck (or choose
- from: Hanging Bed at beach, Veidomoni Deck, Blowhole Deck, Lasalasa, Main Bure Private Deck)
- Dolphin Day Tour to Natewa Bay
- Romantic themed turn down service on the eve of guest departure
All inclusive-features of the resort:
- All meals (Champagne breakfasts, 3 course lunches and 5 course dinners)
- All beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) with no limitations on beers, spirits, house wines and house champagnes
- Daily replenishable mini bar
- Daily laundry services
- Nightly turndown services
- Internet room access and wi-fi connections
- Complimentary access to fitness centre and indoor entertainment centre
- Activities such as snorkeling, horseback riding, Fijian village visits and so much more
KORO SUN: “Passion Under the Palms” package
- 5-night package
- Private rainforest dinner for two
- 90-minute couples spa treatment
- Guided snorkeling and waterfall excursions
VOMO ISLAND RESORT: “Fiji Romance” offers
- Round-trip airfare on Air Pacific
- Resort combos featured on the semifinal and final episodes ranging from the “Vomo/Namale 10-Night Ultimate Honeymoon,” which includes round-trip Business Class airfare on Air Pacific, five nights in beachfront bures at each resort and loads of romantic extras (all for $19,000) to an 8-night Vomo/Namale combo minus the Business Class flights and a few amenities (for $9,696) to a more budget-friendly seven-night version of the “Passion Under the Palms” package at Koro Sun (mentioned above with a five-night stay, while this includes seven nights plus roundtrip airfare and transfers for two), starting at $5,362.