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Eco Chic | Jean Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji

October 3, 2011

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One of the most renowned vacation destinations in the South Pacific, the award-winning, five-star Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort is located on 17 acres of a coconut plantation on the island of Vanua Levu, overlooking the turquoise blue waters of Savusavu Bay.

The celebrated resort is a favorite spot for romance, honeymoons and weddings. It’s a great choice for families who want to combine breathtaking surroundings and superb dining with a wide range of eco-friendly activities such as snorkeling, a day of ecological awareness or a trip to the rain forest capped off by a dip in a gorgeous freshwater jungle pool.

Jean Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort is a gorgeous little resort on peninsula next to some amazing diving and snorkeling in a marine reserve. Traditional Fijian architecture coupled with an organic garden, a plan to restore the surrounding eco system, and a community foundation that gives back to the local people are just a few of the factors that make this resort special.

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• Full-time, on-site Marine Biologist
• Aware-winning Cultural Host
• Each day of the week is devoted to making guests aware about a different aspect of our culture and environment
• First recycling program on Savusavu
• Organic garden that grows many vegetables, herbs and fruits for our guests
• Edible landscaping
• Protecting the Namena Marine Reserve
• New waste water system using coconuts and recycled bottles to product clean water in picturesque lagoons
• Local involvement with our environmental efforts through the community and schools
• Fishing outside the reef, in the deep ocean where fish are plentiful

The Resort is a partner of Ocean Futures and The Good Night Foundation, a non-profit organization that builds on the concept that a guest’s Resort night can contribute to doing good in the community and beyond. In partnership with leading hoteliers and caring guests, The Good Night Foundation raises funds to support local and global programs that help make all parts of the world safe, healthy and desirable places to live and visit.

At Good Night Foundation partner hotels, a four dollar (FJD) charitable donation is added to each Bure per night. The Good Night Foundation addresses global challenges by funding programs focused on improving health, education, poverty and the environment, including the Savusavu Community Foundation. In this way, guests know their contributions benefit each community they visit. Guests who do not wish to participate may opt out by contacting the Resort front desk at any time.

As no garbage collection is available for the resort, waste management is a high priority because the resort has to deal with it all themselves. Plastic and metals are recycled by facilities nearby on the island, while paper is collected and then transported to another island. The resort operates a community foundation that raises money to help support the local community and it also employs locals from the nearby village and offers job training.

The resort only buys fish that are sustainably caught by local fisherman, which has created a sustainable market in the area that encourages environmentally friendly fishing habits.

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