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Let’s Go Local: Backyard Favourite Baravi Handicrafts – Badia

Christine Badia is an entrepreneur and the proud owner of award-winning boutique beachfront resort Maui Palms which is currently under expansion on the Coral Coast. She is also the director
16 Feb 2021 12:12
Let’s Go Local: Backyard Favourite Baravi Handicrafts – Badia
Christine Badia Maui Palms Owner.

Christine Badia is an entrepreneur and the proud owner of award-winning boutique beachfront resort Maui Palms which is currently under expansion on the Coral Coast.

She is also the director of a construction company which specialises in installing ecofriendly decking which is called Trex to exclusive resorts and properties all around Fiji.

Ms Badia was also one of the former top ten Australian National Junior ranked tennis player.

She says: “I have a competitive tennis background from Australia and still carry a personal passion for health, wellness and fitness.”

 

What’s One Place You’d Take Every Visitor To Fiji and why?
One place I would take every visitor to in Fiji is the Biausevu waterfall on the Coral Coast.

Not only is the hike to get to the waterfall through the rain forest therapeutic but swimming and playing in the actual waterfall is truly healing and recharging and I recommend it to anyone wanting to get pregnant.

Several guests have emailed us including one of our favourite guests ever, Bec and Steve.

They told me that she (Bec)could not have children due to a medical condition.

Although after swimming in the waterfall which we explained to her was magical because it was among other things believed to aid fertility, she emailed us several months later announcing her miracle.

We asked if she would call the baby ‘Biausevu’ and she laughed and said she would give it serious thought and the baby boy’s first name does start with ‘B’ in tribute to the waterfall.

 

What’s Your Secret backyard favourite spot?
My secret backyard favourite spot which to be honest is not such a secret anymore is Baravi Handicrafts in Vatukarasa.

They have friendly staff who treat you like family and they go above and beyond in service and hospitality every single time.

With so many quality bargains from pearls to funky dresses and tops and now with their extensive added coffee shop. I hope many more people stop and enjoy Baravi as I do with friends and family on a regular basis.

I hope many more people stop and enjoy Baravi as I do with friends and family on a regular basis.

Baravi Handicrafts in Vatukarasa, near Sigatoka.

Baravi Handicrafts in Vatukarasa, near Sigatoka.

 

What’s Your Favourite Place In Fiji For A Pie/ Coffee?
Without a doubt would have to be The Coffee Hub on the Nadi Back Road.

It serves an eclectic array of delicious foods to suite all my cravings including healthy smoothies, juices and fresh delicious wraps and meals.

The Vanilla Custard Berliners is my favourite and reminds me of my childhood living in Vienna/Austria.

The cafe owner Zoro is not only the top Barista in Fiji but a perfectionist in all he does and his coffee shop.

 

What’s One Fiji Spot On The Top Of Your Bucket List?
Swimming with the Mantarays in the Yasawas in the not too distant future.

I have had the good fortune to explore the pristine Yasawas but unfortunately it was not the season for Mantarays.

I look forward to doing that at the right time of year next and is on the top of my Fiji bucket list for sure.

 

Feedback: susana.tuilau@fijisun.com.fj


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