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Let’s Go Local: Castaway Island Resort For Vinod Patel

Vinod Patel is the owner and founder of Vinod Patel Group. The 83-year-old is semi-retired but still spends his days keeping an interest in the family dynasty. Mr Patel,w who
11 Mar 2021 10:27
Let’s Go Local: Castaway Island Resort For Vinod Patel
Recommended stay...Castaway Island Resort in the Mamanucas. Insert: Vinod Patel.

Vinod Patel is the owner and founder of Vinod Patel Group.

The 83-year-old is semi-retired but still spends his days keeping an interest in the family dynasty.

Mr Patel,w who lives in Ba, said from all the places he has been to he still prefers to remain in Ba because it is home to him.

He spends his days in his Ba Branch which was his first shop before he expanded his company with the support of his brothers, children and now grandchildren.

“Although, I am chair of the group’s board, everything is so well organised I rarely have to be here,” he said.

“This allows me to have more leisure time.”

 

What’s one place in Fiji you’d take every visitor to, and why?
I love Castaway Island although I also go to Likuliku Lagoon Resort.

I prefer Castaway because they offer reasonable rates, and they do not have television.

This forces my family to really invest and spend time as a family.

 

What is your secret backyard favourite spot?
My favourite place would be here at my Ba Hardware Store.

It is the only thing I know, and I love meeting people so spending my days here pays off because I get to meet different types of people.

 

Recommended restaurant is Saravana Bhavan Pure Vegetarian restaurant...at Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple, commonly known as the Nadi temple.

Recommended restaurant is Saravana Bhavan Pure Vegetarian restaurant…at Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple,
commonly known as the Nadi temple.

What is your favourite place in Fiji for a pie/coffee?
Because of my age I rarely eat out anymore because of the dietary restrictions.

But when I get the chance, I love going to the Nadi Temple restaurant (Saravana Bhavan Pure Vegetarian restaurant).

They offer healthy food, and I would recommend it for elderlies with dietary restrictions like mine.

 

The International Dateline runs through Taveuni.

The International Dateline runs through Taveuni.

What is the one Fiji spot on the top of your bucket list?
Being my age should not limit you from still being able to explore and have a bucket list.

I have been to so many countries but on my bucket list I would love to visit Taveuni.

I have heard from so many people how beautiful and pristine Taveuni is and when I get the chance to do it, that will be the first place I see.

 

Feedback: susana.tuilau@fijisun.com.fj



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