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Denarau a must-visit for families: Shah

Ms Shah was born in Labasa and attended 11 different schools in Taveuni, Labasa, Savusavu, Sigatoka and Suva for her parents’ jobs as teachers.
01 Nov 2023 07:48
Denarau a must-visit for families: Shah
Port Denarau (pictured) offers a wide selection of dining and shopping options. Inset: After losing her job, Zavin Shah turned to a freelance career in hair and make-up..

Tourism industry workers, like spa therapist Zavin Shah, lost their jobs and livelihoods during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms Shah turned that setback into an opportunity to pursue a career in hair and make-up.

“After the pandemic, I mustered up the courage to invest in my business and become a freelance hair and make-up artist,” she said.

“I am glad I made that decision.”

Ms Shah was born in Labasa and attended 11 different schools in Taveuni, Labasa, Savusavu, Sigatoka and Suva for her parents’ jobs as teachers.

She trained at Pivot Point Fiji Institute to obtain an advanced diploma in esthetics and was awarded the dux title in 2015.

The 30-year-old shared some of her favourite local destinations with SunBiz for good food, family experiences, and travel.


What do you enjoy about your job? 

Doing make-up and hair allows me to express my artistry and creativity. I love seeing the transformation and I pride myself on being a versatile makeup artist with the ability to create a wide range of looks. I’m passionate about tailoring makeup to my client’s unique preferences and occasions, ensuring they look and feel the best, no matter the style or event.


What is your favourite local restaurant? 

BBQ Chicken restaurant in Lautoka is amazing for their Rocket Wings.


What is your go-to local destination for a family outing? 

Denarau is our go-to destination. My daughter adores the open spaces. I appreciate the convenience of shopping and dining all in one place and that it stays open late into the night.

Port Denarau Marina.

What are your favourite local travel experiences and destinations? 

The drive from Labasa to Savusavu in the afternoon is a refreshing experience. Rolling down the car window allows you to relish the cool mountain air and catch glimpses of waterfalls. Savusavu is another personal favourite for its serene natural beauty.

Vuadomo Waterfalls in Savusavu, Vanualevu.

What are your top bucket list destinations in Fiji and why? 

I don’t have a specific top bucket list item for Fiji. I’m quite unpredictable and up for anything adventurous. I believe in embracing the moment and exploring the unexpected as that’s where some of the most incredible experiences often await.


What makes Fiji an ideal travel and business destination? 

The people. Fijians are known for their warm and welcoming hospitality. Visitors often find themselves embraced by the friendly locals, which enhances their travel experience.

Fijians entertain tourists, Fijians greet tourists with songs, Some staff of a Fijian resort.

Feedback: jernese.macanawai@fijisun.com.fj

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