Travel allows us to live out our fantasies, and Sydney Morning Herald travel writer Julietta Jameson lived hers at Fiji's Dolphin Island.
A private resort that accommodates just one group no bigger than eight people, Dolphin Island oozes the laidback luxe that reminded Jameson of her heroine, India Hicks. Hicks is a British model, bridesmaid to Princess Diana, TV presenter, interior and toiletries designer, and owner of a to-die-for Bahamas island home. Her "boho blueblood" lifestyle was Jameson's dream.
On Dolphin Island, she got to live it. As she said, it's easy when the staff treated her like a quasi-royal. The resort was a thatched trio of bures set on a platform above the sand. Food came to order. The expensively made-up mattress was of memory foam. The cream and green decor was casually opulent. And outside the French doors awaited a private beach with snorkels, kayaks, and sun-lounges.
By day, guests swam, kayaked, snorkelled, snoozed and climbed to the other side of the island for sunset gin and tonics in a bure. The last night is a lovo, a traditional Fijian ground-oven feast, along with a bonfire and Fijian dance ceremony.
Jameson's fantasy lasted as long as the holiday. Back home, she made do with spritzes of Hicks' 'Island Living' fragrance at her desk.