Orchids, Hammocks and Natural Beauty: The Garden of The Sleeping Giant- Fiji

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The Garden of The Sleeping Giant, in Fiji, is one of the most stunning examples of natural beauty that I have laid eyes on, anywhere in the world (even more stunning than the new-in section on Zara). That’s a pretty big statement, but I have never been anywhere else that is so floral, so luscious and so jaw-droppingly green. To me, it is exactly how I imagined Fiji would be for the years and years that I spent dreaming of visiting. 

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The name stems from the mountain that it is in the shadow of, as it supposedly looks like a sleeping giant- something which I can vouch for. Our very friendly tour guide pointed out the different sections that make up the face- and once you see it, you can’t unsee it!

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It has beautiful landscaped gardens, with more than 2000 varieties of Asian orchids and every other type of flower and plant that you could ever imagine. 

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There’s also beautiful lily ponds and quaint streams and fountains running through the gardens, with authentic little wooden bridges over them. 

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The staff here are absolutely wonderful and they have incredible knowledge of all the different plants, which they happily share with visitors. 

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After this section, you enter into a dense rainforest which gives you a real taste of what Fiji would have been like before mass tourism and commercialisation. 

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The humidity in here is insane but it’s so overwhelmingly gorgeous that I didn’t even notice until after we’d left and I looked in a mirror- and saw that my hair had blown up to ten times its usual size. 

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I ended up taking so many pictures, a lot of which were really similar, but every single step you discover something new and amazing and it’s impossible not to want to capture every single moment of the journey. 

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There’s also plenty of hammocks dotted around the place, that offer an ideal opportunity to take a breather and just admire everything in all its perfection. 

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I honestly can’t describe to you how beautiful this place is, and even the pictures can’t possibly do it justice. 

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If you are in Fiji, you have to visit as this was possibly the biggest highlight of the whole trip for me. It’s a fantastic chance to see a different side to the natural beauty of Fiji- away from the sandy beaches and marine-life that it is famed for.

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For more information- and less awe-struck gushing-  I would definitely recommend visiting the Fiji Tourism website.

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