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SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, April 24) - A resort in Fiji’s Savusavu bagged the top award for being an environmentally friendly accommodation.

[PIR editor’s note: Savusavu is located on the south central coast of Vanua Levu Island—the second largest island— in Fiji.]

Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort was awarded the number one title of the Top Ten Environmentally-Friendly Accommodation by Trip Advisor, an online travel community website.

Trip Advisor described the resort as 17 acres of coconut plantations overlooking Savusavu bay. The Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Island Resort offered numerous eco-friendly activities and featured a marine biologist on staff.

The website awarded second place to Lapa Rios Ecolodge in Costa Rica and third to Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur California, a sister resort to Cousteau.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort general manager Greg Taylor said they received the award about two weeks ago and it was the title for 2006.

"It shows what a great team we have," Mr. Taylor said. "It's an award for all the staff."

In relation to their sister resort also winning an award, he said they were pleased the environmental values the resort group had was endorsed by Trip Advisor.

He said this was the first award they had won from Trip Advisor, but about the eighth they have won in the past five years.

Taylor said other awards were for other areas of the resort like food and service, commitment to Fijian culture and even some for the designs of their villas. He said in 2005, the resort won the World's Best Environment Resort for the Conde Nast Travelor, an American magazine and Fiji's Best Resort in the World Travel Awards in London.

"But what's so special about Trip Advisor is those that nominated the resort have actually been to it," he said. Fiji Visitors Bureau chief executive Viliame Gavoka said the resort had done Fiji proud.

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