Tony and Elaine Wilson have literally gone off the beaten track in the Solomon Islands to seek out small Solomon Islander owned – or at least part owned – resorts that offer a true insight into the life of these Melanesian people.
When we landed on the beach at Ropiko Resort, there were several generations of the Piko family nearby to greet us.
Three little girls were frolicking in the crystal clear water and one of them excitedly ran out of the shallows to give us a beautiful, spotted cowrie shell she had just found.
It typified this resort deep into the Solomons’ myriad of islands as it really was a family affair. And they are the friendliest people you could imagine.
The setting for Ropiko is right on the beach and as you walk through to your accommodation, you find yourself in a beautiful garden, festooned with orchids, that has been carefully cultivated over several years.
Authors: Tony and Elaine Wilson
Publisher: Pacific Island Living magazine
Date: May 23 2019