"Bula" is the Fijian word for "welcome," and islanders are getting ready to greet a new beach retreat on the southwestern corner of Tokoriki Island in the nation's Mamanuca Islands chain. Sheraton Fiji Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Islands, opens on May 3, 2014, on the northernmost island of this archipelago of volcanic atolls off the western coast of Nadi. It's just a 12-minute helicopter or seaplane ride from the airport in Nadi or a one-hour, high-speed catamaran voyage from Denarau Marina. Tokoriki is known throughout the South Pacific for palm-fringed beaches of powdery soft sand and a reef that astounds divers and snorkelers who are especially interested in sneaking a peek of a Fijian giant clam. The new resort offers 101 rooms and suites, including family suites and Tokoriki retreats that feature private plunge pools. The 35-acre complex will offer what you'd expect from a luxury resort, including a spa with four treatment rooms, a 38-seat movie theater, a boutique, a kids club, a fitness center, tennis courts and a pool. Insider Tip: Book your flight on the recently rebranded Fiji Airways (previously Air Pacific). The airline is flying three new Airbus A330s from Los Angeles to Nadi International Airport in Fiji. It's a 10-hour trip, so you may want to book into the business-class cabin, which features angled lie-flat seats.