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“A wonderful welcome and fascinating trip” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Levuka Homestay

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Levuka Homestay
Lot 3 Church Street, Levuka, Fiji   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Levuka
Suva, Fiji
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4 hotel reviews
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“A wonderful welcome and fascinating trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2011

Visiting Levuka with my young family, children aged 5 and 3, and parents in their 70's we were keen for a peaceful, relaxed pace and environment in a beautiful place. Levuka Homestay was perfect. The welcome from John and Marilyn was so warm, and they were great guides to the fascinating history of Levuka and Fiji. We thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the fascinating history of Fiji's first capital, seeing all the old colonial homes, and meeting locals. Tours to visit Silana village and walk the town were great fun. The architecture and design of the Homestay is beautiful, the gardens are lovely, and the breakfasts are superb. We would thoroughly recommend a visit!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seymour
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2011

Earlier this year we visited Fiji, and after research and consideration chose Levuka as our base. This historic town where many cultures merged is still as delightful as ever. We stayed with John and Marilyn at Levuka Home Stay and we have only praise and admiration for their facilities, local knowledge and contacts, and most of all friendliness. It was our gateaway to enjoy the real Fiji and visit pristine tiny Islands and snorkel beautiful reefs. Occasionaly you make a plan and get it right, this time we got it perfect. We hope to return often.

Matthew and Sophie

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2011

We spent five nights at Levuka Homestay and we heartily agree with the many rave reviews that cover all of the carefully thought out conveniences and aesthetics of John and Marilyn’s lovely Homestay. Visit the island of Ovalau and the town of Levuka, if you really want to feel the rhythms of old Fiji in an incredibly welcoming town. And stay at beautiful Homestay if you want the opportunity to not only have Marilyn’s amazing and infamous breakfast that sustained us until dinner, but also a chance to have engaging, candid, and informative conversations with both John and Marilyn who are extraordinary hosts with genuine insight into, and appreciation for, the country and Fijian people. Enjoy an opportunity to do a tour with Nox, the very gifted gardener at Homestay and you will also be so warmed by La’s beautiful smile and her attention to detail and beauty in maintaining your lovely room and terrace. The coastal walk with Nox was a highlight as was a day trip across the crystal clear waters to the island of Calaqui and the evening boat ride back under the stars. We also did Epi’s walk, but be forewarned that it can be very muddy for the full 4 slippery hours it took to hike up to his village. The en route conversations and the meal at the end that his wife prepared for us of traditional foods gathered from the land were extraordinary experiences though, and gave us real insight into the culture and the efforts and rewards involved in living off of the land.

Although John and Marilyn will readily arrange a lot of different tours for you around Ovalau (and provide you with very helpful descriptions of them in a folder in your room), Levuka is also a place to slow down and enjoy the quiet pleasures of Fijian life. Homestay is perfect because it’s so quiet and private while still being within very short walking distance to town. Everyone we met in Levuka and the surrounding region welcomed conversation and after a few days, locals were waving to us as if we were old friends. And as we opened ourselves up to the place and people (which happened quickly), these quiet pleasures became truly meaningful and memorable experiences during our three weeks in this beautiful country.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2011

We had a three night stay here following a visit to a local island.
Relaxing, comfortable and made to feel very welcome by all the staff.

As previously mentioned, breakfasts are magnificent and hearing all about Fiji from John and Marilyn over an evening glass of wine made our stay very special.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2011

Well, it’s hard to write a new review without repeating things, that already have been written by other travellers.
Levuka Homestay caught our eye during research long before our trip started. As we didn’t like to travel just from one Yasawa-resort to another but discover more rural places which are not so dominated by tourism, we decided to stay at Levuka Homestay for three days.
We took the bus-ferry from Suva and arrived in the evening. LH offers four spacious rooms, each of them individually and absolutely lovely decorated, Fiji-style. We also had a fridge and coffee/tea maker.. Everything is absolutely clean, tapwater is drinkable. After arriving we were invited to have a drink with John and Marilyn on the terrace. Next morning they came up with that overwhelming breakfast. I will not lose myself in details here, all I say is we were so stuffed, that the first little feeling of hunger came up at 6PM(!). And delicious is not enough to describe! Levuka Homestay is the best place just to relax. Read a book, have a nap, walk through the old capital town, talk to some locals, and if you are able to have dinner at the local restaurants. If you should ever feel bored or a thunderstorm seems endless, different games and lists of DVVDs are available, as well as Wifi . John and Marilyn describe their homestay as a “home away from home”; that’s not just advertisement, it’s a promise.

Vinakavakalevu!!!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2011

Can't find another place with the cleanliness, fitout and comfort of Levuka Homestay.

Absolutely world class....

Stunning views...

Breakfast you never want to leave...

And the hospitality to make you relaxed the moment you walk in...

Fiji's warmth is known world wide...

And John and Marilyn are living legends!!!


Levuka is a classic.. and very unique place... like no other in Fiji...

Worth the effort to spend some time....

What more can you say... what are you waiting for....!!!

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Harrogate
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2011

We stayed at Levuka Homestay for 2 nights over Easter 2011. John and Marilyn are vey friendly and very wecoming. We were shown to our rooms and invited to a welcoming drink, where they informed us of good places to eat and some interesting stories of Fiji and the passion that they share of Fiji and how they came to settle in Levuka. The accomodation was amazing, every little detail has been considered and there is nothing that could be faulted. unfortunately for us we had a very early start each day (7am), John and Marilyn laid out an amazing breakfast one of the best I've ever had.

Cheers John & Marilyn
Hermann, Maxie, Will & Alex

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Additional Information about Levuka Homestay

Address: Lot 3 Church Street, Levuka, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Lomaiviti Islands > Ovalau Island > Levuka
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Levuka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Levuka Homestay - a new experience in bed and breakfast accommodation in Levuka. Stay in the comfort of our home which captures both the 'colonial' and the 'Fijian' themes that are so much part of the heritage of this town. We have become famous for our full breakfast, which is included in the tariff. This should start your day off well, ready to enjoy your day's exploration of Levuka. ... more   less 
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Levuka Homestay Ovalau Island

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