My husband and I are currently at Makaira Resort in the Marlin Bure - we have been here for 5 days and it has been the best vacation we've ever had This place is so relaxing it is like a balm to the soul. Firstly the view from our bure - looking out over a beautiful garden with the ocean below. You can hear the ocean clearly but without the exposure and traffic from boats, beach-goers, etc.. you'd get from being right on the beach. Secondly, for self-caterers, this place is a dream. We have a great little kitchen where we have been cooking our meals. Food is super fresh and easy to get from one of the little towns and the staff are super friendly and obliging for requests for freshly opened young coconuts, greens from the garden and the best papayas you'll ever eat. But if you would rather not cook, the food is delicious and made with love. People treat you like you're family here, not just a guest but you also are given plenty of privacy. The perfect balance of hospitality and creating space for a great vacation.
And lastly the people. Roberta is one of the warmest and most charming hostesses we've come across on our travels. The email exchanges we had before coming were very informative. Right on the first day, she drove us into the little town and showed us the best vendors for fruits, veges and basic groceries. She really took the time to show us around. Not only that but she is an outstanding snorkel guide. I am 5 months pregnant and not very confident in the water but Roberta really took care of my husband and I, making sure we had the right fins and other snorkeling gear. We navigated the reefs around Makaira with Roberta's loving and alert eye, and she made sure we were with her each step.
Special mention to her staff - Kirsti, Roberta's right hand lady who is utterly warm and gracious and to Baba, the manager with the infectious giggle and sweet demeanor. The staff are largely one extended family literally, and the love they share really permeates the atmosphere of this place. They are not just 'staff' and that really what makes this place very special - a true 'cut above' the other resorts where you get the feeling the staff are just employees.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Makaira is an affordable getaway on an island getaway. 3 accommodations only on a 4 acre property overlooking panoramic ocean views and white sandy beaches. The Grander is two bedroom two bath. The Villa is the ultimate in romance or can accommodate a group of 4 friends and the Marlin is a cottage built for two. We specialize in privacy, romance, serenity, adventure and a kicked back island life style. Makaira is the best of both worlds with self contained cottages or our guests can choose to have meals prepared for them complimented with organic vegetables, fruits and herbs from our organic garden. Aside from a stunning location, we offer lots of free amenities, WiFi, light breakfast, airport transfers, snorkel gear, snorkel tours, reef gardening lessons, 2 bikes, kayak, private phone, DVD movies, a fabulous full time Fijian staff to look after our guests needs. We also offer Fishing charters for all types of deep sea fishermen, boat snorkel tours and upon reservation dinner at our galley restaurant. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Makaira By The Sea Hotel Taveuni Island