We stayed here for one night while visiting Taveuni. We came over from Savusavu in Vanua Levu by purchasing the combination boat/ferry tickets at the Country Kitchen for $15 fjd. Not a bad trip if you are planning on a long day.
Then we stayed a night in Matei (Tovu-tovu -a good place) and took the bus to Lavena (in Bouma part) for $3 following morning. I can put up with a lot if the bathrooms are clean and the toilets work properly, which they were (these two bathrooms are located at the end of the hall and shared by any of the guest occupying the 4 rooms available).
The mosquitos were not bad, but the flies were terrible and swarmed when you tried to eat at the picnic table overlooking the ocean. The manager ( I assume), Latiana, very graciously fanned them away while 5 of us ate!
The generator is broken and I would not expect a quick repair, so be prepared for no electicity and therefore no refrigeration. They did provide candles and mossy coils though. The bedrooms were clean and you could see around the eges at the baseboards. I always look to see if these areas are cluttered because thats where the cockroaches travel.
It was a bit stifling in the bedroom because of the poor ventilation and absence of fans, but for the price and the service (Latiana is a jewel), my wife and I could not complain.
It is really neat that this lodge is located in and run by the village. They use the funds for the children's school and other projects. A great idea, I think. Oh, and the breakfast ($10 fjd) is abundant and delicious - fantastic pancakes!