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Wananavu Beach Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Volvoli Rd, Rakiraki, Viti Levu, Fiji   |  
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Ranked #1 of 6 hotels in Rakiraki
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
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“ISLAND PARADISE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Absolutely amazing! Spent our vacation in the Honeymoon Bure enjoying the benefit of a private outdoor shower and private plunge pool. Absolute Heaven! Waking up to that view felt like we were truly in PARADISE. Most of the people were extremely friendly and helpful. Hope all are privileged to enjoy the friendliness of Ana and Osea ~ two of the best people at Wananavu Beach Resort. Island music was presented at meals but wasn't loud and annoying ~ just gave us some island flair. Flowers were freshly placed in our bure every day. The food was delicious and well-presented. We came one week after the cyclone so the island was still reeling from it. Also, we came at an Administrative transition time with Ben and Rachel moving on and emotions were running high. We assume that is why one of the "great meal functions that was to embody the Fijiian lifestyle with food and dance was cancelled even though it appeared on the event board. Although there were some snafus, all-in-all it was a lovely FAMILY Christmas vacation.

Room Tip: We would highly recommend the Honeymoon Bure #50. It is on the beach and the views are spectacular...
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  • Stayed December 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Agree with other reviews, although only our 1st trip to Fiji. We had 5 night stay, initially here due to not wanting to lose 2 nights in transit to another island, and so happy we did with beautiful setting, good value, friendly staff and great snorkling. Recommend intermediate/ ocean view fale for distance to main blding vs. ocean front with not a true beach, and garden view with little breeze or view. Also, meal plan, menu prices are reasonable so you could eat for less but it would mean missing excellent fresh seafood and cultural bbq for burgers and chips or own food with no other options in the area. Good quality snorkling gear for free, recommend bringing surf leash or rope to kayak out against current and then tie off and drift snorkel back. Snorkeling and picnic trips also good value with spectacular settings on/off deserted white beaches. We saw a wedding there and it was lovely.

Room Tip: Recommend ocean view fale close to main building.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013 via mobile

Our stay at Wananavu was absolutely incredible! It was our first time overseas & our belated-honeymoon & all i can say is that i am so happy we chose this resort to stay at. The staff are all so lovely & the activities/dive team were all so funny & crazy!
It was soo nice to be welcomed by name everyday (wherever you were on the resort)

We stayed in the "Beach front Honeymoon Bure" & it was the most romantic place to be!

There is soo much i could say about this amazing place but i wouldnt want to let all the great surprises to be ruined!

Whatever you do - make sure you do the heart pool water slide tour & sun shine coast tour!

I recommend this fabulous place to everyone! Couple & Families!!!

Truley Amazing xx

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pakenham, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

My husband and i stayed at Wananavu for 7 nights for our 10 year anniversary and can i just say that it was such a beautiful place to stay. The staff were fantastic and very helpful too. Definetly would come back.

Room Tip: We had the ocean view room and that was beautiful. Waking up every morning to a beach was great.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

It ay not be 5 star in Paris or New York but Wananavu is 5 star in Fiji with a laid back attitude because of Fiji time, which is surely what we all need on a holiday. Leave technology at home and just have fun. We arrived for this trip just after the cyclone and saw the destruction answer drove up from Nadi. Surprisingly, the road was better than on any other trip.
Until our last day the resort was running on generators, which went off each night for a couple of hours but I defy anyone to complain as we had power and water(no Internet, goodie, goodie) while the local villages had neither until around 10th January. Rebuilding continues around the area.
As usual, the staff were fantastic, with a couple of new staff learning our names and drinks very quickly, Alcindor, Josie and the rest of the catering staff producing fattening, fabulous food including a wonderful lobster dinner beside our pool, an enormous Christmas lunch with just the right amount for dinner that night and a great news eve dinner and then lunch on 1st. If you are able to spend Christmas Eve at Wananavu, the choir from Rakiraki village is even better than the professionals at home and everyone this year was moved.
Thanks to Manju yet again for keeping 2 untidy people organised in our bure. Thanks Viva for your great staff. If you want anything extra from the boutique, Buna will do her best to get it, thanks Buna.
We look forward to returning later this year when there will have been some renovations and changes to the outdoor dining and I hope that Beato will have an even bigger smile.
Thanks to all the staff - you know we love you. And thanks to all the orphans- Susan, Petra, Rachel, john, jo, Michael, Louisa, Kieran, Sean, Ramon, Stein you helped make our holiday fantastic.

Room Tip: I cannot recommend the honeymoon villas highly enough- 2 rooms with a pool and more isolated
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the resort for the sixth stay so we must like it ,why because it is the real Fiji sure the road is much better but still a little rough and this was days after the cyclone hit, We arrived the day before Xmas with the resort full, must be due to my great reports in the past. The reason that it is full is that the place looks like a garden palace, the food is really good make sure you try the pickled fish as an first course and at lunch the Sun Coast sandwich.Sadly Ben & Rach have moved on the a resort in Australia after 4 years, the tears from the staff on the last day was unreal.
The new General Manager has taken the resort over and after staying under his guidance for a number of days he is a mover, Allan has been around the resort for about 10 years on and off. I look forward to staying again in 2013.

Over the stays we have had this would have been the best as we saw people from previous stays plus meeting people from around the world Sten from Norway ,John from South Africa/suva plus the travelling girls from Europe.

The food is outstanding with me putting on more weight that I would care to recall this aided the extra splash in a tradition JETTY JUMPING what a blast.

Make sure you go into RakiRaki the local town the market is great plus everybody is wonderful its about a $40fiji round trip plus the taxi will wait for you.

At Wananavu the great team led by the attentive Beato who is everywhere all of the girls on the front desk,Sereti,Keleni,Meriani plus MA ,Kali there,s lots more the ground staff the housekeepers keeping your Bure spotless.

we stayed after the cyclone with no local power no problems they have a huge generator that just keeps going. The New Year Eve fireworks looked great some people stayed up until 5 am I lasted till about !.30 but I looked better that some in the morning.

As far as food goods if its in season the kitchen will get it an prepare,in the morning breakfast can be anything your eggs cooked whatever way,Lunch and dinner the soups are outstanding who would think of having soups in a hot climate but it works.I would suggest the meal plan as it works out a better price, beer and wine is a good price not over the top with the cocktails very good so everyone tells me.
The Dive group mentioned in another review should have been more respectful,but they really did not represent normal dive groups as mostly they mix in not this lot but it was a one off so don,t let them put you off.Perhaps the Dive masters should advise people of how too act no swimmers in the dining room etc.But as stated most dive groups are good fun.

My special thanks to Allan and a special special BULA to Beato

Kind Regards
Andrew & Robyn

Room Tip: Ocean views are good Honey moon Bures Better with the Villa that can hold 3 couples really good
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

I stayed at Wananavu twice in 2012 for two separate weddings. Both weddings were lovely and the surroundings made it more private and intimate. We booked the Ocean View and Beach Front Bure, both had great views are were spacious and clean.

The food was good and the cocktails are delicious!! We went snorkelling most days, it's great for a beginner like myself, as the water is calm and clear. I also tried the massages which was very relaxing. The internet connection is also very good.

I would recommend this resort to couples who want to relax, snorkelling / scuba diving enthusiast and anyone who wants to have a wedding in Fiji. The staff at the resort were lovely and were always willing to help.

I had a great time at Wananavu and recommend it to anyone who wants to just get away.

Room Tip: All rooms are easily accessible.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Wananavu Beach Resort

Address: Volvoli Rd, Rakiraki, Viti Levu, Fiji
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Location: Fiji > Viti Levu > Rakiraki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 hotels in Rakiraki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Wananavu Beach Resort 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The real Fiji! Perfect for romance; fabulous for diving excellent for culture. 34 deluxe bures nestled along the beach and amongst tropical gardens. A real island experience with mainland convenience. Only just over 2 hours from Nadi International Airport. Great food, fantastic staff, unparalleled views, world class diving & snorkeling; amazing village tours and a perfect wedding venue. This is a true Fijian experience and is, as the name suggests, Wananavu! ... more   less 
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