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“"Island Bliss"” 5 of 5 stars
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Tropica Island Resort
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Mamanuca Islands, Fiji   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Malolo Island
Sydney, Australia
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“"Island Bliss"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Wish we were still there...Wonderful, Romantic, Relaxing holiday with that real, Friendly Fijian experience. We highly recommend the Tropica Island Resort and especially the spacious, comfortable Bure accommodation. Loved the Fijian style, huge, comfortable bed, the outdoor shower (there's an indoor one too), swing on the porch, hammocks between the palm trees and sun-beds on the grass by the beach & by the infinity pool at the restaurant.

Set in a tropical paradise where everywhere you look is a photo opportunity. You can do as much or as little as you want. Each day free activities like; boules on the beach, coconut collecting & tasting, volleyball and palm leaf weaving are organised. You can also choose to snorkel, kayak and sail for free. Its good to have something to read for those relaxing hammock moments.

Other activities are also organised each day (at varied costs - You can pay for these at the end on you hotel bill so don't need to carry extra cash). These include:- snorkelling around Honeymoon Island, Fishing, a visit to Cloud Nine and a Trip to the Local Village. There was a newsletter in our Bure each evening and a daily noticeboard letting you know what was on offer for the day.

You need to organise how you are getting to the island beforehand as you may need to book transport. Our plane arrived without enough time to catch the last ferry from Port Denaru. After a frantic phone call to the resort it was all sorted Thanks to Kara (One of the reservations team at the resort) who organised ours for us.

The staff made our stay memorable. They are so very warm and welcoming. They were also very versatile. One minute they're picking people up in the boat or organising daily activities, maintaining the grounds and then playing guitar and/or ukelele and singing traditional Fijian songs with beautiful harmonies whilst we ate dinner in the restaurant each night. Our rooms were always immaculate and I loved the thoughtful touches with fresh flowers on the bed each day. Lunches and dinners were delicious and for breakfast I preferred the cooked or light breakfast (coconut pancakes-Yum!!) and the fresh fruit.

Finally, we had a complimentary foot treatment which was lovely. Because this was so good I decided to spend a little extra on a head neck and shoulders/back massage. I have to say it was the very BEST massage I have EVER had. Thank You, Liti! You are an angel...I floated out of the spa afterwards.

Bula Vinaka Tropica!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TropicaIslandOwner, Owner at Tropica Island Resort, responded to this review, August 7, 2014
Bula Vinaka Jakiku,

We wish you were still with us as well. It was lovely to read your fabulous review and that you were able to relax and enjoy a true Fijian experience. I'm glad you enjoyed the free activities and that you also took advantage of the snorkeling, fishing, cloud 9 and village trips.

Our staff are very caring and do go out of their way to ensure our guests stay is truly memorable. We appreciate you taking the time to write a review and look forward to welcoming you back to Tropica.

Vinaka,

Sue
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Ayer's Cliff, Canada
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Great place to stay. I have travelled in many place and I have never had such a friendly staff. Everyone was so friendly and always saying Bula! The music during dinner time was fantastic, we sat and listened for a couple of hours. You also get to learn some interesting things such as how to make a basket out of a palm leaf, how to climb a tree and get coconuts and how to throw a Fijian javelin. It was a great place to relax and unwind, but you could also go snorkelling, kayaking, and catamaran sailing. I cannot stress enough how friendly the staff were.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TropicaIslandOwner, Manager at Tropica Island Resort, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Bula 430Bruce,

Thanks you for making the trip to Fiji and to Tropica. I think you name has made the veitiqa (javelin throwing) wall of fame.

We look forward to welcoming you back again some day. Perhaps this summer as the winter months set in Quebec.

Vinaka,

Scott
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Gold Coast, Australia
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We have just returned from 5 nights at Tropica Resort and we cannot recommend it highly enough. It is a pleasant 1-2 hour boat ride from Denarau (depending on what time you go). Alternately, you can get there faster by private boat charter or seaplane. From the moment you arrive, you are made to feel welcome by the friendly Fijian staff. This service continues for your whole stay - there is nothing they will not do to make your stay memorable. Tropica is a small resort which is adults only (16 years and over) so it is very quiet and peaceful. The common areas are never overrun with people and there was always a sun lounge free by the pool (not so at some larger resorts I've been to). The meals are really 5 star. We took the meal plan as we were travelling with our 3 teenage children and it was great value. We had a full breakfast, 2 courses for lunch and 3 for dinner. The menu was limited choice which changed every day so there was always something different to try. The accommodation is just what you want in Fiji. We booked 2 beachfront bures but we were upgraded to the beachfront suites. They were clean and spacious and just a few steps to the beach. They have a great outdoor shower and a quaint swinging porch on the verandah. The staff organise activities every day. We had 3 fantastic snorkelling trips which I would highly recommend. However, if you don't feel like leaving the island, there is great snorkelling right off the beach. You can grab a kayak, paddle out to the small island out in front and enjoy a really pleasant half hour with plenty of fish. There are also SUPs and sailing boats. And of course, there is always relaxing by the amazing pool. There was a wedding when we were there and the small wedding party enjoyed a romantic dinner on the jetty. Overall, it was a great experience and I will definitely be going back.

Room Tip: Definitely book the beachfront bures. They are so much more the Fijian experience.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TropicaIslandOwner, Owner at Tropica Island Resort, responded to this review, August 4, 2014
Bula Cathy M,
Thank you for your fabulous review, we are delighted that you and your family were able to enjoy all the amenities that Tropica has to offer. It was lovely to meet you whilst on the island and I will pass your comments on to our executive chef and his team. Being an active family, I was pleased to see you make the most of our SUP's, kayaks, hobies, snorkelling off the beach and snorkelling trips. We look forward to welcoming you back to Tropica.
Vinaka
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We would highly recommend this place, we arrived back last night fully rested and relaxed.
The meals were what you would expect from a top restaurant and nothing was a problem.
The staff are very friendly and will do anything to make your stay.
The activities on offer are world class, the snorkelling was the highlight for me, while the sailing was my husbands.
This place is like being in paradise, the views and peace and quiet is fantastic. The warm welcome and farewell makes you feel as if you have become part of the Tropica family.
Great stay. Thanks

  • Stayed June 2014, 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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TropicaIslandOwner, Manager at Tropica Island Resort, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Bula Lisa S,

Thank you so much! It's what holidays are all about, rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.

We are so happy that you found us and that Tropica delivered on a great break for the two of you.

Vinaka,

Scott
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Yes, this was our idea of Paradise. That old familiar feel of the tropics - the lovely warmth, the soft sea breezes, the gentle lap of the little waves at the water's edge 10 metres from your door when the tide was high, the tropical plants and flowers in profusion, island fruits and fish, etc, Fijian music and singing including individual songs welcoming and farewelling each guest.
But this small resort was so special because it was run entirely by those incredibly friendly indiginous Fijians whose desire it is to help to make your holiday a totally relaxed, pleasant and stress-free sojourn. It's a quiet place, no children, no tourist razzamatazz, no sign of a shop, not even a postcard, no clocks, TV, radio, telephone, newspaper to remind you of that world out there (but WIFI available if you must). Good swimming, kayaking, sailing, snorkelling in the bay or on boat trips out to the reef. Simple Island activities available each day, but generally you are just left to yourself with your camera or your book. Even though you can only reach the resort by boat, there is a security guard patrolling quietly 24 hours a day.

Don't bother going if you want noisy excitement and hordes of people to meet and link up with - but definitely do go if you want to leave all your stress behind and slow right down to zilch - and take a holiday in Paradise!

Room Tip: Definitely has to be a beachfront bure for the ultimate Island experience
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  • Stayed June 2014, 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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TropicaIslandOwner, Manager at Tropica Island Resort, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Bula Barbara L,

Thank you so much for your review. It sounds as if your batteries were recharged and your stay with us fully rejuvenated you.

The team on the island continue to delight and amaze and its great for them to receive constant feedback.

Vinaka,

Scott
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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Perfect getaway for my husband & I from the kids as it's an adults only resort! We could choose to go on extra organized activities or just do things on our own. The food was certainly first class, the staff extremely lovely, friendly and nothing was too much trouble. They made you feel special every day they greeted you! I love the fact that there is no access for just anyone to walk into the resort, only those staying there, which is limited numbers. Activities organized on the island each day that you can choose to participate if you like. If you're looking for somewhere to take work with you while you pretend you're having a holiday, the internet speed would not be efficient enough! It's only enough for simple usage-just the way it should be! We enjoyed going off on our own doing activities just the 2 of us. Had the most romantic private dinner on the pier. Well worth the cost. Those extra touches from the resort make it all extra special, fresh linen & room clean daily, flowers/candles in room at night, drink on arrival & serenaded on departure & arrival by talented staff! We'd love to go back some day.......

Room Tip: Stay in beachfront Bures to make the best of the resort Great place to go to celebrate special occa...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TropicaIslandOwner, Manager at Tropica Island Resort, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Bula Jodie Y,

I absolutely agree and its great to get feedback about our core value. Which is small is BIG! We are ecstatic the you had a wonderful experience and our team, who are next to none at delivering genuine hospitality and our core value have done it again!

We can't wait to see see you back!

Vinaka,

Scott
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

After 7 nights in Denarau we headed off to the Tropica for 3 nights for a bit of R & R before heading home. This is a great resort and good value when compared to some other places in the Mamanucas. We stayed in one of the beach front bure's and the view and tranquility is simply awesome, although when the tide is out the view is much less appealing. We arrived in low tide and were initially disappointed however when the tide was in, the alteration in appearance is stunning.
The staff at this resort is simply outstanding and go out of their way to welcome you as part of their family during your stay.
We also had the meal package which I believe offers great value allowing you to choose a two course lunch or three course dinner from anything on the menu. The dinners was outstanding and akin to any fine dining restaurant although the breakfast were perhaps the weak point of the food on offer.
I read some previous reviews about some construction work going on and can advise that they are constructing a marina on the east side of the island behind the Tropica resort but we heard little in the way of noise that affected our enjoyment of the stay there. Would highly recommend this resort for anyone looking for some peace & tranquility and fantastic hospitality from the staff.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sue C, Owner at Tropica Island Resort, responded to this review, June 8, 2014
Bula Mazbrz,

We appreciate you taking the time to write a review and thank you for your fabulous comments regarding the food, the tranquillity of Tropica and our outstanding staff. You are absolutely correct, there is absolutely no construction work underway at the resort. We are pleased you were able to relax and enjoy your stay.

Vinaka
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Address: Mamanuca Islands, Fiji
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Location: Fiji > Mamanuca Islands > Malolo Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Malolo Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Tropica Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tropica Island Resort is Fiji's newest resort having just opened 1st May, 2013. The result of a multi-million dollar upgrade, the resort has been transformed into a stunning 4 star, adults only boutique resort, blending Fijian and contemporary architecture with beautifully landscaped open spaces, dotted with fish ponds and water features. This is a resort centered around two key themes: Celebration and Rejuvenation. Our 'Director of Celebration' will assist you and your friends/family to design experiences you will never forget, from weddings on the beach, birthday parties poolside or intimate dinners under the jetty Bure. And when you're not celebrating, you may choose to rejuvenate with a spa treatment, relax in a hammock (or island swing) or enjoy your favourite book in our lounge. Guests will experience stunning sunsets, local and international cuisine, a diverse range of motorised and non-motorised activities and most memorably, will be charmed by the warm and friendly Fijian hospitality. The upgrade has seen the addition of a stunning 25 metre horizon pool, 12 fully refurbished Beachfront Bures and 4 Beachfront Suites (with outdoor river-rock showers, air-conditioning and ceiling fans). The renovation has also seen the addition of a stunning new Beach Bar built on the water, an open air restaurant with bar, activities bure and tranquil spa. ... more   less 
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