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Musket Cove Island Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Private Mail Bag, NAP 0352 | Nadi Airport, Fiji   |  
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“Spectacular!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2011

I stayed at Musket Cove for 4 days in November. Beachfront bure was spectacular! I was visiting friends in Fiji, and I wanted to get away from the main land for a few days, and just go scuba diving and relax. This is definitely a romantic resort that is meant more for couples than singles, but what secluded island in the middle of the pacific isn't? I went diving 2 days and the dive staff was amazing, basically 1 on 1 attention from the dive guide. The staff at the resort was amazing, and always remembered my name. The neighboring resorts on Malolo Lailai Island are more family oriented, so I highly recommend Musket Cove if you are looking for a quiet get away.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Sydney, Australia
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22 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2011

The island is amazing we had the most relaxing and enjoyable stay.
All the staff were so friendly and remember your name from the first day you arrive.
We stayed in a Beachfront Bure - definately recommend this room type as it is about a 10metre walk to the beach.
They have a good variety of food available for breakfast and we had this included in our room rate which was great we didnt have to worry about the extra cost at the end of our stay! :)
We were there on their stir fry night which was brill! You could go back as many times as you wanted...we unfortunately missed out on the pig on a spit night, but we heard it is fab!
You do have quiet a variety available as well as you can buy a bbq pack with meat, salad and garlic bread from the Coffee Cove Cafe and cook at the island bar on their bbq's this is a great option if you dont want a formal sit down dinner (and the drinks are cheaper out there too!!)
You can also eat at Plantation Island and also another bar/restaurant inbetween the two resorts (we ate there but I forgot the name - it was very nice too).
Def recommend getting a massage done - it is cheaper to do it here than most places back on the mainland and they do a great job very satisfied :)
If you want to save a bit of money bring over duty free drink - the prices at Dicks's arnt too expensive but drinking there every night can get a little pricey. We chose to pay as we went instead of adding everything to our room bill so we could keep a track of it all.
There is lots of activites to take part in - would recommend for starters the free snorkelling trips they do twice daily you get a good intro into what sea life they have.
Last but not least dont forget the aeroguard!! We got bitten very badly on the first night even though we sprayed - put as much on as you can handle!
Overall we had the greatest holiday - we will def be abck again very soon! :)

Room Tip: Beachfront Bure's are always our choice - they are close to the main bar and also to the Coffee...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Havelock North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2011

I stayed at Malolo Lailai Lagoon Resort from the 5-11th of June 2011 with a few friends after traveling around the North Island of New Zealand in a campervan. The island of Malolo Lailai is stunning and our stay in the RCI timeshare Garden Bure was a much needed dose of luxury and relaxation after roughing it on the road for a month.
There was confusion for us when booking through the timeshare as the Lagoon Resort is linked to the Musket Cove Island Resort. We were unsure at first to how this worked and to what quality the bure's with the timeshare would be compared to the Musket Cove accommodation. It turned out that we had full use of the Musket Cove facilities and the payment of everything could be transferred to our Lagoon Resort bure and paid at the end of the stay at the Musket Cove reception.
The Garden Bure we stayed in was brilliant, a very traditional and cultural feel to it with ample air conditioning to cool the rooms after long hot days. The bure's are self-catered and have a small kitchenette with all the equipment that usually comes with. The Lagoon Resort had it's own pool and beach but we mainly used the Musket Cove facilities as they had everything you could need. With a shop, bar, restaurant, pool, the beach, day-trip centre, snorkeling and boat hire, and a padi diving hut. We went out on a few boat trips to snorkel and visit villages over the week which are well worth a try.
I would recommend taking a PADI open water diving course at Musket Cove, Subsurface Fiji run the training, myself and a friend did and we loved every minute....with the exception of the training video's. When out in the water after the training days, for which they have a separate training pool onsite, the diving was amazing. The visibility was unbelievably clear and the huge range of underwater life was truly stunning. The staff that run the Subsurface Fiji dive centre at Musket Cove were all very helpful and well trained, as well as patient as I didn't take to the water well at the start.
The great thing about timeshare properties are the people you meet along the way, many of the regulars to the Lagoon Resort were happy to help with any questions we had. There was a real community spirit amongst the people staying on timeshare and even though we were considerably younger than most they made us feel very welcome. Had some memorable nights that won't be forgotten soon and made some great friends.
Would also suggest going to the island bar, we did every night of our stay for Fiji bitters and cocktails. There's always entertainment from the residents of the island as well as a bbq, so never a dull moment. The bar is connected to the island via a jetty/bridge that is used to birth a wide variety of boats that happen to be sailing past. Met some very interesting people due to this and had some great nights with them. The Island itself is tidal, which obviously leads to the water movement that can be expected, with a displacement of as much to a hundred metres or more. We didn't find this an issue, it may not look as picturesque and pristine for half the day but with the pools close by a refreshing dip is never far away. We were blessed with good weather all week, clear skies and large amounts of sunshine hours made for a great tan.

Would recommend the RCI timeshare properties at Malolo Lailai Lagoon Resort to all comers. The staff are fantastic and you really get into the Fiji time way of life, a true Fijian paradise island, vinaka vaka levu all those at Musket Cove.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2011

We stayed at the Timeshares at Musket Cove as we do each year. Had a relaxing laid back chilled out week. Spent our time eating, drinking and relaxing by the pool at Musket cove resort.Our Timeshare Bure is great and meets our needs for a unwinding week. There is no a/c in the Bures just fans so there are times that it is very hot which is what you expect on a tropical island. Anandas restaurant across the airstrip by plantation resort has fantastic food and we had a few great meals here.Pizza from the Coffee cove was yummy.My husband thinks its bliss to sit under a palm tree with a fiji bitter in one hand and a great book in the other.Will be back in Feb 2012.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

We stayed at Musket Cove in one of the garden bures in mid November and the resort and the island delivered exactly what we needed - beautiful weather (aside from one evening downpour), beautiful setting and lovely people. It was so easy to just switch off and get into the Fijian way of life.
The garden bure was pretty basic and some of the furniture needs updating however the amount of time you don't actually spend in the bure it really isn't worth spending the money on an upgraded lagoon or beach bure and we did get the chance to see one of the lagoon ones and although nicer (with air con etc) I'm not sure it warrants the extra dollars.
I did get to walk to the Plantation Island resort which is located next door to Musket Cove and it was quite apparent that the Musket Cove is superior in respect of the quality of accomodation and things generally. A similar comparison can be made between staying on one of the islands and staying on the mainland as in our experience of driving from and to the airport there is a big difference in the look and feel of mainland Fiji and the beautiful islands (so glad we didn't stay at one of the mainland resort hotels).
Before travelling I did get the impression - from reviews I had read - that perhaps, food and drink were not cheap but this was the biggest and nicest surprise we had in that drinks at the bar and food at MC (especially at the Trader where they did teh best pizzas) were cheap - $5 beers and $5.50 for a GnT is very reasonable especially when compared to Sydney prices!
The snorkelling around the island was excellent and the free, daily trips offered by the resort are very good indeed incluing the trip to Shell Cove and the school there which was a great experience and I would recommend it.
The staff are all as friendly as everyone suggests and some really go out of their way to make your holiday really special including the whole remembering your names piece which is very nice (oh, and the guys who play the guitars and sing each night are just fantastic).
All in all an excellent week away at Musket Cove and although normally we tend not to go back to the same place twice, we are likley to head back to the island again soon.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

When we decided to get married in Fiji it was important that we found the right attributes and Musket Cove fitted these well. We needed to cater for all our guest, some of which were on a tight budget. Musket Cove offers it all with the 5.00FJD bar and the Trading Post, you can easily do you own meals if need be, with two other resorts on the island your guest have a choice.
I have to thank Musket Cove in particular the fantastic one and only Gloria (whom without her I don't know what we would have done). Gloria arranged our Wedding from whoa to go and didn't falter in any way. She had the whole proceeding running very smoothly. The food was fantastic, the wedding cake was great and they did a great job of the decorations. I love this place and I will be back for a holiday soon. To all the staff and in particular Gloria, thank you for truly making a day a very special and memorable one.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2011

We stayed in a private house, which was beautiful and perfect for our needs, but I can't comment on the resort's other accommodation options. The facilities here are first class and the staff, although sterotypically slow, are generally friendly and helpful (with the exception of activities staff). The food is generally great and the supermarket offers competitive prices, which is unique among Fijian resorts. One disappointment was pig on the spit night, where the pork was unfortunately basted in an overpowering fish sauce. The traditional singing and dancing compensated for this, though.

A look at some of the other nearby resorts confirmed our suspicion that Musket Cove is far and away the best resort in the area (perhaps with the exception of the very expensive Likuliku resort). Snorkelling and island hopping trips come highly recommended, though it is hard to steal oneself away from the pool and cocktails.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Private Mail Bag, NAP 0352 | Nadi Airport, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Mamanuca Islands > Malolo Lailai Island
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Malolo Lailai Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Musket Cove Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Musket Cove you'll find the pace of life smooth and unhurried. The resort consists of 55 bures and villas scattered along the beachfront and throughout our tropical landscaped gardens. All rooms are spacious with separate living rooms and quality inclusions. What sets Musket apart is space, with 400 acres of rolling hills and palm fringed beaches to explore there is never a sense of crowding. Muskets world class marina offers a vast selection of water-sports and activities. Or for those wanting to relax, our dedicated Mandara Spa is a true haven of tranquillity. Musket offers several gourmet-dining options headed by renowned chef Peter Becker and over 150 warm and friendly Fijian staff ready to welcome you to our island home. ... more   less 
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Musket Cove Island Hotel Malolo Lailai Island
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