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“They had me at "Bula"” 5 of 5 stars
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Lomani Island Resort
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Fiji   |  
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San Francisco
2 reviews
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“They had me at "Bula"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012

I wasn't sure if this was located on its own private island but when we arrived and jumped on the golf cart that brought us to the secluded resort for adults only - we knew we were in our own private hideaway. The staff greeted us with a beautiful welcome song - and not just some boring same ol same ol like Chevy's Happy Birthday - I mean this was an amazing and beautifully performed song - with heart. Our room was perfect - big king size bed and nice bathroom. Our patio was maybe 100 feet from the beach and looked out on the blue water and frangipani trees and lush green lawns. The Fijians are probably the nicest people ever. They work hard for not very much an hour but have big smiles and are very helpful and warm and kind. The singing goes on through dinner and the man who sings and plays guitar sounds like the lead singer from Blues Travelers and is AMAZING. We rode bikes around the island, went snorkeling and dined on the beach by candlelight. The food was good, order the special or just ask them what is good - they will tell you! When it came time to leave, each one of the staff that was working gave us a warm goodbye and then they all joined in song - from the older guy who was gardening to the younger kitchen help - all in unison like they have practiced for years. It was so beautiful I had to hold back the tears - and was so sad to leave that I promised myself if i ever went back to Fiji, I would have to visit Lomani again. BTW - "Bula" means Hello in Fiji.

  • Stayed December 2011, 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

Myself and my partner stayed at Lomani for 7 nights over the Christmas period. What a beautiful resort, loved the room (beach burre..definately stay in one of them). Great choice of tv shows/movies. The outside shower was great, beautiful gardens and the beach and the pool are amazing! So quiet and relaxing, the weather was great every day, we had the holiday we've been waiting for for soo long!!

Downside of the holiday: the food was very very average and they charge top $$$ for it. Christmas lunch was terrible, absolute joke!! For $89 we had the worse turkey ( just off cuts, a few pieces) , lumpy mashed potatoes and some broccoli. The dessert was average pudding drowened in not very nice custard. I would have not minded the food that much, I know that they are on an island and it's hard to get food, but I don't wanna be charged so much money for hospital food pretty much... Very repetitive. I would reccommend eating at Plantation, much cheaper and better. And Musket Cove, Dick's Place, great food and great cocktails, and way cheaper.

The cocktails, unless you don't like alcohol, don't have them, or watch them make the coctails and ask them to be more generous on the alcohol. Most of them don't drink alcohol, so they don't really know how to make them. And for $40 you want more then just lemonade!!

Apart from that, great place, great staff, great island!

Room Tip: Go with the beach burres, they are awesome!
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  • Stayed December 2011, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Buderim, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

Lomani is a wonderful place, the people are so friendly and helpful, the accommodation is 5 star and the food is top class. We went to Lomani to get married in November and we were nervous picking a place without seeing it. But we were instantly put at ease on arrival with breath taking views, gorgeous beaches and crystal clear water. Our families also stayed at the resort and we would meet up for dinner and breakfast, and even though it is a small resort we barely saw them for the rest of the time!
Lusi was so helpful in planning the wedding and answering any questions I had. We travelled to Nadi to get our licence and that is the only thing we need to do (in Fiji, we did also need a single certificate before leave Australia). It was very easy to get a licence, and then all we had to do was relax and pick a spot and time to get married. If you are travelling to Lomani to marry, I would advise looking into a photographer - we would highly recommend Zoom Fiji, they were great!
You can snorkel right out front of the resort, all the way down to Plantation. The water was very warm and the coral was very good given its location. You can take day trips to the Sandbar - which is a must do, the coral and sea life is amazing out there. All activities from the resort are included and you can charge anything from food to purchases at Plantation back to your room at Lomani.
We didn't get a meal plan, as we had dinner at the other resorts too.
We found this holiday very affordable, very relaxing and possibly the most relaxing wedding ever!
My husband and I will be back to Lomani for our anniversaries for sure!
Bula!

  • Stayed November 2011, 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, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

We had a fantastic 7 night honeymoon at Lomani Island Resort. It is definitely worth the 1 hour ferry ride from Denarau Port. This adults only resort is perfect for couples on a honeymoon. On arrival the staff welcomed us with a welcome song and also gave us fresh coconut juice.

The resort was very quiet and relaxing. The resort grounds were immaculate. The staff even rake the beach every morning to get rid of all the seaweed. It was the perfect getaway for us to de-stress after our wedding. We made use of the free activities - snorkelling, line fishing, dolphin safari, coconut demonstration, kayaking. We also hired the bicycles to explore the island.

Sunset dining and dining on the patio was the highlight of the trip. We chose to have the meal package which was excellent value for money. Considering Lomani is a small resort, there was enough variety on the menu. The food was above average. Portion size was generous. Breakfast was a full cooked breakfast and most lunches and dinners were a 3 course meal. The Wednesday evening Fijian dinner was a great experience. We also enjoyed the Kava ceremony and Song/Dance performance.

Service at the resort was great. The wait staff at the Restaurant were very attentive. The rooms even had daily complimentary laundry which was a nice bonus. Our stay also included a free facial at the day spa which was very nice.

We had the Deluxe Suite which was very spacious and had a view of the ocean from the balcony. The Deluxe Suites are in a block of 8 rooms. The rooms are designed well so you never really hear your neighbours. Rooms were clean. The rooms have a DVD player (DVDs can be hired from reception) but do not have cable/free to air TV. Some evenings we played games e.g. Scrabble.

Our only negative was the meal we ordered for room service on the first night. The food was below par. However later in the week, we ordered exactly the same dishes at the Restaurant and found it to be delicious.

On departure, the staff gather round and sing a farewell song which is a nice touch. Another bonus of staying in a small resort.

Just as we were leaving, we saw truck loads of schoolies (18 yr old kids) who had just arrived at the resort next door. Thank goodness we chose Lomani! Lomani is a very popular resort for Aussies and Kiwis.

Also remember to pack the insect repellent and sun cream!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Daytona Beach, Florida
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

We spent one Week at the Lomani Island Resort and were very pleased!

Here are the positive things:

- the friedliest and nices staff we ever had!!
- very nice rooms, especially the Beachfront Bures!
- nice beach
- no kids in the resort (very quiet)
- good food
- reasonable prices
- good dive spots and a good dive center
- good and cheap shuttle boat (aprox. 45 Min from the main island)

Summary: The perfect holidays!

If possible, we would recommend to book a Beachfront Bure. Those rooms are much nicer than the other accomodations!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hailsham, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2011

We visited the Lomani Island Resort after 11 weeks of travelling. It was everything we expected and more, everybody describes it as paradise but it really is. We had a beach side bure which was huge and was directly on to the beach side. It was very clean and very well equipped even to having ground coffee!! What a beautiful view we had to wake up to. Food was very good and lots of choices. Portion size was good and we usually had the full breakfast and dinner. We thought meal prices were reasonable for where the resort is located. Staff were very friendly and went out of their way to do everything possible to make your visit enjoyable.

  • Stayed December 2011, 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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Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2011

We went here for our honeymoon in December. This resort is paradise on earth!! It is quiet, peaceful and very romantic. The staff are wonderful and VERY friendly. The food is great and the menu offers lot's of choice. If you are looking for a peaceful break in a beautiful location...this resort is for you!!

Room Tip: We stayed in an Hibiscus suite but would recommend a bure by the beach..they looked amazing!
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  • Stayed December 2011, 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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Address: Fiji
Location: Fiji > Mamanuca Islands > Malolo Lailai Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Malolo Lailai Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Lomani Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lomani is an adults only boutique resort in the Mamanuca group of islands. "Lomani" is the Fijian word for love, and you will be sure to fall in love with this idyllic paradise. The resort has just 12 rooms that front a pristine white sand beach and sheltered lagoon. Relax with a massage by the pool, or get active with a range of complimentary watersports activities. Ideal for honeymoons or those seeking a peaceful escape. ... more   less 
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