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“WE DID'NT WANT TO LEAVE” 5 of 5 stars
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Navini Island
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
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“WE DID'NT WANT TO LEAVE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We have only just got bacK and really missing Navini. It truly was an amazingly relaxing wonderful holiday with so much care and attention to detail from the wonderful staff. My teenagers loved it especially the volleyball and touch in the afternoons. What I loved was being to walk straight out of your Bure on to beautiful white sand and straight into the water, it was Paradise. Thank you, Vinaka. Rhonda, Colin, Lincoln and Brittany

  • Stayed September 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

We finally arrived at Navini after a 40 min boat trip from Vuda marina. We were taken to our bure (number 6) which was the largest we've stayed in on an island. The meals there were very good with a good selection.Breakfast included fruit, juice, cereal, a cooked meal and coffee. Lunch was at 1pm and there was a choice for entree, main and dessert. We ate a different meal each day which included curry, salads, meatballs etc. Dinner started at 7.30pm but most met at 7pm for a drink beforehand. The cocktails were reasonably priced between FJD$20 to FJD$28. The meals were tasty and again a variety to choose from. The lovo was yummy and good value. I loved the bread and rolls which were served at lunch and dinner.The meke was enjoyable, great voices and plenty of dancing with the staff. Ofcourse kava did the rounds too. Dining is communal and we enjoyed that as we had a chance to talk to the other guests including the lovely hosts, Helen, Arthur and Simone. Each morning at 9.30am there was a complimentary trip- I went to Plantation island resort and Musket Cove. It was interesting to visit and enjoyed the trip there which took around 45 min. Other trips included fishing, snorkelling and a visit to a nearby village. The beach on the south side was the best, a long beach with plenty of sun lounges. Baby reef sharks appeared daily around midday and the snorkelling was quite good. Lots of different fish to see and some colourful coral. The bures were cleaned well and usually done by late morning. The bathroom was roomy and plenty of hot water. The fans and fridge was quiet- perfect..There is no aircon but the windows are large and there was always a breeze. The resort has a well stocked library and souvenirs to purchase. The staff are friendly but not intrusive, always with a smile on their face. We enjoyed it as with only 10 or 11 bures it's so peaceful. Over the 7 days the weather was lovely apart from a day and a half of torrential rain and gale force winds. We were assured that the bures are cyclone proof and were relieved when the weather improved! I definitely recommend the resort to those looking for a low key resort surrounded by a beautiful beach, friendly staff and good food. Have tried twice to upload photos to this review but encountered an error!

Room Tip: All the bures are well spaced so there's privacy. I'd stay in number 6 again- south side
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

What wise words, because we did! There was the option to go on boat trips to other reefs but we found that the best snorkelling was on our doorstep on Navini, the best snorkelling was at the drop off in front of Bure #1 where we spent nearly every morning snorkelling, kayaking and watching the sea life and where my husband even managed to see a sea turtle!
Afternoons were spent reading or snoozing under the shade of the sun hut or circling the island looking for seashells or watching the volleyball game between staff and guests. At sunset you could watch the crabs gathering on rocks or baby reef sharks or little rays in the shallows. Most evenings after dinner were spent in the hammock gazing up at the stars and listening to the tide coming in, and every meal we left feeling as though we had eaten far too much! (They have the best bread!) The food and dancing on the lovo night were brilliant!
Thank you to Arthur, Mary, Julie and all the staff on Navini! The 21/9/12 was a wonderful day, thank you for your help and hard work! You all made our stay memorable...we will definately be back same time next year! ;-)

Room Tip: Most people snorkel off the boat ramp or on the southern side but if you follow the drop off around...
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  • Stayed September 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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Himeji, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Navini has been Navini for 4 years. We were back on Navini this August after our first visit 4 year ago. Everything there was fantastic and brilliant as ever even though actually we noticed some changed things. Bures were a little bit renovated and of course they became more confortable to stay. We missed some staffs who were kind to us but we could see new friendly staffs and they were really helpful and kind too.

Access to Navini is easy and smooth. Guests can meet a staff who is waiting for guests just outside the arrival exit at Nadi Airport. He took us to Vuda Marina for a boat trip to Navini. It took just one hour (and a little bit more) from the arrival exit of the airport to Navini.
Fortunately staffs for the transfer remembered us, of course we did, and we were exchanging jokey words during the transfer to Navini. Then after getting the tiny island the first thing we did was shaking hands and hugging each other with staffs after 4 year absence.

I love Navini’s size with just 10 bures and the policy that they don’t accept day trippers. It is not necessarily luxurious and is never magnificent. Beach activities are pretty limited too. But It is quiet and never crowded there in spite of its great beach for amazing snorkeling which guests can enjoy in just 10 meters from bures. Anyway everything is slow and quiet and there is nothing which would annoy and disturb you.
Staffs are rally friendly and helpful. I saw every morning staffs collecting seaweed on the beach. Such steady efforts by Navini’s owner Arthur & Helen and staffs could have kept Navini’s clean surroundings and confortable atmosphere.

Half-day trips organized every morning were exciting and interesting. During this stay we could enjoy a couple of things we could not experience 4 years ago.
One was a snorkeling trip to Honeymoon Island where we could sea incredibly amazing coral garden as well as beautiful fishes.
The other was a trip to a local village on Malolo Island and we visited a school where we could fortunately see school dance event.
Fishing was great too. We caught some Spanish mackerels and a trevally.
Volleyball game with staffs was my favorite! Staffs are well trained and skilled. Most guests were no match for them except a honeymoon couple from Italy. Unfortunately there were less participants than during the previous stay but it’s fun.

Meal time, especially dinner time was the highlight on Navini of which communal dinning could be one of great features of Navini. I know there are some negative comments about it but it was enjoyable for us even though our English is poor.
Relaxing time after dinner was nice too, not only guests but also staffs could enjoy chatting and a board game. My wife was very afraid of conversation and communication in English for the first time but she was bold enough to speak to other guests as well as the the last time. Eventually she could enjoy socialization especially with families and couples from NZ and Europe. She says It’s a shame to have missed exchanging email addresses with some of them to send photos.

What I would like to say about food is that we would be never able to forget the nice taste of its fresh home baked bread and local potatoes served as one of Lobo feasts which were cooked with underground oven. My wife has missed Navini’s bread and she says it is definitely the best she has had on trips. My favorite was three kinds of local potatoes. White one was especially nice.

I noticed some guests who visit Navini for the first time might stay 3-4 days there, however most of returners seem to stay a week or more. I would say this could show very well how Navini is like.

We are looking forward to visiting Navini for our third visit. See you soon,all friends on Navini.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

It has been a week now since our return from Navini, and we all as a family are missing it. To think exactly 7 days ago my eldest son was catching his first fish on a stunning day out on the ocean. This was actually on the day we were checking out, however such is the great flexibility of Navini that were able to stay on the island until 4:30 on the day of our departure and partake in the great activities available to guests staying there up until the time of our departure.

Our latest stay there was our third visit but the first for some years. It was great to see that not much has changed and that the relaxed pace of life is still key. For the first time in years I turned off my cell phone, laptop and Ipad and had no contact with my ofice for 10 days. After day three I did not even think about it. That is the sort of place Navini is - a place to relax and wind down. Enjoy the simpler things in life.

We had Bure two on the North side of the Island so we got to appreciate some great sunsets from the hammock outsode our bure whilst enjoying and early evening drink. Then on for cocktails at 7PM to chat with other guests about what they had (or more to the point, what they had not) done that day. A lot of books read, a lot of snorkling, swimming and general relaxing.

We enjoyed several of the day excursions away from the Island, especially the visit to the village on Malolo Island were we were able to assist with the Island school by giving them some dictionaries that we had brought across from NZ. Several of the ladies of the village sell various souvenirs and trinkets. They are the same as you can get on the mainland from the gift shops. However I liked buying things here as at least some of the money was staying in the village. Another good excursion was to Mondriki Island were Castaway was filmed. Great reef, though the Island itself was a bit scruffy with a fair bit of rubbish in it. It was interesting to see the beach where Tom Hanks had looked out on a desolate horizon looking for civilisation and seeing none, where as in reality Mondriki is a very short distance from a village on a nearby island and two resorts. The power of Hollywood and good camera angles. We could not find Wilson though even though we looked, ha ha.

Back on Navini the pace of life was a slow one which was great. Guests on the island came together at meal times and this was a great time to meet people from all over the world. We were fortunate enough to meet some great people from Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia - which shows how popular Navini is globally. Though we met all these people and enjoyed all of their company and conversations, we never felt the place was crowded. On previous visits there had been less than 10 guests on the island. This time round they were full with about 24-26 guests, this is a good number. If a quiet night is your thing you can always have your meal on the beach in front of your bure. The couple next to us who were on their honeymoon took this option a couple of times.

The food was fantastic, especially (as has been noted by others) the bread, which is baked fresh daily on the island. All meals were great, though I had to limit myself as there is a definate possibility to overeat.

After the evening meals my boys enjoyed sitting down and playing vidi vidi the the staff, my youngest in particular being very competitive.

This brings me to what makes Navini so good. The people. Be it Arthur or Helen telling you stories about how they started off on Navini 30 odd years ago, Simone, Mary and Julie in the office, Vaulina, Ana, Joka and the others in the restaurant and kitchen, Sikeli, Joe, Ari and all, the other guys on the boats and round the island who were so helpful and really brilliant with our boys. Everyone there is a credit to the place, really helpful and genuinely nice.

If you were to stay on Navini you will come away with great memories and a longing for a hasty return to a little piece of paradise in the South Pacific.

Room Tip: All bures are good and lead directly onto the beach.
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  • Stayed August 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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202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

Navini has been a pleasant happening.
It has a character and an intimate atmosphere. But don't ask luxury and refined things.
The owners and the staff assist you in every thing with a smile and you cannot avoid to feel yourself like in a family.
Furthermore the small dimensions and especially the long and shared tables during the lunch and the dinner create the condition for a cross cultural socialization between people aiming at a not sophisticated and natural environment.
Navini is a tiny island, covered with green grass and palms, with a fantastic white sands and the reef rounding his small area.
Snorkeling is very nice, especially if you reach the border of the reef, especially on the north side of the island, keeping in strong consideration the level of tide. Sometimes it is not easy to swim around and you have to wait or take one of the daily trip to other island.
All excursion, with very limited exceptions, are included in the price of the room.
All these things make Navini a good choice.
But on the other side don't expect to see outstanding ambiances in the enough old structure.
Rooms are enough confortable and wide but the aspect is enough basic. Bathrooms are also a bit standard, without amenities. Surely we are not in the kingdom of elegance and design.
What is really nice is the position in front of the beach, with a small terrace overlooking the shining reef.
Food. It is possible (and strongly suggested) to take the full board option with 3 meals.
The quality is enough good, but for an italian taste (sorry to be pretentious) it is not so unforgottable, especially for the limited utilization of seafood delicacies you could expect on this environment. Instead there is a certain trend to use chicken, meat, vegetables and egg together with an homemade delicious bread. Difficult to avoid also the typical and very nice dinner with the local dishes cooked on the underground oven and the genuine musical and dance show managed by the local employees of the resort.
The service is generally accurate and full of attention but the management should make some additional effort to align this resort to the modern time. For example spreading a wireless internet platform. The only option is to use a very slow connection with an old age sad PC available for guests till 5,30 p.m. in the office. Better solution is to buy a local SIM card to apply to your to PC or tablet / smartphone. In any case the staff is always available, as already said, to satisfy your need.
Another step beyond could be to organize something like a small bar on the beach in the only area where you can see the sunset.
Considering the price Navini is not perfect. But there is a nice and lazy atmosphere and at the end you will appreciate it and probably you will not forget this experience.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Moama, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

Thankyou so much to the staff of Navini for a truly fantastic four nights/5 days at your island. All the staff made us so welcome and went out of their way to make our stay perfect.
Right from day 1 - we arrived at 8am!! and so of course our room wasnt ready - we thought we would be spending the morning on the beach but No! they gave us use of the 'day room' - complete with beds, bathroom, even a portacot for our baby all set up!! We were served breakfast straight away and learned quickly how friendly and obliging the staff are. Anna and Sulu and the rest of the ladies in the dining room made meal time for everyone a delight - especially our children!!! xxx
Apart from the fantastic service, the location is not to be believed. Where else can you walk our of your Bure to your own piece of ocean paradise?
And the activities Joe, Sikeli and the crew offered were a fantastic way to experience Fiji and leave with new experiences and insights into a beautiful culture.
I could go on forever but you get the idea!!
Thank you so much for a brilliant stay - we plan to return ASAP!!!!

Room Tip: All the rooms were great. We travelled with 3 children aged 8, 6 and 1 and the family Bure was perfe...
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  • Stayed August 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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Address: Navini Island | Western Division, Fiji
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Location: Fiji > Mamanuca Islands > Navini Island
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Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Navini Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Navini Island Resort is a small private island resort in Fiji, just one hour from Nadi Airport. Guests are met on arrival, transferred at any time, takes 1 hour. Navini is surrounded by white sand and a magnificent coral reef sanctuary. All 10 bures are beachfront, four types including Villa, Deluxe with spa, Two Room and Premier. Complimentary daily outings and use of water sports equipment. No day trippers. Fresh fish, fruits, local and traditional meals; fully licensed restaurant. Fijian entertainment. ... more   less 
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