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“Relax in Paradise” 5 of 5 stars
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Viwa Island Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Viwa Island | Viwa Island, Fiji   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #8 of 15 Hotels in Yasawa Islands
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Relax in Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2010

If you are looking for adventure, nightlife, or a romantic encounter with someone you didn't bring with you, then look somewhere else! If however you are looking for somewhere to relax ,unwind, and recharge in a tropical paradise then this might be it.
The resort is as far west as you can get in the Yasawa group and its' small footprint and lack of any passing distractions mean that you will not be distracted from your bed, your book, or your partner. There are no other competeing facilities on the island and it's at least half an hour by fast boat away from the nearest resort so you're there to stay!

The main beach is tropical white sand and the water temperature and house reef make getting wet a joy: it faces south so there is always adequate shade for those of a northern european skin tone, while providing views, sort of, of both sunrise and sun set.
The bures are nicely sized with a large veandah[?] overlooking the beach. The beds are comfortable and the semi outdoor bathroom avoids any inherent "stickiness' in that area. All fresh water is by desalination but adequate supplies are available.

The unpretentious but large main bure is freindly, airy and relaxed and fosters a communal atmosphere during happy hour. The food is abundant and good quality without being startlingly innovative or faddish while the bar is perfectly adequate for all but the truly alcoholically gifted. There is a large pool just below the main bure which looks very inviting and plush, but with the water only 50 yards away it is seldom used, except for dive training!

The island is staffed mainly from the three villages on the island and the quality of service is invariably freindly, often enthusiastic,but sometimes lacks a bit of sophistication. The "native dancing" is presented once or twice weekly and is prented with great enthusiasm and warmth; you get the feeling it's not just another show for the tourists. Village visits and guided walks are available regularly.

The manager Michell is a very experienced divemaster and the resorts' dive gear is modern and well maintained, as are the boats. The diving is relaxing with good visibility usually, warm water [about 26C in September] and a variety of sites. The resort has kayaks, but the surrounding reefs mean no sailing.

I've been there twice now and I'll be going back next year to recharge and relax.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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canberra
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2010

thanks to Gai for the initial assistance and support to choose Viwa island for the wedding and honeymoon. Lorrie and I would like to thank all the staff for the total pacific island experience and highly recommend Viwa as the place to get married.

This is my fifth trip to Fiji (Peter) and been all over Fiji and can truly say that Viwa is the best all round experience (except diving). The staff were extremely friendly, the food was varied and good value, the hospitality and location of bures and the activities were varied.

Above all though the preparation and the effort put into the wedding service was 10/10.
The smiles have not left our faces and a big big thank you.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2010

We arrived at Viwa as fiancées and left as husband & wife, which, of course was a scary prospect! But all the staff at the resort made sure that every aspect of our experience was taken care of. From Gai dealing with our 100's of questions before our arrival (and even arranging for all our wedding formalities being taken care of at the airport, for our convenience on our arrival!) to the staff at the resort learning every word from scratch 'our song' for the 1st dance! I cannot praise them enough.
We are a laid back couple of just wanted to relax and unwind but also to be in a magical place for the most special day of our lives. And boy did we find it. On the day they did everything they possibly could for us and everyone got involved (they arranged for beauty products that I had forgotten to be bought out on the boat, they decorated our chosen area with 100's of beautiful flowers, swept the foot paths, steamed my dress, let my husband get ready in another Bure so he didn’t see me in my dress, we requested lobster for our wedding meal and they sent staff to catch 2 fresh especially for us, they also sent 3 members of staff to help me get ready (helping me with make up and hair) and designated someone to be with my husband whilst I got ready (which took a while!)

If you asked for anything they would get it, if something was missing they got it or made sure it came out on the next boat. All you have to do is ask. For those who scuba dive the manager is a fantastic and you go out in small groups so you even get that personal touch underwater!

  • Stayed August 2009, 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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Hobart, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2010

If you want to relax then this is the place to be. The staff are wonderful and the place is paradise. Before our holiday, I had only read good comments about Viwa Island Resort and hoped they were correct. I wasn't disappointed. If you want to stay up late and party, this island is not for you. It is perfectly suited for couples and families. We spent our days snorkelling, swimming, kayaking and reading and relaxing at the bar, but we also joined the activities like fishing, table tennis, village visits as well as volleyball and pentaque on the beach. At times it was really nice to just relax on the beach on sun lounges, the verandah of the bure or a hammock. The bures have a lovely outlook, are serviced daily and have air conditioning.

The food and drinks were priced slightly higher than expected, but still very nice.

If your expectations are high and you like to complain, then don't visit this island. It only spoils it for everyone else. The staff here go out of their way to make your stay memorable and we found all of them excellent. We also met some lovely families from around the world. We will definitely come back to this island.

  • Stayed August 2010, 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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Santa Monica, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2010

Gorgeous beach. I loved it here. Super relaxing. I wish there were a couple more guest activities but otherwise it was perfect. I agree with all the other positive guest reviews; staying here was a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed August 2010, 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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Steinkjer, Norway
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2010

Best experience so far . We have been so lucky to see many places in the world. Been in all continents except south America. Viwa resort was the best place so fare.It must be paradise on earth. FIJI HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

BEST REGARDS Paul and Kristin from Steinkjer Norway .

  • Stayed July 2010, 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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Palo Cedro, Ca.
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2010

We arrived to an enthusiastic "Bula" and lei welcome from the staff, and shown to our bures. These accommodations are all detached, with lots of greenery, therefore very private and quiet. The beach is also this way, with thatched 'umbrellas' providing shade on the incredible white sand and looking out on a seemingly endless ocean of every imaginable blue. The snorkeling is right there, and it's wonderful. Or you can go on a group boat to a farther area. Scuba-diving is close by, and the best we've seen yet.
Viwa has two villages and this resort. Just 11 bures so it felt very private and everyone who had found this special place was friendly and peaceful.
The bathrooms were unique with an atrium, always very clean, and different flower touches on the bed and in the bathroom every day.
The fruit and pastries at breakfast are wonderful, and the dinners were gourmet.
We went fishing with the Fijians - you can either keep your fish to be cooked for you, or send it back to the village. Great fun!
This is not a touristy place, more authentic Fijian. All the staff were smiling, you hear "Bula!" everywhere and they were very willing to meet any special requests.
Sitting on the beach watching the ocean, it was hard to believe this was reality, and it was even harder when we had to leave.
We loved everything about Viwa Island Resort.
True South Pacific Paradise.

  • Stayed June 2010, 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: Viwa Island | Viwa Island, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Yasawa Islands
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Yasawa Islands
#4 Luxury Hotel in Yasawa Islands
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Yasawa Islands
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Viwa Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An intimate boutique resort for adults only with 11 deluxe beachfront bures set on a beautiful white sandy beach ... more   less 
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