Bula! We visited in late June/early July 2009 and chose Lalati for its size, seclusion and location -- it met and exceeded our expectations in every aspect. The resort sits at the entrance to Malumu Bay in an idyllic setting and feels very private. It is a small resort with only 8 or so bures and feels very secluded. We had one diver and one snorkeler and Lalati met our needs perfectly. Lalati is not a dive resort but more of a private resort that offers diving. Dive groups were small (max 5 during our trip) and the dive staff was very friendly and handled all of our dive equipment. The diving was phenomenal! The resort also offers boat snorkeling to the outer reef and other nearby reefs. These trips also were outstanding! We did have some boat scheduling issues on a couple of the days, but this hopefully will soon be rectified when their 2nd dive boat is functional.
The Lalati staff was GREAT!! and greeted us by our name from the first day, how’s that for personal service? Special thanks to, Sisa, “Boss” the boat driver, Dick, Joe, Oly, Rai awesome masseuse, and the amazing chef. The food was outstanding, five-star! Every day included posted activities as well as on-request activities and we took full advantage of these including: snorkeling trips, hiking to a mountain ridge behind the resort, fire walking ceremony, kava ceremony (as well as a couple of kava sessions with the staff), wakeboarding, kayaking (to Bat Island, private beaches, snorkeling spots), golfing at Pacific Harbor, some of the other guests took trips to the Shark dive, zip lining and river rafting. The owners Brad and Sue were very responsive to any needs or issues that arose, and we especially enjoyed talking with them about the direction they are taking this amazing resort.
A few things of note: the resort is on a tidal beach, which fluctuated drastically while we were there, and it is not a big, white, sandy beach so keep that in mind if a beach is important to you (there is a beach to the right of the pier and another one a 5 minute kayak across the bay) Also the bures don’t have A/C (which was fine while we were there in June/July, but might be an issue for some at other times of the year.). And dining is communal, which might be a challenge with a certain group dynamic, but you can request meals on your lanai or spring for dinner on the pier. We ate dinner at our bure our last night for a special, romantic touch.
The Lalati is perfect for honeymooners, mixed diving/snorkeling couples (us!), a small dive group or anyone that enjoys a private, quiet, secluded tropical paradise. The people of Fiji are the most friendly, good-natured, beautiful people we have ever experienced on a vacation (they always greeted us with a heartfelt Bula!). The beauty of the land and undersea is truly matched by the beauty of the people. The only things we did not enjoy were the mosquitoes on less windy days, and leaving to come back to reality. Bula!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Award winning all inclusive resort. Lalati Resort & Spa sits on the edge of a protected bay in Beqa Lagoon, with world class snorkeling and diving just steps outside your door. Standard Cottages, Deluxe Villas, Premium Deluxe Honeymoon Villas and Luxury Honeymoon Suites offer comfort in a Fijian-style elegance and full amenities. Kayak, trek, snorkel, scuba dive, surf, wakeboard, tube ride, SUPs, zipline, village safaris, and the famous firewalkers, all within easy reach. It's where you find the Soul of Fiji! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lalati Resort And Spa
- Lalati Hotel Beqa Island
- Lalati Resort All Inclusive