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“Peace, quiet and good snorkeling” 5 of 5 stars
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P.O. Box 250 | Navua, Beqa Island, Fiji   |  
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Beqa Island
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“Peace, quiet and good snorkeling”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Sam is a great host. He´s laid back and relaxed but also knows that the guest might need something, and if that happens, jumps right in to fix whatever it is.
I stayed in a bungalow, but did little in it but sleep, since the grounds are so nice. There are sunbeds with mattresses, hammocks, a swing, a kayak and a great beach, a patio next to main house, a patio infront of bungalow, a garden, a volleyball court... etc etc. Also, the family dogs are around to pet and play with, great fun.
The bed was a bit dingy, but by combining both mattresses (two beds in bungalow) I managed to get an ok bed. Mosquito net were flawless, and they have coils available. But do bring repellent... These mozzies bite even during the day...
Bathroom very good, lots of hot water, clean and functional.
At times the cane toads can be very loud at night, so if you are sensitive to noise bring ear plugs.
My only negative is the food. Although it was very nice most days, some nights I could see the family eating lobster and the guest eating fried rice with nothing but eggs and veggies added. Lunch was often just a soup with some taro chips on the side. But just bring a few snacks along and you´ll be fine.
I would recommend this to anyone looking for peace and quiet, and if you enjoy snorkeling even better, there is a very nice reef just off the beach that has been protected for a few years so there are lots of fish and even a reef shark and a turtle might drop by.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 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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LawakiBeachHouseFiji, Owner at Lawaki Beach House, responded to this review, September 17, 2013
Bula Eaze,
thank you for your feedback. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our gardens and surrounding. We have checked our mealplans since we just can not believe that staff is eating lobster and not our guest!
Lobster is a delicacy and a rare thing on the menu plan. There was a small lobster available while you were here. (we also do not buy any lobster until it has a decent size. This is to dicourage fishermen to catch the young once bfefore they grow and make babies)
You were served a lobster salad, can you remember? That was the only way one lobster was cooked in the last few months. If you heard staff eating lobster, they would eat the head and long legs that is very difficult to eat. They normally crack it with their teeth. The guest gets the nice tail and claws.
We hope that information might clear a misunderstanding. We are sad to hear that you were not happy with our meals and like to appologize for that.
Best wishes and regards from Lawaki.
Christine
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Rye, Australia
2 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

I had a lovely stay here as a base for visiting friends on the Island. It is very much a family home stay and everyone made me very welcome, and I thank Sam and his family for their warm hospitality. The food was simple but utterly delicious and the setting, quiet, comfortable and easy. Snorkelling out the front and walks along the beach were fantastic and Salome's company on our little snorkelling safari was really appreciated. I loved my massages and the boys and dogs company around the home was a delight. A special thank you to Levou for her care and kindness while looking after me. Thank you all for having me at this unpretentious family outfit.

Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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LawakiBeachHouseFiji, Owner at Lawaki Beach House, responded to this review, August 23, 2013
Bula Meagain2628,
thank you for the review. We are happy to hear you have enjoyed your stay with us and all your plans about visiting friends have worked out.

I hope to meet you in person next time! But my family life is happening on two sides of the world every few years, haha.

Best wishes and regards,
Christine.
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sydney
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We've just returned from Fiji and found our experience to be one of the best ever. Christine, Sam and their staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome and we truly felt like locals given the hospitality we received. It's hard to put such an experience into words.

Lawaki Beach House is not a place to go and party and carry on like you're 21 again. It's a place to absorb everything that is good about Fiji, great fresh food, beautiful walks, a cheeky swim, fishing or somewhere to relax and enjoy the company.

The food was unreal and the idyllic nature of the resort made it very calming. We're not sure how people come to complain about Lawaki as it's great value and you're getting a true Fijian experience. Something you'd be hard pressed to find in a typical resort. Christine was accommodating to our budget and went out of her way to keep us happy. Sam shared his 'war stories' with us and by the end of our trip we felt as though we had known them for years. Having grown up in the area it was great to hear his local knowledge about Beqa Island.

It was our first holiday away with our 4-month old and like most Fijians they loved our daughter like she was their own. My advice would be to get yourself to Lawaki Beach House ASAP and throw yourself into the local environment, engage the locals, scrape coconut out of the shell for the Lovo and marvel as ancient rituals are observed.

Accommodation was basic but we were happy with that and was in-line with the pricing we paid. Food was fantastic and we got to eat what we caught and the Lovo was out of this world.

We met a fellow traveller who was on his second trip to Lawaki so that should tell you something. We'll be back for sure, hopefully sooner rather than later!

Thanks again Christine and Sam!

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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LawakiBeachHouseFiji, Owner at Lawaki Beach House, responded to this review, August 23, 2013
Bula Camarator and Family!
thank you for the review! Others may think we are paying you to write all those nice things about Lawaki!
It was such a pleasure to meet you and we love to remember the time that we spent together.
Hope to see you again soon!

We wish you all the best.
Loloma from Christine, Sam and the team (and the few almost caught fish that are still enjoing their life!)
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Bethesda
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

When I travel to an island paradise like Fiji I want to connect with my surroundings, not with the resort. Lawaki Beach House was among the best I've found in this category. Quiet, simple, good food, perfectly clean and comfortable accommodations surrounded by nature. The fringing reef right in front of the property is a broad meadow of coral and fish that's recovering beautifully since being made a protected area. At high tide the water depth ranges from 3-10`. I spent half my time there and the other half on dive trips through nearby Beqa Lagoon Resorts, about a 10 minute boat ride away. I can't say enough good things about Christine and Sam and the experience they offer to visitors. I learned about local politics, environmental issues, and experience a lovo (Fijian version of a luau, a feast cooked in-ground).

Room Tip: There are two bungalows (bure) with twin beds and a dorm. No AC but louvred windows provided plenty...
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  • Stayed July 2013, 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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LawakiBeachHouseFiji, Owner at Lawaki Beach House, responded to this review, August 23, 2013
Bula DavidBethesda,
thank you for the review.
We hope that the chef in the family can use the lesson that you brought home on fotos!
Thank you again for all the snorkeling fotos!

Best wishes and regards,
Christine & Sam
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Luebeck
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

We decided to go to Lawaki beach house when we visited Beqa.
When we arrived by boat (40$ each) we found the scenery and the main house with the veranda very lovely. By entering the dormitory, we realized, that the price per person and per night (140$) was way too high! Other dormitories along the coral coast offer beds for 40$ per night and are much nicer than the place at Lawaki. Anyway, as we were the only guests that weekend, at least we didn't have to share...The place was clean but wasn't cleaned after the first night, so we had to deal with dead cockroaches and the full waste bin the whole stay, which wasn't nice.
Around noon we had lunch and after the long arrival, we all were pretty hungry. Unfortunately, the salad was not really a substantial meal and the dishes were pretty small, too.
Apart from that, we really loved the view and the swing right next to the beach.
Also the staff was pretty nice and did their best to make it comfortable. We were also able to switch lunch and dinner, which was nice for all of us. Breakfast included a few slice of toasted bread, butter, jam and some fruits.
The housereef was a bit disappointing, as the corals didn't seem to be alive. However, we liked it to make a contribution to the MPA, which was 12$ for all of us.
Another surprise has been the cold shower. I expect hot water to be included in a price of 140$ per night...
Moreover, after sunset, which has been very beautiful, it was quite challenging to find the way back to the dormitory, as there is no light to guide the way. We stepped on toads several times because we couldn't see them which is not very 'eco-like'!
They also except no credit cards so that you have to carry a lot of cash along.
There was also a lack of communication and information in terms of taking the ferry back to Navua.
All in all it had been a nice weekend, but for us, however, too expensive with too less service so that we probably won't come back again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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LawakiBeachHouseFiji, Owner at Lawaki Beach House, responded to this review, August 23, 2013
Bula ChantalD,
thank you for the review. We are sad to hear that we could not meet your expectations while you were in Lawaki.
Regarding our rates: may we mention, that there are 3 meals included?
We hope that you found what you were expecting in the next place that you had stopped.
We appologize for any inconvenience or frustration we may have caused.

Best regards,
Christine
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Suva, Central, Fiji
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

This place is absolutely wonderful with very friendly staff, loads of activities to do, amazing food, a perfectly remote location and lovely little details all around the lodge. Go there if you would like to get away from the major resorts and tourist magnets, but are rather looking for silence, nature and traditional food.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hull, UK
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Local Fijian family-owned and run resort - perfect for families, young people, everyone in fact. Sam, Salome and the staff were great. friendly and like staying with your family. The girls do great massages - had more than one. The staff were very friendly. Beach beautiful, awesome snorkelling! Bure was perfect for us with en-suite shower and bathroom, cool and free from mozzies. Food was superb, every attention to detail, lots of tasty homemade breads, soups, cakes!!! Small number of bures so easy friendships made with other guests. Took us out on a fishing trip and dive on a shipwreck - great! Definitely recommend staying at Lawaki Beach.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: P.O. Box 250 | Navua, Beqa Island, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Beqa Island
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Beqa Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lawaki Beach House is a locally owned eco tourism enterprise with a total of 10beds. It opened in 2003. The managers/owners are Sam & Christine, a Fijian-Swiss couple (we speak english, german and fijian). Sustainability and environmentally friendly management, a low impact on local culture and tradition are an ongoing concern for us. All guests are on a full meal plan. We have our own spring water and organic garden. The resort is powered by solar energy. ... more   less 
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Lawaki Beach House Hotel Beqa Island

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