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Royal Davui Island Resort
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Reviewed April 19, 2011

Royal Davui really is as idyllic as the pictures on its website suggest. The 16 vales (i.e. suites) are scattered around this small island, which contains nothing but the resort itself. The vales are very well designed and elegantly decorated. The view out over the ocean from the decks of our vale (#3) was stunning. The lush and abundant landscaping shows great care and plant knowledge, with a lovely mix of colors and textures.

The staff are unfailingly friendly, gracious and helpful. The managers, Jule and Darryl, are friendly and responsive. The food is very good, served in a restaurant set on large platforms focused on a magnificant old banyan tree, with the sound of the waves nearby.

Snorkeling, even off beach, is very good, and we got our scuba certification (via a referral course) while there -- a good decision. A Sunday trip to a Fijian church service on a nearby island was a trip highlight, with the villagers demonstrating their remarkable singing skills with unaccompanied multi-part hymns. Another highlight was a scuba dive off Beqa island featuring large bull sharks, and hundreds of other fish large and small, attracted by bait scattered by divemasters.

Although most of the other couples at the resort were newlyweds, it was a delightful place for us to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. On the evening of our anniversary, the staff set a dinner table for us off in the trees next to the water, serenaded us with guitars and ukeleles, and provided a special cake. We couldn't have
designed a more special evening.

So if you are looking for a romantic and quiet place to relax -- no disco, no exercise room, no carnival atmosphere -- this is your place.

Room Tip: Our vale #3 had terrrific views.
Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 21, 2011

My husband and I recently got back from a 7 night trip for Valentine's Day. I had been counting down for months until we got here and I can honestly I wasn't disappointed in the slightest.
The trip on the 5 seater Cessna was definitely an adventure. I had never been in a plane this small so was expecting it to be bumpy but for a rainy day there wasn't much turbulence at all and we got to fly low compared to larger planes so got amazing views of the water and mountains on the Fiji mainland.
The flight was approx 25 mins to Pacific Harbour then we had a 40 minute boat ride after this to Royal Davui. By this time, we were both fairly worn out from a day of travelling but once arriving on the jetty at Royal Davui and seeing all the wonderful colours of the water, swarms of fish right off the jetty and the amazing beaches - we were officially in paradise.
Check in was very quick. You get a nice welcome drink which was very yummy and some much needed cold towels to wipe the trip away and officially get into holiday mode. We then had a quick little tour around the main restaurant area and led up to our Vale. We were staying in Vale 3 which we found to be very private and had a wonderful set up. Plus it wasn't very far from the bar/restaurant area which was fantastic because we did spend quite a few nights in the bar having our share of happy hour cocktails so the short walk back to our room was appreciated. My favourite cocktails were the Midnight Oasis, Kadavu Dreaming & Firewalker.
I have to say that the Vale's are, like many have said before me, even better than the photos. Once you are there and see it in person, there is absolutly nothing better. The villas are huge and pools are very deep so easy to relax in and have a good little swim around when needed. The views from our vale are the best we've ever had from a room. On a clear day, you can see fish swimming around in the coral below your Villa and ours was very high up. We even saw a few baby reefs sharks from our deck!
Villa 3 is a Premium Villa and is on the sunset side of the Island which was beautiful however, it does get very hot in the afternoons with the sun covering half of your villa so we retreated to the plunge pool or air-con in the main bedroom during the really hot afternoon hours. Luckily, most afternoons had a late afternoon thunderstorm which was fantastic for keeping the heat at bay and taking advantage of the warm plunge pool.
The pools are serviced daily and we found that on hot days, the heat was off and when the rain started to come over, the heat was on which was perfect!
The staff at the island are VERY friendly and we instantly felt at home. Whenever we asked for something, we never had to wait long. One day we needed some matches so asked the reception staff and within minutes, someone from the main restaurant had brought us some. We also ordered ice and drinks a few days and again, within minutes they had arrived.
The twice daily maid service was wonderful. They'd arrive while you were at breakfast and tidy up your room then come back to turn down your bed while you were at dinner.
The food was really good. The first few days we were there, I thought the breakfasts were a bit disappointing but I think the chef changed after this because the rest of the time, they were out of this world!!! My favourite would have to be the plain Davui pancakes with Maple Butter and Syrup. I had these three times and could have easily had them every day. I also tried the waffles, omelette and big breakfast and all were very good. There is a very large breakfast menu so lots to choose from.
The lunches and dinners were also very good. Some meals were good and some items were absolutely FANTASTIC! I especially loved the lamb kebabs, tandoori chicken wrap, Fish Pie, Grilled Chicken Caesar, Poached Fish Roulade, Baguettes which had the crunchiest chips and anything with fish was always a winner. The Tuna Sashimi is out of this world, I normally HATE tuna sashimi but here it was so fresh - I could not love it!
We also had 2 couples Aromatherapy massages and found them to be 5 star. Fijian women are great masseuses because they use they're muscles so do a great job of really getting into the spots that need work and making sure they work out the tension. We ended up having 2 because the last day of our stay we were supposed to head out to the Sandspit picnic but couldn't due to weather so got another couples massage instead. I am disappointed we didn't get to do the picnic but I can honestly say the massages made us feel much less disappointed! I have never been so relaxed after a massage in my life!
We would also take bread down after lunch each day and feed the fish. There are hundreds that come over and if you sit on the pontoon from the jetty they get SO close. A few times massive fish came up from below and the tiny ones would scatter. It was amazing to try and count all the different types of fish. There were just so many and the water was so clear. Definitely do this while you're here!!!
Overall, I'd have to say that this was definitely my husband and my favourite place we've ever been to holiday. Yes, it's expensive but the homely feeling you get from this place makes you not want to leave. On our last day when we were leaving, I was having trouble fighting back tears. Amazing and can't wait to get back there one day!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 13, 2011

We spent 5 nights at Royal Davui as part of our 2 week Fijian Honeymoon.

We LOVED it!

The Island itself is beautiful and natural with lots of wildlife and cute little Gecko’s! The gardens are well maintained and the grounds are immaculate. The snorkelling is out of this world, we did daily snorkelling trips launching from the pontoon and every day we saw something different. When you go ask staff for some bread and feed the fish while your snorkelling, they love it and it makes it really special.

The rooms are clean, spacious and just what they look like on their website. We stayed in Villa 16 which is a Deluxe Villa and we loved it, we had a great view of Bequ Island and we where only a short walk to the bar and restaurant area. The plunge pool is refreshing and cleaned and serviced daily when the rooms are cleaned. The rooms are serviced and cleaned twice a day and on the turn down service a daily newsletter is left in the room with activities for the next day, menu's and also guests that are coming and going from the island. It's a nice touch and we kept all our newsletters as a memento.

The food and beverage is amazing! Our signature cocktail was the Pina Colada and we would often treat ourselves to one daily (often twice daily) I highly suggest taking advantage of the daily happy hour, it really sets to tone for the evening and gives you a chance to have a chat with staff and guests. We couldn't fault any of the meals! The food was of excellent quality and plentiful. It was a wonderful combination of home cooked goodness and a five star restaurant.

While there we did the Sand Quay Picnic and would highly recommend it to everyone who goes there.

All the staff at Royal Davui where naturally friendly and excellent at what they do it wasn't long before everyone knew who we where and we felt like part of the family. The nightly entertainment was always a lot of fun, especially the Hermit Crab race!

We will defiantly be back!

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank KimBob23
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Reviewed January 28, 2011

The weather had been poor the week before our journey. We received phone calls and emails letting us know how they were going to accommodate our transfer in anticipation of inclement weather. We really appreciated this attention to detail.

We chose to transfer by car and it was the best decision we ever made. The journey along the Coral Coast was breathtaking. While Fiji is described as a developing nation, we couldn't help but question who was better off as we drove past Fijian village homes a mere five meters from such pristine ocean. The drivers provided were accommodating, punctual and kind and shared the odd joke with us.

We couldn’t have imagined in our wildest dreams what awaited us at Royal Davui. We researched our honeymoon on Trip Advisor before selecting Royal Davui and in the days after our return to Sydney we still wonder how any reviewer could look upon their time at Royal Davui any way but fondly.

The Villas are stunning. Positioned perfectly to take advantage of the Islands dynamic aspects. We were upgraded to a Deluxe Vale that we appreciated and it meant we could enjoy the heated plunge pool at night. We sincerely appreciated our upgrade as it gave us the opportunity to sit in our plunge pool and enjoy the full moon as it rose over Beqa Island. Supurb! (Upgrades can be provided if Villas are available so be sure to ask when booking)

The Villas are well appointed with everything you need to have a five star holiday experience, from shaving ports under the vanity in the bathroom to bars with a generous selection of local beers, tonic, still and soda water and tea, coffee and cookies.

The living areas are expansive. However, once we discovered the equally expansive reef and marine life we have to admit to spending more time in the ocean than we did our Vale.

Meals were fresh and the variety was good. (They have a 9-day rotational menu)

Some Meals were particularly delicious and if you really enjoy them you can request to have the same meal again. Must to try are all the traditional dishes.
Kokoda – marinated reef fish with lemon, coconut milk and chili, Palusami – a local baked dish made with taro leaves filled with tomato, onion and fresh coconut cream and Ika Vakalolo – fish sautéed in coconut milk topped with seasonal salsa were particular favorites.

There are a lot of fantastically fragrant Indian style dishes as well, my partner really enjoyed the lamb curry with roti.

All the flavors you know were there as well if you feel homesick, bruchetta, salad nicoise and for lunch you can build your own sandwiches if you prefer.

A must is to have your meals served in one of the private fining locations around the island.

Breakfast, two-course lunch and three-course dinner are all built into the tariff. Soft drink and alcohol are additional and charged to your room.

We bought a bottle of Bombay Sapphire at duty free on our way with the intention of drinking in our rooms but we ended up leaving 80% of the bottle there. It’s a good idea but you just won’t drink it. The cocktails and local beers are reasonably priced over the bar. Happy hour makes thing more affordable to. Wines are expensive.

We got a bottle of Veuve Clicquot at duty free also and that was a great idea. We sat in the plunge pool at night drinking champagne, listening to the waves and watching the full moon rise.

We were on our honeymoon so doing a lot of nothing was the name of the game. If you feel the need to socialize with other couples you can, we had a couple of great nights at the bar and really enjoyed the hermit crab races. (Be sure to ask the bar staff for the inside tips on how to pick the winning crab).

Royal Davui is alive. Walking up the path after diner hermit crabs crawl and roll to get out of your way. Local chilli birds compete with you for your lunch (keep food attended). We saw the local sea snake a couple of times. The marine life is really indescribable. We spent days swimming in crystal clear water with zebra fish, lion fish, angel fish and infant black tip reef sharks just to name a few.

The food, location and accommodation aside the staff are what made our stay. Without them it would have just been a resort. The staff elevated our experience to something altogether different and entirely special and unique.

Vinaka to all the staff at Royal Davui and a special vinaka needs to go to Joshua for hand picking a coconut for us and sharing it with us, Jali and La and to all of you who kindly included us in your kava evening and to all of you behind the scenes who made the grounds, pools, day spa, food and everything else.

We are already planning our return journey. Vinaka!

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank people_food
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Reviewed January 17, 2011

My husband and I just returned from our honeymoon - 2 weeks in Australia and almost a week in Fiji. After much research and deliberation we decided on the Royal Davui for the Fiji leg of our trip. We hoped, but of course couldn't be sure if the Royal Davui would live up to the hotel website and information... LUCKILY and HAPPILY we can say that it did! We loved everything and every minute we spent on the private island.

Royal Davui is a small island located off the main land of Beqa Lagoon. You can access the island via charter flight from Nadi + boat ride, a helicopter transfer or a car to the boat. If small planes scare you I would opt for the car to the boat even though it is 2 1/2 hours by car. If you get seasick at all take a motion sickness pill before the boat ride, even when the seas are "calm" it is bumpy! With 15 well appointed villas, 3 beaches, a pool and restaurant / bar the resort offered us the tranquil setting that we wanted, but never any of the boredom that can sometimes be associated with small resorts. We always could find something we wanted to do, although most of the time it was just to relax while sipping a cocktail!

We were in Villa 2 and it was perfect. We were lucky enough to have one of the heated plunge pools so we cannot attest to how the non-heated plunge pools are, but ours was wonderful and a great place to end our day before Happy Hour. The main pool was nice and usually quiet as were the beaches. If you wanted to you could never see or interact with another guest. One of the beaches (just to the left of the arrival dock) is great for snorkling as you can walk in with no rocks or reef in your way. The fish were awesome and all over the place. All the gear is available for free at the Marine shop.

The spa is in one of the Villas and is relaxing and reasonably prices for an upscale resort. I will say that if you like a more "deep tissue" massage that is not what you are going to get - just go in with the mind set of relaxation and you will be pleased with the treatment!

Onto the best part - the food and bar. We did not eat one thing that we did not like. I have to comment on other reviews, the portions are not "small" they are just smaller then what we are served in the states. Anyway, with an amuse-bouche, appetizer, entree and dessert for dinner a smaller serving is ok or you would never be able to eat it all. Lunch was plenty of food as well. Fresh is an understatement as everything seemed like it was caught in the ocean that morning. There is also always an option for non-seafood eaters which is nice if you do not like fish, but honestly if you don't eat seafood Fiji may not be the place for you! There are about 26 specialty cocktails on the Davui menu (all are $26 Fijian) and are worth every penny they are tropical, delicious and refreshing to drink. Between the 2 of us we tried over half of them. YUMMY!

In conclusion we would recommend Royal Davui to all, it was the perfect ending to our wonderful honeymoon adventure. Julie the GM is friendly, always present and knowledgeable about the property and all the surrounding areas. Ask her anything and she will be happy to help. The staff is some of the friendliest people in the world - chat with them and ask their opinions on drink choices etc. they were always spot on! Royal Davui is worth the splurge go for it!

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 16, 2011

This is a perfect vacation. The island is gorgeous and surrounded with brilliant snorkeling reefs with colorful fish. The cabins are what I wish my home looked like. They are comfy, with amazing views of the beach. And the heated outdoor tub is big enough for a party. I could have stayed in the cabin the whole time, but the rest of the island is brilliant, too.

Even the pool has a view of the beach. The best spot was the restraunt which had tables overlooking the beach or in under the roof and there was a huge Banyan tree there. The food was great. I always ate the fish, but they always had other options everyone else seemed to love. It was great getting to meet the other travelers during happy hour and they usually had fun events like crab racing, Kava night, Bar-B-Q, volleyball, and coconut demonstrations.

Plus, they have a few really good dive masters that took us to brilliant coral reefs and pointed out all the interesting things that I would have missed, like an Octopus hidden in a hole and Lian fish hiding in a ship wreck. We went diving to around 7 or 8 times and each sight seemed to be more interesting. My favorite was the shark dive. It felt surprisingly safe since they've been doing it 3 times a week for twenty years.

And I loved all the staff. They have great smiles and gorgeous singing voices. I felt completely pampered beyond my expectations. And the Woman who ran the place was not only great at getting us everything we wanted, but she was really fun to hang out with. I'd like to take everyone here home with me.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 10, 2011

Spend 7 days with my wife we are regular travelers, and I m sorry to say that the hotel need a good renovation to match the price they ask for, still the staff is very kind the place is beautiful but as today it is not worth the price

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: Beqa Lagoon | PO Box 3171, Royal Davui Island, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Royal Davui Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Royal Davui Island
Price Range: $946 - $1,397 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Royal Davui Island Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Royal Davui Island Resort is an exclusive adults-only sanctuary situated in Fiji's spectacular Beqa Lagoon offering a level of Fijian luxury, elegance and privacy not found in today's larger resorts. At Royal Davui Island Resort Fiji, the shell symbolises our invitation for you to come to our island paradise. Just a few guests can be accommodated at Royal Davui, so be prepared for an exclusive and exceptional experience from the moment of your arrival. Here the world-renowned warmth and hospitality of the Fijian people awaits you. Royal Davui Island Resort is an adults only resort, offering an ideal tropical island escape, vacation, honeymoon or wedding.Bula Vinaka! - Welcome to Royal Davui Island Resort Fiji ... more   less 
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