I was perhaps a slightly different traveler than most ... single female looking to escape the corporate world for 10 days. Did a fair bit of research beforehand, and Blue Lagoon stood out because it seemed to have a good mix of people, but was still in the area that I wanted to stay in (had previously stayed at Nanuya Island Resort - see my other reviews).
My choice was spot on. The resort had a really diverse mix of people...backpackers both younger and older, a family or two, couples...but as it is not a huge resort, it made it a very comfortable atmosphere to relax in as a solo traveler. I would go back to Blue Lagoon in a heartbeat because of the following:
Friendly staff - Chris and Kylie run this resort with a lot of warmth. They make an effort to meet everyone who steps foot on the resort. The rest of the staff (including shout-outs to Tim & Sammy) are very warm and make every experience (food, activities, etc) an enjoyable one. The involvement of the people of Nacula village seems quite genuine and authentic, and I think a real effort has been made to provide back to that community where possible.
Food - by far, the best resort food I've ever eaten. And this includes my trips to the Caribbean in the past. The meal plan is mandatory but well worth it. Breakfast is continental, but to be honest, I usually only had some fruit and a piece of toast in the morning because the lunches and dinners were so big (never went hungry). There are 5-6 choices at lunch (the chicken curry is very good. and there are always veggie options), and dinner is a set menu with a few different courses. The restaurant is set up at dinner with long tables, so you are sitting with 6-10 other travelers. If that is not your thing, you can request a separate table as a couple, or do a special dinner at your bure (looked pretty impressive), but I always enjoyed talking to the different people each night. The bar had all the usual items available including cocktails.
The location - I've stayed in the Yasawa's before, so knew what to expect, but was quickly reminded why I came back. It is a bit of a hike - 4 hours by boat - but well worth it. Stunning blue water, white sandy beach, great snorkeling right off the beach. The reef off the beach is a little bleached in the shallows, but still saw a great selection of sealife including lionfish. A few guests used the sea plane which sounds like a great way to get there a little more quickly.
Activities - There is an activities board up in the restaurant so you can take part in as much or as little as you want. I enjoyed the hand line fishing with the boys, and the Village visit is a must. The full moon bonfire on the sandbar was a highlight as well. They also run snorkeling trips around the area if you want to get out to see more and their dive school opened just after my visit I believe. It's all pretty low key with a relaxed vibe, but plenty to do regardless of your age. After dinner, the lighting of the bonfire a few nights a week is usually an entertaining experience...and don't miss out on the International hermit crab racing.
The room - I stayed in the Garden Villa and loved it. Everything is very clean and comfortable (I found the villas nicer than Nanuya's bure's). The outdoor shower is absolutely the highlight. Bed is comfortable enough and tons of space. Beachfront villas are lovely and have their own hammock and beach chairs directly in front which is a bonus. Those staying in the dorms raved about them (and the dorms actually have AC). I never needed to use bug spray in my time there - as long as I had the bathroom door closed, the windows in the main part of the villa are all screened and also allow you to get the natural breeze through.
While overall I loved my time at Blue Lagoon, there are always opportunities for improvement...just a few suggestions:
- Would be great to have tea/coffee making facilities in the room with a small bar fridge
- Sometimes was a lack of sunbeds in the main area (those with beachfront get their own dedicated ones)
- Would be great to have kayaks available to putter around the bay or over to the sandbar
Thank you everyone at Blue Lagoon for a wonderful, ultra relaxing time. I'll be back ...
Full photo album from my time at the Blue Lagoon Beach Resort:
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A new stylish resort located on one of the best beaches in the Yasawas. Right in the middle of the blue lagoon region, the resort is located on a white sandy beach with all tide swimming. Dive shop, snorkeling and many activities. Open planned restaurant and bar with espresso bar and live music nightly. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Lagoon Beach Hotel Nacula Island
- Blue Lagoon Beach Resort Fiji/Nacula Island