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Blue Lagoon Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Nacula Island
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Sydney, Australia
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“A beautiful and authentic experience”
Reviewed June 15, 2010

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:
http://picasaweb.google.com/LaurenDmytrenko/Fiji2010Part1#

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled solo
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blbresort, Manager at Blue Lagoon Beach Resort, responded to this review, June 18, 2010
The new sunbeds have finally arrived and yes, we definately needed them! Also, we now have kayaks sitting on the beach and ready to go anytime!
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Reviewed June 14, 2010

Why, because everything else will be a disappointment.
As other reviewers have mentioned an excellent place to stay and if I had to sum this place up in a survey I would put " Exceeded expectations at every level"
My first and continuing impressions were wow!
I stayed at three resorts in the Yasawas ( Octopus, Manta Ray and here ) so I am comparing these resorts against each other.
Being a new resort everything is nice, new, shiny and sparkly and the staff are full of enthusiasm.
The prices are about 15% more expensive than Manta Ray but everything is 200% better.
As mentioned the resort is newish so the management are doing ongoing tweaks to improve things.
By now the dive centre should be operational and hopefully they will have gotten more sun loungers in.
Management are actively trying to attract a wide variety of guests and this policy is working. ie they do not want all back packers or all retirees etc.
Food was excellent, the best that I had all holiday and the portion sizes will have you putting on weight.
They have a wide variety of activities with some being free.
Note if you intend to go to Sawa-i-Lau caves they only run scheduled trips twice a week so it is worthwhile contacting the resort before booking your dates to see when they are running it.
If you can get a group of 6 people together they will organise an unscheduled trip for you.
The only con about this resort is that the alcohol is way more expensive than anywhere else in the Yasawas. If you intend to drink lots, go next door to Oarsmans. Prices for Fiji Gold were $6.5/6 ( normal/happy hour ) whereas next door they were $4.5/5 which was standard for the islands.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled solo
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blbresort, Manager at Blue Lagoon Beach Resort, responded to this review, June 18, 2010
We offer all local beer at $4.50 every nite during happy hour and these are advertised on a large black board at the bar. The bar is also fully stocked with every kind of local and imported spirits you can imagine. House spirits - gin, rum, vodka etc are all $4.50 during happy hour and $6 each outside those times. We have plenty of chilled ice at the ready, along with a selection of cocktails. We should mention here that the the happy hour cocktails are only $11.50. These prices have always been in place since the opening of the resort and on par or cheaper than any comparative resort.
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Reviewed June 12, 2010

Excellent location, friendly hosts (thanks again Chris and Carlie), cosy atmosphere - in short a great place to spend a few days and unwind

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 11, 2010

We stayed at Blue Lagoon Beach Resort for 6 nights in May this year. From the beautiful setting, great little bures with lovely outdoor bathroom, very good food, lovely beach and friendly staff, we really couldn't think of anything to complain about.
We have been to several resorts in the Yasawas, but would say this is definitely the best 'all-rounder'. It is not too large a resort, (although I don't like to even use the 'resort' word). Just hope it doesn't expand and be spoiled.
Meals were very good. Breakfast was continental style, with freshly cooked muffins, breads, jams, cereals, fruits, tea/coffee/juice. There was plenty of fruit. If you wished, you could order a hot breakfast for about $10, but we found there was plenty to eat without doing this. For lunch there was a choice of about six different dishes, with a daily special changing each day. We tried them all, and they were all good. Dinner was a set meal. We did not have one meal we didn't enjoy. Water bottles could be filled free of charge from the bar, which was great.
The beach itself was beautiful, the snorkelling was good. Good sunbeds were supplied and the beachfront bures came with their own hammocks, which was great.
Activities were well organised and a daily plan of activities for each day placed on the board in the dining area. If you wanted to take part, you could do so. If not, it was fine to do nothing!
Overall, a great little resort, with helpful management.
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  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed June 1, 2010

There is fantastic snorkelling, a beautiful beach and big hammocks to lie in, but this resort stands out for the delicious food and the friendly atmosphere. The food was exceptional. Both myself and my 2yo are coeliacs (on a gluten free diet) and we were well catered for. We even got freshly baked gluten free bread and muffins! Everyone eats together at long tables which encourages a social atmosphere between a friendly mixed crowd, from backpackers to beach front villa dwellers.

I had reservations about travelling with young children (2 year old & 6mth old), but needn't have worried, everyone was wonderful with the little ones! The managers/owners were incredibly thoughtful and went out of their way to help us with any special requests. We were able to get a babysitter so that we could participate in some of the less child friendly activities like the hike up the ridge and the cave visit. I would highly recommend the village visit (which is a great one for the kids too!)

Many of those who were island hopping had gone to other resorts and then returned here and I can see why.

Five days was not enough, next time we will stay longer!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
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Nadi
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Reviewed May 31, 2010

Not a lot to say other than i totally agree with all the Great reviews, Chris & his Team have done and are doing a fantastic job @ keeping the place as authenticly Fijian as possible, we had a perfect stay from arrival to Departure, it was everything one ever dreams of Fiji being... Beautiful beach crystal clear water and a peaceful retreat... will be back very soon.. Thanks Guys.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
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zurich
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Reviewed May 30, 2010

we planed to stay for 3 nights but it is such a great place that we stayed 8 nights.
thanks to chris, jim and all the staff for the perfect time.

Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: Blue Lagoon Beach Resort
Address: Nalova Bay, Fiji
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Location: Fiji > Yasawa Islands > Nacula Island
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Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Nacula Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Blue Lagoon Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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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