NIR was our first stop on our 17 day and 3 island honeymoon. The only thing we were not aware of is how long of a trip it was on the catamaran (5 hours) before we got to the island. The water, islands & scenery were beautiful, but jet lag had kicked in and we both fell asleep on the boat ride over.
NIR is on the far northern tip of the Yasawa Islands. It is right next to Turtle Island (which you can walk to, but you will promptly be escorted off that island!) The island is gorgeous. The sand is soft and white. We did not wear shoes the entire time we were there.
We had a beachfront bure which was nice, neat and comfy. 2 ceiling fans, no AC, but didn't need it. The bed also had mosquito netting over it, but we didn't use it. The room had a small frig, coffee & tea set up w/ a pot to boil water with. The shower was outside but enclosed & made of rock. It was really nice & enjoyed it. The front porch had chairs to relax in and there were hammocks all over the place. My only minor complaint was that the mattress was too hard, but what hotel doesn't have that problem!
The food was excellent and HUGE portions! A continental b'fast is included which consisted of a large variety of fruit, muffins, toast, cereal, milk, juice & coffee. You could order a hot meal if you wanted. I learned about vegemite! Definitely a condiment the Aussie's and Kiwi's corner the market on !! We learned quickly that we could order an appetizer and 1 main course and it was more than enough for the 2 of us.
The landscaping is incredible with the most beautiful foilage, greenery & flowers. The fruit bats were an awesome sight to see.
They also had a normal stocked bar. My husband lived off of Fiji Bitters and Fiji Gold beer and I had a few random mixed drinks. The fancy "island drinks" are more expensive, but that is like every bar you go to.
Max, one of the owners is a great guy. He went out of his way to make us feel welcome. Anything we wanted to do he would try to accommodate. Fiona was also a very lovely person and willing to help in any way possible. One thing we loved about this resort is that there were no other Americans there during our stay. We enjoyed meeting new people and learning more about New Zealand and Australia.
We also enjoyed snorkeling. Eddie, my husband, had never snorkeled before and this was a very good "beginner" place for him. He could walk/float out to the reef & see the fish and coral. Of course he also came up with the brilliant idea of taking the float/raft & paddling out to the reef on his stomach & snorkeling without getting in the water!!
Sometimes backpackers as well as sailor's who had dropped anchor would stop by for food and drink, but they were nice & no problem. All the people were so kind and happy. I truly believe the Fijian people are the nicest, kindest people I have ever met as a whole in my life.
This resort is nice, casual and laid back. It was not glamourous or luxurious. It is a top of the line 3 star resort & worth every penny. I would highly recommend it. I also have pictures of the bure, beach and water so let me know if you would like to see them. Fiji Adventures helped put our trip together and did a wonderful job.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the sunset side of Nanuya Lailai Island lies pristine Nanuya Island Resort. Nestled among palm trees and tropical flora in the beautiful Yasawa Islands, fringed by white sandy beaches and a blue lagoon, here you can embrace the island lifestyle and let the tropical climate ease away your cares. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nanuya Island Hotel Nanuya