Just got back from a fantastic trip to Fiji, and while visiting Taveuni stayed at what has got to be the best kept secret on the island - Tovu Tovu Resort.
This family-owned piece of paradise is literally situated ten steps away from the ocean. The rooms (called bures) and grounds are very clean and well maintained and the bures are situated far apart to afford individual space and privacy. All the rooms have hot water and electricity and wire mesh gauze on the windows to keep the bugs and creepy crawlies out.
The restaurant and bar on the property is the best for miles, as evidenced by the fact that it’s the favorite local hangout. There are nightly kava sessions where the neighbors congregate and unwind after the daily grind, and where dinner guests from other resorts enjoying their meal. Tovu Tovu is the local English pub reinvented island style as everyone catches up on each other’s lives and trade jokes and laughs.
Also, I have to mention how self-sufficient the resort is. Natural resources and eco-tourism at its best as the majority of the fruits and vegetables are grown on the property and the bountiful ocean across the road keeps the kitchen in constant supply of seafood. Eggs and fallen coconuts are collected daily to make the most delicious omelets for breakfast and the coconut milk is used as “lolo” for dinner. For F$25, you can gorge yourself on the generous helpings of a sit-down dinner, and on Friday nights it buffet style as you are serenaded by local musicians. If you get a hankering for burgers and fries, (although why you would is beyond me considering the other delicious items on the menu) Tovu Tovu’s version will erase McDonalds from your memory. It was simply divine!
The owners of this little gem, Alan & Arieta will welcome you and treat you like family. Arieta is the chef extraordinaire while Alan is the jack of all trades: manager, barman, groundskeeper, tour guide and local historian. If you’re interested in diving, local legend Tyrone Valentine operates from Tovu Tovu, and knows all the best spots along the rainbow reef. With thousands of dives under this belt, this gent is the go to guy if you want to experience premier diving.
Tovu Tovu is rated as a budget hotel, but I reckon it’s under-valued as you get more than your money’s worth. If you're expecting the Ritz, don't bother coming, but if you want a spacious comfortable clean room, good food fantastic dinner conversation and company and the warmest friendliest hosts around , then this is the place for you.
Highly recommend to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- TovuTovu is a family owned and managed property, our family has owned the property since the 1800's. We are one of the few locally owned properties on Taveuni, and we will ensure that our guests are treated to genuine local hospitality, as well as being served some of the best food on the island, our style being more laid back and casual. Vinka see you soon ... more less