We have just left the Koro Sun resort and are already planning our return visit. We travelled with our 12 year old son and spent 7 nights. Overall, we had a fabulous experience and would recommend it for couples or families looking for 4 star + adventure and relaxation experience. This is the real Fiji and was very different than our first week in Nadi. It was well worth the extra travel to Savusavu.
Here is the long and the short of our visit:
Staff - Outstanding. We tried to remember everyone's names so sorry guys if we missed anybody! The club house and resort was managed by Michael and Leba and we dealt with Mela H and Eva quite a bit at reception. All were very accommodating and a pleasure. Across the resort there were all sorts of unchoreographed extra touches like flowers tucked in the towels, a little evening band featuring John, Lai, Joe and entourage who were always keen so share a cup of Kava. Everyone seemed to enjoy making the stay that little bit more. Jack the owner was on site the week we visited and was very personable along with hosting a nice cocktail reception from his mountain top Villa (spectacular).
Activities - Manu and Dobbs. I can't say enough about these guys. We are not typically "activity" based travellers, but thoroughly enjoyed their company and the excursions the resort offered. These guys were personable and pro-active with all sorts of free activities (snorkeling, kayaking, hand line fishing, Bat Island, coconut demo, volleyball etc..etc...- our son was in heaven) We took advantage of some paid excursions including the Dolphin viewing (great snorkeling here as well), Waterfall trip (our son did it twice), Snorkeling and the Local Market visit. We had done school and village trips at another resort so didn't take advantage of these but heard via other guests that they were also good. We hit the Pearl shop ourselves, no time to fit everything in!
Food - Excellent. Each day you had a choice of 3 dishes for lunch and dinner the next day and each meal was 3 course (starter, entree, dessert). Joe, the head chef utilized a lot of local, fresh ingredients and as somebody who really likes their food, I had a running dialogue with him about what and how he was cooking everything which he was very happy to discuss. There were many good options for breakfast that you chose each morning when you arrived starting with fresh fruit. We took advantage of the breakfast in bed which was nice and the "couples" dinner on the beach which included our son. This setting was spectacular. The private beach and pier lit up with candles and lanterns, table and chairs with red ribbons and white silk wrap, flower petals, complimentary wine and after a week of discussing food with Joe, a special seafood feast of lobster, prawns, mussels and Walu, local fern in coconut cream along with a pumpkin, honey, ginger soup (a different soup every day - all fabulous). Chocolate pudding. I could go on and on here, the kids menu was good and flexible, a baked snack available at 3pm if needed (it was never needed), reasonable cocktail prices, sea side dining some nights etc..etc..etc…Oni, Milli and Va were our most frequent meal hosts and were a delight – the best service we had in Fiji.
Room – We were in a 2 bedroom Rainforest Bure with plunge pool, full kitchen. It was very comfortable and well kept by our housekeeper Serena (also a good dancer by the way). There were many little extras with room turndown nightly which was an unexpected touch.
Spa – We had a fabulous couples massage with Mela L and Geeta. The massage itself was great and the location was equally as good. The treatment “rooms” are located deep in the resort rainforest away from everything and next to a stream with waterfall. You would be hard pressed to think about anything during the treatment with the candlelight (required even in the day due to location) and encompassing sound of the waterfall is absolutely stellar. Our only regret was that we couldn’t squeeze in any more treatments.
Pools and Grounds – Fili does a great job with the grounds, which are extensive and well kept. The main pool is small and intimate but more than adequate and a nice place to socialize with other guests or enjoy a private moment. The kids pool was set-up with a water slide (surprisingly good) and volleyball net and day beds.
Beach – We were a bit worried by what looked like a small beach before we arrived but actually there was rarely anyone there and it was quite nice. There was a little 2 foot wall dropping into a shallow sandy lagoon that was great for snorkeling.
Diving – My wife and son did their dive certifications at the resort with Koro Sun dive. Colin got them through two pool dives, and 4 ocean dives in 4 days and they were ecstatic. Incidentally, the resort also has a nice little projection theatre room with recliners which was ideal my wife and son to watch the instructional videos. The diving was spectacular with two great sites 5 minutes from the resort.
My only other advice from my own experience in planning this adventure for our family is not go get confused by too many options when looking for resorts. I found myself jumping around from the main island to small remote islands etc.. etc.. In my opinion while there may be good options on the big Island this was far more the vacation we were looking for.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our northern unspoiled location offers you the genuine warmth and friendliness of the Fijian people, beautiful lush tropical surroundings, and warm, impossibly clear waters. In a remote setting that defines paradise, Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa immerses you in a genuine Fijian experience that's nirvana to the core. In the unspoiled native north on "Fiji's other big island" of Vanua Levu, this 160-acre sanctuary was born of a nature lover's dream. The tropical retreat is etched within a coconut plantation that's encircled by lush rainforests at the edge of a stunning private lagoon. From the moment you arrive, the Koro Sun staff embraces you like family. They greet you with a song that welcomes you to your home away from home. Certainly, the Fijians are known around the globe for being the most warm and friendly islands on earth.That hospitality - coupled with our diverse accommodations and recreation - has made Fiji's Koro Sun Resort an international favorite for relaxing holidays, active family vacations and magical romantic getaways. You may experience the latter in our brand new Edgewater Bures, with lagoon front location. Our 43 private bures and villas are spacious, individually appointed decor and fully air-conditioned. Your stay is all-inclusive - from airport transfers to bountiful gourmet fare and a flurry of non-motorized water sport activities and exclusive diving at the world-famous Namena Marine Reserve with Namena Divers Inc now based at Koro Sun Resort. Beverages are additional. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Koro Sun Hotel Savusavu
- Koro Sun Resort All Inclusive
- Koro Sun Resort And Rainforest Spa Fiji/Savusavu