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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Rakiraki, Viti Levu

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meekgreek
Moraga, California
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“The Best Family Vacation Ever!”
Reviewed January 9, 2013 for a stay in December 2012
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We are a family of four with two grown children ages 23 (boy) and 26 (girl). We spent two weeks over Christmas and New Year at Bularangi. Our daughter flew from Sydney and we flew from the US. We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay for our family reunion.

The House: The house is very well-designed. The master suite is on one side of the Great Room and the other two bedrooms are located on the opposite side. The two bedrooms share a bath and the master bedroom is ensuite. I loved the closet (dressing area) in the master bedroom. It is located behind an open wall within the bedroom. It gave us privacy but still had the open air feeling. Each bedroom had its own air conditioning unit. All the bathrooms have large walk-in showers. The great room is a huge room with a kitchen, living room with TV and dining area. Every room in the house has incredible ocean views. The only downside in the kitchen is that there is only a small refrigerator. The large refrigerator is in the laundry room, along with a large freezer and another small refrigerator. The laundry room is down the hall so not far from the kitchen. The entire house has screens, which makes it nice to keep the bugs out. There are plenty of books and movies in the house for entertainment. The house is set away from other houses which gives a lot of privacy.

The Property: The location of Bularangi couldn’t have been better. It is located on a point above the shore views in all directions. There are three islands across the water, about a mile offshore. Daily, my husband and I would sit in the thatched open-air hut (bure) on the point, reading and enjoying the incredible views. We are not pool people but we found we would swim in the pool several times each day. It was a refreshing way to cool off. Following a short path down the hill, you will find the beach. Rubber soled water shoes are useful, especially at high tide. The snorkeling is incredible where the coral and the deep sea meet. When we first arrived, a few days after Cyclone Evan, the snorkeling was not great. There were many more fish and clearer water during our second week. The water is shallow at low tide, so we needed to be careful when swimming, to not scrap against the coral. If you are looking for a sandy beach, you can walk to Wananavu, the wonderful nearby resort that accommodates Bularangi guests.

Activities: When I booked Bularangi, I was concerned that there would not be enough activities, especially for our kids. Ali (the owner) assured me that we would not be disappointed. How right she was! The house is a five minute walk from the Wananavu resort. Wananavu had plenty of activities to keep us busy. We did the introductory dive. It was beautiful under the water. I wish we had gotten certified before we arrived in Fiji. We visited a Fijian Village and walked to a waterslide. Some people took the horses to the falls but we were glad we hiked. It was not steep or slippery, even though it had rained the night before. The teenagers and younger children of the village accompanied us to the waterfall. They were extremely polite and cheered us on, when we got up the courage to go down the slide or jump from the top. We hired a boat to take us to Nananu-I-Ra, one of the offshore islands, where we had lunch and walked along the long beach. On another day, we took a boat to the ocean side of Nananu-I-Ra for snorkeling. The visiability, fishes and corals were magnificent. We had pedicures and massages at Wananavu. They were fantastic. All activities were very inexpensive compared to US prices.

Transportation: We did not rent a car. Ali arranged a 7-10 passenger van to pick us up from Nadi and drive us to Bularangi. It was great to have the extra room for seating and luggage. The air conditioning felt wonderful. While we were at Bularangi, we hired a Taxi twice to take us to Rakiraki town for food. Twice we walked to Volivoli resort and took a taxi back.

Food and Beverage: I would highly suggest you pre-order your meats, since there is a huge freezer to store the meat. For a little extra money the driver will stop at a grocery store in Nadi on the way to Bularangi. The grocery stores in Nadi have a larger selection than the markets in Raki Raki. Be sure to load up on bottled water (it is not recommended to drink the tap water at Bularangi. Since it was our daughter’s during our vacation, we celebrated it by asking Kamlesh to prepare a Lovo for us. It was amazing to watch how he and his wife prepared the food and then covered the food over hot rocks buried in the ground. We had a huge dinner with great food. We invited Kamlesh and his wife to join us. We had Manju prepare four meals for us. She is a very good cook. We especially loved her Somosas and we had her make them twice! She will cook during the day and leave the food to be warmed when we were ready to eat dinner. We also had several dinners and breakfasts at Wananavu. It was nice to take a break from the kitchen. Also, it was fun to go to the happy hour at Wananavu and order fancy cocktails for $12 FJD. On Christmas day, Wananavu had an incredible buffet with lobster, crab, and meats. If we had to eat there every night, I think we would have gotten tired of the food. We had the perfect balance of our own cooking, Manju’s cooking and dining at Wananavu.

Kamlesh and Manju: Kamlesh is the caretaker and Manju cooks and cleans. They are both extremely kind people. We took Kamlesh and Manju into town with us. It felt comforting to have them nearby to show us the town, help us with shopping and make suggestions for meals. We found that the local people were extremely polite and friendly (it was not unusual for children and adults to approach us with a warm “Bula” and handshake).

If you are considering booking at Bularangi, you will not be disappointed. This was our best family vacation ever! Thank you Ali, Kamlesh and Manju!

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Liked best: The house and the location next to the resort
Liked least: The Internet was extremely slow and there is no wireless connection. In retrospect, I am glad that it was. It gave us more family time and less time on the computer!
Traveling group: Other
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Alberta
Reviewed January 6, 2013 for a stay in December 2012

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CA
Reviewed December 2, 2012 for a stay in November 2012

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Management Response
Dec 2, 2012
Andy - so glad it lived up to your expectations and we were able to share our Bularangi Paradise with you!
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Auckland
Reviewed November 5, 2012 for a stay in October 2012

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Auckland
Reviewed October 28, 2012 for a stay in October 2012

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Management Response
Oct 28, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to do the review Jessica and so pleased you had a wonderful stay at Bularnagi Villa Fiji!
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Christchurch
Reviewed August 26, 2012 for a stay in August 2012

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sdebbied
Sydney, Australia
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“The most relaxing holiday”
Reviewed July 29, 2012 for a stay in July 2012

We spent 9 days at Bularangi and we were sad to leave. To start with the people in Fiji are so friendly wherever you go. The drive there takes around 2.5 hours. As you get closer to the villa the road deteriorates but don't worry it is well worth the drive. The villa is spacious - we were 5 adults. It has spectacular water and island views. It has everything you need from snorkelling gear to a well kitted out kitchen. The brother and sister team who look after the house and meals were wonderful. The lovo and meals provided were great and well worth the extra money. If we go again we will order meals for every second night because there were lots of leftovers. We did the picnic excursion, hired a kayak and did an introductory dive course through the resort next door which were all good value. The meals at Volli Volli resort were better than the resort next door. We hope to go back one day. We couldn't fault it.

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Liked best: The position of the villa and the peace and quiet.
Liked least: The road to get there.
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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Management Response
Jul 28, 2012
That is fantastic Dean that you had such a great time at Bularangi Villa Fiji - we hope you can return at some time in the future!
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