When you've had a fantastic experience at a resort - see my previous review of Wananavu - you always wonder if the next visit will be as good.
While driving up from Suva on the Thursday before Easter this year that is exactly what was running through my mind.
More of the bad road has been tarred but there is still enough "bad" road to make the trip memorable. Stunning scenery and it was really interesting to see how high the floods had come up from the now very sedate river. I should point out the road only re-opened the day before I travelled up after being closed for more than a week.
On arrival I received a fantastic reception. Meriame (oops spelling?) immediately said Hello John as I walked in. I put this down to the fact that we'd corresponded in relation to my booking.
After taking my bags to my bure (I'd been upgraded to a beachfront Bure - thanks Ben and Rache,) I was sitting having a beer on the deck overlooking the beautiful bay. A staff member came on duty and walked behind me. I turned around to see who it was. Ma not only recognised me but remembered my name and even when I'd been at the resort. Given I'd only been there for 3 nights, 6 months before I thought this was fantastic.
That happened 4 or 5 times more during the course of that day and the next. You could see by the look on the faces greeting me that this wasn't the result of a briefing or planned event.
As for the resort - beautifully maintained, excellent food, even better service.
Experienced my first dive which was great although the water was still a bit murky after the recent floods. Out in Bligh's Passage this apparently wasn't an issue.
I was there on my own and at each mealtime I was invited to join other guests (who I had not met before that weekend) or else was invited to join Ben and Rache and their guests. I begged off at some breakfasts and lunches as all I wanted to do was read my book and enjoy the scenery!!
I also saw the villa which forms part of the resort when I took some photos for a wedding party who didn't have a photographer. For a family group of a few couples / friends travelling together this is a fantastic option. Unbelievable facilities, great pool and views you just can't believe, with all the facilities of the resort just a short walk down the hill.
Will I go back to Wananavu - Definitely - just not soon enough.
Would I recommend it to friends and family - without question.
In conclusion we were having a beer one evening before dinner. I was chatting to some of the people I'd met at the resort. A group had just arrived for the wedding referred to above. There were about 8 or 10 of them. They were enjoying cocktails when they were invited to take part in a Kava ceremony. They were not that keen until one of the fantastic staff started calling them up one by one by name. One of the guys commented "We've only just arrived - how does she know all our names?"
The answer is easy - you're at Wananavu!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The real Fiji! Perfect for romance; fabulous for diving excellent for culture. 34 deluxe bures nestled along the beach and amongst tropical gardens. A real island experience with mainland convenience. Located 85 scenic coastline miles from Nadi International Airport. Great food, fantastic staff, unparalleled views, world class diving & snorkeling; amazing village tours and a perfect wedding venue. This is a true Fijian experience and is, as the name suggests, Wananavu, translated loosely as Awesome! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wananavu Beach Hotel Rakiraki
- Wananavu Beach Rakiraki
- Wananavu Beach Resort Fiji/Rakiraki