Malolo Island Resort is divine! From the moment you step onto the long pier greeted by the friendly local band, to the shaded entrance of the impeccable lawn and gardens up to the three-story white terrace restaurant and pools, Malolo continues to surprise and delight all its visitors - Honeymooners, large families and small, this is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday.
The resort itself was one of the most beautiful we visited as a young couple traveling through the Fiji Islands. The accommodation was by far the best with your typical mod-cons and air conditioning, to modern bathrooms made from pebbles and stones, to your own private veranda with lounges. The smallest detail has been given towards comfort and class. Even the shampoo bottles were made out of pastel-coloured ceramics, not that plastic crap that comes in most hotels. The lawn which stretches the entire distance across the resort (which is more like a tropical village), is lined with comfortable hammocks, about 30 in total so you never a go a day without nabbing one. Many other resorts had only one or two.
Malolo also boasts many fun activities and being surrounded by impressive coral reefs (one literally at your doorstep) the other at Honeymoon Island - a short boat ride away, this Island never gets boring! There are also tiny islands dotted a few hundred metres away, accessible by kayak which is so much fun and adventurous as you have to cross a beautiful reef to get there.
The other highlight was the food. It was unbelievable. Coming from a previous "party island" where food poisoning should be on the menu, Malolo was an unexpected delight offering all kinds of international cuisines, not just Fijian bbq's serving chunks of meat. The seafood here was divine and always fresh, everything had loads of flavour and usually buffet style so you could help yourself to more. Dessert included homemade cakes, pavlova, delicious cupcakes and fresh fruits. They present you with a meal plan upon arrival where you pay $150F ($81AU) a day for B, L & D. So put that into your budget. There are two restaurants to choose from, one on the beach: Open Lunch & Dinner serving thin crusted pizzas, burgers, sandwiches (your typical westernized food but a much healthier spin on it all.) And the three-story white terraced building towards the back of the resort amongst the trees. Here, you have views over the whole resort, with a swim up bar pool at the front where they make the most lethal cocktails. A children's pool is located below with an adventure playground also. Nanny's can be hired for only $4AU an hour!
Also hidden amongst the trees is the most beautiful day spa: http://www.maloloisland.com/spa.cfm
Where you can relax, unwind with your partner beside you in an open Fijian hut (think straw roof, no walls) facing the rain forest. Completely private but completely open to the sounds of the forest. A full body scrub cost me approx $60AU, couples massage around $100AU ea.
And finally, the staff. What a wonderful bunch of people we couldn't thank enough. The manager Joe is hilarious and such a character. Every staff member encourages you to learn the local lingo of the day and loves to have a chat. This is a really open, friendly environment. They even invited us into the staff village/quarters to drink Kava with them and kick back into the late ours of the night.
Unfortunately they don't do room service, but this is the kind of island that encourages you to mingle with people, snorkel every day and enjoy the surrounds as it really is the most beautiful place and you shouldn't confine yourself to your room. Internet access is FREE (no other island offered free we-fi.) And a general store/gift shop is available on site with all your baby & pharmaceutical needs.
Stay here for no less than 3 nights. I'm planning on coming back and staying 2 weeks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Malolo is an intimate, rustic resort. It's about a bure near the beach, surrounded by the world's friendliest people with a living and authentic culture. You will be served by the descendants of villagers who have lived there for thousands of years, offering true Fijian hospitality. Perfect for families and couples alike, at Malolo, you can fill your day with a myriad of activities or simply unwind and do nothing at all. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Malolo Island Hotel Malolo Island
- Fiji Malolo Island Resort