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Likuliku Lagoon Resort
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Malolo Island
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Don't swim in the water.”
Reviewed June 23, 2008

Although the resort itself is fabulous I don't recommend you swim in the water unless you take a boat and get away from the actual beachfront. I was snorkling close to shore and noticed something sticking to my hair. First I thought it was a lump of seaweed but discovered it was actually some sort of varnish that had been spilt into the water. It stuck to my hair in lkittle white lumps and was impossible to remove. Although the staff were apologetic in their lovely Fijian way I was unable to remove it.
I have had to have my hair cut and let the rest of it grown out.
Three months down the track it's still noticable. The resorts response to my complaints was to give me the name of the particular varnish so that I could use some sort of stripper to get rid of it!
The food was great except for the two nights when they have a buffet.
Accommodation is fabulous.
Beachfront is tidal and not really suitable for swimming. You really have to go offshore to enjoy the beautiful Fijian water.
Jacquie Blatchford. Sydney. Australia.

  • Liked — Layout.
  • Disliked — Uncomfortable bed.
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed June 7, 2008

We stayed at Likuliku for two nights after spending 10 days in Taveuni. We were lucky enough to be in bure 1, which is the furthest overwater bungalow. The way it is positioned, the views are incredible and other bures are unseen. It's a lot of fun to stand on the deck and watch the various fish swim by too.

While we were thrilled with our room-- the furniture and fixtures were as lovely as the view-- we did not enjoy the rest of the resort as much.

We felt that the meal times (breakfast 7-10, lunch 12-2, dinner 7-9) were too rigid, and the menus allowed too little choice. While none of the food was bad, we felt there was more style than actual substance. Though the restaurant is named Fijiana, meals other than the lomo-lomo lacked a sense of place. We were disappointed to see items such as ham sandwiches, french fries and canned peaches when Fiji has a wonderful local cuisine and amazing tropical fruit growing everywhere.

As far as the drinks, we ordered 1 each the first night and not again. The margarita tasted like watered down bottled mixer while the martini was average; they cost F$40. Maybe we were there on an off night.

We got mixed messages about the use of the lagoon, which is a protected sanctuary. Several staff told us not to go in the water except at high tide (about a four hour window) and a manager told us we could go in anytime as long as we didn't touch the coral. Since the seabed has tiny new areas of coral developing which can be hard to see, that's easier said than done. So we confined our snorkeling to high tide, when we could get in without touching the seabed, and did not swim or play in the water otherwise. The snorkeling adjacent to the overwater bures was wonderful-- tons of gorgeous fish, but not so many varieties of coral. I suppose the coral will improve with time now that the waters are protected.

We did not use the main pool as it was too cold for our taste, and we did not see anyone else using it either. A guest in a deluxe bure reported that his plunge pool was so cold he suspected that someone was putting ice in it!

Overall, we think Likuliku is a fine resort. The rooms are superb, but the remainder was too generic, and corporate resort-y for our taste.

  • Liked — stunning overwater bure
  • Disliked — it didn't really feel like we were in Fiji-- resort lacked a sense of place
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed June 5, 2008

Our stay at Likuliku was 4 days/3 nights at the end of a two week trip to Fiji over the last half of May 2008. We stayed in a deluxe beachfront bure w/ plunge pool.

Our stay was as near to perfect as you can get. Take all the positive reviews here on Trip Advisor, roll them all together and repeat—that’s our take on Likuliku. Wonderful facility, friendly and attentive staff, fantastic food.

It is difficult to come up with details that have not already been said here on Trip Advisor, so here are some of the highlights for us:

Outstanding cuisine: Wonderful presentations, and good variety even though the choices are limited—we never left the table hungry, and chose a late dinner time because we were still stuffed from breakfast & lunch.

Bure: Our bure was fantastic. Beautiful wood, his & hers closets, his & hers toiletries (automatically restocked with larger sizes if needed). Loved the plunge pool & outdoor shower. Housekeeping service was impeccable and never visible. And the mini-bar system is great: mark the items and quantity you want from a large menu (extra charge by item selected), and they are delivered that afternoon and stored in your refrigerator—if you run out of your favorite, it is your own fault!

Service: Always friendly, never intrusive, talkative when appropriate, and many remember your name and favorite cocktail.

Some tips for those considering Likuliku:

Take the helicopter transfer for your arrival—it is a wonderful way to start your stay.

If you can’t afford the bure with a plunge pool, the ones without are the closest to the centrally located pool.

We got a peek at the overwater bures. The tub looks great, but in our opinion, it does not outweigh the plunge pool & outdoor shower. And they ARE a long walk from the central facilities. At high tide, you can snorkel right from the beach in front of your beachfront bure—in our opinion, not much different than climbing down the ladder at an overwater unit.

Be prepared for “Fiji Time”. Everything in Fiji runs at a slow relaxed pace. Likuliku is no different. Fiji Time fits this resort just perfectly.

Late departure: If you have a late departure (ours was 4:00PM, regular check out is 11:00 AM), make arrangements when you arrive. You have two options: 1) a no charge changing room and luggage storage---spend your time at the pool, bar or whatever. 2) a $100 FJD charge for staying in your bure (if available). In our case of a 2-bure party of 4, we were transferred to another bure for the 4 of us to use for the rest of the day (neither of our bures was available the afternoon we departed). And there is a charge of $50 FJD for an extra meal (optional), depending on the meals taken on your day of arrival (3 meals for each night of your stay).

Beverages: With the exception of Fiji Beer, the soft drink & cocktail prices match the price of the rooms at this resort.

Our summary: Worth every penny of the price, and we WILL be back!

P.S. See posting under "So Many of the Likuliku Reviews are False" for our take on the complainers.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with friends
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Melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed June 3, 2008

We stayed at Likuliku for 6 nights in April. Trying not to repeat everything that has been said before, but here are a few comments about our stay.

Accommodation

We stayed in a deluxe beach front bure. Having travelled extensively, we would say that this was one of, if not the best accommodation that we have stayed in. The bed was fantastic, outdoor shower beautiful, indoor shower was a huge space with an extra large shower head. The outdoor plunge pool was so nice to just laze around in and take in the views, and to cool off from the heat. The outside day bed was heavenly and just so relaxing. Overall the bure was private and enabled you to be in your own space, with no encroachment from the outside world, except the deliveries for the mini-bar and the cookies, which was always well received.

Resort & Staff

The facilities and presentation of the resort were excellent, from the arrivals area to the beautiful restaurant. We enjoyed 3 trips and would thoroughly recommend the snorkelling trip and the visit to the local village. The lagoon is tidal, but this does not in any way affect the enjoyment and overall experience. When the tide is in, you can swim straight out from the beach directly in front of your bure to the reef and once at the reef, you are greeted by amazing and wonderful colours, with countless species of fish and coral. We did this every day and it was magnificent.

The Fijian people make your experience so memorable and so pleasurable. Everyone you meet has a huge smile on their face and an equally pleasant “Bula” greeting. They are so nice and so genuine in their welcome and their pleasure at you visiting their homeland and their resort. The service in everything from rooms to cleaning to activities and particularly in the restaurant was outstanding. Nothing was too much trouble. They have to be the most welcoming people on this planet.

I had my 39th birthday there and the singing of Happy Birthday “Fiji Style” will be something that I will always remember.

Food

We are foodies and coming from Melbourne always have high expectations towards food and when we travel food is a very important factor. The food at Likuliku was magnificent. Such choice and variety for breakfast, lunch and dinner and everything was superb. We particularly like the “Amuse Bouche” at lunchtime and looked forward to discovering the menu every day. All meals delivered taste sensations and were served beautifully in a lovely environment giving an excellent dining experience.

Would thoroughly recommend arriving by helicopter as the views are sensational and you get to Likuliku as quick as possible, which you will want to do.

  • Liked — Everything was excellent
  • Disliked — Nothing. We loved everything
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed May 19, 2008

My wife and I went here for our honeymoon.....absolute heaven!! An attentive staff got us everything we needed. And wonderful, breathtaking views! Recommended by Oliva at seeanz.com, we couldn't have been happier. We will be back!!

  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank SeanZander
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Melbourne Australia
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed April 30, 2008

We have just arrived back from beautiful Fiji to freezing cold Melbourne wishing we were back at the island paradise of LikuLiku. What can i say that everyone else has not said, is just GO there and experience this wonderful place for yourselves. The people,the food and accommodation are simply the best. To all of the wonderful staff at LikuLiku that took care of us a big thankyou to all. Be proud of what you have achieved on this wonderful island

  • Liked — The plunge pool, and the food
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank kiddies411
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Sydney
Level 1 Contributor
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed April 27, 2008

Arriving in LikuLiku we were greeted with friendly faces, a beautiful location and a luxurious resort. On our honeymoon, we had high expectations and LikuLiku managed to surpass them.

While the weather was miserable at times, we had a fantastic time. We stayed in a beachfront bure and spent much of our time on the day bed on the front balcony, reading and taking in the view.

One of the highlights of our time at LikuLiku was the beautiful food. Buffet (a beautiful spread) + hot breakfast ala carte if you wished. Lunch and dinner were both ala carte, and choosing from a menu where all dishes sounded divine was the hardest decision we had to make in five days! I have never eaten *such* good food. Make sure you stay for BBQ night (all you can eat meat, seafood, veges etc cooked for you while you wait) and a themed night (we have an Indian night whilst we were there).

There are plenty of options for activities if you're interested. We made a visit to the local Yarro village (HIGHLY recommended) and went snorkelling. Both trips were beautiful despite the choppy waters. Other activities are fishing and snorkelling, medicine walks and island hopping.

Finally, the staff really spoilt us. Everyone on staff made an effort to call us both by name, which made us feel very at home. No request was greeted with the impression that it was "too hard". The special touches made ALL the difference (cookies in your bure each day - YUM!, the turn down service with essential oils and CDs playing, the beautiful necklaces and passionfruit iced tea on arrival, and the staff choir!).

  • Liked — Modern, clean and luxurious
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Likuliku Lagoon Resort
Address: Malolo Island | Mamanuca Islands, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Mamanuca Islands > Malolo Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Malolo Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Likuliku Lagoon Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Likuliku Lagoon Resort is a multi award-winning, unique, luxury haven for couples only and the first and only in Fiji with over-water bures. A unique and special place, designed with integrity to cultural values, traditional designs and architecture and embraced by the renowned warmth of the Fijian people. From the water it looks like an ancient village, so traditional is the architecture. Likuliku embodies the richness of an ancient culture with vibrant present-day lifestyle touches. With over 18,000 stays and over 4000 return guests, Likuliku is a truly magical place. ... more   less 
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