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Musket Cove Island Resort
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Reviewed December 3, 2007

My wife & I stayed at Musket Cove for 7 nights in a beach front bure.

The resort is absolutely beautiful with sandy beach along the whole resort. It sits on a protected lagoon so the water just laps up against the shore. The coconut trees provided plenty of shelter from the sun and add to the beauty of the resort.

The beach front bure was very spacious. The is no air conditioning, only fan cooling, but all the walls have slat openings (with fly screen) so the whole place can be opened up to catch the cooling breezes. There was a king bed (which was a little hard for my liking), a spare single & even a day bed. There were lounge chairs to relax in as well. The verandah had an outdoor setting and out the front there were your own banana lounges & a hammock. The bathroom was just OK but very large though.

We had the breakfast - dinner meal plan & decided to wing it by finding our own lunch. We think we really lucked out with renovations to the main restaurant, the Coffee Cove made great lunches at half the price. The breakfasts & dinners were beautiful & very filling. For our anniversary, we organised to have a candle lit dinner on the jetty. Can highly recommend this as it was very romantic. The cocktails made by the bar staff were great (& very strong!).

We went to relax & that's exactly what we did. Sitting on a banana lounge at the water's edge, reading a book, was the ideal existence. The pool is huge and the water beautiful. The resort isn't a party place, so if you wish to go & do nothing, then this is the place for you.

We paid for the 4 hour fishing trip and loved it. Although we only had one missed strike (but caught a bird), the boat, crew & equipment were very professional. The snorkling is great as well. If you don't want to head out in the boats, there is a lot of fish just in the lagoon in front of the bures.

The service staff showed that famous Fijian hospitality & always stopped for a chat & a laugh. Unfortunately that didn't flow into the reception office when we were checking out. Even though the resort was deserted, we were told to leave the room at 10.00 because it was needed. Thanks to Anne & the other guests raising this with the manager, common sense prevailed & another bure was made available until our transfer time.

The only real gripe was the disco music coming from neighbouring Plantation Island resort. This continued until after midnight on a couple of nights. I hope that the resorts can talk to each other & sort this out.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 19, 2007

We took the boys for a Fiji experience and thats what we got. An outstanding experience that far outstripped the disappointment of our previous trip to a different resort.

The food was consistently good, the service, both food and drinks was timely (BULA to Mere and Mili).

The villa showed some age but we love that kind of lived in charm and the spa on the patio was the icing on the cake. It was so refreshing when ever it was needed.

The Subsurface Dive shop guys, Anita, Ghee (I hope thats right) and Api, the friendliest and the best staff for beginner divers like myself, thank you.

A well stocked Boutique, reasonably priced and even the best Gelato ice cream at Dicks Place.

Apart from a little accident with the snorkel rope at the all tide snorkel area at the end of the channel, (DO NOT TOUCH) it was the best time both for activities and relaxing.

We caught the Mele night (but missed the Independence Day show.) Taped everything and love the watching it .

We were sad to leave and actually planned a return before we had departed!

All the good things have been said earlier so I will not repeat them, I will fully endorse them. Its large enough for privacy without being too far from anything.

We loved the trip and look forward to returning.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled with family
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5  Thank jamelle
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Reviewed October 11, 2007

We have just spent nine days in a resort villa at Musket Cove. It was our second visit we enjoyed the first so much that we returned. The highlights for us 2 adults 3children 13,8,7 were the snorkelling trips-watching the rugby ( the Fijian South African quater final) and the Fijian Independance Day celebrations. The staff put on a fanatstic show and the men proved to be very good dancers!!!!. It was agoood time of year to go. The resort Villa was great to be in it meant we could cook some of our own meals and make use of the Trader Shop.
One or two things had changed since our last visit. A new channel is inthe process of construction in the middle of the bay between Musket Cove and Plantation Resort and is very unsightly at present. My husband was not able to take a carton of Fiji Bitter on the Malalo Cat from the mainland which upset him greatly!!!. Something to do with Licence laws on the island. It had to be left at the port.
the bikes which were free to use last time now cost $90 per week which cost us $270 for our three children.
It was a fantastic holiday but hope this helps future travellers to know the above info.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled with family
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2  Thank mayer5
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Reviewed September 12, 2007

We spent 4 nights here during August with two children (10 & 12) and 4 adults staying in one of the Villa's at the resort.

We found the villa spacious with bathrooms upstairs and down. The kitchen was good and we took advantage of the local shop to buy food to cook for ourselves. This saved us heaps of money.

We found the resort really nice. It wasnt very busy and I believe this is down more to the political situation and the fact that kiwi's and aussies have been advised against travelling to Fiji. There are no problems which should prevent travelling to a place like Musket Cove. The Fijian people are lovely and cant do enough for you.

The pool was very good and there was always plenty of room for swimming lanes if you wanted to do so.

Some people had little golf carts to drive round in (think these might come with Armstrong Villa's??) but walking around is fine.

I made use of the resort's spa when there (had a wedding in the next few days after leaving the resort) and this was very nice too.

I would recommend a visit, a lovely island and a nice place to stay. Plenty of room, no high rises, space a plenty!

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled with family
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2  Thank Celestee
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Reviewed August 4, 2007

Gidday there,

We are a family of five with two teenage boys and a 10 yo girl.

This was our 5th time to Fiji and originally we tried to stay at Plantation only to find it booked-up with the end part of our July holiday crossing The School Holiday period. We therefore opted for Musket Cove which if you were not already aware is literally only 300 metres away.

We stayed in what is called ‘Armstrong Island’ in a two bedroom villa. These villas/bures are certainly a step-up from Plantation in respect to the room, kitchen facilities and two en-suites. Having our own kitchen we stocked-up on breakfast & lunch snacks at ‘The Trader’ which doubles as providor for the Musket Cove Yacht Club. This way we had the option of dining at anyone of the three restaurants on the Island and not being tied into one place for the entire stay. Over the 20 years we’ve been going to Fiji we’ve found the service & food standard to have steadily improved – this was especially so at ‘Dicks Place’ the restaurant at Musket Cove. It’s a class above Plantation at only 10% more.
The other restaurant on the Island (names escapes me) which lies in between Musket & Plantation certainly is the worst of the three.

The only negative against Musket is the tidal nature of the beach, but you always have the option to walk around to Plantation, something we did with impunity. The pool at Musket if the best on the island and even has provision for lap swimmers which pleased me.

Musket Cove is certainly less crowded than Plantation and very much a quieter option. There’s a neat relaxed bar out on ‘the spit’ by the yacht moorings.

All in all we enjoyed our 10 nights at Musket Cove and would recommend the resort. I can not stress enough the point you can float between places. Be sure to take some hand lines – there’s some great fishing.

Happy travels.

Paul

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
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8  Thank PaulNZ
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Reviewed July 27, 2007

Being Americans (most Americans go to Hawaii/ Caribbean), I wasn't sure if Fiji would disappoint us after going to America's "holy grail of Hawaii" two years ago. But Fiji is absolutely amazing and ten times better! This is an untouched paradise without all the build up that is on Hawaii. In Fiji there are no mega resorts of eight stories tall with giant exotic pools stuffed with people from rim to rim. This is real paradise, just you and your family/other, nature, and the wonderful people of Fiji (they really are that nice)! So to my review on Musket Cove....
Our flight came in and after being greeted by the smiling faces of a live band in the terminal we went over to the Musket Cove office in the arrivals area. Here they prepare you for the Malolo Cat trip and call the hotel to tell them you are coming on the next boat. We had three hours to kill before the shuttle to the boat, so the office lady told us we could go relax at the airport hotel "Raffles Gateway" and get lunch. We took the offer and had a leisurely lunch and then sat by their swimming pool. The lobby at the raffles is very green and the restaurant was ok, though the rooms looked old when we walked past a few. The shuttle picked us up right from the Raffles and we went off for the marina. One hour later and we were being welcomed to Musket Cove. The staff greeted us with fresh drinks and gave us a golf cart tour of the resort. While doing this, they took all our luggage straight to our villa. We were booked in Villa Marau, which is one of the private villas that Musket Cove manages. You get all the benefits of the bures in these villas and can charge everything back to your room. When I got to the villa, the everyone in the family was shocked. The place was beautiful and huge. It was set up with a courtyard at the center and three buildings surrounding. Three bedrooms were in one building (for each kid) and one bedroom in the other (master). The main building has a full service kitchen with fridge, oven, stove, pantry, beautiful cabinetry a dinning table and a living area all in one large room with view of the ocean.Below we had an infinity edge pool. It was stunning. Look at the pictures I have above, because they tell the story better than words. All in all the room was beautiful and being self contained allowed us to have two dinners, breakfast, and some lunches in the room over our six nights. Villa Marau truly is one of the finest properties in Fiji.
The main restaurant, "Dick's Place" was great and we enjoyed all the themed nights, especially pig on the spit. The live entertainment was also good during dinner. The true highlight of dinner was our waitress Lithe. She was one of the kindest ladies we have ever met and was so funny. Her welcoming spirit and smile will be missed by the kids and us, but we are hopping to go back next year. Every other person that works at this resort is so kind and friendly that words can't really describe it. It is personalized service and many get to know you by name. I haven't experienced a hotel staff like this at even the finest five star hotels back in the states.
Recreation was plentiful and my three teenagers were never bored. We windsurfed, did the hobbie cats, walked the island at low tide and went to the tide pools, kayaked, swam, and the list goes on. The beach did go out at certain tides, but you can swim off the point then. Some of the activities are restricted then, but we did other things then. The sand at the beach is very pure though and the sunset is beautiful. We did two excursions and one was private snorkeling cruise. The snorkeling beat Hawaii in every way possible. The fish come right up to you and you are surrounded. At first it is was intimidating, but then I realized how amazing this was. The colors of the fish and the beauty of the waters of Fiji are stunning. Thanks Walter and Moses for taking us out! The other was a para sailing trip. The activities desk calls Plantation Resort and they picked us up right at the MCR marina. It was a great time and they leave you up there for five to ten minutes and the price is only $F55 pp. In Hawaii you can only get five minutes top for $75-100USD.
To sum up our time at Musket Cove Resort, it was amazing! It was unlike any other resort vacation we have done and we look forward to coming back. The accommodation exceeded my expectation in every way, the resort is very clean and has a relaxed tropical feel, is uncrowded (at times you feel like your the only one on the island), the staff is the kindest I have met, and the beauty of the island sets the scene for the perfect island vacation. Thanks Musket Cove Resort for your hospitality and beautiful resort!

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
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14  Thank 1travel5MV
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Reviewed July 13, 2007

We had both been to different resorts and islands in Fiji and around the world before. We were after a quiet relaxing holiday to de stress, and we found it!!! Cannot praise the lovely staff enough - Nai, Millie, Kini. Keilini, Lavinia, Sharon, Mere (x2), Josie , Vere and everyone else!
The island bar was great fun to mingle, watch the spectacular sunsets, have a few fiji bitters and shoot the breeze with other guests, locals and yachties. (yes there are mossies but any aussie knows to take RID/ Aeroguard !!!)

We had a garden bure which was lovely, no need for AC with that ocean breeze. You can hear the planes but after the first time you dont notice it and its very convenient as 10mins from Nadi

Food was excellent, best is pig on spit and we also had the BBQ pack to cook on the island bar bbqs. The rooms have basic kitchen utensils and toaster , fridge etcso you can go to the shop and make own lunch or brekkie or snacks for yourself or perfect for kids

Pool is great, very large compared to other resorts, no probs getting a lounge at any time of the day,

Yes, tide does go out, but thats natural, nice swimming when in, heaps of fish great swimming off the point on Smith Isl if you want the ocean.

Recommend the sunset cruise with Judy and Dave who make you feel like more like a friend on their catamaran rather than a paying guest!!!

We loved it so much we are going back to have our wedding there and introduce our friends to one of the best places we have found.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Address: Fiji
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Location: Fiji > Mamanuca Islands > Malolo Lailai Island
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Malolo Lailai Island
Price Range: $233 - $500 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Musket Cove Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Musket Cove you'll find the pace of life smooth and unhurried. The resort consists of 55 bures and villas scattered along the beachfront and throughout our tropical landscaped gardens. All rooms are spacious with separate living rooms and quality inclusions. What sets Musket apart is space, with 400 acres of rolling hills and palm fringed beaches to explore there is never a sense of crowding. Muskets world class marina offers a vast selection of water-sports and activities. Or for those wanting to relax, our dedicated Makare Day Spa is a true haven of tranquillity. Musket offers several gourmet-dining options headed by renowned chef Peter Becker and over 150 warm and friendly Fijian staff ready to welcome you to our island home. ... more   less 
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