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Musket Cove Island Resort
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“odious and worn”
Reviewed August 10, 2008

Musket cove was disappointing on multiple levels. The biggest disappointment stemmed from the tide which was out (for a long, long way) during most of beach time (10 am to 2pm). When the tide was out, it left behind a vast bog of smelly sludge. When the tide returned, the murky water was only knee deep - too shallow for swimming. They have a nice pool but i didn't cross the pacific to swim in a pool. I was expecting clear, blue/green ocean and got muck.

Secondly, most of the staff are jaded and weary of tending to vacationers. We stayed on another island for part of our visit to Fiji and found the staff there to me much more friendly.

The food was bad to mediocre. However, i greatly enjoyed the indian food buffet.

Our room smelled of sewage. Also, we were caught at the bar while they sprayed for mosquitos with some toxic formula that smelled heavily of petroleum. The spray landed on our faces and we could taste the repellent. My lips went numb (i'm serious) and my husband's tongue went numb.

I would never return to Musket Cove or Mololo island in general primarily because of the tide problem but for the other reasons as well.

  • Liked — The room was spacious
  • Disliked — It smelled of sewage
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
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Newcastle, Australia
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Reviewed July 24, 2008

We have just returned from our 6th Fijian holiday and cannot say enough to praise Musket Cove. Many resorts are smallish and after a few days I feel cramped and boredom creeps in. Musket Cove has stacks of space. Every morning we see many many people walking, but it is all so spread out and relaxed. The walk around the island takes an hour for the short walk over the hill, and spectacular views, or two hours if following the shoreline. I love the swim from Musket Cove to Plantation Island resort at the other end of the island, that takes about 15 minutes and is in waist deep water at high tide.

The greatest part of a Fijian holiday is the Fijian people, and at Musket they are very friendly (but are so everywhere in Fiji). Remember their names and they remember yours even when you go back a second time.

We will certainly try to get back there in a few years.

  • Liked — Simple, clean, air conditioned, and spread out for privacy
  • Disliked — low water pressure for showers, must be improved
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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New Zealand
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Reviewed July 16, 2008

Oh my god, i love musket cove! We stayed there once in November 2007 and in June 2008 and also got married there. The staff is wonderful, especially Gloria, who looked after us and our group of about 40 people during our June stay. I would recommend to get married at Musket Cove. Gloria and stuff would help you with all your decision and try and accommodate all your wants/needs, believe me!

  • Stayed June 2008
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Reviewed June 13, 2008

Musket Cove Resort needs some TLC, particularily with infrastructure. Amazing gardens - a shame that the yacht bar in the pool looks like it's sunk there - what a missed opportunity with a yacht race in town.

The sustainability of the whole island feels a bit fragile, recycling refuse and water treatment. Development contributions??? The property developers have got some pressing considerations to solve. One response has been to pump sewerage onto the golf course ,I get the whole land to sewerage concept it - just isn't that great a tourisim feature. Nor is all the earth moving equipment digging new channels into the beach fronts. Shallow bug filled lagoons and rubbish all over the beach fronts beyond the resorts.

Seafood was absent or presumed frozen, all in our party had stomach issues at some point of the journey. Though that may well have been the kava - I had none of that ! We've been eaten alive by bugs and been advised to spray our bags on return to home. We are also very used to the sight of huge cockroaches in our rooms and kicking frogs across the lawn. Only one of those things is a fond memory .

The locals work incredibly long hours we were told these are considered great jobs for life - double shifts, many days in a row for a few bucks an hour and accommodation. Meals? Perks? Here in Queenstown employers would be well blessed by staff that are as willing and friendly - but so slow! I know island time ...but an hour and a half for kids lunch or kids dinners that's hard going when your in the resort a week. Chef ! needs to inject a bit of life into it.

The female restaurant staff and babysitting team are the stars in this slightly tired resort which hosted the Auckland to Muscet Cove yacht race. It's all a bit Gilligans Island with a more Hi de hi campers Plantation resort just across the airstrip. Plantation is a health and safety accident waiting happen with delapidated stairs to dangerous water slides only through no maintenance. And the whole family thing was too full on for us even though we had 5 children in our group.

F&B prices at Muscet are high - with cocktails around $15 a pop , and the imported sprits $9 at the $4 bar or $26 ish for mains, the store was good - a holiday home or room with a kitchen would be worth the extra $/ We were on a great rate through the race but at full rack rate I'd be pretty dissapointed in the offering. The garden bures were of a good size for our family of 2 adults, 2 kids and an infant all be it all in one room.

There is about to be an influx of developments on the surrounding islands - holiday houses for some of the many NZ'ers that prop up the bars around these resorts in search of a wave or ride. It does provide a bit of an club culture that makes for more than just other travellers to talk too.

Expect Pacific Sun flights to be delayed, not show up or leave without you or your bags. And for Air NZ and Air Pacific to be less than sympathetic to once again picking up the pieces of their disruption.

Stayed June 2008
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Coolangatta, Australia
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Reviewed May 24, 2008

We holidayed in Fiji for the first time In May (Family of Four, 2 Adults and 11 and 8 yr old children) and decided to stay at Musket Cove based on other traveller reviews. Following our stay we believe we made the right choice !.
We arrived on the Malolo Cat Ferry from Denarau and were met by singing staff and fresh coconut with straw to drink the milk. We were taken by golf cart for a tour of the island and to check in, baggage etc was handled by the staff. After settling in and enjoying the facilities for a week, I can summarise our stay as follows :
1) The resort is spread out and does not feel cramped like others we have been to. We stayed in a resort villa which had its own kitchen and two bedrooms. I liked the fact there are no concrete paths!
2) Musket Cove shares the same island as Plantation Island resort and you can walk to Plantation Island in about 10 min. Plantation Island is a much larger complex aimed at the budget conscious family (and certainly attracted a different guest to Musket Cove) and it felt like you were surrounded by hundreds of other people. You can use their facilities (i.e. restaurant etc) but enjoy in short bursts. If I had a choice, spend extra to stay at Musket Cove.
3) The staff at Musket Cove are fantastic. Special mention to Joe the new Manager (Hi from "Michael Jackson"), Dee in the activities shed (Hi from Megan), Lotte the boat driver and coconut shredder, Kini the friendliest waitress known to man kind (from Chris & Megan) and Sharon the waitress (in fact all the waitress staff for their hard work whilst we lazed by the pool).
4) There is no kids club, but plenty of things to do in any event. Ours weren’t bored at any time.
5) The Island also has a General Store which you can buy supplies to cook. Prices aren’t too bad considering you are on an island (and especially when converted to Aussie Dollars)
6) The Food, no problems here either. Whilst not five star, nowhere near as bad as some have said. Have certainly had worse (when touring NZ for instance). They have theme nights which breaks up the routine.
7) There are plenty of activities to try such as large swimming pool, kayaks/canoes, windsurfing, hobie cat, snorkelling (must do) shell village trip etc. You can also walk to the other side of the island via the airstrip or over the hill.
8) Mosquitoes are a real problem at dusk. Our advice is to use a lotion repellent as opposed to a spray on. We found this worked well.
All in all a great stay and we shall be back.

  • Liked — Friendly Staff, Good Food, Good Range of Activities
  • Disliked — Mosquitoes, some buildings look tired.
  • Stayed May 2008
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Reviewed May 24, 2008

We stayed here for 1 week with our 2 young kids. We really enjoyed our stay. There is plenty to do at Musket Cove, one day we did an island hop which was fun, most days we did the free snorkleling which is great for novice and kids alike. Our bure was lovely and clean. The great thing about MC is the dining options, there is the main dining area plus the Coffee Cove until 6, and the trader shop which is great to pickup food for the kids. You can also walk down to Ananada's and Plantation for a change. Last year we stayed at Plantation Island and I must say that I prefer the more peaceful MC, the kids did'nt seem to miss the kids club and we had Rosila babysit when we wanted to dine alone. MC has well kept grounds and a sparkling pool area. I found MC to be a well run resort and a great holiday spot.

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 19, 2008

Stayed at Musket Cove for 12 nights in April and had a wonderful time! We realised that not only was this a great island to stay on, but that Musket Cove was the best resort for us on the island, as it was larger, which seemed to give it more of a 'village' feel.
The accommodation was super. We chose to stay in one of the beach bures, which was very private and had a fabulous location. Our stay all started off rather well when we arrived at the bure to find a complimentary bottle of wine.
Other highlights of the stay were:
- the food in the resort restaurant, which was much better than expected. There are different themed food nights.
- the snorkelling. There are 2 complimentary trips each day and the fish are amazing!
- the price of the wine - very reasonable.
- the beautiful sunsets.
The only downside to our stay were the mosquitoes. We were bitten so much no matter what we sprayed ourselves with - nothing seemed to work, though the cheaper alcohol seemed to numb the pain!!!!

  • Liked — Privacy
  • Disliked — Mosquitoes all around resort
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Musket Cove Island Resort
Address: Fiji
Location: Fiji > Mamanuca Islands > Malolo Lailai Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Malolo Lailai Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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