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Musket Cove Island Resort
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Fareham
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Total Chill Out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2006

The most relaxing six days of our life. The staff are so friendly you feel like one of the family. Our daughter got married while we were there and everything was just perfect. Nine very satisfied customers will be going back, perhaps for an anniversary.

  • Liked — Size of room
  • Disliked — Toilet
  • Tips/Secrets — Just relax and enjoy yourself
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2006

We travelled to Musket Cove Island Resort in the middle of November 2006 to get married. Our group of 6 (the happy couple plus both sets of parents) had the best time on Musket Cove Island Resort. From the initial welcome by the staff, to the fabulous accommodation, to the quiet, peaceful, gorgeous location everything was perfect. The staff went out of their way to know your name by the second day, and by the third they were recommending food & drinks based on your preferences. Everyone was saying hello (or bula), from the maintenance men, to the band, to the wait staff. Nothing was too much trouble and every whim regarding our wedding was immediately granted. We could not have been treated better if we had tried. I recommend you visit Musket Cove Island Resort if you want a peaceful, relaxing, happy holiday. There are plenty of organised activities if you want them, otherwise you are able to just relax and enjoy yourselves in peace. Although there were a number of guests on site, we always felt we were in our own private paradise. Vinaka (thank you) to everyone at Musket Cove - especially Gloria our wedding co-ordinator.

  • Liked — The amazing view & the friendly staff
  • Disliked — Being eaten by mosquitos
  • Tips/Secrets — Avoid nearby plantation island
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled with family
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1 Thank Marksonia
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Melbourne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2006

On the way to the island we stopped at Plantation Island to let about 95% of the passengers off.... when we got to Musket Cove, we were in paradise. The weather, the people, the staff - all absolutely amazing. My wife and I got married there and they truly went above and beyond to make this day special. This is the sort of place you go for a romantic holiday, or some quiet time away - not too many kids or families there at all. If you walk round the back of the island, about a 30 min walk, you can snorkel for hours - beautiful coral reefs everywhere. The staff are friendly and remember your name after the first day, you really feel like you are part of the family. The pool is fantastic as is the beach. I would recommend this wholeheartedly to anyone. We will definately be going back this year (2006).+

  • Liked — Staff, weather and sun!
  • Disliked — No line fishing
  • Tips/Secrets — Back of the island has amazing snorkeling!!!
  • Stayed May 2005, traveled as a couple
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New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2006

Loved the week we spent at Musket Cove, it really is an island paradise. We stayed in a garden bure (#57), really it could have been called an oceanview as we looked out across a lawn to the sea - fabulous for watching the sunset on the patio. The bures are spacious, with king size beds and a big bathroom area.
The garden bures only have tea and coffee making facilities, and you do need to put all your food in the fridge to stop the ants getting it! We took the advice of a previous poster, and took our own plunger coffee which we enjoyed every day. Having said that the prices at Trader Jacks were quite reasonable for most things - comparable to a dairy back in NZ. Exceptions were coffee and chocolate, which were quite expensive, so bring them with you.
We also had the chance to look inside a lagoon bure - these are a little bit smaller than the garden ones, they do have a balcony out over water but it can be a bit smelly at times, and there is no view of the ocean at all. We also saw inside one of the Armstrong Villas - these are gorgeous, if you are going as two couples, or want some privacy from the kids these are definitely the go. They have air con and small TV's (the other bures only have fans and radios) and their own pool area which looked very nice. They also have balconys over water, but this water is a lot cleaner and did not have the same smell as the lagoon ones.
The swimming pool at Musket Cove is gorgeous, you look out over the ocean, and there was always sun loungers available. The pool has two shallow areas for the kids, most of it is chest deep, apart from the whole length of the pool by the sea which is really deep and perfect for swimming lengths if you are feeling energetic.
Definitely do the 'Pig on Spit' night (Thursdays), it was the best! Dicks Place had good meals, around $30 a main. Cheaper place to visit was Ananda's, at Plantation Island Resort right next door - there meals were also tasty and around $20 a main. We didn't eat at the main restaurant at Plantation, but treked around to The Flame Tree at Lomani Resort on our last night - the meal there was to die for, absolutely divine. The lovely waiter even arranged a golf cart to drive us back to Musket Cove afterwards.
The other great thing about this island is there is always something to do - kayaking, windsurfing, fishing or island hop trips, free snorkelling trips morning and afternoon. On these you are taken out by longtail boat and dropped off at various spots. Some of these are straight into the ocean, and you have to climb back up a little ladder into the boat (Sunflower Reef, Nuku Point) but others they drop you in and then you swim back towards the beach and can get onto the boat there (Vasa Point). The best one is definitely Sunflower Reef - absolutely gorgeous coral and tropical fish, and a big dropaway into the deep blue ocean. My hubby spotted a whitetip shark (harmless) and there were barracuda as well.
A game of golf over at Plantation is well worth it too - for the two of us, hire clubs, and a cart it was $50. You definitely need the cart - it was only $10, but in the heat of day you don't want to be walking around. The clubs were really good, and they give you the balls and tees so you don't need to bother taking anything with you.
The tidal nature of the lagoon as been mentioned a lot, and it is definitely not possible to swim or do any water sports at low tide (other than dragging a kayak out to channel coming into the marina). Having said that, it did not appear Plantation Island or Lomani fared much better, although they still had some water it wasn't more than knee deep so no good for doing much. Don't let this put you off, the pool is by far the best place to swim anyway, and there are other things you can do for the few hours at low tide. The snorkelling trips still go out, and on any given tide you will still have about 6 hours of usable water since from about half tide the lagoon has filled in.
Two tips - fly in (and out) if possible. The views from the plane are spectacular, and it is so much quicker and easier than the Malolo Cat. Secondly pack plenty of sunscreen, and put it on every time you go out - the Fiji sun is incrediably hot, and unfortunately I have the sunburn to prove it!

  • Liked — Stand alone bures, king size bed, great pool
  • Tips/Secrets — Fly in on Sunair, take plenty of sunscreen!
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
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hawaii
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2006

stay away from the private and old broken down Mcgrath Home
if you want to go to bed and wake up with the smell of mothballs and bugspray you will love this decrepid old home, obviously when it was new it must have been quite lovely, but all i can say is we checked in late in the afternoon and quickly realized the photos we so lovingly enjoyed didnt tell the whole story, we couldnt sleep at all , there are so many wasp nests and termites thruought the home that there must have been no choice but to overspray insecticides, too bad because the staff was lovely and musket cove is lovely, anyway we left 4 days early cause it was soooo bad, never again , it was the worst ever experience

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Stayed June 2006
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Melbourne
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57 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2006

The island is very beautiful. You are made to feel welcome the moment you arrive and this continues throughout your stay. There are a lot of activities available such as snorkeling, sailing, para sailing, kayaking, etc, etc. Or you can just laze on the beach. You can be as relaxed or active as you like. The food is wonderful and the service fantastic. The menu is changed each day. I recommend getting the meal plan. All staff are very friendly. Musket Cove has the most beautiful sunsets I've ever seen. The beach is beautiful. We had a beachfront bure and that was spacious, comfortable and beautifully decorated. My husband and I had a wonderful stay at Musket Cove and did not want to leave. I hope to return in the future.

  • Liked — Welcome cocktail and the tour of the resort on the back of a golf buggy.
  • Disliked — Having to leave.
  • Tips/Secrets — Stay at least a week. We only stayed 3 mights and it wasn't long enough.
  • Stayed September 2005, traveled as a couple
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7 Thank anne1313
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sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2006

I have been to Musket Cove twice now, once as a couple and then back again with children and it is fabulous. The Yacht bar is on a little island, connected by a bridge to the main island, with huge cruisers and yachts tethered. A drink there at sunset with all the yachties is an excellent experience. Some of them have been travelling the world for years.

We have stayed in the beach bures and the duplexes and recommend both, but for different experiences. The duplexes are smarter and have a spa, but the beach bures, while more basic were great for that tropical island/beach rediscover yourself holiday.

The food all over Fiji tends to be a bit on the basic side, but there is a fully stocked store so you can self cater and there is a hugeswimming pool with a yacht/bar set into the side of it.
We watched a wedding in the white weatherboard chapel while we were there, up on a hill, overlooking the islands and the water and it was so romantic. They even had an honour guard of Fijian warriors!
I can't wait to go back.

  • Liked — privacy, self catering
  • Disliked — not particularly flashy
  • Tips/Secrets — snorking rip is amazing
  • Stayed October 2005, traveled with family
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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 #2 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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