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Musket Cove Island Resort
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Reviewed April 8, 2007

The prior 3 days was at Castaway Island, so Musket was a real letdown. This resort just cannot compare to a Castaway Experience. The staff is not friendly, our Armstrong Villa had a/c in the bedrooms only and not in the family room. There was at least a 40 degree swing in temp. It was terrible. This resort is very spread out so you do not have a chance to meets others. I liked the Island Bar and the misquito's were horrible. Food was above average. This resort is run mostly by Indians and only the restaurant and bar is staffed my locals. This makes a huge difference. Save your money and look elsewhere.

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 4, 2007

Myself and 31 others have just returned from Musket Cove Fiji as we celebrated my sisters 40th birthday in style. The people are VERY friendly and the resort is spacious. A word of caution - the term "Fiji time" is appropriate - especially at meal times. But then again we were on holiday so we just relaxed, chilled out and went with the flow. There's facilities galore (at a cost naturally) but the size of the isalnd is most impressive. Although there were a group of us we never felt "cluttered" and had plenty of space. Members of our family (including my sister and friends) were absolutely spoit as we spent 7 days at the Lagoon Point Villa ("Woody's place") which is a private residence on the island. I thoroughly recommend anyone to book this place for atleast a week - has its own pool, laundry, every kitchen facility, BBQ and heaps of room. The view was superb (despite the mosquitoes) and it was a sad day when we reluctantly checked out.

Food on Musket Cove is very good. The Trader is where you buy your groceries and being in a large group we all added to the "kitty" and cooked, or BBQ'ed most nights. Their pricing policy is "delirious" to put it bluntly. I paid $4.65 for a 4 pack of Energiser AA batteries (which is much the same here in AUstralia, if not cheaper) yet $19 for a litre of Honey and $3.50 for a pack of chips! Strange pricing....There's no fresh milk (its all UHT Sealed) and as the bakery is now closed you have to wait till 11am to get fresh bread/rolls and cakes from the mainland.

Bikes were $90 for the week but the best way to get round - as I've mentioned its a big Island. We went on a day trip to the new resort "Amunuca" which has just opened. It was lavish to say the least but incredibly small. After 3 days you'd go mad as all restaurants and accommodation are very compact and everyone seems to be on top of eachother (not in that way) whereas on Musket you can wander to your hearts content.

The Island Bar was ALWAYS a winner - with both the public and the 18,789,555 mosquitoes who also gathered at night. The manufacturers of Mortein were doing a "roaring" trade at night. Depsite the mozzies when you're slightly inebriated it didn;t really matter after that! The sunsets are absolutely mind blowing and the ship just anchored out makes the perfect scene setter for any photographs.

There's pools to swim in, hire the canoes or hobie cats, snorkel as much as you can or just relax. The Resort did a magnificent job of setting up tables and food for my sisters pasrty adn the Traditional Fijian dancing and ceremony was brilliant. DO NOT miss the house band which are 3 fijian lads playing the guitar at Dicks Restaurant. Their harmonies and guitar skills were fantastic and if you're lucky you might get to play bass on the home-made bass bow.

Kava is something you either like or not. It wasnt for me... it looks like they've scraped it up from the pothole after its rained but it was intersting watching them strain, sift and pour intot he dish. Close your eyes or look the other way if you're from Dept of Health - we all get to share from the one container! Still atleast I can now brag that I've had Kava. I only had 2 sips but that was enough.

I would suggest you pay cash "as you go" as come the last day there were stuff-ups with the accounts. Despite their wonderful nature the fijian accountancy skills require upgrading and Reception became a mass of confusion with people being asked to pay twice for amounts which had not been paid on their computer system. Eventually this was sorted out but it left a bit of a sour taste for us (especially for our last day). If you;re going to book things up to your room, get a receipt and keep it!

Also take plenty of sunscreen - because if you run out you can buy a $24 bottle from the "Boutique" which is the souvenir/chemist store on the island. Once again pricing is weird - $24 for sunscreen, $6 for thongs and $12 for beer holders.

All in all, my sister, and the 31 of us were iun varied accommodations (bures, hotel rooms and villas) and had a magnificent time. Weather was yuck on first 2 days but there's still plenty to do. The sun has an incredible bite to it and it was humid but there were plenty of pools to cool off in.. or you just drank!

Have fun on Musket Cove - we all did!

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 2, 2007

  • Stayed: October 2005, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 6, 2007

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Zoz
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Reviewed February 17, 2007

Stayed: January 2007
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Reviewed February 8, 2007

My wife and I stayed here for 2 nights in October 2006. We wished it could have been longer!!!

It is what we always dreamed an island holiday would be like. Looking back now, I am amazed how much we did in 3 days and 2 nights at the resort and still how relaxing and peaceful it was.

The beach is very nice, although the tide does go out quite far, but you are able to swim off the point at all times. You can also swim in the stunning pool, which is right by the restaurant and overlooks the beach.

We did not take the all inclusive option, but there are plenty of options to suite any budget. We bought food, drinks and ice-creams from the trader store which were reasonable priced and the attached coffee shop provides reasonably priced meals.

The main restaurant is excellent. The one night, they had a traditional pig spit buffet and traditional Fijian entertainment. The staff were all very friendly and Bula echoed around the resort.

My wife also had a massage on the beach. I used the free snorkelling equipment as well. We also hired bikes and rode around the Island. It is also a short walk to the other resorts on the island, including the Plantation resort.

It has all the facilities you could want and need. Overall it was an unforgettable holiday and we wish we could go back!

Stayed: October 2006
3  Thank kevsand
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Reviewed January 14, 2007

  • Stayed: January 2007, traveled with family
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Thank camchan
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Address: Fiji
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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: $298 - $655 (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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