Our family consisting of grandparents, three grown-up children, a teenager and two small grandchildren needed to find a place that had a beautiful beaches, lovely scenery, good weather, fishing, snorkelling, a bit of night-life and good food when we did not feel like cooking for ourselves. We were all coming from different countries viz. South Africa, the UK and Australia and we didn`t want a long trip for the two little ones. So we decided on Fiji. Reef House kept on popping up so we decided after looking at a number of web-sites that we would take a chance and book for two weeks. The owners Grant and Amy Ingram were very helpful and I know that they especially left things in their house for us to help our stay be even more comfortable.
Well, it was the best decision that we could have made. We arrived at this beautiful island paradise totally exhausted and left with the greatest desire to go back there again as soon as we can. The time flew by and we did not have enough time to do everything that we wanted to.
The staff at Musket Cove the local resort who also look after Reef House were friendly and very helpful. We had our own housekeeper who came in every day and tidied and swept etc. Ba (Va) a lovely young woman. We had everything that we could possibly need at the house, including bicycles and the cherry on the top, a pushchair for the nearly 4 yr.old who would not have enjoyed walking in the heat. The beds were very comfortable and there was plenty of space for all of us but I would say that the couple sleeping in the lounge suffered a bit with the heat. There is air-conditioning in the two main large bedrooms which was a life-saver and ceiling fans everywhere including the smaller bedroom and lounge. It was also a bonus having two bathrooms. After the rain it was a difficult sitting outside on the verandha because of the mosquitoes but we still managed to have some peaceful time out there. The kitchen has all the basics that one could possibly need for cooking, utensil and equipment-wise. It really is a comfortable lovely house.
The ten minute walk to Musket Cove Resort was not a problem for any of us as those who didn`t feel like walking used one of the 5 bicycles. Each time we walked we marvelled at the beauty of the place. It was very green as they had had some good rain. We found the walk to be very good exercise and it is flat terrain all the way except a small rise to the bridge over the one inlet.
Musket Cove is a very pretty resort and we thoroughly enjoyed going there for very good meals, beautifully presented at Dick`s Place. We had Christmas Dinner, New Year`s Eve dinner and the traditional pig on a spit dinner which were all delicious. We had good breakfasts, cakes, teas and coffees and lunches at the Coffee Shop and could buy just about anything that we needed at the shop there. Fresh vegetables were a little bit of a problem sometimes but we managed fine. Stock up on fresh milk when it comes in as we sometimes had to have long-life which we didn`t enjoy so much but discovered that condensed milk in coffee was a yummy replacement. The shop is not cheap but it is still much cheaper to cook for yourself and just have the odd meal when you feel like it at the resort.
There are two pools to swim in and we spent most of our swimming time, when we weren`t snorkelling, at the main pool area which is lovely. The sea-views at sunset and indeed anytime from behind the pool overlooking the beach were inspirational. Our one son took some very lovley photos.
The snorkelling was safe and really worthwhile doing. Never seen anything so beautiful as the fish on the reefs. Breathtaking. Plenty of Nemos!!! Be very careful NOT to put your fins down on the reefs though as this can cause terrible damage which can take years to come right and once you have been there you will want to keep it all preserved for future generations and will find yourself getting very upset by people who have no regard for the delicacy of the reefs. We wanted to go out snorkelling twice a day but mostly found we were quite tired as we just didn`t want to stop swimming and looking once we got into the warm water. The guides that took us out were very friendly and helpful. Each time after we got back from our snorkelling trip we would rush off to the Island Bar for a strawberry milkshake or a Pina Colada (sp?). This is a must and we would all excitedly talk about our experiences and what we had seen. Aah it brings back so many memories of this wonderful wonderful holiday. I could just weep!! We have to go back!
The beach at Musket Cove is really beautiful and we found that we could easily swim from the beach near where the Time-Share places were to snorkel as well so did not always have to go out on the arranged trip. BUT the guides really do take you to wonderful and different places. We recommend these trips highly especially the one to the Sandbank!!!!! For a very reasonable fee you can hire snorkel, goggles and fins for a week.
There is also a laundry there at Musket Cove and the staff at the shop will very kindly transfer your washing from the washer to the dryer if you ask them so you don`t have to wait around. The shop staff will go and switch the macines on for you as they have the disks.
For people wanting a bit of night-life there is plenty going on a the other resort about another 10 minute walk from Musket Cove called Plantation Island Resort. Our teenager enjoyed going there with her Mum quite often as there were plenty of other young people there. We much preferred Musket Cove as it is peaceful and quiet there.
We made the most of the fresh coconuts that fall from the trees. It is a bit of a battle to get them open as we did not have a machete but once achieved it was worth the effort. Delicious and healthy.
Our fisherman son caught some very nice fish which we had for dinner at night but he found it hard to kill them as they are beautiful. A local fisherman brought some fish that he had caught and we bought from him the one day.
I don`t think it is necessary to boil the water which we got from the rainwater tank outside but we did to be on the safe side because of the small children.
It rained very heavily for a couple of days while we were there but it didn`t get us down as it wasn`t cold and it was a respite after the hot weather. This was after all mid-summer. Our beautiful grandaughter and our son`s fiancee danced in the rain with much encouragement from the rest of us ninnies on the verandah.
We left Reef house with heavy hearts as we don`t know when we will ever have such a fabulous holiday again and we highly recommend the place. We loved every minute of our time there and we want to thank Amy and Grant Ingram for letting us stay in their home. We came to the island on the big Cat and flew out in a small plane. Both exciting but I recommend flying the rather.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Are you interested in a Fiji vacation where. There are more daylight hours than anywhere else on earth? You can hire a boat and visit many uninhabited islands. People dine out at restaurants in their bare feet? Every water sport and activity imaginable is all within a few minutes of your front door? And you'd like to do all this staying in accommodation that feels more like your own house than a hotel room or resort villa? ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Reef House Fiji/Malolo Lailai Island