My partner and I chose to stay at Mana Island Resort from a number of other options, based in part on the facilities on offer and the recommendations of friends who had been a year earlier, and we couldn't have been happier with our decision.
The resort really is the archetype of a tropical island getaway, with a lovely resort surrounded by white sand beaches and sparkling blue sea. We arrived by ferry from Denerau, which took about 90 minutes, to be welcomed by some traditional Fijian songs played on acoustic guitar. Guided across the island to the main resort area, we sipped some refreshing drinks while our cases were delivered to our room.
The room itself was fabulous, a two-level villa-style room on South Beach, the location of which I was initially a little hesitant about since it wasn't on the (much nicer) North Beach, but this location was actually perfect as it allowed us some quiet away from the main resort area, which was only a short walk when we wanted to go there.
Being surrounded by beaches there's always one suitable for swimming or sunbathing at, regardless of the wind direction. North Beach is the pick of the beaches, with beautiful waters leading out to other islands in the distance. Sunset Beach is also a nice spot for a swim, and being about a half hour walk away from the main resort is generally very quiet; perfect for a romantic dip.
The resort's facilities offer plenty for all guests whether travelling as a couple or with a family. Two pools, tennis courts, table tennis tables and plenty more, plus a wide range of free activities you can check out (such as cooking and coconut collecting/tasting).
There's also about as much variety in dining as you could expect on a smallish tropical island, with a buffet restaurant on North Beach serving different themed dinners each night (themed as in cuisine, not dressing up!), and an a la carte restaurant on South Beach where you can dine on the outdoor balcony to the sound of waves lapping against the shore. There's also a well-stocked bar at South Beach with the ever-friendly Radio making the drinks; be sure to try some of his famous cocktails, they're delicious.
In sum, I'd have no hesitation recommending Mana Island Resort to anyone seeking an island escape. It's friendly, well-maintained and good value. Don't be put off by negative reviews; unless you're expecting 5-star facilities for a 4-star price, you won't be disappointed.
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