Recently came back from our 5 day holiday on Mana Island. I found the resort to have beautiful gardens, there is some damage from the cyclone but we could see some new apartments being build on the South Beach which look very modern.Furthur on there were some log cabin type bures which looked lovely.Wish we could have afforded though but our little bure was great too. Room serviced everyday but on 2 occasions it only got cleaned at 4 pm.Found this an inconvenience as we had a few massages and would have like to go back to a clean room to have a lie down.The spa and therapists are fantastic,giving quality treatments and highly recommend the scalp ritual.We had 2 treatments each and were glad we indulged.
There are 2 resturants: The North Beach has buffet only at $65 Fijian per adult and the South Beach has an ala carte resturant between $30 - $40 per meal. Food much better at South Beach resturant. The kokoda (fish in coconut) was amazing. We had researched the island before we left so found out that the Backpackers food was best - which it was. Around $20 - $35 per meal and by far the best quality food such as stir frys, chicken etc. Just dont have the garlic prawn, wasnt that great. Cocktail hour between 5-6 pm is a joke with a $4 save and not good cocktails. The full price $17 cocktails were really nice with good amount of alcohol. We bought 12 x 1L bottles of water from Port Denaura as were told not to drink the Fiji water, these lasted exactly 5 days.We also bought beers and lemonade from port which helped save heaps.
Snorkeling was our biggest highlight , we snorkelled at least 3 x a day and saw lots of cute fish - parrot fish, nemos, angel fish etc we also saw sea cucumbers and blue starfish on the north beach and were lucky enought to see two stingrays on the south island.
The stray dogs on the island are not an issue as mentioned in previous reviews and we actually befriended two dogs which would go for walks with you on the island or sit with you at the backpackers. There is alot of broken glass on the backpacker side , not great to see but there is no reason to really go this side as not snorkelling spots. Beaches infont of resort are clean and safe.
Entertainment was at 9pm which I though was far to late as we were ready for bed by that time due to lots of activity and sun during the day.
The only negative side of our trip was that we found the price of the food to high for the quality. I dont mind paying high prices but only If I get my moneys worth. We also found that some staff were too forceful with "Bula". I understand that this is how they welcome you but by the 5th day , you are just over it. Some of the staff would stand and have a lengthy conversation with you asking the same questions over and over again when all you want is some peace and quiet - It gets a little intrusive at times.
I probably wouldnt go back again, not because I was unhappy with the resort but when I go on holiday good food is a big part of it. Otherwise I enjoyed my stay and completely unwound.Fiji is a beautiful place.
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