Having just spent a week at Mana Island Resort, I can understand the widely varying reports this place gets in TripAdvisor.
So let's get out of the way the not so good bits. If you are looking for 5 star, it isn't. If you are looking for wanna-be Michelin star culinary delights, you will be disappointed. If you are looking for a "looks like it was only built yesterday" ambiance, it wasn't and hence isn't. At times. you need to park your expectations of everything being perfect and accept that service at the South Beach Restaurant can be a bit hit-and-miss and the food will range from would-have-been-OK-but-served-cold to a-bit-better-than-OK. And if your not one for tolerating a lot of young kids under your feet, Mana is not for you.
What makes Mana Island are three things: the location, the facilities and, most importantly, the staff.
The location really does have the look and feel of paradise. The resort is sandwiched between two magical beaches that host some spectacular marine life at high tide and accommodate very safe swimming and water sports for people of all ages and at all levels of ability.
The resort also features a great range of facilities with all sorts of motorised and non-motorised water sports, fishing charters and scuba diving. Our 13 and 15 year old got to complete their PADI open water divings accreditation in the week that we were there - thanks a million to Jonetani for his steady patience and good humour along the way.
And, to a person, the staff at Mana Island Resort were genuinely friendly and constantly doing their best to make our stay a memorable experience. Their attention to our interests and needs was first class and simple things - such as remembering the kids names - made us feel very special indeed.
We can't recommend Mana Island Resort highly enough.
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