We returned to Mana Island for our 4th visit over the New Years period. We were not disappointed, it is as beautiful as ever. New Year's Eve was an experience in itself, party on the North Beach deck complete with Polynesian Show, Dancing and at midnight there were balloons and champagne everywhere (all over everyone!!!!).
Other highlights of our holiday were, parasailing off the sandbar, lots of snorkelling off both beaches (my hubby and one of my daughters even got to see a reef shark at the North Beach drop off), banana boat rides, swimming at South Beach, poolside bingo @ Happy Hour, crab racing and great evening shows. As always it was the staff that really made our holiday, a special thanks to the Information staff, Uddy, Ana and all the restaurant staff, Kids Club - Cinderella, Va, Sandra, Big Bear, Big Mumma, & Sim.
The inifinity pool is now signposted Adults only, which really makes a difference. The main negative this visit was the lack of shade and seating around the Mana pool, this caused people to reserve lounge chairs early in the morning. We ended up just going to South Beach after a few days. As we understand big renovations are in the pipeline for the next year or so including a new pool, two storey restaurant, relocation of reception/information down near the jetty etc. It will be good to see these changes and we are hoping that it wont change the character of the resort too much.
We once again stayed in and Island Bure (2 adults and 3 kids) and will look at a bigger room next time as our kids are getting older. We didnt purchase a meal plan which gave us flexibility as to where we ate, going between buffets, room service, South Beach and backpacker, the food was ok but that's not really what you go to Mana for anyway.
Thanks to all for a wonderful trip to Mana and we will be back soon
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