We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Disappointed”
Review of Mana Island Resort

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 12 more sites!
Mana Island Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Mana Island
Brisbane
2 reviews
“Disappointed”
Reviewed October 30, 2008

Stayed six nights on Mana Island in an island Bure. The standard of the accomodation was not too bad, and they are cleaned daily. (Although cockroaches come out at night!)...

We have a two year old son, and he slept on a pull out couch. They offered babysitting for FIJI$5.00 per hour, so we decided to take them up on this. When the babysitter was 1/2 an hour late bringing our child back, we went over to the child care centre, and found our child, and the babysitter ASLEEP on pull out mats. She did not hear us come in, and I had to call out a couple of times to wake her up. So obviously if our son had woken he would have just walked straight out, and off to the beach if he wished! We were highly concerned over this. After this experience we do not recommend their babysitting.

Another very disappointing part of our holiday was the variety and price of the food offered. Towards the end of our time there, we all got sick with diahorrea.

On a positive note the beaches were beautiful, and the snorkelling on the North Beach was great. Six nights on the island was too long for us as a family. If you were a couple without kids maybe 6 nights would be suitable.

Stayed October 2008
Helpful?
Thank cande123
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

1,571 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    479
    637
    244
    117
    94
See reviews for
771
494
24
13
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (442)
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
England
Level Contributor
195 reviews
109 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 260 helpful votes
Reviewed October 22, 2008

Spent 7 nights on Mana. It wasn’t my first or even third choice but availability elsewhere was very limited and Mana had vacancies. The good things first - I’m a snorkelling fanatic and the fish were plentiful and various and because there are both north and south beaches one can swim on one side when the other is too windy. I probably liked Sunset beach best - no sunshades or drinks but hardly any people either so worth the 15 minute walk - at the end of the airstrip (shame about the rubbish washed up above the high tide line though). Found plenty underwater to keep me occupied for 3 hours a day.
The room (an island bure, in the middle of the “settlement”) wasn’t much to look at from outside but was actually much better than expected, with sitting area, outside table and chairs, open air shower (brilliant for drying clothes on the line in there). Amenities were good; shampoo and hair conditioner, nice thick towels, anti-mosquito tablets and repellent spray, telephone, in-room safe, iron and board, fridge, tea/coffee making (no TV in room, but who needs it on holiday?). Room had air-con and ceiling fan but mostly slept with screened windows open. Most rooms have wifi internet access (at a price, but cheaper than in Nadi) and there’s a “swap library” for paperbacks in the communications centre.
There seemed to be a full programme of activities for children (but there were still plenty of them around, particularly on the south beach). I didn’t go to any of the evening entertainments (which started at 9pm) or daytime adult activities (apart from the kava-drinking, out of curiosity).
Now the less good - service was generally friendly but often lacking altogether. Beach towels were supposed to be changed in room late afternoon - but mine never were - had to keep taking them to reception in mornings and wait for replacements. In restaurant buffet area plate clearing was usually slow and often not asked if I wanted a drink. Standard of buffets was variable - but often seafood items ran out and weren’t replaced promptly - maybe it was better early on but I don’t eat until 8pm and it often felt like poor value for money. Breakfast was alright (full breakfast included in room rate) but pretty monotonous and not all that much choice. A la carte restaurant service was a bit better but limited menu for people who don’t eat meat (at least I eat fish - a vegetarian would have real trouble unless they requested special food), South Beach restaurant had better food and service (more expensive too) but still very limited choice of fish. I heard from other people as I was leaving that the food was better and cheaper at the backpacker place (which I never found, though I wasn’t looking for it, which at least means it was unobtrusive). As other people have observed - the drinks are expensive, so glad I took my own duty free and bought large bottles water and soft drinks from the little shop. Often drinks bills arrived to be signed for with no indication of the price (so find out beforehand or risk a hefty shock at check-out). Also beach (at least north beach) wasn’t cleaned every day (cigarette ends still in ashtray from day before), often had to drag a sunbed to a vacant shade (after families had collected them together).
All in all - lovely setting, even if middle of island looks a bit scruffy, good beaches, great snorkelling and reasonable accommodation (though I wouldn’t have fancied the hotel-style blocks which I think housed all the families with children). If they could improve the service and the food it would be the complete package.

  • Liked — Comfortable room with plenty of amenities, good beaches and snorkelling
  • Disliked — Service and food
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank KK06
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Auckland
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed October 21, 2008

Mana is just stunning. A truly magical place. Wonderful for couples and for families with young or older children.

Here's a quick summary for those of you considering the Mana Island.

I highly recommend that you go!

We have a 4 year old and a 6 month old who both had a great time.

Kids Club is AMAZING with fantastic activities. The teachers are absolutely wonderful with the children. Also, the nannies are incredible and adore babies. Joshua (our 6 month old) was smothered in kisses and cuddles and was very happy to be left with a nanny for a few hours - now and then -so we could enjoy some relaxing time away from the kids.

We booked and stayed in an Island Bure which was fantastic and exceeded my expectations. It's definitely good value in comparison to the other accommodation. The bathroom was a good size and I loved the outdoor shower. The bedroom area was also big enough to sleep the family without feeling cramped. We stayed in room 105 which in opposite the tennis courts and not surrounded by other bures which was a bonus. It's also close to everything...

When we first arrived at the Island however, we were given an upgrade to an Ocean Front Bure (515). This was not good for several reasons. 1) It was too far away from the rest of the complex and with kids you don't want to walk 3-4 minutes to get to the pool and Kids Club is even further (hence why we originally booked the island bure which is central) 2) It was VERY rundown, old and extremely dirty. We slept 1 night in that room but asked to be moved to the island bure the next morning - which as a huge relief!!

At the North Beach at the main restaurant, the food is absolutely fine and some of it rather nice - even though I'm not into buffets. There's plenty of fruit and salad for lunch and dinner, as well as fresh fish and meet. Don't expect fine dining though!

They rotate various themed nights - *Mongolian BBQ* - you choose the meat, noodles, veggies and sauce and they cook it for you on the BBQ - *Lovo* - Fiji cuisine - and the Kokoda is lovely - *Curry * - this is the best night but ironically my husband got food poisoning from the seafood curry. Stay away from shellfish!!! - *Asian* - average...Can't remember the other theme, sorry...

At the South Beach we had a 3 course meal ($50) which for a Fijian Island was quite good. They really tried with the presentation and service and the food was OK. It was a nice change from the buffet! Also, we ate lunch at the SOuth Beach a couple of times which was nice. The pizza's are great as well as the fish and chips!

Food at the backpackers is average, apart from the Kokoda which is really good and the seafood chowder. The settling over the water at high tide is stunning but we found that there were too many flies though...

The Kids buffet is not great but Ella ate from the main buffet which was fine...

So, don't worry about the food - it's not terrible!

The beaches are AMAZING and the snorkeling is fantastic. The water is crystal clear and warm...Great visibility.

The water sport facilities are also very good and we went kayaking on our last day, which I highly recommend.

We met some lovely people on our holiday and Ella has made some great friends. I heard no one complaining about anything when we were there and everyone I know (or have met) that has been to Mana loved it. I haven't been to the other islands but from what I've been told Mana has the best beaches and is the best value for money.

Before we headed back to New Zealand we broke the journey and stayed one night at the Sofitel which is a lovely 5 star resort in Denerau. However, I still preferred Mana!

For what it's worth we will be going back next year with family and I HIGHLY recommend Mana for a truly magic island holiday.

  • Liked — Island Bures are newly refurbished with fab outdoor shower!!
  • Disliked — The Oceanfront Bures are very tired and need refurbished
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
4 Thank TinyTelly
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 13, 2008

Oh YES!! Just what we needed. Last minute booking. Our garden bure was just beautiful. Showering under the stars. (mind the falling coconuts) comfy bed and fijian decor. Fabulous beaches, snorkelling amid the most fabulous tropical fish and discovering new beaches. And the SUNSET!!
BUT.. The food. Very ordinary and EXPENSIVE. Must be hard for the families. They really need an international chef and lots more variety. Especially more seafood. I mean we are in the middle of the Pacific..
The staff just so helpful and lovely.
Veenaka. We will go back.

  • Liked — Caters for all budgets
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank liveAustralia
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Brisbane
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 10, 2008

Mana Island was beautiful. If you are looking for spectacular beaches, away from the hustle and bustle of Fiji, Mana is a great choice. We were looking for great diving, snorkelling off the beach and a kids club. These exceeded our expectations.

The rooms were great with a separate lounge area to sleeping (Ocean Front Suites), the housekeepers and baby sitters were amazing.

The food lets the place down. The buffets are repeatative with 5 buffets rotated and the same breakfast and lunch every day.

There is a great lunch spot on South Beach but pricey and at dinner it becomes a set menu for $50, $70 or $90 Fiji$. There is a part of the main restaurant which offers an a la carte dinner, but there are only a handful of tables and the food is average. There is no snacking menu anywhere, so most people take away extra food from the buffets.

Catering for the kids is limited, my kids didn't like the kids meals and they are not particularly fussy, they ate the buffet with us - at no cost. Try takeaway from a la carte, this helps break the cycle of buffets! Or, put the kids in kids club or get them a baby sitter at dinner time, and go to the backpackers for dinner. Keep it quiet when you decide to go.

Also, the Spa is a real rip off. They opened it 7 months ago and got rid of the hair braiders and massagers on the beach....

Take plenty of cash, if you need some they make it difficult for you and only give you $50 a day, to encourage room chargeback.

All in all a great time for the beaches and peace and quiet, but the food at the resort lets it down.

  • Liked — suited our family
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Brissytravellers
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Chirstchurch, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 22, 2008

We stayed at Mana for a week as a break from the NZ winter. We stayed in a beachfront Bure, which was beautiful - clean, modern, private, roomy and very comfortable, definitely worth the extra we paid for it. Fantastic view of the beach from our room, and the open-air jacuzzi was great too! The bure had two private decks that led directly onto the beautiful sandy beach. We were impressed at the care that was taken to keep the beach clean and free from seaweed etc. The north beach where our bure was is very private and quiet.
We had heard and read that the food wasn't great, so our expectations weren't high, but the food was absolutely fine, fresh and plenty of it. We tended to have a big breakfast, skip the lunch and have the buffet dinner, which was plenty. I think people are a bit unrealistc with their expectations of the food - this is an island after all, and even on the mainland the prices are high. We did bring our own wine with us, and were very glad that we had, as it would have been very expensive to buy there (about 5 times the price as in NZ). If you have children, I would recommend bringing along your own snacks etc too.
The snorkelling was definitely a highlight, would be great for introducing kids to the sea as it was warm, very calm, and snorkels/flippers etc were provided for free. We went out on a boat trip to snorkel around a different reef one day, this was fantastic and highly recomended.
We found the staff to be friendly and very co-operative.
Rather than taking the boat to get to and from the island, we flew in with Pacific Sun - much cheaper than we had expected, great connections so we didnt have to stay on the mainland, and a fantastic view of the other islands and reefs too.
There were lots of activities and entertainment provided, we didnt participate as we preferred to do our own thing, but it was all available without being pushed onto you or making the place feel touristy.
All in all it was a great holiday, we felt relaxed as soon as we set foot in our room, and we would have no hesitation in returning.

  • Liked — Fantastic private bure
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Escapee74
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Auckland
Level Contributor
7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2008

We flew into Nadi airport and had an overnight stay at a hotel just accross the road from the airport - ?Tokatoka or something, this accomodation was disppointingly average. Next day got a bus to ferry area to get to Mana. We travelled in July, so weather was just warm enough to sunbath & swim, we were lucky most days was sunny. We got a ferry over to Mana Island (in island time!)which type of resort suited family holiday, I took my then 6yr old and he loved the pool area, kids activities eg chasing/catching frogs, feeding fish. The resort was ok, quite tired, food very very average, bordering on pretty bad. The beaches are lovely though, great snorkelling & kayaking. The only main disappointment was the food, it certainly was not value for money, really dear. If you go to Fiji, please pack yourself some snacks,and bring your duty free! We were quite shocked by the prices and very limited being on a island. The rooms are getting quite tired though and could do with a revamp! paperthin walls. Probably wouldn't return.The best part of Mana is the kids club, activities they put on an awesome show during the week that included the kids all dressed up in island style. We thought 5-6days was definatley the max time here, and you would be limited if the weather turned bad. If you were considering getting married in Fiji, theres a gorgeous chapel overlooking the reef/beach here, check it out. We still prefered Rarotonga over the Fiji holidays that we've had, Raro would win hands up.

Stayed July 2006
Helpful?
Thank kiwisinsun
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Mana Island
6.5 mi away
Tropica Island Resort
Tropica Island Resort
#3 of 3 in Malolo Island
580 reviews
4.5 mi away
Castaway Island Fiji
Castaway Island Fiji
#1 of 1 in Castaway Island (Qalito)
890 reviews
9.1 mi away
Plantation Island Resort
Plantation Island Resort
#3 of 3 in Malolo Lailai Island
1,660 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
6.8 mi away
Tokoriki Island Resort
Tokoriki Island Resort
#1 of 2 in Tokoriki Island
1,365 reviews
6.4 mi away
Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island
Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki ...
#2 of 2 in Tokoriki Island
59 reviews
3.4 mi away
Matamanoa Island Resort
Matamanoa Island Resort
#1 of 1 in Matamanoa Island
1,055 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Mana Island Resort? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Mana Island Resort

Property: Mana Island Resort
Address: P. O. Box 610, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Mamanuca Islands > Mana Island
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Mana Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Mana Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 160
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Travelocity, Cancelon, Orbitz, Booking.com, Ctrip TA, Hotwire, Priceline, Cheap Tickets, Hotels.com, Agoda, TripOnline SA, Evoline ltd and HotelQuickly so you can book your Mana Island Resort reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Mana Island Hotel Mana Island

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing