After using Trip Advisor extensively before our trip I now feel it is my duty and pleasure to give feed back on our holiday on Mana island.
We are in our late fifties with a busy business and can never afford a long break so we try to make the most of the time we have. Occasionally even after a lot of research we are disappointed but not this time.
Our stay in Fiji started and ended at the Golf Terraces which are new apartments right by the ferry in Denarau. It is a lovely place and of course an ideal setting because you don't need to bother about transfers to and from the boat.
Mana island was wonderful and the beautiful staff became like family within 5 days. However, what made the holiday ideal for us - needing more rest than recreation - was the perfect positioning of the Executive Beachfront Bures. They are not cheap (over $600 Aust) but have everything you would want including airconditioning, a spa room with a large door that opens up to the fabulous view but still maintains privacy because it is set just above the beach (6 steps down to the water), a fabulous patio area where they will bring your breakfast in the mornings, a maid who washes and folds your clothes and cleans your room (including fresh sheets) daily and that magic view from North Beach to the islands in the distance. The water was so clear and the sand so soft and white and often we would be the only people on the beach.
I think the North Beach setting is far superior to the South because it doesn't have the ugly diving boats etc to obstruct your view and I would not have wanted to stay in the cabins in the middle of the island but I am fairly fussy in my old age. When we were young and had children I would have thought they were great. The ordinary beach front bures were undergoing major renovation while we were there and probably would be very nice when finished and they are also on the North Beach.
I heard a lot before we went about the poor food on Mana but it was fine without being something to rave over. We ended up having just breakfast and dinner (so as not to increase our already considerable girths) and the buffets were lovely especially as the chef would cook freshly for you in the style of the evening and add your choice of seasonings etc.- a great idea.
The trip we took on the Sea Spray was also most enjoyable with some easy to reach reef to snorkle on just off Monriki island (site of the Castaway film).An island hopping jaunt, a submarine trip (with a vomitting child beside me), my husbands fishing trip and the singing and dancing of the staff all contributed to making this a most memorable experience and we certainly came away knowing that we had to return to Fiji very soon. The tears in my eyes as we left after such a short time certainly tell the story.
Also at the end of it all we were pleasantly surprised that it cost less than we had budgeted for meals, drinks, excursions etc.
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