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“Beautiful Island - Pity about the Food”
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Mana Island Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Mana Island
Auckland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Beautiful Island - Pity about the Food”
Reviewed October 9, 2006

I spent 6 days on Mana Island.
My friend and I went to Mana Island as it was where our travel agent recommended us to go. I only discovered traveladvisor.com a few days before we left. Reading other peoples reviews prepared me somewhat for dissapoint.

The food is awful. Not fresh, poorly presented and in some cases not cooked properly.
I got sick on day 2 but the helpful nurse at the resorts clinic gave me pills for my "travellers gastro".

It's unfortunate that the food is so awful because the rest of the island is awesome. It's so beautiful. Our room was fine, nothing flash but when your spending all day on a white sandy beach who cares.
The snorkling was amazing! Everything was so accessible ie: Boat Bure, Restuarants, Pools. And you didnt feel like the island was over crowded.

Activites were great and well organised.
Bar staff were really friendly. Restuarant staff were a mixed bag - but mostly didnt know how to handle customer complaints.

I wouldnt return again but I take with me the memories of a beautiful island.

  • Liked — Snorkling
  • Disliked — Food
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled with friends
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4 Thank NatInTheHat
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Gold Coast
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed October 6, 2006

We arrived back from Mana on Thursday 5 Oct 2006 after 6 nights on the island. We have 2 kids aged 7 & 9. After reading all of the reviews on this website prior to travelling there I really didnt know what to expect. Yes the resort is in need of maintenance. The deluxe oceanview room we were in was 30 metres to north beach and was a hotel style unit. We had a ground floor unit that had a door that opened directly onto a grassy area right on the beach. You can also have the upper level with a balcony but I think the ground floor one is better. The room was by no means fancy but it was adequate for us. The decor is 3 star but we spend very little time in our room and the beds were fine.

The room had 2 double beds and a couple of chairs with a coffee table. It had a robe with a safe inside. Shower was over the bath. There was a large vanity. The room was clean and adequate. North beach is by far the best beach for snorkelling with a beautiful area just 40 metres off the beach with lots of coral and about a 40 metre drop off with plenty of fish. Theres really no need to dive as the snorkelling is amazing. A friend of mine had one of the ocean front suites. These are modern and are 2 levels and situated on South Beach. They are really nice inside but he had 2 children aged 2 & 3 1/2 and it really isnt suitable for them. They can too easily climb over the railing upstairs and fall . He said he would have preferred to stay in our room (after all it is almost $200 a night cheaper). For someone who likes a little bit of luxury and has older kids it would be great. The beach that they front onto is where the boats and water activities are. Its not anywhere as pretty as the North beach we had.

As for the food it really wasnt a problem. Its by no means as good as Australia but thats Fiji. We had a meal package that cost us $41 per adult per day with the kids free. Breakfast at the Mamanuca buffet was included as standard to all guests and wasnt as bad as I had read. You could order fresh eggs / omelettes and could select food from the buffet. None of the Buffets at Mana were brilliant but I could always finds plenty of food that was fine to eat. Lots of fresh or tinned fruit like Peaches, Pineapple, Oranges, Bananas, Watermelon. Breakfast Sausages, Ham, Bacon. If you dont go there expecting a buffet like the Marriott you will be ok. Lunch was either another buffet at the same restaurant or for the voucher to can also have lunch in the South Beach Restaurant although the kids arent free there. Lunch at south beach averaged about $16FJ Dollars and was fairly good.

For Dinner you could have either a themed buffet at the Mamanuca buffett which was either a Lovo, Aust/NZ night, Curry night, Oriental. All buffets were of average quality and we found that the a la cart meals inside the Mamanuca restaurant to be much better and of a very good standard equal to Australia. Wine on the menu is EXTREMELY expensive with a bottle of Oyster Bay ($18 in Aussie) selling for $72 FJ. All wine was really over the top. Beer was $5.50Fj. We never ate dinner at the South Beach Restaurant because the kids werent free and the food was fine where we were.The voucher entitled you to the $48 per head Baravi 3 course set menu and you get a $35 credit off the $68 & $92 per head menus. The Kids can still eat off the buffet while you dine here but its really not worth it. The Mamanuca Restaurant is great. The Kids Club was fantastic with plenty to keep our kids busy. There was fish feeding, Fijian craftwork of all kinds, Bula bus rides and the kids even performed a Meke dance on the Tues night. The local Meke show there was amazing.

The resort was quite in need of maintenance with the tables and chairs old and worn and the decking needing to be renewed. The pools were great but really a lot of Fiji was like this and It didnt detract from the beauty of the island and the Fijian people which is why we went there. If you want 5 star stay in Australia. We did an island hopping tour ( $85 per adult ) and visited Castaway , Malolo, Plantation and Musket Cove. Castaway and Malolo were definitely a step up in Resort Quality and the maintenance there was fine. Malolo and Castaway were of equal quality and were really quite beautiful although the beaches were no better than Mana. They are probably where we will go next time as the extra $1300 for Malolo over what we payed at Mana for a 7 night stay is probably worth it. Castaway is a bit more expensive than Malolo (Approx $100 a day more included the meals).

The rooms at Malolo and Castaway both are quite roomy and have a separate bedroom area for the adults. Furnishings are of a very good standard. As for Musket cove it is a nice resort but it is on a cove and not really directly on the sea. Plantation is a dump and I wouldnt go there for free. Way too many people, REALLY run down and littered. The beaches are certainly not equal to what we had at Mana for not a lot of extra expense. Plantation is really big and I dont think you would get any rest there. The food we had there was awful and the buffet looked worse. Overall I think Mana is good value for money. There were a lot of Japanese & NZ tourists there but this certainly isnt a problem like someone else mentioned. Everyone mixed together and we all had a great time. Weve been to Fiji before and you have to understand that in Fiji things happen a little slower. They arent as organised as here in Australia and we often had funny things happen like not enough chairs at the buffet or no glasses for the juice, pancakes but no syrup etc but thats Fiji. Dont get upset with them. They are the nicest people you will ever meet and its really quite funny after a while.

  • Liked — The Snorkelling
  • Disliked — In need of maintenance
  • Tips/Secrets — Buy your wine, water and beer on mainland. Also the resort shop is expensive
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled with family
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16 Thank AKMA
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brisbane
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed October 2, 2006

we travelled to mana for my mums 60th birthday,( 10 people in totall) we stayed on mana for 7 excellent nights, the staff are very friendly, from the moment we first arrived to the moment we left we fell in love with the place and the staff, on the first day our air con broke so we went to reception and before we even got back to our room there was some one there to fix it, the food is a big topic on this web site I would strongly recommend the food plan as you are free to use all the restuarants to the value of your voucher. we never had to pay extra for any of our food choices, and if you cannot find something suitable in a buffet you have a big problem as I am a veggie the only night I didn't eat buffet was the Lovo nights, Breakfast was always good omlettes are a must, we found the rooms were very good always clean and well presented we stayed in the deluxe ocean view rooms and would step out of our rooms walk approx 20 steps and be in the water snorkelling, the nightly entertainment was great and always fun, those travelling with kids the kids club is excellent as our children were always asking when could they go again, I would recommend those who are after a great fun time to come to mana but for those who think they are at the sheraton or the hilton dont bother as this is a small well presented friendly resort for those who appreciate good culture without all the trimmings and not the marble and attitude as this is what we got when we stayed at these places.

  • Liked — views
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — leave yourself enough time to enjoy the fiji experience
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled with family
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4 Thank bula-mana
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Property: Mana Island Resort
Address: P. O. Box 610, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Mamanuca Islands > Mana Island
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Beach Business Center with Internet Access Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Mana Island
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Hotel Class:4 star — Mana Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 160
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