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Mana Island Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Mana Island
Reviewed April 7, 2010

As many of the previous reviews suggest, go with the expectations of a 3* resort and you won't be disappointed.

We were initially booked into an ocean view bure and found this a bit tired and run down so stayed just one night before paying for an upgrade to an ocean front bure which was leagues ahead!! This accommodation suited our family of 4 (incl 2 kids) much better as we found we needed the extra space. These are newer rooms with mezzanine sleeping above a lovely lounge & kitchen which opened onto the south beach. Two lovely, huge bathrooms. Nice touches such as fresh floral arrangements each day.

As we had breakfast included we paid for lunch and dinner seperately. This did turn out to be a bit expensive and the lunch a-la carte needs some additions. Disappointing to only be able to have burgers/club sandwich/pizza with chips or be forced into the lunch buffet for FJD30. The Lovo evening buffet was very nice and good to experience some local food.
Disappointed that the north beach restaurant was closed for the duration of our stay.
Service at the restaurants was mixed with drinks often arriving when we were mid-way through food but many of the staff were absolutely lovely and made a real fuss over our kids.

Plenty of daily activities if that's your thing but we were happy just to snorkel and relax with a book on one of the beaches. The beaches are cleaned up of seaweed each morning and sun loungers are spread well apart so you often feel like you have the beach to yourself. The snorkelling was the key attraction to us when we booked and we weren't disappointed. Highlight was seeing the rays.

Great to have up to 5 hours of free babysitting each day (must be consecutive). We used a couple of hours in the morning then paid for the evenings. Kids club was small but had a nice play area with swings and slides. Bit disappointed to find that instead of some of the advertised activities, the kids were plonked in front of the TV for hours on end!!

5pm happy hour at the north beach pool bar was fun with nightly bingo.

The two pools are nice but could do with some minor updating and a bit of a shame that they are right next to each other with exactly the same outlook.

Cannot recommend the Spa enough - FANTASTIC!!! A beautiful treatment in gorgeous surrounds and quite affordable.

Would recommend Mana for a stay of up to about 5 days but we were pleased to have another island to move onto afterwards (Plantation) as we were a bit over the food.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 6, 2010

I enjoyed my stay a lot and found the island was perfectly adequate for a fiji holiday. The grounds are well presented and the staff are friendly if a little 'laid back' The worst thing was that although we were greeting on our arrival by plane we were then left for at least 40 minutes at the small hut station for a cart to bring us and luggage to reception. Several carts went past put the guy didnt seem too concerned about gettin us anywhere promptly. ( we could have walked it in 2 minutes).Then a cart came and picked us up but ran out of petrol after 2 meters. Some staff are laid back to the point of being asleep. Luckily though this didnt affect us for rest of holiday as we didnt really deal with them much. You can't deny they are friendly though.

The food at the restaurant is better than at the buffet and you can sit outside with a sea view. The buffet is indoors and the food is only average. If you go back for thirds you might get your moneys worth(typical of buffets i suppose). I also suspect but of course can't prove that my partner and I became slightly ill after eating at buffet. Food left out/fingers prodding food etc.
The shop is tiny and stocks crisps ,drinks , few souveneirs and basic hygiene products.

The bure is very very well presented. Quite 'swish' actually. I stayed in an island bure.
The outdoor shower is a good idea. Embrace the outdoors but in complete privacy. Maybe the fruit bats in trees above might sneak a peek. If anything the pictures dont do it justice.

The beaches are very nice in my opinion and more importantly empty. You can visit any of beaches with no problems. It does get very hot though as there is no shade when you are walking. Fiji seemed very hot to me and it was only a few degrees more than queensland where i went next. Just seemed hotter(probably the lack of shade etc).
I would urge anybody to try Mana island. I had my reservations because the price was considerably less than other islands such as Castaway. Well i dont dont think you should pay twice the price for nothing. Mana island has plenty to offer. Its Fiji after all . Its about beaches! It has those and by the looks of it they are quieter and bigger. The island is big enought to go off and get lost and do your own thing. Thats paradise. Not everybody sharing the same tiny beach (bounty? castaway?) Seriously this is the best one.



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  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 3, 2010

We landed in Nadi smoothly after a late flight and we were probably the last boat to leave the Marina before boating got cancelled due to cyclone Tomas. We got a speedboat through Tour Managers Fiji. I was a bit scared because it was dark and the swell was 3m (nearly 10ft) but arrived safely. at Mana. The staff kept us fully informed at all times about the cyclone with notes under our doors every afternoon and information on the message board. One night the wind was very gusty and howly and relentlessly kept up the next day but then beautiful weather. The water was as aqua as in the travel brochures and my husband explored the reef at sunset beach, which he said was amazing. We stayed in an Oceanfront Suite. They are two storey, modern, and extremely clean. A large bathroom is downstairs with a sofa bed and kitchenette and upstairs are two queen beds, balcony and another bathroom with a massive shower that could fit 10 people! Oceanfront Suites are perfect for families however, the only thing is it can be a bit windy in the afternoon as it is on the southbeach. The kids club was fantastic. Our kids loved it the best and couldn't wait to go there everyday. The food was fresh and we really got great value with the 3meal a day plan. Anyone going with a family should do this as it is definitely cheaper and the kids eat free. Dinner was the best with a chocolate fondue dessert every night that of course the kids couldn't wait for and the pineapple slushies were a hit with the kids too. We took a walk up the mountain which has spectacular views. The pools were in good condition and the staff were extremely friendly. BULA! The spa was outstanding. My daughter had her hair braided and my husband and I got a massage each. On a couple of the days we took out kayaks which was fun and we checked up on the baby turtles the guys in the dive shop were looking after until they grew big enough to be released. My husband was a little dissappointed the tennis was cancelled but this was something to do with the cyclone? Overall, we will definitely be going back to Mana Island next year. It is paradise and we like how you can swim out and see the coral off the beaches and not have to do an excursion.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 26, 2010

This was our 2nd stay at Mana, after our last stay and viewing the Chapel and the people we had to come back again. We brought with us 36 guests of mixed age groups inc 6kids and my dad in wheelchair. Firstly i must say the people were magnificent we had staff remember us from our stay 12 months prior. My dad was looked after every moment asking if he required help (which he is very able bodied). The kids were like the apple of the Fijians eye especially the young ones always playing with them and keeping them happy when we ate. Hurricane Tomas was coming when we arrived, all boats were landed and werent going anywhere so we had to take plane in, nothing was stopping our holiday/wedding. All we had was strong winds but nothing to worry about. We were kept up to date and had letters dropped at our door letting us know what was going on and checked board or asked staff.
THE WEDDING - most magical experience i could have ever asked for. Both George, Vini & Praveen were soooooo helpful everything was looked after and even when there was a thought of rain the WHOLE decoration they made which was wonderful was taiken inside Mamanuca restaurant. Highly recommend Chapel wedding and photographer did a magnificent job also.
SPA - the best ever.... you would be silly to miss out, we brought the products home but found they were cheaper at airport..
ROOMS- we were upgraded to Ocean View after a couple of hassles with closure of Mamanuca restaurant and they were spectacular. Yes bathrooms could be updated but my god you cant be picky. The high cielings and jacuzzi and door that opens to decking was gorgeous and so close to everything and all our guests. We LOVED the island bures last stay the outdoor shower was the best, only 1 guest complained of lack of hot water but if you dont let a staff member know how can they fix it? We had rooms with a family of 5 fitted. The youngest guest 13months was given a full wooden cot no cheap stuff.
RESTAURANTS/FOOD - Mamanuca was closed which we were informed by letter of travel agent only 2 weeks before that was my only real unhappiness but we were accomodated for the wedding. South Beach restaurant has best lunch (beef burger an pizzas). if you dont do Half board Meal plan you would be stupid they are there for a reason so of course the food will be expensive they give you a cheap way out so take it. Buffet has Mongolian wednesday night and European Thursday night they were the best. You pick what you want and they make it there and then in front of you. Rest of buffet did get repetitive alot of indian/asian food to choose from. My partner ate kids club most of holiday he loved the chips, meat pie, chicken etc.
PEOPLE - I heard people complaining when we arrived the people dont smile and its hard to get anything out of them I DONT THINK SO. The people were soooooo friendly and accomodating, its how you treat them also. We had a good lagh with the staff and got to know them we were all on first name basis. ONE THING I RECOMMEND go into the villagers areas and meet the people. Go into the backpackers there is a village there you can see their school we met the head master and learnt about how things work there and even met some kids, get in and mix with it. Some may not be so welcoming but majorty are. WHEN we go back for 3rd visit ill be taking little things/gifts with us to give to children on island as they are just so deprived even just like koala toys tourist buy in Australia. ALSO there is a guy named Moses behind backpackers he does hand painting on t-shirts of amazing pics of the island and only cost FJ$10 which is nothing. I had a huge picture done for our wedding and is getting framed as keep sake. Just ask around for Moses. AND dont forget to do the survivor walk and see where the set for the show survivor was well worth pics but amazing how the Yanks left everything behind, very sad.
SNORKELLING- i loved South Beach you MUST take some bread from breakfast with you they ALL just come and eat out of your hands it was an amazing experience. I tried North beach only once it was OK others raved about that beach we saw a reef shark once that was so good BUT dont worry they are harmless we swam near it.
all in all my 36 wedding guests were all looked after very well everyone left very happy with some people considering coming back again. This is NOT a singles pick up retreat if you are a couple you dont to be someone who can meet people and try different things. Was very very relaxing. Oh fishing was great too loved the water sports people.
I would go again but a holiday is always what YOU make of it get out and enjoy the people and your holiday

  • Stayed: March 2010
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Reviewed March 24, 2010

We went to Mana Island on our honeymoon with our 17 month old son. Arrive by plane (definately recommend as it is just a 10 minute flight) and met and transferred by buggy to reception then room. Got upgraded to an ocean bure which was perfect. Stones throw from the North Beach. Could hear the waves and see the sea from our balcony.

Staff very friendly and willing to help although they do operate to Fiji time. Room was clean and tidy although the bathroom could do with a make over. Visited the spa one afternoon which was outstanding. If the rooms were decorated like the spa, it would just be paradise.

The food was better than what I had expected given the reviews on this site. We did find it hard sometimes to feed our son. They advertise a 'kids corner' of the buffet but the whole time were were there, this was not available. Only childrens option on the menu was chips with fish or chicken nuggets. He did eat a lot of bread and rice!

You definately need to purchase at least the half board meal plan as the food is expensive as are the drinks. They do have a happy hour from 5pm - 6pm each night which is when we got our cocktail fix. We used to walk to the backpackers (just down from the jetty) for lunch every day. The food there was good and the drinks half the price. You do have to walk past a guard shed to get there but they never tried to stop us (nor can they) from entering. The excursions operating from the backpackers were also half the price than the resort i.e. diving, fishing etc.

You get 5 hours of free babysitting which is not heavily promoted. We got a sitter every second night and on alternative afternoons so we could go out and snorkle. The beaches and clarity of water was outstanding. I was quite disappointed with the coral off the north beach as it is all dead but still plenty of colourful fish around to enjoy.

The pools were great. Resort was only running at 30% occupancy while we were there so it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. The resort does need a lick of paint and some work. It does seem to be mostly cosmetic i.e. roofs on island bures need re-thatching plus the resort needs paint and a bit of money spent on it.

I would definately go back again. We did have to leave 1 day early due to Cyclone Tomas. The resort was quite slow in providing information on the Cyclone and the information posted on the information board was old. We used to go to the internet room to get up to date news. All in all though, thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Perfect if you want a relaxing holiday. If you want nightlife and excitement, not the place to go.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 24, 2010

Im not sure why some sites premote this as 4 star because you will be dissapointed if thats what you are expecting,the location is amazing the snorkling,diving(3 dives done) is outstanding, most of the facilites are a bit run down with the exception of the new apartment stye rooms (which id reccommed) , we stayed in a beach burae which was okay,clean,self standing,close to beach on the downside it is a long way from the restruant and pool and bars(not suitable for somebody with walking dissabilites)and the A/C dint work.
Make sure you get food as part of your package - or allow $100fj p/p for it , In terms of food quality again its okay, the menu becomes limited after 4 nights there. but meals are plentiful and lunch isnt really requried.

I will go again fir the same package we got

Deffinetly go but remember its 3 star, if you want a 5 star will great food you will have to pay more

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 24, 2010

We visited Mana Island 10 years ago and went back for a second visit in October 2009.
The water sports were great and lots of fun. The Fijian staff were freindly and helpful but not as quite as vibrant as 10 years ago.
Some areas of the island such as the pool are looking pretty dated,
The food was fine with breakfast being the best meal.
The spa was terrific.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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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
Price Range: $169 - $451 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Mana Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 160
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