My husband and I recently spent 5 days on the island . The first few days were in the new villas which are outstanding. The villas have a beautiful plunge pool and day bed and is very private with a private beach . The rooms are modern , clean and well decorated .This was money well spent on the villas. I would like to give a blanched view of pros and cons.
However the beach front bures were very disappointing and in desperate need of a renovation. The was no bug sprays in the room as compared to the villas and no mosquito coils in the plug points as compared to the villas . The room is very outdated and the one we had ,had a musty smell. We saw a few cockroaches too ! This was very disappointing as the money charged 820FJD is by no means cheap compared to the villas 990FJD. Hopefully renovations are on the cards!
The beaches were beautiful with white powdery sand and clear water.
The reception area is very dated and needs renovation - staff quarters ? with clothes hanging near reception is unsightly and we saw standing water. I have been to another smaller island in Fiji and when I compare the two , I feel that the grounds and could definitely be improved. They have done a great job on the side of the new villas and now need to carry the same concept through to the rest of the island.
The food was average - just be aware prices advertised for food and extras are subject to further taxes.
The staff were generally good and we had a few exceptional people that I have to mention - Esther , Vika , Nellie , Sandiya (spa) Sayal (Spa) Adel (reception ). The Fijian people are generally very
warm and friendly and I think that the few that were not just need a bit of staff training .
We had a real problem with mosquitos and I am not sure whether there is a protocol for spraying the grounds ? We were a bit concerned about this because when landed at Nadi airport , the Ministry of health had issued all passengers a letter stating that Fiji was experiencing Dengue fever and that we shouldn't ruin our holiday by being bitten by mosquitoes ! There were no mosquito nets or sprays in the beach front bures which were alarming - not sure what the islands protocol on dengue prevention from management point of view. We had our strong repellants DEET 80% but unfortunately were still bitten. My husband started high fevers and we were not sure whether this was the flu or the start of dengue ?
Overall the island is beautiful and has a lot of potential !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Matamanoa Island rated 4 star, is an intimate and secluded, adults only Fijian Resort. We are set in the beautiful Mamanuca Islands approximately 30 kilometers west of Nadi International Airport - experience a true gift of nature. The Island boasts a volcanic cone jutting out of the azure waters of this unspoiled marine sanctuary. Clad with native bush and palm trees, the brilliance of the vegetation contrasts magnificently with the white curved sandy beaches and pristine coral reefs. Combined with nature, we have created a haven for those who want to relinquish the pressures of a busy lifestyle. This is for those who dream of peace and tranquility. To achieve this special atmosphere, Matamanoa Island Resort has adopted a year round policy of not permitting day-trippers or children under the age of 16 years. ... more less
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