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Matamanoa Island Resort
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“beautiful beaches - a lot of potential!”
Reviewed May 26, 2014

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 The room is very outdated and the one we had ,had a musty smell.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 !

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 23, 2014

We recently spent eight nights at Matamanoa Resort. The resort staff are so friendly and helpful....the facilities e.g. Restaurant, meals etc are great and our Bure number 14, was cosy and private with lovely beach just down the steps. The ocean was so blue and warm. Snorkelling is disappointing as the various coloured fish are so very small........have the big ones been eaten? We chose to travel by helicopter and this was a better option than travelling by catamaran.
All in all we would recommend this resort if you want a relaxing hot, holiday.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 20, 2014 via mobile

We were hoping to find a paradise away from home for our honeymoon, and we certainly found that at Matamanoa. Absolutely everything was perfect, from the spacious bure, to the stunning views from every angle out to the Mananuca islands, and the infinity edge pool with cocktails. The best part by far was the people. The staff were so happy, helpful and kind, it made an incredible stay even better. Amazing daily activities, from bocce to island hopping, snorkelling and basket weaving and everything in between, I miss Matamanoa, and can't wait to return, hopefully soon!

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 16, 2014 via mobile

What a very special place! To hear the sound of the sea at night & then to wake up to an incredible view is soul energising. The snorkelling was very good especially directly outside Bure 19 all the way to the drop off.
But what makes the resort extra special is the people - they are an absolute delight. Our very special appreciation to Esther (the queen), Christine & Mato.

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed May 12, 2014

A superb small island (walk around in 15 minutes) & up to summit in 10!
The villas have just been completed and are stunning & the bures that are ideal are being renovated.
This place has either honeymooners or older couples who are here to chill.

Yes, you can go snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, kayaking or visit other islands but really most of the time you relax, swimming, sunbaking & sleeping..............

The food is pretty good and suggest you look to 1/2 board for better value for dinner.
It takes you back in time having Caesar salad made at the table or crepe suzettes flambéed. Just brilliant.
Staff are first class & so friendly.
Highly recommend.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed May 9, 2014

My wife and I went to matamanoa Island recently and very much enjoyed our time there .. We had 4 days and really enjoyed the cool breeze , warm waters , great diving and friendly people . The cabins themselves were a little bit dated and small but this is Fiji and we were just happy to be on holiday . The coral reefs were special and we had crystal clear water with great tropical fish a plenty . We also enjoyed the island restaurant and the food was wholesome and fun . The Crepes made at your table were absolutely a highlight and the staff very friendly . Definitely worth a stay .

Room Tip: Stay in one of the newer rooms . the old rooms are a bit dated .
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 8, 2014 via mobile

We stayed for 5 nights just as a nice relaxing holiday for my partner and I. I chose the island because it has the padi centre which we did a couple of dives, and because it looked like one other the best islands with the best reef. Which i don't think I was wrong about as it was stunning, heaps of fish both snorkeling and scuba diving, and a few reef sharks too. We went scuba diving at the rocks and then out from Mana Island (which was going to be our other pick).
They had island games daily where all the guests can join in which is fun, and similar at night they have games. They do say they do 'daily trips to other islands' but this was a failure as to do them most of the time you need minimum of 4 people etc.. Which not many people seem to want to do.
The food was ok to great, considering its an island so transportation of food etc is limited. Their salads were crap though.
The main thing that I felt let the place down was that we felt like we were in Italy, because there were so many honey mooners from Italy there, but lots of smoking also (which we are non- smokers).
The bedding also could be improved, as the bed and the pillows were nothing great, but I felt for the price of the place they should have ultimate luxury pillows. We stayed at the raddisson the night before and that bedding was luxury.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Matamanoa Island Resort
Address: Matamanoa Mamanuca Group, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Mamanuca Islands > Matamanoa Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Matamanoa Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Matamanoa Island Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 46
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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