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Navini Island Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Navini Island
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

This is one of the best experiences I have had travelling. The fact there is no internet, tv, radio, etc etc just forces you to unwind and relax from the world and it is just bliss!
The service is first rate, nothing is too much trouble and the staff are always looking to make your stay even better.
The morning boat trips to other places or islands or to go fishing were a highlight.
All meals are included and in the evening all guests come together for the meal of a night. Apart from this you would hardly know there are other people on the island!
Would definitely return here. The transfers and airport pickup just made the whole experience so easy!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank sbspeedo1
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

Navini island was the best ever experience i have ever had travelling and i travel every year overseas. the staff are excellent, the food is fabulous and the accommodation is to die for. There is nothing too much for the staff. All meals are included and the evening meal is taken with all the quests together which means you get to know everyone on the island. As there are no day trippers allowed it is nice and quiet.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Navini is a fabulous place to visit - quiet, it feels remote and yet its so easy to get to. The staff are fabulous, snorkelling is great, and you get collected each day to go diving. Perfect. Lovely bungalows with your own private section of beach. Love coming back...

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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6  Thank Ange03
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

Navini it's real the Heaven on Earth! Everything there is amazing, wonderful and loving. Although this resort it's situated on the opposite place of the world far from me, I hope to have the chance to come back in the Island soon. Thank you to everybody who make this Resort so special!

  • Stayed: November 2012
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3  Thank GiadaSelina
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

You know when you book a holiday and find that it really didn't measure up to your expectations? This wasn't one of those occasions! Navini is a true piece of paradise,uncluttered,private,friendly and simply beautiful.Transfers are anytime of the day,which means you don't have to "waste" a night at one the airport hotels on arrival and departure.It's only a short 30 min boat ride from the mainland,huge bonus for seasick me!
My family spent 7 nights here in the Villa,and could have done another 7 nights! The villa was perfect for us with 2 kids,they had their own separate room and bathroom,our bedroom was HUGE ,the beds were very comfortable and we also had a very private courtyard to hang out in. The bures were of a much higher standard than I was expecting,and always kept immaculate by the staff.
With only a max of 30 guests on the island,it was private and quiet,you really only ran into other guests if you wanted to! No day trippers crashing your island,crystal clear water and a fantastic drop off teeming with colourful fish! My daughter had an attack of sea lice on the last day there,but every other day swimming was great. All activities are inclusive,including day trips to other island resorts and reefs.
The food was great,simple but plenty of choice and always fresh.Nothing was too much trouble either,they made special meals for my kids when requested, doubled up the egg & coffee orders at breakfast and oh the bread!! Those bread rolls are divine! The drinks were well priced but you could also BYO from the mainland before going over.
The staff were all very friendly and helpful,child minding was available for FJ$8 an hour and one of the female staff members came and did this.The kids had a ball with Vaulina,they just lolled about in the lagoon having seaweed fights for 2 hours! Although there were no other kids there at the time,my kids never got bored or asked where's the TV. Navini could do with a few more kid friendly activities,like bats and balls etc.The kids were happy playing iPhone games while we had dinner,I would definitely recommend taking an iPad or the like to keep them occupied in the evenings!
Our "romantic dinner for two" on the beach was done down on the beach outside our Bure while the kids slept(no babysitting necessary!),we had a beautiful sunset,a bottle of wine and fabulous steaks perfectly cooked.Not a soul walked past us,we felt like we on a deserted island,bliss!
Navini was everything we wished for in a holiday,and we can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: The Villa is well worth the extra money,but a 2 brm Bure would also be great for families as the roo...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

I don't normally have a lot of trouble finding words to describe things but Navini has had me a bit stumped since we returned home, other reviews came easier. But I'll do my best to describe the 'essence' of this unique place rather than facts and figures which many others have done already so well.

Do any of you remember a TV program called 'Fantasy Island'? The one where, at the start of each show, Tattoo would ring the bell in the tower and call out "De plane, de plane". Well Navini is nothing like that. Got ya! But then again maybe some aspects of going to a special place like Navini to see if you can play out a South Sea Tropical Fantasy or two aren't too dissimilar when all is said and done.

Such as what, you're no doubt wondering. Let's see...

How about the sun rises? I am so not a morning person usually but on Navini the Fijian early mornings called me outside the moment I opened my eyes. This is when it is cool and fresh and things are waiting to get started for another day. I guess I should have been doing something constructive like Tai Chi or maybe meditating but I'm neither that energetic nor that organized so, instead, I just took a zillion photos of the sun rise's and communed with the baby sharks and, sometimes, just sat in the shallows and breathed in the essence of another special morning in Fiji. Of course the sea lice also wanted in on this communion with nature, oh well nothing's perfect. Pack your antihistamines and whatever cream you use to stop itching.

Cup of tea for hubby, throw on dry bathing suit and cover up with a sarong, pretend that you've done something (anything really, it's a placebo effect for me) with your hair and off you go to breakfast. Fresh orange juice, tropical fruit, pancakes, bacon and syrup and a flat white. Maybe I am still asleep, this never happens at home.

Back to the bure or off on the morning trip? It's a little bit inconsiderate of them to make you choose between going off adventuring or staying on your own pristine tropical island, someone should take this up with management (right after you've had a nap in your hammock, a read of your book in your sun lounger, a swim, a snorkel, something cold from your bar fridge).... oh wait, no time for lodging complaints now, there go the drums. Time for lunch!

We all (wearily, it's been a busy morning after all) arrive at the open sided eating area where we mutually pretend huge enthusiasm over our lunch dish's while our tummy's are saying "What the.... you just ate!" Never the less we do our best. Tip: Salad, order whatever salad dish they have on the lunch menu if you aren't a huge eater, it helps somewhat (I can't believe that I'm advising people to order salad.... who IS this person?).

For the next several hours everyone on the island is abducted by aliens. Well, maybe they aren't (I know we weren't) but it feels that way. It's a tiny island but everyone disperses and the most you see or hear is a bit of splashing from a couple on a sea cycle or someone bravely circumnavigating the 'continent' of Navini by kayak. Maybe the people in the bure down from you might take a dip in the tempting blue ocean and you hear them laughing with their kids, playing in the shallows before heading out for another look at the fantasy world under the water. Or someones being annoyingly healthy and taking a walk around the island, you wave out from your comfy chair and consider doing the same thing, you know you should... soon, plenty of time. Speaking of time actually you've forgotten what day it is. New arrivals keep asking you incomprehensible things about matters involving time. "When did you get here?" Ummm... and you peer at your partner hoping for helpful input. "When are you leaving?" is the next question. Too much brain strain, you are already overloaded with the need to decide on a pre-dinner cocktail! Just what day is it anyway? Oh, who cares, it's the day before the day after or the day after the day before. You at least know one of those is true. Anything more than that is simply unnecessary information at this point in your Navini life.

Eat dinner, laugh, talk. Try to avoid ordering a whole cow for your dinner (because you think you know the Fijian word for steak), the lovely serving ladies think this is hilarious and your husband will never let you live it down! Eat too much but still manage to fit dessert in. Tell hubby to stay and enjoy the kava if he'd like to, drift back to unlocked and wide open bure, why would you need to lock up? It's Navini, just you and the staff and the other guests. After the first day you don't even think about it anymore. Lie on bed, pick up book read "The...zzzzz.". Fall asleep with the sound of waves washing the shore outside.

Wake up and do it all over again. Maybe today will be the day when you take a swim in the warm waters of the Pacific ocean with no other person in sight. No one on the beach to your left, no one on the beach to your right and no one, not even a distant boat, in the wide stretch of ocean in front of you. I know this magical thing can happen because it happened to me. Or maybe today will be the day that you wander down the islands interior sand paths hand in hand, barefoot and carefree, no one else present and mention casually to your partner "Oh look, new arrivals" and he says "How do you know that?" And you point to the imprint of a shoe in the sand path ahead of you and he gets it straight away. You try to think back to when you stopped wearing shoes after you arrived. Was it on day two... or maybe it was day one, doesn't matter at all...

It's a Navini thing.

Room Tip: Every bure is beachfront, how could you go wrong? Just pick the one that suits your needs space wis...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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10  Thank Dianz
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

The one word that comes to mind about the Navini Resort is “chill”. Navini is a small island, you can walk around it in 20 minutes or so, and there are only 10 bures here. It is about a 40 minute ride from the Port of Denarau, so it is one of the closer islands. My wife and I were met by Julie when we arrived and she gave us a little tour of the dining area and also the office/gift shop and met the owner, Simone. Julie then brought us to our bure, which was about 20 steps from the beach, as were all the other bures I saw. There was no key given, but I think you could request one. Room was very basic, a bed, two wonderful over-sized leather arm chairs, a small table, and some shelves and wardrobe as well as a coffee maker and mini fridge. There is no television and there is no air conditioning, but the unit was surrounded by trees and foliage, so it wasn't needed and, while we were there, it was windy so no a/c was no issue. Bathroom was pretty small and basic, with a shower and a very small cabinet under the sink. There were also chairs on the little porch in back that faced the ocean as well as a hammock.

Navini has a meal plan, that you pay for, and food here was surprisingly good. Seating for meals is communal but I guess you could kind of sit by yourself if you were feeling anti-social. They do also have a bar. For all meals there were 4 or 5 meal choices.

This is a family resort but, with it being so small, things are pretty quiet. The beach area on the South side is very nice and is the best. Snorkeling is very good around the island with lots of fish life and good water clarity. The resort also has sea bikes, sailboats and kayaks, free of charge. This island has a TON of shells, an amazing amount. I was calling it the Sanibel of Fiji. If you walk around the island you will need something on your feet as there are areas that are mildly rocky and other areas that have so many shells that you can’t walk on them in bare feet.

During the day the resort offers a rotating choice of free excursions. We only stayed 2 nights and the weather was bad for a day and a half so we missed one of the excursions but did go over to Honeymoon Island, which was a very good snorkel trip. At 4:30P daily the “boys” have a game of beach volleyball that anyone can join. Be warned, the “boys” are good players!

Navini is a good choice if you want a small, quiet resort and want to “get away from it all” and unplug. It also was very nice meeting people from all over the world. I would highly recommend it for the right couple or family.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank mad4travel_01
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Address: Navini Island | Western Division, Fiji
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Location: Fiji > Mamanuca Islands > Navini Island
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Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Navini Island
Price Range: $371 - $371 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Navini Island Resort is a small private island resort in Fiji, just one hour from Nadi Airport. Guests are met on arrival, transferred at any time, takes 1 hour. Navini is surrounded by white sand and a magnificent coral reef sanctuary. All 10 bures are beachfront, four types including Family Villa, Deluxe Premier with outside daybed, Two Room and Premier. Complimentary daily outings and use of water sports equipment. No day trippers. Fresh fish, fruits, local and traditional meals; fully licensed restaurant. Fijian entertainment. ... more   less 
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