First trip to Fiji and we wanted the 'Tropical Island' experience. Navini seemed to fit the bill -small, private, simple. The owners have done a fantastic job in creating an informal, welcoming retreat that caters well to honeymooners and families alike.
We arrived in the dark so couldn't really judge how it was. We were welcomed by name, shown our bure and then escorted to a late snack.
Next day and Navini showed itself - tiny, warm and private. Small places are 'won and lost' based on the attitude of the staff - Navini's staff appear to be more of a family. We were greeted warmly and confidently (staff walk up to you, stick out their hand and say "Hi, I'm xxx, , what's your name....?").
The island is stunning - a perfect paradise. Snorkelling is excellent and the island boasts a large number of kayaks etc to satisfy the small number of guests.
After reading the meal reviews of others I was prepared for basic fare but we were very happy with our meals. Breakfast was plentiful and eggs perfectly cooked, most lunches we ate salads (bu there were various other choices we could have had) and dinner was a 3-course spread with choices of 2-3 dishes. There wasn't one meal where I either didn't like the options or the delivered meal. Drinks are very reasonably priced, especially given the secluded location. Communal dining is probably not for everyone but our fellow visitors were a lovely bunch and we didn't feel pressured to socialise beyond our comfort level.
Sleeping without aircon (given we come from a cool climate) was slightly challenging but we slept well in the end and enjoyed the breeze coming into the Bure. The Bures are simply, but well-furnished, the water from the tap delicious, and the shower more than adequate. The ability to walk from your Bure for 10 metres to the water was a fantastic treat.
Navini is genuinely special (so much so that part of me thinks I shouldn't have reviewed it and instead kept the secret to the lucky few).
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Navini Island Hotel Navini Island