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Navini Island Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Navini Island
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Sydney
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Reviewed July 3, 2010

I'm 38. I was 11 when I started going to Navini. Returning in Sept 2010. Lost count of the number of visits. Enough said. (But I'll say more later).

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed June 19, 2010

This was our first holiday in Fiji and, after reading other reviews on this site, we chose Navini as our destination and we couldn't have chosen any better.
The place met and often exceeded our expectations in such a way that, with all probability, it will see us back sometime in the future.
In short, these are the things that made our trip a great holiday experience

Transfer: a friendly person was at the airport waiting for us (“just ask for Henry at the information desk”, we were told). A short ride by van to the nearest marina and subsequent boat transfer made it possible to be on Navini in slightly over one hour after landing. Very efficient, especially when travelling with children.

Accommodation : our bure was clean , functional and with plenty of room. It was serviced daily and in my opinion its style (furniture, colors, etc.) was appropriate for a tropical island setting. Given its location (in the middle of lush vegetation and literally right on the beach), we were not surprised to see quite a few geckos, crabs and harmless insects in and around our bure, day and night.

Beach : the beach was literally at our door step, with choice of hammock, loungers and chairs to watch those tropical sunsets and the tides going in and out during the day. I won't forget walking down the beach, early in the morning, sipping a cup of coffee and watching all sort of fish jumping out of the water with the only noise being waves gently washing ashore.
Beware : tides are significant, so be prepared to wade rather than swim at low tide.

Meals : food was fresh and meals different every day, matched by a good selection of drinks from the bar. Staff were always happy to accommodate the occasional special requests for our daughters. All guests sat in the same area, which to us was a great plus because it allowed us to know new guests every night. It was noticeable the fact that most guests there had already been on the island in the past, somehow indicating a high level of customer satisfaction and retention.

In conclusion, Navini is indeed a great place to stay. In a few months most of our memories will be gone, but one thing will stay with us for a long, long time: the smiles and the friendliness of our Fijian hosts and that speck of green in the ocean - one of the best kept secrets of the Mamanucas – called Navini.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed June 6, 2010

This was the first stop on our honeymoon and the PERFECT way to unwind from wedding stress. The staff is AWESOME - all are friendly - we had a blast playing volleyball each afternoon. Our bungalow was great - hammock and deck on the sand! Fresh coconuts upon request - daily snorkeling, kayaking, day trips, etc. (all included!) If you are low key and looking for rest, relaxation and fun - it is for you. We were happy to eat communally with other guests from around the world but then could do our own thing and feel like we weren't overcrowded. The food isn't out of this world but it is consistently good with variety and is fresh and always satisfying.
Despite being a tiny island (you can walk around the entire island in 10 minutes), you can have total privacy if you want it. If you are looking for a lot of action or nightlife, this may not be a good fit for you - the Kava ceremony and dance celebration was awesome. I could go on and on. We had one very small issue not even worth mentioning and when we brought it to the staff's attention, they remedied the situation immediately and went ABOVE and BEYOND to make it right - AMAZING customer service.
We felt like we were staying with friends - out of all the places we visited on our honeymoon, it was the one place I could say I would DEFINITELY return to! A HUGE THANKS to Arthur, Helen and the crew for making us feel so at home!!! VINAKA! : )

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Ballarat, Australia
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Reviewed June 1, 2010

We stayed at Navini Island for a week as the second part of our two week holiday to Fiji.

We arrived on the island at about 7pm after a somewhat rough boat trip from the Vuda Point Marina. It was dark by that time of course but we were welcomed on the beach by Julie who took us to our bure, showed us where everything was and then suggested that, when we were ready, we might join the other guests for dinner. A few minutes later we did just that and that was the start of a wonderful week of relaxation, fun, laughter and good times.

Accommodation. We stayed in a duplex bure which had a separate bedroom, bathroom and living area. The bure was spotlessly clean and whilst not luxurious it was more than adequate for our needs. We had a spa bath as well as shower in the bathroom section of the bure. The living area had a single bed, couch, chairs and a small "kitchenette" with bench, sink, fridge, coffee maker. The fridge was well stocked with soft drinks, beer and various snacks.

Outside the bure. Outside the bure we had our own private "backyard" with lounge chairs, hammock, table and chairs on the verandah along with a washing line and pegs (very handly!). A few steps down the path and we were on the beach which had its own thatched sunshade and another two lounges which were perfect for watching the sunsets each evening, cool drink in hand.

Beach. The beach was wonderful. Snorkelling right from the shoreline at high tide and the range of fish, coral etc. at the drop off was absolutely beautiful. You could just stand in the water on the shoreline and watch the fish and baby sharks swim around you.

Food and Dining. As others have said, you do order your lunch after breakfast and dinner after lunch. This means there is no waste which to my mind is a good thing. The choices for each meal were varied and the food was very nice. We enjoyed all our meals. Yes, dining is communal, unless you choose otherwise. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting up with the other guests (only 6) and owners Arhtur and Helen at meal times. Conversation was fun and lively but there is no pressure to join in if you don't want to. For us, part of a good holiday is about meeting other people and Navini was a perfect place to do this. Arthur and Helen are wonderful hosts and make everything one feel welcome at all times. We did have a private candlelit dinner on the beach one night and that too was lovely.

Staff. The staff are great. Nothing is too much trouble - they are there when you need them but otherwise don't intrude. Special mention must be made of Vaulina and Sulu who served us in the dining room and also of Joe, our guide on excursions to other islands, snorkelling, fishing etc. Julie was always available if we had any questions etc. As I said before, nothing was ever a problem for any staff member, or indeed Arthur or Helen.

What to do? Whatever you want. There is an excursion every morning which is written up on the board at the dining room. It might be snorkelling at the outer reef, fishing, or maybe a trip to another resort. You can go if you want. If you don't feel like going, that's no problem either. The trips get back to Navini in time for lunch and the afternoon is then your own to snorkel, maybe read a book, walk around the island or borrow some of the water sports equipment. After dinner you can join the staff if you want to play Vidi Vidi and share a bowl of kava. There was a lovo one night which was great, followed by dancing and singing with the staff. Great fun!

In conclusion, Navini Island is a very special place. We had a wonderful time and if time and money allowed I would be on the next plane back! I absolutely recommend the island to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday without television, loud music and hundreds of other guests. It is quiet, laid back and, as my husband commented, its like being at a private beach house with friends.

My final comment just has to be to say that when we left the island we were seen off by Arthur and one of the other guests. Helen was unable to be there due to a committment at the office at that time. 10 minutes into our trip back to Vuda Point a message came over the radio from Helen apologising for not coming down to the beach and wishing us all the best for our flight home. How nice is that?!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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London, England
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Reviewed May 25, 2010

I'm not a big one for online reviews, but I couldn't let our our recent stay at Navini (as part of our Honeymoon) pass without comment - it truly is an exceptional destination.

Our usual preference is for larger 5 star resorts, probably through laziness and wanting to guarantee a minimum level of service, but if this is the level of satisfaction you get from a smaller set up then we may well have to change our vacation planning.

You can find all the intricate detail in some of the other posts, and on the website, but I would simply reiterate that i) the staff and owners (without exception) are some of the nicest people you will ever meet on your travels; and ii) the location is mind-bogglingly beautiful.

I had my reservations regarding the eating arrangements (seated altogether at a large table) but in actual fact it turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip - meeting up for a couple of drinks and a chat about the day just passed, and the coming day, with the others is fantastic - I thought we'd probably use the option of a separate table on more than one occasion and actually never did. You almost get into a flow where those guests who are already staying fill you in on the intricacies of the best snorkelling spots/ island trips, etc, and you find yourself passing your thoughts onto the guests that arrive later in your stay - it works very well.

*I'd also like to add, that contrary to a previous entry bemoaning the set up re selecting meal choices ahead of time, that Navini should be commended for this approach - it hugely decreases food waste and wasted staff time.

We took the opportunity later in our trip to stay over at Denarau island at one of the big resorts - we enjoyed it (shows you a completely different Fiji) but if you are weighing up the respective costs, I would say Navini stacks up very well for what you are getting for your money (isolation/ relaxation/ individual, bespoke experience).

Fantastic location, fantastic staff.

Guy (and Rachel)

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Hobart, Tasmania
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Reviewed April 11, 2010

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).

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Reviewed April 6, 2010

We took part of our honeymoon here: it was ridiculously relaxing. We walked around the island in 20 minutes on our first day: it took almost 2 hours on day 6; we were literally waddling from relaxation. I really appreciate what the owners have done with this place: they could probably have double the accommodation; or quadruple if they went the bunk-bed route. Instead, they have maintained a lovely, intimate, calm environment, where you have as much privacy as you wish. No day-trippers allowed. The staff are chill - not obsequious, and not uninterested; just friendly, professional and happy. The accommodation is not deluxe, but it is totally fine. Who cares when you can flop into pristine sea, and snorkel an amazing reef? Visits to nearby resorts left us with the feeling "get us back to Navini!". I hear the remarks from some other guests about the food, and I get it - it was a little monotonous, but it was all fresh and fine. I would love to return one day - I achieved the highest sense of relaxation here compared with anywhere else in the world

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Navini Island Resort
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 (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 10
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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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