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Tokoriki Island Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Tokoriki Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 10, 2013

Tokoriki lives up to the Fiji postcard visions of privacy, peace and quiet, a breath taking view, with a friendly and welcoming team. The staff are understandably proud of their resort and they clearly take great pride in their quality of service. We were there 2 hours and they were calling us by name! They also clearly work hard to keep things looking postcard perfect, with the rooms and gardens showing the personal care and pride of the team. Fresh flowers all over our room every day, arranged differently each morning. With all that hard work they are all happy to stop for a chat if you want one, and Ramsey, Joe and Kris deserve special mention for their attentive and caring service here. Joshua and Moses are also not only great musos, but should consider a second career in organising crab races (the Tokoriki Crab Racing cup was a highlight!)

The food at lunch and dinner was excellent, and we had the meal plan so had more than we could eat! The menu changed daily but happily for my husband, the Sandy Ice Cream was on it most days. Breakfast was just ok, and my first world problem of hard poached eggs (pet hate!) put me out a couple of mornings, but this was offset by the amazing fresh made croissants every morning. Coffee was not good though, so I ended up on tea, as I will suffer hard egg yokes but would rather skip the coffee altogether if it is bad. However, these were teeny issues, niggles at best with our overall food just delicious.

The day spa is AMAZING! The three day package was just brilliant value, and all of the staff were excellent, with very facial, massage, mani, pedi a wonderful and relaxing experience. This spa is truly world class, and our couples massage on the last day was a wonderful way to end our holiday. Wish I had my camera as we came in and they had spelt out "Love You" on the two massage beds in petals, with candles burning and champagne on hand, it was pure indulgence.

Tokoriki is a place for grown ups, which is really refreshing. I love kids, but not having any of my own I have the luxury of a place like this. The tranquilty was brilliant given the flight to Fiji was a flying day care centre -dozens and dozens of kids, the first 2 hours was non stop kicking of our seats by the kids behind us, the next 2 was screaming babies (this one poor baby screamed without pause for most of the flight), yelling and squealing kids through the whole flight, no working entertainment system and a toilet line half way down the centre aisle. Near the four hour mark we were ready to step out on the wing for a breath of fresh air!! Tokoriki is for couples only, and not just honeymooners - newly weds to retirees were there with the resort paying attention to small details like mini menu reading lights in the candlelit dining area for the oldies, to remembering your wine order over the last few nights with suggestions to match our meal choices for that night too. It is a lovely place for the two of you to take time out, and this is a great point of difference from other larger resorts.

Tokoriki is special. It gives you space and time to just savour the beauty of the resort, and truly relax. There is a brilliant staff of dedicated people who give this place character and soul, and is a place I look forward to try and get back to again one day.

Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
5  Thank Kate D
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

This was an amazing holiday - by far the nicest island resort we've been to. Staff were very friendly, led by a very entertaining Ramsey! The band were great - a nice surprise to be serenaded every night. Plenty of activities but also no pressure to join in - recommend the village trip & the private beach picnic - awesome! Food was very good - don't know how anyone gets through every course. Top marks for attention to detail in every aspect.
Mandy & Rick

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3  Thank amanda m
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Okay so Tokoriki is on a beautiful small island. The private bures have beautiful ocean views and exotic outdoor showers. There is WiFi by the infinity pool. The dive shop is friendly and helpful. ( Jerry does a fun snorkel tour around the island.) The spa is beautiful. But would I go back? NEVER, couldn't wait to get off the island and away from the "camp" routine.

1. Dinner was interrupted every night at least once by the INCREDIBLY annoying Band Boys. Usually 3-4 Band Boys would set up alongside your table and ask for a song request. They usually would not know the song requested, and would then play something else. We got to hear "I Come from a Land Down Under" almost every night. After the song was played EACH Band Boy insisted on shaking your hand. This was disruptive in the middle of eating dinner, because then I had to wash my hands. The band is talented, but needs to stay in one place and only travel table side if invited.
2. Dinner was also interrupted every night announcements of who was leaving the island the next day. This was followed by a horrific Tokoriki farewell song that stretched on almost 5 minutes.
3. The food was lacking. Orders were routinely not right. The fish was "fishy" because bloodline was left in filets and it wasn't cleaned properly.
The whole week we were there no fresh coconut was served. I expected lots of fresh fruit but that wasn't the case.
4. The teppenyaki night was a nice change of pace. We sat outside next to a smoking hot grill with minimal airflow. I got lots of bug bites. My husband and I thought we had finally evaded the Band Boys for a night, but they showed up there, too! The chef was friendly, but inexperienced.
5. The snorkeling outside the channel was okay, but looks like coral is dying. Other resorts close by have better visibility, more fish, and prettier corals.
6. Even when you spend $580 FJD on a half-day deep sea fishing charter, no food or beverage is provided. It's these little things that made me feel "nickeled and dimed" that a truly nice resort would have included.
7. For 2 days, trash, leaves, or something was being burned directly behind our bure. The smoke was awful. I complained and the burning was eventually halted, but the staff should have been perceptive of this before it happened.
8. Our path to the beach was totally overgrown and had lots of those sticker burs that get stuck in your feet.
9. Our "Private Oceanfront Dinner" was cancelled due to rain, and there was no backup plan. We wanted to reschedule but they were booked for the rest of the week.
10. The Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs) were heavily restricted and in disrepair. This was probably due to the staffs insistence that they be used inside the reef. This made no sense because you, the board, and the reef are all more likely to be injured SUPing in shallow water.
11. I felt like I was stuck at "Groundhogs Day" camp for adults after a few days, and couldn't wait for something to change, like the menu, the music,... The routine got old fast. I definitely prefer the classiest of a resort like Palmilla.

Room Tip: Bure 25 was directly downwind of area where they burn stuff and was very smoky for a few days when w...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank surfak
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GMTokoriki, General Manager at Tokoriki Island Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2013

Bula Surfac,
After reading your review, it appears that you stayed with Clear Waters at Tokoriki as both your reviews are very similar. It's disappointing and a shame you didn't enjoy the spirit of Tokoriki and Fiji, in particular the essence of the Fijian people, the very important cultural event of the big bula welcome and the farewelling of guests. The famous Isa Lei farewell song once again is extremely cultural sung with pride from their hearts and with great meaning. It seems Fiji was not for you. We wish you all the best with your future travels. Vinaka!

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Reviewed May 6, 2013

From the moment we checked in we knew we chose the right location for our 6 day Fijian getaway. The rooms and resort had lovely attention to detail with friendly staff. Each evening we returned to our room with a newsletter outlining activities for the following day. You could participate in as much or as little as you like. Highly recommend the Honeymoon Picnic; 4 hours on a nearby deserted island with packed lunch - beautiful location. We thoroughly enjoyed the meals, special mention for the beautiful teppanyaki meal prepared by Jimmy, A+ Be sure to start your evening off with a cocktail or two at happy hour before dinner, while listening to the band. At dinner time they will even come to your table and play your request. Well done to Paul, Moses & Josh. We have great memories of our short stay at Tokoriki Island Resort, and hope to return again soon!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank KJW_Aust
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Reviewed May 4, 2013 via mobile

Make sure you treat yourself & your loved one to a special stay here. From the minute you arrive you are treated like someone special. Great for honeymooners, babymooners, anniversaries or birthdays. There is nothing to do but indulge yourself or sit around or join the many & varied activities on offer.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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1  Thank Debbie S
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

Me and wife went to this lovely, calming and friendliest resort in February 2013. The pool villa was an excellent choice with that "million dollar" view from the plunging pool. When you dip in the pool with that view you will forget everything else. I was in peace for the 3 nights i spent there. The management and staffs are all friendly and my appreciation to all of them for making our holiday a memorable one. I strongly recommend this resort to all couples and honeymooners who are looking for a memorable experience. Looking forward to our next trip there soon.

Room Tip: Pool Villa is the best.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

We first visited Tokoriki while island hopping from another resort and it looked like paradise. The main bure, infinity pool, koi ponds, and general atmosphere are impressive. Kayaking to snorkel the outside of the reef was easy with buoys to tie off your kayak to and had great fish. Rooms were well appointed, spacious with beautiful views and comfortable hammocks and loungers out front and an indoor and outdoor shower.

Beach has a mix of rock and sand, plenty of sand on the north end, seaweed wasn't a problem when we stayed, they were raking it by hand, and paddling the pile off shore to prevent it from accumulating on the beach. While the main property is well maintained, short trails from the bures to the beach were a bit overgrown and have some spiky plant burs in the grass, and the trail to the island ridge was in bad shape, tall grass at the ends of the trail made it hard to take photos unless you climbed on the concrete bunker of the radio tower.

How much you enjoy your stay will probably depend on 1) how (un)adventurous you are and 2) how long you are staying.

Many of the inadequacies of the resort may go unnoticed or be overshadowed by the calm, relaxing atmosphere for those staying only a couple nights, but begin to wear on you for stays any longer. To be fair, I think beyond 3 days at any one tiny island is too much for me, because even your favorite restaurant can get old if you eat at it every night. Some of these are ingrained parts of the resort and will take effort for management to correct, I did leave them a full comments card.

The management seems to pay more attention to greetings and farewells than the everyday service like the right food coming out, water glasses being refilled promptly, having clean glasses available for water and juice, etc. The difficult part of managing a resort is it is the little service items that make the difference, they often aren't bad enough to warrant talking to a manager about, but they are expected. The insistence that the names of all arriving and departing guests and singing the farewell song every night in middle of dinner gets old quickly, welcomes and farewell's should be limited only to those arriving and departing. The Bandboys are very good and know a wide range of songs, but often show up at your table just when your food or dessert arrives, and you feel obligated to pause your meal to listen. A night or two is fine but beyond that you wish they'd play background music and let you enjoy a dinner uninterrupted.

When I notice how prompt the service was at a simple burger spot when I got home after spending a week at a 4-star resort, it was obviously not up to standard. Unless you are a big eater, skip the meal plan, it is hard to spend over the $198 FJD per person unless you really plan to eat a full breakfast, two course lunch, and three course dinner every night. The portions were ample, often didn't need to order a side dish, desserts were large enough to share and food was well presented, with some good flavors. Alcohol is expensive in general in Fiji, there is an in room fridge and ice tray.

Activities are severely limited by the management. They want you to stay within the two rocky ends of the beach, about a 1/4 mile stretch, the island is small and it is an easy 45 min paddle around the whole thing, we had no problem at another resort paddling around the island or out to explore further reefs. We took the Paddleboards out for a short paddle just on the outside of the boat channel and were promptly told to please stay inside the lagoon, where you are far more likely to injure yourself or the board if you fall in shallow water, this also explains why the boards were so badly worn and dinged up. The dive and beach staff were friendly, knowledgable, and helpful and there were plenty of kayaks available for use including some with a "glass bottom" window for those less confident swimming or snorkelling.

Also at a resort of this caliber I would have expected snacks and a few drinks to be included with snorkelling or fishing trips, instead you were asked to purchase your own to bring along.

Our stay was not a bad one, it was just the culmination of little things that made it less amazing than our initial impression. If you are looking for a couple days to splurge for a romantic interlude and lounge by a truly stunning infinity pool at a beautiful, quiet child-free island, this may be your spot. If you are a more adventurous traveller or planning to stay longer, I might consider another resort or island hopping through your trip. Paradise is in the eye of the beholder, mine just wasn't at Tokoriki.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: | Nadi, Fiji
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Location: Fiji > Mamanuca Islands > Tokoriki Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Tokoriki Island
Price Range: $607 - $837 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Tokoriki Island Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bula, Tokoriki Island Resort is a boutique adults only island escape with a total of 36 Bures and Villas. You'll enjoy 2 restaurants including an intimate Teppanyaki seating 4 couples only, 2 guest pools, complimentary snorkelling trips daily, PADI 5* dive centre, tennis, fitness platform, garden chess, hiking track plus unlimited massage offers at the Spa. Voted "Best Overseas Luxury Romantic & Boutique Property 2017" by Luxury Travel Media 2017 and #1 Hotel in Fiji by TripAdvisor travellers. Arrive from Nadi Airport by helicopter or seaplane (15mins) or 1hr by catamaran or speed boat. We can assist you with transfers. Book direct and receive VALE amenities. We look forward to welcoming you to our romantic, refined and relaxed island resort. ... more   less 
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