I recently came back from a four night stay at Treasure Island. The location is stunning and we were lucky with the weather - there are however a distinct number of pros and cons:
1. Beautiful location and the boat ride to the ferry is relaxing and just long enough (30min) to let the beautiful scenery sink in
2. Buffet food on arrival (half of the nights have buffet meals, the other half is off a menu) was well prepared and yummy - also the night singers and band are very talented and play popular songs very well, setting a great mood
3. Beachfront Bure was airconditioned (a must!) and well kept, only 15m from the beach
4. As we travelled in down season the island wasn't crowded at all, leaving lots of beach and hammocks for who was there, making it overall a very relaxing experience.
5. The resort itself, while being a resort, was not artificial like make mainland resorts. You really felt like you were in Fiji and experiencing it, as opposed to being in a spotless white room overlooking an artificial lagoon etc
6. The dive shop (for a price) provides great snorkelling, island hopping and parasailing experiences - easily highlights of the stay
HOWEVER - as written, it was overall a great place to stay, but there are some cons that I found that were also experienced by others on the island:
1. Expensive! While its generally understood that food at the only restaurant on an island will be costly due to its location and demand, but for a meal and a soft drink it'll cost you approx $50 AUS per person, which seemed steep, especially when you can get a great feed in Nadi for a whole family for the same price! The food itself is no culinary masterpiece, but its enough to fill you up. If you're planning to eat three meals a day prepare your wallet. I suggest that before departing to the island you bring some drinks and snacks in your luggage.
2. Lack of equipment/interest at the dive shop! As aforementioned, the island was quiet while we were there and all trips (snorkelling etc) need a minimum of 4 or 6 people to run, and often you won't know if a trip will run until a few minutes before, which can result in you hanging out all day for a trip that never runs (unless you want to pay double). Also its stated that all snorkelling equipment is supplied, but even with few on the island we had to wait a day for snorkelling gear to become available! A large group of daytrippers on the island for four hours missed their chance to explore the island because of this.
3. If you miss the last ferry over to the island (departing at 3pm) because your flight lands late, you'll pay $250AUS per person for a private boat transfer - ridiculous!!!
4. We noticed that while some staff are friendly and welcoming, others are rude and impatient - a bit of a killer for the holiday vibe!
5. There is no concept of a 'Do not Disturb' sign for the accommodation doors, so if you want to sleep in it'll be interrupted by cleaning staff at about 8am, then 9am....until you get up!
6. Also frequently the power shuts down, sometimes on purpose other times not, you'll suffer in the heat until its fixed (all in Fiji time)
If given the choice I'm unsure as to whether I'd stay here again, the location and reefs were stunning, but for the price you pay perhaps do a little more research before booking!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on a coral and sand fringed atoll within a stunning marine sanctuary, Treasure Island is one of Fiji's most iconic resorts, with over 40 years' experience in providing hospitality and friendship to travellers from across the globe. The island caters especially to families, honeymooners and true romantics seeking a unique and unforgettable island holiday experience. Treasure Island is one of the only resorts in the Mamanuca Islands to offer same day transfers, which means that you arrive on our island paradise the same day you arrive in Fiji. Treasure Island is unique as our traditional land owners, the Nakelo Clan, own 50 per cent of the resort and members of the clan hold many key positions, so our team (or as they prefer to be called, hosts) have a vested interest in delivering a truly authentic Fijian experience. This genuine hospitality is contagious and the main reason we have so many return guests. In fact one couple has visited us 85 times! Why don't you come experience for yourself what is unique and special about our island paradise. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Treasure Island Hotel Treasure Island
- Fiji Treasure Island
- Treasure Island Fiji