This is a really hard review to write because there were so many great things but also a few disappointing things we experienced in our week at Maqai. It's a wonderful place that perhaps could put more effort into the guest experience.
On the plus side, it's an amazingly beautiful beach with a reef right out front teeming with sea life! There are fresh coconuts you can eat and it really is a tropical paradise. The food was excellent - fresh and healthy and delicious. The music in the evenings was fun and great to gather together with everyone. One night there was a fire show which was fantastic! The staff were all very sweet and kind people with the best of intentions. The little island of Nanuku was gorgeous!
On the disappointing side, my husband was really looking forward to going surfing and in the 7 days we were there, the waves apparently weren't large enough on any of those days to go surfing (although we've surfed on small waves before so not sure we couldn't just go out and try) It was disappointing because it's advertised as a surf resort we kept asking to go but no dice. In our room the toilet was clogged and it took 4 days to get it plungered including us following up 4 separate times as to what was happening. A few times they promised to do things for us and then completely forgot, and when we asked about it there wasn't an acknowledgement or apology that they forgot, it was strange.
Sometimes we felt like we really had to push to get activities going, for example reminding about 4 times that we'd like to go to Nanuku island. Maybe the high quantity of kava every night made staff lethargic the next day? I'm not sure but I felt like I was bothering people by continuously asking for these things.
The overall feeling we left with was that everyone was very nice, but that we didn't feel very important to them, like we were an afterthought.
As a final note, on the days she was at the resort, Tex made a special effort to organize fun things for us and make us special things, and I think she deserves HUGE kudos for being so thoughtful and making an effort. She really made our time there special - thanks Tex!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Maqai Eco Resort is located on breathtakingly beautiful Qamea Island just north of the garden island of Taveuni. The moment your feet hit the sand you will fall in love with this dreamy island getaway and never want to leave. The resort lies on a stunning stretch of private white sandy beach set against a backdrop of lush tropical rainforest on Qamea Islands uninhabited southern shores. Its here you'll find a destination for adventure, culture, nature and getting off the beaten track. Spend your days snorkeling in the spectacular coral gardens a out front of the resort, scuba diving , surfing, fishing, kayaking or simply swimming in the crystal clear Pacific waters. Take a cultural visit to the local village, try your hand at traditional Fijian arts and crafts, enjoy a game of volleyball or table tennis or simply explore the local surrounds hiking the island's stunning trails. Treat yourself to a pamper session with a luxurious massage or simply relax in a perfectly positioned hammock. This intimate resort with a big heart accommodates up to 35 guests with a range of accommodation to suit most budgets. Surround yourself in nature.. Nine Eco safari bures are scattered along the beachfront with spectacular views of the ocean and just a few steps to the waters edge. Known as glamping (glamorous camping) these bures contain all the comforts and little luxuries from home - raised wooden floors, wooden shutters, comfortable queen beds with quality bed linens, and mosquito nets, fan, lamps, en-suite bathroom and a private veranda to sit and take in the natural Maqai beauty. Sit back, relax and unwind-there's no cooking to partake in here- the resort is so remote that this is the only kitchen for miles! A delicious, generous meal plan is part of your stay at Maqai and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. You'll enjoy a range of fresh vegetables picked from the organic garden, sun-kissed tropical fruits, daily baked homemade breads, wood fired pizza, freshly caught fish, and Fijian delicacies including lovo and kokoda. Most dietary requirements can be catered for including gluten free and vegetarian. Simply advise at the time of your booking Getting there:- There are 2 options . Flying; Suva- Taveuni Daily Fiji airways or northern air twice weekly Nadi- Taveuni Fiji airways 3 times daily Ferry Savusavu- Taveuni daily from Buca Bay Suva -Taveuni twice weekly Experience nature at is best in this magnificent secluded island paradise. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maqai Beach Hotel Qamea Island