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“Surf camp meets luxury relaxation”

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Matanivusi Surf Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vunaniu
Certificate of Excellence
Newport Beach, California
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“Surf camp meets luxury relaxation”
Reviewed February 17, 2012

I've been to surf camps around the globe with amazing waves and I've been to resorts around the world with great accommodation. Mantanavusi combines the best of both or should I say all worlds! The water is crystal clear great diving snorkeling and paddle boarding....Did I mention the surf? There are four great breaks within a 5 minute boat ride and one world class break Frigates Pass thirty minutes from the resorts beach by boat. Those of you who couldn't make it to cloud break won't be disappointed! The friendly staff is constantly manning the boats in hopes that you aren't to tired to have just one more epic session. There are so many great things to say about this resort it's going to be hard to say it all without writing a novel. The cuisine is both amazingly flavorful and cultural. Breakfast leaves you with the choice of the basic continental fares such as cereal or fresh fruit...or for the hardier of appetite non/post dawn patrol type a short order cook is standing by to whip you up an omelet, pancakes, eggs, or anything else you may desire. For lunch and dinner, you have a choice of a vegetable fish or meat dish. Dinner is served family style which is surprisingly a really great experience! The resort is small maybe nine bungalows in all stretched Swiss family Robinson style through the jungle connected by a suspended anchored bridge weaving its way from one bungalow to the next through the jungle. The roofs of the bungalows collect precious rain water and deposit it in a water tank outside each room. This water is used for showers and toilets. each bungalow has a back door with steps leading to the crystal clear perfectly calm tropical pacific. The guests are like family, you surf, dive, swim, and dine together everyday. You meet some very very interesting people not the least of whom are Donna and Brian the resorts owners and founders. The idea of meeting a bunch of new people on vacation may sound a bit daunting, however I assure you it is not. This is about the least uncomfortable place I've ever been. Everybody from guests to staff is extremely accommodating and the vibe is complete relaxation. Mantanavusi is a bit like a good dream you slip easily into and never want to awake from. This is an amazing place as it embodies a number of individual experience possibilities. I would take my family here as its a great place to relax and experience serene Fiji, i would come here with my significant to enjoy a relaxing romantic hideaway. I'd come solo for the surf and the adventure, and last but not least I would come with a group of friends to enjoy the waves culture and adventure together. Thanks Mantanavusi for the amazing Fijian experience!.

Room Tip: You can't go wrong all rooms are individual bungalows and are exactly the same.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

This resort is way ahead of it's time. It's located on the end of a small private trail road where the tropical jungle meets a private beach and lagoon. The main building and the bures are elegant, spacious with walls of glass. The owners take pride in servicing their guests in every way. The cuisine was flavorful, well presented, a combination of local mixed fare with a hint of exotic touches, and finely crafted with a chef's finish. The staff is extremely friendly, very patient, local, knowledgeable, fun and sincere. If you are a surfer, there is the added bonus of world class surf for all ranges of ability. However, you don't need to surf to appreciate this tropical paradise. It's a fantastic location for honeymooning, vacationing with a spouse, vacationing with a family or traveling among friends.

Matanivusi is very eco conscious, which means it places an importance on the enviroment and it's sustainability, yet in a way that only enhances this micro resort experience.

The natural surroundings were preserved perfectly to encompass the resort. The bures are situated within a jungle of aged old giant trees, pure flowing streams, large palms, budding floral plants and vibrant natural fauna. It's also situated on the edge of a massive coral lagoon with ocean passes that lure in the best of snorkeling the world offers.

With it's tropical color pallete of coral blues and turquoise greens, this classic Fijian location is also a photographer's dream. Every angle of this location is absolutely picture perfect and can be appreciated for a lifetime from a scrap book or digital library. Each sunset offers a completely new array of airbrushed colors, hues of fushia, violet, mandarine or rust. And like all islands situated in the midst of the seas, weather also becomes a unique personality with each and every day.

Fiji weather can be spectacular in sharing it's blue clear skies or billowing clouds. Rain can dance from the heavens at a moments notice and depart as quickly as a whispering wind. Yet when the sun is in it's full radiance, it's a searing weapon against the pale skin that only the highest SPF can combat against. These unexpected changes only remind us that we are all simply under the control of a much greater power. And these continuous patterns are all a part of the Fijian charm and way of living.

This resort reflected upon me the Fijian lifestyle, relaxed, simple and yet orderly. Everything in this little world has it's place and marches along with the peace and contentment of a small trail of soldiering ants. The morning may bring with it an occasional wave of mosquitos, the afternoon may lure out a scattering of flies, and nightfall may lead upon itself a small fury spider. Yet everything is as safe, peaceful and unthreatening in this jungle paradise as a smathering of natural repellent.

Have a guide take you on a nature walk through the exhillarating jungle. Take a snorkel along the coral passages with fish large and small. Paddleboard across the shallow coral blooms teaming with sealife. Kayak up the rivermouths. Tour the nearby islands, eco parks and local villages.

This mini eco resort, Matanivusi, has it all. Everyone at Matanivusi treated me like family. So much so that I will always miss them, and will be lured back again soon.

And most importantly the incredibly talented owners, Donna and Brian, well, they've successfully executed a dream paradise that can be truly enjoyed by all... yet for a reasonable price.

It was a pleasure to treat myself to this, for all the hard work I've succumbed to over the years. And for these memories... that they will last me a lifetime.

Room Tip: All rooms are fantastic
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 23, 2012

Was meant to visit the resort with some mates they pulled out, so went on my own Nigel No friends. But hey I loved it - Donna and Brian were terrific hosts and the staff were very cool and relaxed in their Fijian ways. The resort would be perfect for those with older children and for families that love surfing! Its also the perfect place for honeymooners but partners beware your other half may fall in love with the fantastic surf breaks on offer! Would I go back sure thing, currently trying to plant seeds with the family to return for a trip. Later in 2012.

Room Tip: All rooms have the same aspect, if any it would be one furthest away from the pool area.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed January 19, 2012

We stayed for a week in December and had the best time ever!!! Location is incredible, secluded and beach front, Matanivusi has something for everyone. The staff are amazing, extremely relaxed and always helpful. The hosts Brian and Donna make you feel part of their family.
For sure we will be back....next time with the kids as they would love it as well.
If you are considering Matanivusi, I strongly recommend it, not many places like this in the world!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

My husband and I just got back from spending the winter Holidays at this resort. There are no words to express how beautiful the setting is and the family atmosphere! The owners, Donna and Brian, make a personal commitment to ensure you are always taken care of whether it be for a massage, mosquito spray or spending a day in town. I am not a surfer and was a little worried about enjoying myself and yet there were plenty of activities to keep me busy with the other non surfers like: diving, snorkeling, zip-lining, paddle boarding, water-rafting, paddle boarding,plantation walks, a massage etc.. The staff is extremely friendly yet professional.
Did I mention the food? A new dish for every meall which included amazing flavors and vegetarian friendly. We can't wait to go back next year. We feel like were part of their family!

Room Tip: The rooms are all the same and all private from each other.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Geraldton, Australia
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

We spent a week at this lovely resort Dec 2011 and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. My husband is a keen surfer and he sums it up by saying you can't beat warm water first class waves every day. He even did quite a bit of fishing and they would bring back the fresh fish that would be served as sushi by the pool or cooked for lunch/ dinner. We loved the food here which had a very seasonal healthy slant and was always presented beautifully. All the guests sat at a communal table for dinner and although this may be daunting to some, it is so sociable and fun. The owners (Donna and Brian) had Donna's adorable mum visiting whilst we were there and she was like a surrogate granny to our 4 year old daughter. You really felt a part of the family. The staff were all so nice and helpful and we all had many laughs around the bar or over dinner. There is also plenty to do for partners and children. Kevu (the activities guy) asks each day if you would like to go anywhere. My daughter and I went kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkeling. Our little girl kept finding coconuts on the ground and taking them to the chef to cut open for her but he said she needed to get one off the tree. Kevu then sends one of the young fijians up a tree (he was just like a monkey) and they cut the top off, stuck a straw in it and we had fresh coconut juice and flesh within seconds. Yummy. As a family we also went on a day tour to the waterfall and village and bought a lovely cava bowl that we had no problem getting through customs. The rooms are not air conditioned but this was never a problem due to the great ventilation design. They are positioned with amazing views and within meters of the water. We really needed to have some relaxing family time after a hectic year and we felt well and truly refreshed after our stay. In fact we were quite sad to leave. Thank you Donna, Brian, Shirley and all your great staff for a wonderful holliday. Paul, Tracy and Amara xx

Room Tip: All the rooms are the same and all well positioned. If you have little children you can take a baby...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed December 7, 2011

Amazing, unforgettable, family surf resort. Donna and Brain are incredible hosts providing whatever you may need. The gourmet food is truly second to none. The staff was very freindly and fun. They were always willing to take you out surfing or play a game of volleyball. The surf was fantastic with great spots close to the resort you will always score great waves. The rooms were very beautiful. Overall this is an amazing place that we hope to return to soon.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Matanivusi Surf Resort
Address: | Pacific Harbour, Vunaniu, Viti Levu, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Viti Levu > Coral Coast > Vunaniu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vunaniu
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Matanivusi Beach Eco Resort is a boutique resort in an amazing location on the Coral Coast. The architecturally designed eco resort has only 12 beachfront deluxe king sized rooms with bathroom ensuites just metres from the picture perfect lagoon and fringing reef. You wont find a more perfect place to relax or be as active as you wish with surfing, yoga, SUP and snorkelling all on offer in this pristine environment. Matanivusi was the world's first STOKECertified "sustainable" surf resort. ... more   less 
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Matanivusi Surf Hotel Vunaniu
Matanivusi Surf Resort Fiji/Viti Levu

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