This is a hard review to write such a beautiful resort in a lovely location but with a few negatives. We chose to use the Yasawa Flyer for our transfers as we were continuing further up the Yasawa chain after our 4 night stay. First impressions of the resorts are a wow! You are taken ashore and greeted with a Fijian welcome song, escorted up the beach and onto the deck by the pool, lovely pool, bar to one side and the magnificent, huge dining area behind, very impressive. Checked in and taken to a garden bure which are at the back of the resort, these are duplex units, similar to a larger size motel room, well appointed, en-suite with an out door shower. King bed which was very, very comfortable. The gardens around the bure are a work in progress I hope as we looked out onto a timber fence, the outside patio is quite small. The food was very good but it is a bit spicy so I did have to watch what I ordered. The staff were fantastic, friendly and well trained.
The resort is a work in progress and the special rates reflect this. Personally I would not want to pay much more for the garden rooms. Beachfront would be my choice but these were not available when I booked.
Unfortunately we did not have the best weather, not the resorts fault. It is quite exposed to some of the winds that Fiji experiences at certain times of the year making sitting on the beach uncomfortable so it was either sit in our room or in the dining area out of the wind. The pool too is protected but this area was taken over by young families with preschoolers and infants and as some of these little ones were not wearing protective swim nappies I wouldn't have fancied getting in it anyway, shame as the pool is lovely. Several other couples voiced the same concerns and older children were jumping in the pool and it got pretty noisy at times so our room was pretty much the only place we could retreat to. With Octopus resort not far away and Blue Lagoon further up the chain also taking children I am suprised that Paradise Cove is not a child free resort, so many older travelers prefer this or at least have an adults only pool. Hopefully this will be the case in future plans. The kids club generates a lot of noise, with kids being kids, running around playing and screaming of an afternoon, we have grandchildren and are not anti kids, again this was something commented on by fellow child free guests.. This affected quite a lot of the accommodations and some people like an afternoon nap.
Unfortunately it rained and while the outdoor shower in the rain was fine as the weather was warm it might not be so good on a cold wet day, also with the direction of the wind the rain was blown halfway up the bathroom floor so bit of a shock getting up at night to use the loo to find yourself walking in water.
I am trying to be constructive in my criticism as overall it is a beautiful resort, with amazing staff, I have rated it high because of the positives. I hope it does not get too big and become impersonal.
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- Luxury Island Resort in the Yasawa Islands, Fiji. White sandy all tide beach, stunning sunsets, beach and pool bar. ... more less
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