We stayed in a beachfront bure - totally gorgeous - accommodation 10/10. Huge wraparound veranda and lovely large outside lounge complete with a tap to wash off the sand. Inside to a sunken lounge with TV, and very comfortable bed - incredible thatched ceiling. Outside bathroom was incredible, beautiful and HUGE, which led on to second bedroom for the kids. Parents with young children may need to take a baby monitor.Great housekeeping staff who kept the place immaculate every day. We had a hammock and sun loungers out the front, and as there were not many beachfront bures it was fairly private and peaceful. As others have mentioned snorkelling is average out the front, but snorkelling trips around the island were great fun. The resort faces another island, where the resort is currently building so you can see a construction site - it would be a much prettier vista if it looked out towards a deserted tropical island instead!
There is a kids club and when we arrived were given a list of all the activities on offer. The staff were lovely. However, activities were not done more often than they were, and rather the kids watched movies or played the wii instead, so didn't use it much due to this. Kids meals were great, kids dine with adults breakfast and lunch, and they have an early dinner together (one choice only but a great, healthy meal). After dinner the kids club will take and look after the kids (another movie) so adults can have a kid free dinner - huge win!
The food was pretty good, breakfast needs some improving and items added such as bircher muesli and a wider range of hot foods. Lunch was by far the best meal of the day which a large range of yummy options including healthy ones. The restaurant staff, Joe, Mere and team were awesome, as soon as you sit down you are looked after very well and meals come out very quickly - super fast in fact! Also huge shout out to everyone's favourite - Sunia from the bar - Legend!
Activities : LOVED the talk by local fisherman Tomasi, it was great to hear some stories about local fishing and village life on the islands, and really liked the hike up the mountain with gardener Sam. Snorkelling trip to Octopus was fantastic - such a beautiful reef. Sadly many activities were cancelled due to weather and not rescheduled while we were there. Especially upset to miss the village to a local island - as this was a determining factor in choosing this resort. The owners who are on site and generally in/around the restaurant, really need to talk to the guests and adjust the activities to the guests and the weather at the time rather than a standard weekly schedule, than just cancel and guests who are there for one week miss out completely.
We had incredibly windy 7 days and nowhere in the resort could you escape the wind. This was frustrating as the other side of the island was sheltered and we wanted to snorkel and spend time over there, but despite walking attempts (no track down over the other side but cliffs) and not being able to take the kayaks out due to rough water - we couldn't reach the calm and sheltered water on that side of the island and instead sheltered inside our bure more and took to watching a few movies just to escape the never ending wind (unthinkable to waste time watching TV in Fiji - luckily they had some great adults and kids movies available!), so some additional daily activities, even just getting the boats to drop guests off in sheltered spots during bad weather - would have made a huge difference to our time on the island.
Tim the manager is fantastic, as were all the housekeeping, activities and restaurant staff. I hope the resort owners reward them for their hard work as they are an outstanding asset to this resort.
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