Been to Uepi lots of times in the past 12 or so years, twice in 2013. We are a small family with two pre-school age children and for us, Uepi is never less than fabulous. The most relaxing and yet engaging holiday we can ever hope to find. The simplicity of the resort is absolutely perfect for the location, with truly wonderful local style gardens, thousands of tropical flowers, and lots of wildlife. The rainforest is a magical place to explore, and the kids love playing in the lagoon under the shady trees, building sand castles, chasing mudskippers, watching baby sharks practice herding up the teeny fish schools, and hand feeding the schools of the 'cheeky fish'. Then there's paddling and kayaking out on the lagoon, spotting big turtles and elegant tawny sharks and always hopeful for the dugong. No toys needed!
Food and service lovely. It's impossible to eat seafood anywhere else now after being spoilt by two-hour-old sashimi, lobster straight from the reefs and mud crabs, fish and tropical fruit with flavour that simply doesn't exist at home. My four year old will eat more coral trout than any adult at the table! And important to mention the most unbelievable creme caramels I have found anywhere in the world (thanks Juki).
Then there's the underwater scene which - by all reports from the seriously serious and travelled divers who frequent Uepi - is among the best in the world. The more we go, the more we see. And you don't need to dive, you'll see plenty on snorkel. It's addictive, and the kids will stay in the water for hours watching - lion fish, pipefish, nemos, sharks, even darting trevally, octopus, and sea horses (and that's just at the dive jetty!). Kudos to Jill, Grant, and the Uepi team who actively protect what is effectively a private marine reserve around the island. They work hard to ensure that the reefs are healthy and pristine and the size, volume and variety of the fish life is testament to this. We even heard of Jill once leading a very successful rescue mission during a coral bleaching event years ago, and saving (by hand) thousands of corals!
Highly recommended, so wonderful on so many levels. We'll keep on heading back so long as Team Uepi will have us!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With an international reputation for excellence, Uepi Island Resort in the Western Province is the ultimate getaway in the Solomons. World class diving, snorkeling and sea kayaking is complemented by beachfront bungalow accommodation, friendly personalized service and meals based on fresh local produce. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Uepi Island Hotel Marovo