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Navutu Stars Fiji Hotel & Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Yaqeta Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 13, 2014

We enjoyed our 1week stay at Navutu Stars. If you know that weather is going to be windy the best bures are the beach front bures on the more sheltered beach. We paid extra to stay in the grand beachbeach front buru but couldn't make use of our beach because it was exposed to the wind. There are 2 lovely big day beds by the pool which we used a lot as it was sheltered there. The grand bure has a bath in the floor which we used once on our last night. A nice way to spend an evening. The staff are very friendly and the food was very good and the cocktails were superb! You could easily get away with just taking jandels and some sandshoes for doing the trek up the hill where you are treated to some outstanding 360° views. There is great snorkeling just a short boat trip away and we enjoyed making use of the kayaks! We highly recommend this resort.

Stayed: August 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

We spent a week at navutu stars and loved it. No need to pack shoes as the restaurant is a beach walk away. The idea of having one free and one paid excursion a day was a good idea. The food was amazing and the staff friendly. The kayaks were useful to get to other parts of the island to snorkel. We hope to return soon.

Stayed: July 2014
2  Thank Wendy L
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Reviewed July 12, 2014

This is a eco friendly resort that lives in a symbioses with the local village. This is a small resort for you who want the real thing. it's not because it's luxurious as such but the overall experience .
Food with fresh lobster almost every day, fresh fish as tuna etc. fresh salads all prepared with focus on the raw material, no fuss. The friendliness, the atmosphere the size only 10 burre, the people working there from the village, the environment and tranquility of this resort 4 hour boat trip from Nadi makes it a unique thing. it can not be compared with anything.Here there are nobody selling you anything at the beach, it's just you, the other guests and the locals from the village. fantastic!
A more peaceful place you will not find!

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank jak0b0
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Reviewed July 12, 2014

I had recently become estranged from my bride of 5 years when my buddy Les invited me along on his vacation trip to Navutu Stars. I was hesitant to go because, I felt, my depressed mood would dampen their trip; but that was not the case as we all enjoyed the time together and with the superb staff at this resort.

It is elegantly rustic and everyone is made to feel welcome and at hime, The Bures (like little cabins) are very comfortable and the beds are divine! There are many opportunities to hike or snorkel and the water is crystal clear with magnificently colored reef fish and vegetation right in front of the door.

The food is "Five Star" with a menu to suit any taste. Everything is freshly prepared from the daily baked breads to the local vegetables and fresh meats. The fish is caught the night before and selected by the head chef before dawn every day,
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But, as with any vacation spot, it is the staff who can really make or break a resort. From the managers to the night security walker, everyone never miss an opportunity to inquire as to how your trip is going and they are unable to stop smiling! They love the fact that you are visiting!

This is not an inexpensive place to go and you will part with significant "shekels" but the real value far exceeds the cost in so many ways. Les and Gracie and I are already planning a return trip!
There is only room for about twenty people, for heaven's sake

Room Tip: There is no quality difference in the various locations. Leave your laptop at home! The wi fi is l...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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2  Thank peter f
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

We did some research for gay-friendly resorts in Fiji and Navutu Stars popped up.
Every day was just amazing. The staff and resort management are so friendly and make sure you leave nice and relaxed. As the resort is small you learn everybody's name so it really becomes an extra special trip. All the activities were really good - snorkelling, village trips, kava night etc. You can choose to have dinner almost anywhere you like, the beach, you bure, sunset deck which is a nice touch. We'll be back!

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 5, 2014

There were just two criteria for our holiday to Fiji.
Firstly we wanted a small resort for our adult family to enjoy being together again, doing some activities and being able to have our own space. Navutu fitted the bill.
The beach is an unspoilt mix of sand, rocks and some mangroves. I liked this variety. Swimming was only really an option around high tide though. Snorkeling was better away from the resort and staff will readily arrange to take you further afield, with a picnic if desired.

The second criterium was that we have peace, quiet, no pressure to join in anything, and some good food. Our bure (No. 10) was so spacious, airy and quiet. The bed and pillows were very good. Just a few steps took us down to what was in reality a private beach, as no one else seemed to swim there. The bures have no tv or phones or electric jugs. This particular bure has deep, white-painted, concrete steps in both the living area and the bedroom. If you need to get up in the night, take great care as the edge of steps in almost impossible to see without turning on a light. Next time I’ll take up a torch that works! Perhaps staff could put a dark edge along each step to make them more visible? I treated these steps with great respect!
As others have mentioned, there is no aircon but fans. We were lucky with the temperatures while we were there. There was always a cooling breeze coming in off the sea. The night sky is so dark at Yaqeta and we enjoyed walking back to our bure along the sand and rocks in the dark, looking at the stars.
The food! I really enjoyed all my meals. Breakfast was leisurely (Fiji time) with masses of bakery items available, fruit and eggs. I can recommend paying a bit extra for the bacon. Coffee was plentiful too. The lunches were mostly different types of salads and the ones I tried satisfied my need for vegetables. Dinners were pretty good on the whole although I would have loved more vegetables. The different types of fish were excellent; lobster, crab, smoked marlin, walu. On our first night at Navutu we had the lovo for dinner and it was superb. Safest choices for desserts seemed to be icecreams and granitas. The choux pastry of the profiteroles was more like a scone dough, and the chocolate mousse had lost its air and become a ganache. It would have been lovely to see coconut cream feature more in the menus.
Service was so friendly and nothing was ever too much trouble. Staff took the time to learn your name and were happy to chat. The cocktail bar became a focal, socializing hub before dinner each night.
Tips – take mosquito repellent, get there via seaplane (Pacific Island Air – it’s a blast).

Navutu, you nailed it! Thank you so much Jeff and Colleen, Wati, Soga, Reapi - and many other staff whose names I don’t recall but whose friendliness stays with us. I have a strong feeling that we’ll be back!

Room Tip: Bure 10 is huge, airy, quiet and has what amounts to a private beach.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

This resort is a fair way from Nadi, so you have to either take the lengthy boat ride or catch a seaplane (which is quite fun and takes about 45 mins)

The bures are very big and each has a day bed under shade, a hammock and two sun lounges on the beach. All three options are great for just lazing about for hours. The floors of the bures are a painted white concrete, which, along with the decor and fittings, gives a slightly sparse feeling to the rooms. One of my companions wasn't happy there was no kettle. Despite what some of the other reviews said, I found the bed quite comfortable. There is no air conditioning, but there are fans. This was fine for this time of year but I imagine it might get a bit hot in summer.

The beach in front of the bures was pleasant and good for a casual swim, but as others have said, the tide goes out a fair way so it isn't great at low tide and snorkelling isn't very good. The resort offers trips elsewhere for snorkelling, but if you want to see lots of colourful fish and coral right off the beach, this isn't the place. Having said that, the short boat ride to be dropped off at Taunovo beach for a few hours was well worth it- fantastic snorkelling with nice colourful fish and coral and a picnic lunch.

The food was generally very good and is probably overall the best I've had at various pacific island resorts. It is a little strange that you need to order dinner at lunch time, but there are a reasonable number of options and the prices were quite reasonable. Some of the items on the menu ended up being very tasty (the chicken with onion being one memorable dish). There were a few things that didn't live up to their description, though (for example, the spaghetti al aglio, olio e pepperoncini didn't have much in the way of oil, garlic or chilies and probably would be better described as 'plain pasta with a cheesy breadcrumb'). Another example was the profiteroles, which were unfortunately bread-like (rather than like choux pastry), and contained only a small amount of custard rather than cream.

The service was always friendly, but at times different members of our group would have their meals arrive after the others had finished, or would have to ask for something two or three times.

Although wifi internet has been newly added, it's only near the office, only available between 3-6pm and only if you're desperate, as it's very slow and drops out(my record speed was 1.2 kb/second). It's just enough to check an email and maybe one webpage if you have 15 minutes to wait. There is also no TV. Some would argue these are features rather than liabilities if you want time 'away from it all'.

The staff were very helpful, welcoming and accommodating.

All in all, it's a good resort for food and for a very relaxing time, but less good for snorkelling off the beach or stunning blue water.

Stayed: July 2014
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Address: PO Box 1838, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Yasawa Islands > Yaqeta Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Yaqeta Island
Price Range: $209 - $516 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Navutu Stars Fiji Hotel & Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 9
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