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Great place to unwind
after spending 5 nights at this resort, we didn't want to leave. The staff were friendly and often addressed us by name and our beachfront bure was very spacious and clean. There was a daily welcome ceremony "Bula Time" to introduce new guests and farewell those departing the next day. The food was good and activities were varied enough to keep us busy (when we wanted to be that is). Unlike some reviewers, we were more than happy not to have TV or WiFi in our room as that was the whole point of the trip .. to get away from everything and unwind.
Remote location to shut out the world.
Best part of this resort: you can't beat the views. It's a small resort (50 ish rooms) that is the only thing on this small island. The rooms are small; the property could use some sprucing up overall. There's only one restaurant/bar opened only specific hours for the 3 meals. The menu has enough choices to ensure you're eating something different if you're there for 3-4 days. There's no TV or wifi in the rooms; only in the single lobby unless you're staying in one of the villas. The hotel provides daily activities like picking coconuts off trees, basket weaving lessons, etc to give the guests something to do as there is nothing else on the island. of course, you can take boats out to snorkel, dive, island hop etc. The staff is super nice and friendly (you actually get tired of returning the ubiquitous "Bula" over and over again). There is no gym per se; it's got those metal monkey bars and similar that you would see in a park. There is no spa per se as there is no physical building but they do offer spa services in these alcoves along a path where you can enjoy a massage with a gorgeous view of the ocean - i highly recommend that. Overall, this is a place I would recommend if you want to just sit around and read a book by the pool for a few days while getting a massage or two and enjoying some nice simple food. If you want more action, you'll want to pick a bigger resort on a bigger island.
I’m always bemused by negative reviews of a venue to which I have had a fantastic experience. Everyone has different expectations I suppose. Our experience was very positive. Having just been married at the Mariott Momi Bay we wanted to experience an island resort. The resort can be expensive and we had the exact same dates / room type for 5 nights with flights varying up to $2k or 40%. So ones experience can, I suggest, alter depending on perceived value. From the warm welcome coming onto the island, to the constant Fiji smile, continuing to the excellent staff, we give the place a 10/10. Admittedly we did not do diving / snorkeling so maybe check other reviews for that. On one night there was a cocktail party at sunset on the beach with canapés / snacks, drinks and a bonfire. Everything was encouraged to meet the staff . We had a Georgia chat with the sous chef. I suggest to taking ear plugs as the native birds night cry is likened to that of a baby and can be loud. It took us one night to adapt. The food was also top notch. We tend to have a large late breakfast then just dinner. The dinner menu was varied. I was delighted to met couple from all over the globe. China, Japan, Spain, Italy, USA to name a few. This is not a cheap resort but you get what you pay for.
Like coming home
The best part about this resort are the people who work there. They welcome you warmly and it is obvious that they all get along so well. By the end of my trip I felt like one of the Matamanoa family. The music was special, thanks to a visitor who sang with the island band and entertained me and the other guests alike. Some people complain about the wifi only being available in the public areas and not in the rooms, but I think they are missing the point. It forces you to disconnect from the online world and get in touch with the real world of people and experiences. As someone who runs their own business, I was grateful not to have to work when I was there. I needed it. The beach is amazing and the infinity pool has an beautiful view of the ocean and surrounding islands. Bula to all the staff there, I miss my new family already.
We really enjoyed our stay. The snorkeling was great and the rooms are nice. Dinner is served from 7pm-10pm, lunch from 12-3. There is no food available in between unless you want some Doritos or candy from the gift shop. The staff is pleasant enough. They don’t seem to really engage with the guests. Almost like they aren’t supposed to. Put your do not disturb sign up if you don’t go to dinner, otherwise you’ll get a courtesy knock on the door at 9:45pm to see if you are coming to dinner. We were sound asleep when we got a knock on the door. The beach front Buras do not have WiFi in the room. The only option is to rent a cellular hotspot that barely works and requires an android charger that they don’t supply you with. After 5 trips to the reception, one of the employees loaned us their personal charger so we could have internet. The air conditioning isn’t terribly strong in the rooms. The fans are great though. We would return, but there are definitely things that the resort could work on and improve.
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