We are starting off this review by wholeheartedly supporting the review for this resort listed already in the "Fiji Forum: Review Koromakawa Resort Ono Island (Kadavu) - Outstanding!"
As seasoned travelers in the Pacific, Carribean, and Red Sea, we have never experienced such a perfect combination of service, facilities, and most significantly, wonderful owners and staff.
The location is exquisite in its natural beauty, which their facilities so beautifuly draw on.
Meticulously clean, beautifully appointed but oh so comfortable. A setting that makes comfortable privacy but can encourage contact with the staff and owners. Something you definitely want to do. Spence and Karin are intelligent, engaging, hosts. Fellow world travelers who shared many of their experiences with us. We would encourage anyone to consider this for your destination just for their company alone.
Their attention to detail and choreography of customer service is absolutely extraordinary given the complexity of providing for guests 55 ocean miles away from the largest city for provisions.
We were there with our family (2 boys 6 and 8) from 2/12-2/22/09. Our good friends joined us 3 days later with their 7 year old. During our stay we dove 2-3 tanks a day exploring the Astrolabe reef in previously uncharted waters. Spence may even be naming one of our dive sites "Siwa’s Swim through" after his dive master, Siwa, found a beautiful reef to explore in a previously un registered site. Spence and Karin taught us much about the Fijian culture. We gained an appreciation for the way they embraced and respected the Fijians customs where many other resort owners may not.
While Spence made sure our diving pleasures were met, Karin did the same for the children. They were kept safe and well entertained. They had the same great Pirate Treasure adventure the previous family had, and had some other great adventures: They visited 2 different Fijian elementary schools where the children danced and sang for them and they had opportunities to play Fijian games. They were taught how to build cocoanut crab traps, weave baskets, and fish Fijian style. Isoa, one young man that cared for them, showed them how to do the Fijian warrior dance. Fita, the young woman that cared for them showed them how to make shell jewelry. Karin and Spence kept in close communication while we were on the water and made sure we had opportunities for us to meet up with the kids occasionally for a private island lunch in between dives or a snorkel hunt for the ever illusive Manta rays.
Our kids haven't stopped talking about how much they love and miss Isoa and Fita. We hope they can come visit us some day.
Another wonderful part about our trip was the cultural exchange for our kids’ schools. Before we travel to South Pacific islands we always try to give back to the islanders in some way. This time we brought children's books and school supplies as well as pen pal type letters from my 3rd grader's school. Since we brought so many books and materials they were split up across 3 of the schools on the surrounding islands. When we parents made the journey to the Natusara Primary School, we brought some of the books and supplies with us. There are no public schools on these islands. The kids are not guaranteed an education unless their parents can pay for it or they are sponsored. There few supplies and non existent modern conveniences at the schools.
It was an adventurous trip through the mangroves to get to the school. We were also greeted with songs and dances performed by the children. It was so heartwarming. We read one of our favorite books (The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson) to them in exchange. Once the formal trip was over and we swam in their waterfall pool, the Fijian children hammed it up in front of our cameras. Having few, if any opportunities to get their photo taken, they vied for the chance and would immediately rush to view the LCD display on our digital cameras. While the kids took the zodiac back with Karin, Spence led us on the scenic 1 1/2 hr. hike back to the resort.
The cooking staff: Ita, Karolina, and Kesa kept us entranced with the various dishes they prepared. As the last review indicated, all dishes were freshly prepared. You just have to look at their menu on their site to get your mouth watering. They even prepared a special birthday dinner complete with chocolate birthday cake for the occasion. Fresh chocolate macadamia nut cookies were made daily and brought to our room.
All culinary preferences were emailed in advance to Karin and Spence. They love to have as much information on your preferences as you care to give them prior to your visit so they can plan all food orders from Suva in advance. They successfully succeeded to go above and beyond our expectations for our stay. Nice little surprises were tucked into the package that I won’t divulge so they can be nice surprises for whoever is lucky enough to find availability with this precious resort.
While there, I setup a site for the kids to be able to communicate to their classes back home. Along with laundry service (so we could pack light) we had internet access. You’ll see some diving photos as well as photos of many of the activities we took part in. http://coreysfijijournal.shutterfly.com/
As for price, the only thing we needed to settle up for was the diving tanks. All nanny, and meal costs were included. We’ve never got so much value for the buck.
Are only regret is we live a half a world away (in the Boston area). If you live closer we suspect once you go, you'll go back again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Koromakawa Resort offers first class service and all the amenities of a tropical environment plus ultimate in privacy. We cater to one family or one couple at a time. Imagine being the only guest, with no schedules, everything you do is decided by you. Our resort is designed for pure relaxation. International menus are specific to each customer. Our goal is to satisfy each customer, one customer at a time with the best possible service. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Koromakawa Hotel Ono Island