The tan has faded, but the memories of seven wonderful days in paradise are as clear as the turquoise blue waters surrounding Ono Island. If you have dreamed of owning your own private island, something which most of us can’t afford, Koromakawa Resort at Kadavu is certainly an affordable alternative.
Our trip was September 25th through October 3rd. Fiji is a ten hour flight from Los Angeles and Kadavu is another hour so on an inner island flight. The journey continued when we walked across the street and hopped on a boat for the breathtaking ninety minute ride to Koromakawa. With Tatoko at the helm, the owner, Spencer Kessler, provided us with snacks and great history of the waters and islands dotting the landscape.
When we arrived at the secluded beachfront home, the staff was there welcoming us with song and a fresh coconut drink. Spence’s wife Karin is like a best friend I hadn’t seen in years, welcoming me to her paradise. Ita, Karo and Sarafina, Karin’s staff, were laughing and hugging me like they had known me forever. My husband, Rick and Spence, along with Keno and Coconut, two of the men on staff, grabbed our luggage and got us settled in our bure.
The bure is like a modern day hotel suite, Fijian style. Thatched roof, huge deck with a plunge pool, two bedrooms, a living room with a refrigerator stocked with drinks and fruit along with daily fresh baked chocolate chip cookies, and a beautiful bathroom with plenty of hot water. Perfect accommodations with daily laundry service. Note: Pack light.
Koromakawa is situated on about a mile of secluded oceanfront property. The view of the sea from anywhere on the property is spectacular. Daily walks on the beach as well “up the hill” are a must to fully appreciate the splendor of this island paradise. At low tide, you can jump the rocks and continue your walk around a bend for more amazing views. The real, beauty, however are the personalities of the Fijians. We had the opportunity to visit three villages, meet the people and just enjoy Fijian hospitality. We fished several days and while we didn’t catch much, skirting the waves and talking with Karin and Spence or the staff, provided hours of enjoyment. We hoped to see the mantas at least three times, but they didn’t make an appearance. That was okay. We’ll see them next time, and there will be a next time! Snorkeling was great, Bird Island was fun. Whatever we wanted to do, Spence and Karin did their best to make it happen. If we wanted to do nothing, that was fine, too. It was our island for the week.
The meals were fantastic. Karin and Spence sent us a questionnaire in advance of the trip about our likes, dislikes and food allergies so they could know what to prepare. Each meal was a culinary delight. Favorites included the authentic German dinner (Karen is German) Roasted chicken with cranberry stuffing, lobster (I don’t like it much here in the Midwest, but it was fabulous) Ita’s pizzas and her omelettes and finally Karin’s chocolate cake. After dinner, we would talk with Spence and Karin in the main house with a nightcap, then retreat to our bure and quickly fell asleep by the lull of the waves. We chose to have breakfast and dinner at the main house and lunch on our deck to enjoy the view and tropical tradewinds.
There is not one negative thing I can say about Koromakawa. But be warned, once you go, you’ll definitely want to return. This was our third trip to Fiji and definitely the best value of the three for our money and truly a secluded paradise. I’ll close by saying; each vacation to Fiji gets better and better. I feel like I am coming home when I arrive in that far away South Pacific nation. The scenery and floral fragrances soothe my stress, the food and relaxation feed my body and mind and the Fijians renew my faith in humankind.
So what are you waiting for? Fiji is calling you home.
- 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