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“A lot can change in 18 months ... but not La Dolce Vita!”

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La Dolce Vita Holiday Villas
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“A lot can change in 18 months ... but not La Dolce Vita!”
Reviewed 28 January 2014

One of the rare joys of travel is coming back to a place and finding it even more wonderful than you remembered. Even better when you are greeted as a long lost friend.

As usual the food was superb, especially the traditional Fijian lovo (cooked in the pit with hot stones) and kokoda (coconut and fish ceviche) and "Italian night". My 2 year old son loved almost everything - no tacky pre-made "nuggets and chips" here!

Host Luigi is truly, madly, deeply welcoming. Watching him take off around the lagoon with a golf-cart full of children was hilarious.

Hostess Margaret is like a swan - effortless grace and serenity on top, but out of sight her legs are paddling madly to make all your wishes and whims come true. This time she outdid herself by organising a treasure hunt on their private desert island, complete with transport by kayak and local fishing boats and finishing with poolside Margaritas.

A wish was vaguely expressed to try the 6-hole golf course. No mention of bookings, fees or dress standards. Instead, sets of clubs quietly appeared by the breakfast table. On our last visit, we were interested in the traditional method of cooking in the hot springs and voila! someone went and cooked us a pudding.

But the magic is that despite the warm and attentive service, and the range of activities, there is complete privacy, quiet and relaxation when you want it. Time and tide permitting, you can do as little or as much as you like.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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thesweetlifeSavusavu, Owner at La Dolce Vita Holiday Villas, responded to this review, 31 January 2014
Bula Tasha & Rory
It was lovely to welcome you back and enjoy the developing personality that's our Rory. Your La Dolce Vita family will continue to strive to keep the flavours and atmosphere that you enjoy. Thank you so much for taking the time to write another review.
Grazie, vinaka vakalevu
Luigi and Margaret
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 27 January 2014

I'm really not sure where to start ... Luigi and Margaret are wonderful wonderful hosts. Their team are superb. The food was great - and Michelle happy to share recipes ... Best memories - massage on the point, cocktails next to the pool, the care taken for making wedding anniversary celebrations perfect, the smiles and the feeling of being in a joyous family home whilst on a resort. Would I love to go back? Yes! Would I recommend this to friends and family? Yes! Should you visit? Yes!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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thesweetlifeSavusavu, Owner at La Dolce Vita Holiday Villas, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
Bula Anna
Thank you for the excellent review. We're humbled by your kind words and Michelle may now be inspired to produce that recipe book. It was a pleasure to meet you and appreciated your collective ideas that all came together to produce a memorable Wedding Anniversary celebration. We really did enjoy sharing our piece of Paradise with you.
Grazie, vinaka vakalevu
Luigi and Margaret
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Reviewed 26 January 2014 via mobile

We recently celebrated a 20 th wedding anniversary with friends at la dolce vita. For a glorious week we celebrated - snorkelling on a stunning reef, playing with dolphins, swimming in the lagoon, kayaking and then having a massage. At the end of each day cocktails would magically appear by the pool with 5pm nibbles. This was followed by the most delicious dinners you have ever tried thanks to the talented chef Michelle. The kids had a fantastic time between the big slide, paddle boats and rides on Luigi's golf cart. But by far the best thing was spending a week with Margaret and Luigi - our hosts who made us feel like part of the family ..... Well ok, the very indulged and spoiled family. We'll be back soon.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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thesweetlifeSavusavu, Owner at La Dolce Vita Holiday Villas, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
Bula Tani
We're so humbled and grateful that you were more than satisfied with our Team, the service, and the activities available. Thank you so much for your review and welcome to the La Dolce Vita family!
Grazie, vinaka vakalevu
Luigi & Margaret
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Suva City, Central, Fiji
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Reviewed 17 December 2013

I was there 2 weeks ago for a wedding! Comfortably catered for a 100 strong guest list. the food and service was impeccable, the band and the decor was simple yet elegant. So well thought out and organised.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Suva
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Reviewed 11 January 2013

This is a really hard review to write without it becoming just a long list of superlatives. It is amazing, brilliant with the best food in Fiji but it is so much more than that. I can honestly say I had the best 5 day break I have had in years and it is all down to the ambience that Margaret and Luigi have created.

It is like you have had this Uncle who travelled far away years ago and you have not seen him but periodically news reaches you that your uncle has bought a house in the most beautiful spot in Fiji. Then over the years the odd glamourous story reaches home of what he has been up to but he is unseen and you really want to travel there to meet him and see if all the stories are true.

Then finally you go to see your long lost Aunt and Uncle. (Sorry Margaret I know I am older than you) and everything you have heard about the wonderful place they live is true. But best of all they are really pleased to see you after so long, and they welcome you with open arms and because you are family you every whim is indulged.

I am not related to Margaret or Luigi but that is what we all felt when my family stayed at La Dolce Vita. It really is that good.

Dinners were just fabulous. We all sat around a big table with Luigi at its head. It felt just like being at a family dinner in Italy with lots of noise and laughter. Michelle would produce the most fantastic food, the best this side of Abruzzo.

One word of caution, beware of Margaret’s Caffè corretto. So Good but So bad. But best of all no impediment to sleep. Go up to Villa Firenze, leave the shutters open, Leave the door open. Fall asleep to the sound of waves being cooled by the sea breeze.

I can’t wait for the next time I stay with Auntie Margaret and Uncle Luigi

Room Tip: All the villas are great. If you have familly choose Villa Firenze because it has 2 rooms and a boti...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Suva
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Reviewed 2 January 2013

A group of us spent 5 nights at La Dolce Vita and had such a fantastic time. It is truly magnificent. Great Location, Great Hosts, Great Food, Great Staff, what more could you ask for. I highly recommend this place to anyone who wants to simply just get away and do absolutely nothing but relax and recharge. Heaven on Earth.

Room Tip: The rooms are all fantastic and come with great sea views. Would go again at the drop of a hat.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 19 November 2012

I can not begin to tell you how amazing this place is. La Dolce Vita is trully a hidden gem that offers you 5 star luxury with the most wonderful personal touch. The hosts Luigi and Margaret are the most hospitable people I have come across in all my travels. Not only do they look after your every need but best of all they really make you feel like you are part of their extended family. By the time you leave you feel like you have truly made two new friends for life.

The accomodation is just fabulous with well appointed villas amongst the most unbelievable grounds. So much more than you expect. I was blown away with the level of luxury and the size of my villa and Luigi and Margarets attention to detail can be seen every where you look from the wood carved verhanda's to the fresh coconut water and biscuits left for you every evening. I felt totally spoilt! My villa was very well appointed with all the mod con's including ipod docking station, fridge and kitchenet. The beautiful teak shutters allowed the most wonderful breeze to filtter through my room everynight cooling it right down whilst allowing me to enjoy the ambiance of the area. The large glass doors offered me the security that I needed at night whilst allowing me to enjoy the beautiful view that my balcony had to offer. I just loved it!!!!

Although the location seems quite remote, about a half an hour drive from the local town and 45 minutes to the airport, don't let that sway you as it is absolute heaven. Once you are there, there is no need to leave La Dolce Vita as it has everything you want and more. In fact the location only adds to it's appeal, so quite and peaceful.

Luigi and Margaret are truly hospitable hosts that genuinely care about their guests. Their staff are just beautiful and can't do enough for you. Chef Michelle is just wonderful with every meal a delight to eat. To say that he is self taught is unimaginable as he delivers the most spectacular meals and treats day after day. I especially loved the Teppanyaki night, and his pizza's are divine! I don't think I could have found a better meal on the island.

Luigi and Margaret have made sure that everyone's needs are covered. The beautiful pool is wonderful for relaxing around whilst the amazing lagoon caters for everybody's inner child. I especially loved the 9 hole golf couse Luigi has built that over looks the sea.

My only tip is to get yourself there before people start to discover this true gem!

Room Tip: There are no bad rooms! Honestly every single one is more than you would ever expect.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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Property: La Dolce Vita Holiday Villas
Address: Naqere Estate, Hibisbcus Highway | Naweni, Cakaudrove, Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji
Region: Fiji > Vanua Levu > Savusavu
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Savusavu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Intimate 42-acre beachfront haven. A combination of elegant Italian style with legendary Fijian hospitality, gourmet quality food and absolute relaxation. Activities can include bouncing around on the trampoline or jumping off the slide in the aqua fun park, snorkeling, fishing, golf, village tours, therapeutic massage, dolphin sighting, scuba diving, bush walks. Alternatively, do absolutely nothing! ... more   less 
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La Dolce Vita Holiday Villas Fiji/Savusavu

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