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Wananavu Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Rakiraki
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne
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56 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Better Value Elsewhere”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014 via mobile

This resort has some great positives but we found the negatives outweighed the beautiful surrounds.

Our biggest issue was in the way the resort charged. We booked in our April holiday a number of months out but were not quoted the online price (as per website). We were told that prices were going up two weeks before our stay (we were part of a wedding group). We booked with another couple and thought we booked the 2 bedroom beach front bungalow, only to get an ocean view (very partial) room for the same price as the beach front villas. The furniture and bedding in our room was very old, uncomfortable and well worn. We did see the higher quality more expensive rooms and they were a high standard, with newer comfortable furnishings.

Other considerations if booking this property is that the drive is roughly 3 hours from the airport in a bus that stinks of diesel fumes. You may be also get a 4wd which I would request based on feedback I heard.

99% of the staff are amazing, extremely friendly and very welcoming although we unfortunately have one very sour staff member most breakfast and lunches which ruined the experience as everything felt like a chore and was a topic of conversation amongst the group.

The location for a wedding is perfect and the set up, the reception with the show (various different treats) put on was spectacular which made for a very enjoyable celebration and evening.

The grounds and position of the resort are beautiful. Lovely pool area and the view from the balcony where all meals are held is spectacular - you can not ask for a much better view. Food was good quality without being great and the lovo night was excellent with dances coming in from the local village to perform traditional Fijian performances that detail the local history.

We felt that Wananavu took advantage of holding the wedding, charged top dollar for something we didn't receive including a poor quality room, the trip to and from the airport is slightly off putting, but for views and a quiet relaxing atmosphere this hotel is perfect.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
282 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

My wife and I went there for a wedding. The room was had had was a beach front bure. Many places claim that title, but this room was truly on the beach front about 20 metres from the water's edge. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was very large and well appointed. The grounds around our bure were kept immaculately clean. There were hammocks and plenty of deck chairs. If you are not a beach person it has a great pool situated near the main building area. The pool was divided into two so that young children could paddle with safety. The rooms are far enough away from the pool area for there to be no noise. The food was really nice and the service in the restaurant was excellent. One thing I liked was that you did not need to tip every time you did something. You could contribute at a box near the office. A great idea that could be copied by a lot of other establishments. The seafood in the restaurant was fresh and the fish and chips were really good. I thought the drinks were quite reasonably priced and the two bar men were excellent. Even the non-alcoholic drinks were refreshing. There are a number of other activities that you can take part in. My wife went on a local village tour which she really enjoyed. Our trip and lunch on a nearby island was a really nice and relaxing day. We are not into diving, but those of the wedding party that were seemed to enjoy themselves. The wedding ceremony and entertainment were really good and the dancing and fire dancers were spectacular. It is a nice quiet resort with a very peaceful setting. The only problem was that the Wifi (which was reasonably priced) was a bit inconsistent. The reception desk were always very helpful with requests. The staff in the resort were very friendly and always greeted you warmly. The dancing and singing at the night function was really good and their voices were really nice. Overall it was a great place to go for a wedding and a peaceful place for a rest.

Room Tip: Pay the extra and get a beach front bure.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Kerog
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Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
35 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014

We stayed at Wananavu with our children, the staff were very helpful and the accommodation was clean and tidy. The rooms were quite a walk away from the main complex, however this added to the experience and ensured our children slept well. The gardens are beautiful and the facilities are wonderful. The pool area has two portions one for smaller children and another main part of the pool. Great for young children.
The food was lovely and we were able to get something to please everyone.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2014

This resort is a little further away from the major cities of Viti Levu but a good place to get away from it all.

The resort was really quiet when we were there so it felt like we had it all to ourselves. its a huge property with a beautiful torquoise lagoon to swim in. The main property could do with an upgrade to keep its full 4 star rating but otherwise its a good 3.5 star property.

great dive and fishing venue with some of the best reefs in the world to run your eyes over.

the property is 3 hrs from Lautoka and 4hrs from nadi.

Room Tip: Maybe beachfront, we had an oceanview but I wouldn't rate it highly
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Daryl L
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Othello, Washington
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Wananavu in particular, but Fiji is a truly beautiful part of the world. The staff at the resort were very helpful and courteous. The food was great. The view from the resort restaurant was phenomenal. The rooms were comfortable and clean. I would put the actual rooms in the 2.5 star category, but clean. We weren't there to have all of the amenities of home. The wifi was spotty, but then again, we weren't there to be connected with the world happenings. The diving was very good. We saw some incredible wildlife. One day we saw to large octopi mating. Each dive had some incredibly beautiful reefs, but a lot of dead reefs in-between. The reefs that were colorful had a lot of hard and soft corals and tons of smaller colorful fish. I certainly would go back to Wananavu and recommend it to anyone that wants to get away from it all and/or get in some great diving.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Scott P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed Wananavu Beach Resort, I have no complaints of any kind. I too like one of the others posters cried when it was time to leave. I become entrenched in the culture and really loved the resort staff. The pool with the waterfall was fantastic. As for the dive operation and boat staff, they were above and beyond. I have never in my 100 + dives, had as few of divers to a group as we did here, with such personal attention. The dives were stellar. We really emjoyed the boat attendants that were extra helpers to meet our needs on the dive boats. Our trip was truly special and to date this was the best resort we' ve ever stayed at. We enjoyed the cultural experiences the resort provided and have nothing but positive for the activity staff. The village tour outside of diving was my favorite part of the trip. Our 20th anniversary was really magical. All the way down from the honeymoon sweet the whole week at very little upgrade cost to everything else it was amazing. The beautiful sunrises and sunsets from my beachfront bure at rm 50. Thanks to Wananavu resort and staff for everything I could have desired for a 20th anniversary vow renewal trip. Yandra I can't wait to see you again soon.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Catsmeoow
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2014

Imagine finding yourself in a Tropical Paradise, in the care of an extended family who is happy to see you every morning, but also happy to keep their distance so that you can relax in a beach side hammock sipping on your favourite cocktail and reading that novel which you have been trying to finish for the last 3 months.

The opportunity to drive to a nearby village and dance with the locals or to buy fresh coconuts at the local markets.

The opportunity to see one of the best coral reefs in the world.

Aaahh...... I cannot wait to return.

Room Tip: Beach Front Bure is closest to the water and away from the busiest part of the resort.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Additional Information about Wananavu Beach Resort

Property: Wananavu Beach Resort
Address: Volvoli Rd, Rakiraki, Viti Levu, Fiji
Phone Number:
Region: Fiji > Viti Levu > Rakiraki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Rakiraki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Wananavu Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The real Fiji! Perfect for romance; fabulous for diving excellent for culture. 34 deluxe bures nestled along the beach and amongst tropical gardens. A real island experience with mainland convenience. Only just over 2 hours from Nadi International Airport. Great food, fantastic staff, unparalleled views, world class diving & snorkeling; amazing village tours and a perfect wedding venue. This is a true Fijian experience and is, as the name suggests, Wananavu! ... more   less 
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