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Musket Cove Island Resort
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Brisbane, Australia
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“First Fiji holiday”
Reviewed 29 September 2013

Two of my girlfriends and myself stayed three nights at Musket Cove, Fiji, late September 2013 as part of a girls getaway. As it was our first time in Fiji, we weren't sure what to expect. I can tell you Musket Cove is beautiful with pristine white beaches (during high tide), beautiful hibiscus flowers everywhere and a relaxed vibe. The main pool is gorgeous! A small general store has all the essentials for snacks and other assorted items.
Highlights: The main dining/drinks area near the pool is a beautiful, laid back area to spend your time - cocktails made to order, nice food and a beautiful pool. The spa is fantastic - my girlfriends and I indulged in traditional Fijian bobo massage for the equivalent of $35 australian dollars and we had our nails painted for under $10! The ladies working in the spa are lovely. The nearby Lomani resort was magical - it's adults only and we had two lovely dinners there and we're treated to a traditional Fijian dance demonstration on one of the nights. At Lomani, the staff set up a table and chairs for us directly on the beach and it was beautiful to dine by starlight with the sound of the waves lapping at the beach. The garden burre we stayed at on Musket Cove was clean and comfortable and had a fantastic view of the beach - I would recommend asking for a garden burre near the airstrip (only 1 helicopter used the airstrip the whole time we where there). If you want to snorkel off the beach, walk up to Plantation Resort - great snorkelling directly from the beach. The breakfast buffet was included in the price of the accommodation at Musket Cove and was plentiful and the omelettes made to order were delicious!
Lowlights: the lunchtime food at Musket Cove could improve - whilst there are pizzas available at the main area and pies, wraps and sausage rolls at the pink coffee shack, my girlfriends and I were hoping for seafood or a chicken salad!! Some fruit or healthy options during the day would be welcome. Whilst there were some staff that were wonderful, overall the customer service was disappointing - we found it hard to get anyone to catch our eye when we wanted to order food or a drink and we found ourselves chasing staff to take our order. We found the same type of attitude at reception and the activities hut - whilst everyone said 'bula'' when we walked in, we found that no-one was really interested in helping us and we felt we were being pains just for asking if we could buy an Internet voucher, book a cruise, order a drink or get a seat for dinner. Though once we asked for something, it was given straight away - there was none of this 'Fijian time' - everything came quickly!
Overall, MusketCove is a magical location and is perfect or couples or families. Be prepared to walk everywhere! It's a sprawling resort and we walked and walked and walked to get around the resort. If you have young children, bring prams! I also think buggy transfers between the resorts would be great as we spent a lot of time at the nearby Plantation resort for snorkelling and Lomai resort for eating. Keep in mind my girlfriends and I are fitness instructors and have a high level of fitness - daily walks to and from the other resorts may be out of the reach of some people.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Keeler11, General Manager at Musket Cove Island Resort, responded to this review, 1 October 2013
Bula so nice to hear you enjoyed your first Fiji visit. I remember your group and seeing how much fun you all had. Your fitness is impressive.
Just wanted to clarify about our lunch menu. It sounds as though you were referring to someone else. Because we have several seafood options. Including - A calamari salad with green papaya and fresh coconut & A mixed Asian style mixed seafood salad with namjin. Also a King prawn cocktail, Chicken caesar just to name a few.
Your comment about service is surprising, but taken on board.
Lomani is a nice spot and lovely alternative to dine. But it must be kept in perspective. Their pricing is much higher than Muskets.
Thanks for your feedback, you've given me some excellent training points.
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

My new husband and I have just gotten home after a 3 week trip to FIji, during which we got married at Musket Cove.
We stayed at Musket Cove for a week with our families, and had the wedding in the middle of that time. The wedding was organised over email with Gloria and everything was just perfect. We got married on the beach at low tide (just as stunning as hide tide), and then had drinks and canapés at the island bar, followed by sunset photos and the wedding dinner which was set up by the pool. The food was great and the day was seamlessly organised by Gloria. An extra special touch was returning to our bure at the end of the night to find that the maids had been in to our room and had laid out "congratulations" on our bed in flowers and left a bottle of wine and a letter thanking us for choosing Musket Cove as our wedding destination.
The rest of the week was just as good, with the resort easily coping with all 21 of us. The island is beautiful and there is so much to do. Our group went kayaking, paddle boarding, diving, snorkelling, on a boat trip out to Cloud 9 and on a "take a break" sunset cruise.
In the evenings we mostly ate at the main restaurant, which was great every night. On one of the nights we all bought BBQ packs and went out to the island bar which was a nice change. You can also eat at the Plantation restaurant on the other side of the airstrip, but some of our group tried there and weren't impressed.
We stayed at 3 other resorts during out week in Fiji (Sonaisali, Mana Island and Fiji Hideaway), but Musket Cove was by far the best and we're so glad that we chose to have our wedding there.
Thanks Musket Cove for a week none of us will forget. We're looking forward to coming back from a wedding anniversary in the future.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Hobart, Australia
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

Had a super time. Two grandparents, four parents and 3 children, stayed at Villamilolo, a house on a cliff edge, stunningly beautiful and well set up, managed by the Musket Cove group. For an island resort, resort service was of good standard. Only complaint, the Resort runs a variety of activities, advertising "free" daily snorkeling trips to nearby reefs, but we had to pay $30 a week each to use the free activities. Ratty bicycles for hire at $20 a day. Went on a $90 "dolphin watching" trip, which was really a fishing trip with the boat towing a lure, which caught one fish. No dolphin were seen, but some turtles. We did a lot of snorkeling, lots of small coloured fish, but no fish large enough to eat, as the locals and workers spearfish these reefs heavily. On one diving trip we found a large conch shell, which one of the crew claimed, but when we saw it was still live we threw it back. Sad that the locals, lovely friendly people, harvest all reef fish bigger than your hand, for the pot, and no large shellfish were seen, except the conch.
Great place for a family holiday.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Keeler11, General Manager at Musket Cove Island Resort, responded to this review, 26 September 2013
Bula and thankyou for your feedback.
For the sake of others who read Trip Advisor I must point out that guests who rent the private homes on the island are technically not Musket Cove guests. Therefore the nominal charge for watersports.
For guests staying at the resort we do offer 2 free snorkel trips daily and free use of most water ports equipment.
We have 60 new cruiser push bikes arriving in Fiji within a couple of weeks.
And your feedback about the trip is valuable and will definitely be actioned today. Of course there are no guarantees when it comes to what you see, but it sounds as though this trip wasn't up to our usual standards.
Vinaka and it's great to hear you enjoyed your stay.
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

We have just returned from a fabulous wedding/honeymoon at Musket Cove Resort. I’ll deal with the wedding first, because that deserves special mention. We had a limited budget, so had decided to have a small wedding on the beach in Fiji inviting only family and close friends. We chose Musket Cove based on the great reviews we found on Trip Advisor. We are certainly delighted we took the advice. Our entire wedding was organised via a dozen or so emails between myself and Gloria Osborne – Musket Cove’s amazing wedding coordinator, Email: spclevents@musketcovefiji.com. Gloria thought of everything. She told us what time the tide would be high on the day we chose for our beach wedding, and sent us a list of all the available options with prices, and all we had to do was choose the options that suited us best. She was so efficient and experienced, by the time we arrived at MCR the whole wedding had been organised to perfection! Musket Cove don’t mind if you bring your own touches, e.g wedding cake, bubbly, music etc. Gloria even organised a special license for us, so that we wouldn’t need to attend the registry office on the mainland and waste precious time. Musket Cove took care of absolutely everything, from decorating the beach and reception venues through to providing great food and wonderful staff to serve us at the wedding breakfast. I would never have believed arranging a wedding could be so stress-free. Our guests all loved it, and so did we. The fact that all prices are quoted in Fiji dollars makes it really affordable and I can’t recommend Musket Cove highly enough. Feel free to ask me any questions if you are thinking about getting married in Fiji.
Asfor the Resort, what can one say about a place that is literally paradise on earth? 14 of us stayed at MCR, and we all would return. Yes, the tide goes out twice a day, but it also comes in twice a day. The free snorkelling trips to the sandbank twice daily are an enjoyable adventure and allow plenty of time to see the marine life, or you can walk over to Plantation Island Resort (10 minute stroll) to swim or snorkel at all tides. Otherwise, MCR saltwater pool is absolutely beautiful (even if you’re not traditionally a ‘’pool’’ person). A particular benefit of Musket Cove is the options for eating. Apart from the resort restaurant, you can eat at Ananda’s restaurant, which is a 5 minute stroll independent of the resort, or at either of the other resorts on the island. Alternatively, you can BBQ at the Island Bar (cost up to $20-30Fiji depending on your choice of meat), or you can grab a snack at The Shack or Traders store and take it back to your bure to eat. Traders supplies all the necessities at very reasonable $Fiji prices. We had 2 small children in our party, and babysitting was available for $5Fiji per hour so that parents could relax over dinner. There are plenty of other activities if you feel inclined. There is kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and paddle boarding. Some of our party went game fishing and caught several large Tuna, which the resort prepared and cooked for our dinner. Others took trips to Cloud 9 or visited other island resorts, or hired bikes ($20Fiji per day) to tour the island. We found everything about Musket Cove to be absolutely fantastic. It’s not a 5 star resort, so don’t expect total luxury, but its well above ''comfortable'' and based on presentation, value for money and truly stunning location, I would give it a 10/10.

Room Tip: We booked a beachfront bure at extra cost, which was great, but friends had garden bures and lagoon...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

Had a great relaxing holiday. Lots of space, great to walk the Island. Rooms nice. Food service a bit erratic, some great dinners others very slow service and cold dinners. Really enjoyed the cultural show after a great dinner on Thursday. Bit disappointed with the activities. Saw the sign for Island hop as pick of the week so when the staff recommended it we booked to go. It cancelled for a couple of days then when we did go it was on a big boat with lots of other people. Only saw one other Island where we had lunch. Mana. Its a bit like Plantation Island so not what we expected , thought we would see or at least find out about other places. We like snorkelling so did go on the resort snorkels. I know there is better coral and fish as we have seen it before. The Pink coffee shack made excellent coffee and pies so a nice treat.
Will probably return again in a few years.

Room Tip: beachfront are nice
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Keeler11, General Manager at Musket Cove Island Resort, responded to this review, 26 September 2013
Bula
Great to hear you enjoyed your visit and thanks for your feedback. Apologies about service. This is something we constantly work on and will continue.
Tours from Musket Cove are operated by 3rd party companies and this should never have happened and is extremely disappointing. This will be rectified immediately.
Vinaka and thanks again.
Garry
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Oxenford, Australia
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Reviewed 19 September 2013

We had to travel to this beautiful part of the world for our daughters wedding in May 2013. Having never been to Fiji prior, I have to say, this was the best introduction to the islands you could hope for! The resort is on 'little Malolo' as the locals call it and is accessible by a catamaran ferry service which takes about an hour from Port Denaru. If the sea is calm, there is no problem, but if the swell is up - hold on tight and bring your sea sickness pills! Lucky for us the trip over, departing late afternoon into the darkness, was pretty calm. But on arrival at the resort's own little marina, we were greeted by a small musical troupe of locals with harmonies melodies, welcoming tropical drinks and plenty of Bula's (the local greeting).

Warmer, friendlier people, I don't think I have met. Nothing is too much trouble and they seem to be really happy to go out of their way to make sure you are happy and looked after. the food from the on-site bar/restaurant was fantastic too. A nice, broad selection of dishes to suit most palates, in my view.

We stayed in an garden bure which had a view out across the lawn to the ocean, what a great sight to wake up to. The bures are large, with a king and two single beds for those with children, or extra adults I guess.

But the location is the very best part of this place. It is absolute, classic, Fiji postcard stuff. Beautiful blue seas, lovely beaches and such a relaxed pace, you wont want to leave. If you are looking for activities, the resort offers plenty of those too, both land and water based - just see the activities hut.

Highly recommend this resort and will return again one day.

Room Tip: Most of the Garden Bures will also provide you with a sea view without the added cost.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Keeler11, General Manager at Musket Cove Island Resort, responded to this review, 20 September 2013
Bula great to hear you enjoyed your first Fiji experience with us. Your spot on about the Fiji people. Easily the most genuinely hospitable people on this planet.
It's also great to hear you enjoyed the island. I think it important to visit the outer islands when visiting FIji. It gives a real sense of tropical island life.
Look forward to welcoming you back.
Vinaka Garry
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

Booked for a two week vacation at Muscat Cove resort. We were there last year but a different date. This time unintentionally, our stay coincided with their annual Regatta week. What a great experience. The events we managed to attend were entertaining and very well run. Loved the pirate day and the boat races. The new food and beverage manager is making a great difference. All of the staff from reception, through house keeping, gardens, marine and management couldnt be more welcoming and friendly. The owners of "Take a Break", who run the marine charter and hire for the resort, absolutely made our holiday.
Unfortunately, due to a crises, we had to cut our holiday short. Staff could not have been any more helpful. We have been to various resorts throughout Fiji and keep returning to this on. Have already booked for three weeks next year.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Keeler11, General Manager at Musket Cove Island Resort, responded to this review, 20 September 2013
Bula and thank you very much for your kind comments. Our annual Regatta was a huge success and has now finished. I am happy to hear you enjoyed this unique event.
Your comments are very much appreciated.
Vinaka Garry
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Property: Musket Cove Island Resort
Address: Fiji
Region: Fiji > Mamanuca Islands > Malolo Lailai Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Malolo Lailai Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Musket Cove Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Musket Cove you'll find the pace of life smooth and unhurried. The resort consists of 55 bures and villas scattered along the beachfront and throughout our tropical landscaped gardens. All rooms are spacious with separate living rooms and quality inclusions. What sets Musket apart is space, with 400 acres of rolling hills and palm fringed beaches to explore there is never a sense of crowding. Muskets world class marina offers a vast selection of water-sports and activities. Or for those wanting to relax, our dedicated Makare Day Spa is a true haven of tranquillity. Musket offers several gourmet-dining options headed by renowned chef Peter Becker and over 150 warm and friendly Fijian staff ready to welcome you to our island home. ... more   less 
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