Our group of 12 adults & one 9mth old, stayed for 7 nights at Villa Marau at Musket Cove Island resort in June. 5 Adults came from California, while 2 Adults from Perth, 5 Adults & the Baby came from Melbourne.
It is a 5bedroom/5bathroom Villa (use to be 6bed/6bath – but owners changed the number of rooms available a few months before our stay – this forced us to have to also book a Hotel Room at Musket Cove to cater for our number).
The Villa is beautiful! It consists of 3 buildings. The main building houses the full kitchen, dinning space, lounge room, laundry, toilet and large wrap around deck. This building looks out over the Cove and has some stunning views of the marina & whole island. The next building houses 2 bedrooms, each with their own ensuite & large walk in robe. The third building has the other 3 bedrooms, with ensuites and robes. The buildings surround a central courtyard. Slightly lower on the hill is the horizon pool, with another covered eating area.
This Villa provided the perfect space for a very relaxing holiday and gathering. Everyone could be in the Villa, but there was still always somewhere to find a place to sit and relax!
Each bedroom had a king bed – with a few being able to split into 2 singles.
Before we headed over to the island, we had done a supermarket shop in Nadi, so had a few boxes & bags of food and drink (water we picked up at the airport, and we took from home with us some recycle ‘green’ bags rather than risking breakable plastic bags). This worked well, as where self catered most of our breakfasts and lunches. We restocked at the Musket Cove supermarket (which burnt down a few weeks before we went, but they where just finishing up building their current one when we where there) or the airstrip market.
Over the week, various lunches where had at Dicks Restaurant, which we found quite nice, very filling and well priced. We had most dinners at Dicks as well and everyone enjoyed these. We pre-arranged a special birthday dinner for one night and they set us up under the hut on the beach. It was very special indeed! It was for my brothers 26th birthday and he was very surprised and impressed with the effort all the staff went to. We organised a cake as well, and it was wonderful and not expensive at all (was surprised when the cost showed up on the account! Thought it would have been more) it was also HUGE!! The 12 of us spent the next 2 days eating it!
We did two self-cater dinners at the Villa. For one we arranged to get BBQ packs from the supermarket, these where pretty good. For the other dinner (on our last night), we got meat from the airport market (snags etc) and tried to use up the last of our food (made fried rice & salads etc).
The Coffee shop was regularly visited by some in our group, who thought it was wonderful to be able to get good coffees out on the island.
With 12 adults, over the course of a week, each walked most of the island. It was nice to be on an island where we could go for a walk (or not if you didn’t want to).
We mainly used our Villa pool, but the resort pool was nice too. Its large and has different areas (zero entry area, pool bar area, lap area etc).
The beach is tidal (as all beaches are) it just seems more exaggerated as the Cove is pretty shallow. This doesn’t worry us as we have been visiting Musket Cove for many years now, so know what to expect.
We went on the free snorkelling trips. The sandbar trip is nice for those who get bored with actual snorkelling quickly (or who like me, don’t actually snorkel but enjoy just sitting on the sandbar, although this time with baby in tow who had a great time on the sandbar).
We went on the sunset cruise with Take a Break Cruses which we would all recommend. It was wonderful.
Some in our group also did an island hope to Castaway & Mana Island, they really enjoyed that.
Some also did a scuba dive, which for most was the first time they had done so and they could not stop raving about it when they came back! Those that had scuba dived before (including a master diver) commented on the professionalism of the staff running the dive shop.
We all did the village visit. It was a great opportunity for everyone to see what a village is like & visit the ‘market’ and school. When organising this trip, I had made suggestions on things that could be donated to the village if people had space in the suitcases. We had lots of school supplies, some clothing and sports equipment (including a small hand pump for pumping up balls). These where all very appreciated.
We used the Malolo Cat both ways, and as always, a very professionally run trip.
Travelling with a 9mth old:
It helped that we have been to Fiji many times, so we felt comfortable going there. The Villa allowed for us to have a bit more freedom than a normal bure might allow, as when it was ‘naptime’ we where still able to be in the pool, or else where around the Villa as we had brought our baby monitor with us from home. The use of the Kitchen was perfect as well as there was always food/drink on hand if she wanted it. It was easy to make up bottles when needed. And the laundry meant there was peace of mind should anything disastrous happen! We took a bedroom in the building with the 2 bedrooms (we where given first choice of rooms as we had the baby & also because I had organised/coordinated the whole trip) as these rooms had large walk in robes, that almost acted like a small bedroom where we set up our travel cot (we have the Baby Bjorn travel cot – fabulous!!) as it still gave the two of us some privacy.
We have a water baby, who does swimming lesions at home (with 2 parents who had been swimming teaches/coaches along the way), so she was in the pool often. She also loved the ocean, and it was nice that its not too deep in the Cove. She enjoyed going out to the Sandbar on the snorkelling trips, as she could crawl around and play in the water. They have baby & child life-vests at the activities bure, which get used when ever a baby/child is on a boat (sandbar, village visit etc).
As you would expect the staff where wonderful with the baby. They loved seeing her at dinner, and often would take her around for a visit with the other staff.
We enjoy visiting Musket Cove, and have I have been a number of times over the years (in my teens with my parents, and now as an adult). This was my husbands first visit there, and he very much enjoyed it, and said he would very happily come back again (it’s his way of positively complementing). My parents & brothers where with us for this trip and it has been about 8 yrs since they have been, but absolutely enjoyed going back and remembering ‘old times’. For our American friends, it was their first visit to Fiji, and I think we have them hooked now!
This was our first experience staying in a private villa at Musket Cove, and it was perfect. We will be back!! In fact, we have already booked Villa Malolo (a 3bedroom villa) for next year!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Musket Cove Island Hotel Malolo Lailai Island
- Hotel Musket Cove Island
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