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Lomani Island Resort
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Forest, Virginia
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“Relaxation Resort”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

My wife and I stayed at Lomani Island Resort for 3 nights at the start of our honeymoon in Fiji. The resort is very beautiful with amazing sunsets. We stayed in the deluxe suite and it was nice and very spacious, but the beachfront bures definitely looked like a step up! We also woke up early during our stay and would walk over to the beach at Plantation Island Resort for wonderful sunrise photo opportunities.

The food at the resort was not as good as we were expecting considering the reviews we had read and the comments we heard from others staying at the resort. For us, it was okay to good, but not great.

The resort offers included snorkeling trips and I enjoyed them quite a bit. There is also a village visit that is offered but do be aware that if you visit the village you will have to take part in the kava ceremony upon arrival there. So if you aren't feeling 100% on the day of the village visit, you may want to skip if you are unsure about drinking the kava. There is good snorkeling off the beach between Lomani and Plantation and this was a bit of a surprise.

Lomani Island Resort was a good choice for us to begin our honeymoon, as it was a very beautiful and relaxing resort. The goodbye song was one of the most beautiful and sad songs we have ever heard, and even though we were only there for 3 nights, we left with tears in our eyes after hearing such beautiful music.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

We have just had a 7 night stay on Lomani and highly recommend it for a luxurious relaxing break. Lovely rooms, well appointed and spacious, we had a beachfront villa which looked out over the sparkling clear blue sea. The pool is great and the cabanas very relaxing to while away an afternoon. The food was very good, lots of fresh fish, and the staff friendly and reasonably efficient by Fiji standards. The dolphin safari and snorkelling trips were fantastic and excellent value as they are included in the tariff. Highly recommended, we would definitely return. Great place for a honeymoon (1st or 2nd!).

Room Tip: Beachfront villas worth the extra money.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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sydney
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

My wife and I had a lovely week at Lomani and totally enjoyed it, lovely location with nothing but the coconut plantation behind and the ocean in front of the beachside bungalows. These rooms are great and as mentioned by others are HUGE with monstrous "super king" beds and an outdoor shower.

The food was excellent, loads of it and the service great, had a night sitting on the beach for dinner which was something special and went snorkeling at different locations most days, found the dolphins 2 out of 3 times we went looking.

Being an 16 and over resort has it's benefit's when you are looking for a break from the kids or some 'alone time'.

Would go back again

Room Tip: any beachfront room is good, we had the VERY VERY end one (#27) which was great
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2014

We came for 6 nights and to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We were not dissapointed. We were welcomed with a singing group and given cold coconuts to drink from while our room check in was sorted. We booked one of the beach front bure's and it was fantastic. It is huge - a big bed looking over your own private deck (with sun loungers), a small garden and then the beach. Probably 20 steps from the deck to the ocean. The bure was spotlessly clean, air conditioned, and fully fitted with bug/mozzie screens. The bathroom is huge with his and hers sinks, an indoor shower and an outdoor shower.

The room has a TV but there is no satellite or terrestrial channels. Instead they plug hard drives into the TV which are loaded with films, TV programs and documentaries. Beware, there is only WiFi at reception and it costs. That didn't bother me as I was there to relax rather than catch up with the office or update Facebook!!

This is only a small resort with about 50 guests maximum. Being adults only it is quiet and peaceful. The fresh water pool is lovely (beware, other resorts use salt water) with 5 huge day beds to lounge around in. There are plenty of activities (weather permitting) from snorkeling trips, to dolphin safaris, fishing trips, bike use, sailing, kayaks, paddle boards, and other trips. These are all included!! The resort also lays on island dancers on two nights, a cava festival (definitely an acquired taste!!) and a Lovo (Fijian equivalent of a hangi). You can also get a massage beside the beach, explore the island, or visit the other couple of resorts on the island. There is plenty to squeeze in between sitting beside the pool or beach!!

But the star of the resort is the food. Breakfast is included which is a standard buffet (tropical fruit, cereal, pastries, toast, etc.) but you can also order egg dishes, pancakes and other delights. We went for the meal deal (FJ$140 pp) which gets you a 2 course lunch and a 3 course dinner. This is 5-star a-la-carte dining and was simply delicious. Loads of seafood, melt in your mouth steaks, great desserts - you will not go hungry.

In the evening you can book a table on the beach. The menu is the same, but the setting under the stars is fantastic.

I see other reviewers have complained about the service. We found no such problems. Wait times for food were no different to main street restaurants, but at least here everything was done with a smile!!

The only negative I found was that the bikes are in need of maintenance and some TLC. But apart from that tiny criticism, Lomani was a fantastic place to kick back and relax. My wife even shed a tear when the resort sing you their farewell song on departure. We will be back!!!

One tip; do not bother with the exchange dining facilities they have with the adjacent Plantation Resort. The food their was poor and it was a waste of an evening we could have had a great meal at Lomani.

Room Tip: Go for the beach front bure - you will not be dissapointed.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Milan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

We had a wonderful time at Lomani resort. Starting from the location, helpful staff and excellent food. Would advice to book beach bungalows that are spacious, renovated and more intimate.
We got married at Lomani in September 2013 and we couldn't have asked for more.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2014

We hadn't had an overseas holiday together before so we wanted somewhere not too far away. We started looking at the Coral Coast but after reading reviews and talking to people who had been there, a lot seemed to mention that the resorts were looking a bit "tired" and in need of renovation. My husband came across Lomani Island Resort and we were both keen on the idea of a resort for aults (our kids are in their late teens and working). From the moment we arrived at the resort we knew we'd made the right choice. The singing on arrival, the cold coconuts and wet washers were well received. We were taken to our room (Deluxe) and were surprised how spacious the room was. We couldn't see too much outside as it was about 7pm. We went to the restaurant for dinner and enjoyed singing by Mesu and co.

The next morning we woke to the sound of heavy rain so opened the curtains and saw the fantastic waterviews only about 40 metres away. This was the only rainy day but we still managed to get out and explore the island. There are plenty of sun lounges on the beach for everyone. It never felt crowded even with many people out and about. We enjoyed snorkelling, hand line fishing, kyaking, swimming in the ocean (water temperature was beautiful) walking along the beach, stand up paddle boards, Kava ceremony, lovo cooking (cancelled due to the rain) and the Polynesian dance night. You can do as much or as little as you like. For those that want other activities such as deep sea fishing, parasailing, island hopping, it's just a short walk up the beach to Plantation.

We found the food to be very good. The staff are fantastic! They have a "genuine" friendliness about them and are more than happy to cater for requests from guests. A special mention to Darda who remembered we like "icy cold" beer so would put a couple in the feezer before we arrived for meals. Also to Ako and Delai and the other fantastic wait staff. The young guy who did the water activities (sorry not sure of your name). Mesu and co for your awesome music each night - we have played your CD so many times since returning home.

The farewell song is very emotional so have some tissues handy!

We would thoroughly recommend this resort to anyone looking for a holiday in a smaller, more personalised resort doing as much or as little as you wish.

We really do believe that you arrive as friends and leave as family and are very much looking to returning in the future. We stayed 7 nights but will be looking to stay longer next time!

Room Tip: Deluxe rooms are close (but not too close) to restaurant and water activites
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

We arrived at Lomani after leaving another resort thinking it was going to be hard to beat we arrived to a great reception and was shown to our room wasnt the room we thought we booked but will take that up with agent had loverly meal overlooking one of the most picture perfect spots
we had some trouble with the first room we stayed in the airconditioner wasnt working well(i do airconditioning for a living) and was really noisy fans had no speed control as we tried to sleep water started spit out of unit on us so we slept in lounge then at 615 in morning the smoke alarm kept going off NO SLEEP FIRST NIGHT they swapped rooms for us without question
The place was so quiet and relaxing every day on beach was special all activitys were included
would love to had stayed longer than three days
The food was ok didn;t think much for the Lovo buffet at the prices for meals they should be higher quality. As for the staff they were fantastic
Still amazed that we felt like we were on a deserted island this adults only resort is the perfect spot for couples needing a quiet holiday away from work and kids

Room Tip: Pay the money and go for the bungalows
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Lomani Island Resort
Address: Fiji
Region: Fiji > Mamanuca Islands > Malolo Lailai Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Malolo Lailai Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Lomani Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lomani is an adults only boutique resort in the Mamanuca group of islands. "Lomani" is the Fijian word for love, and you will be sure to fall in love with this idyllic paradise. The resort has just 24 rooms that front a pristine white sand beach and sheltered lagoon. Relax with a massage by the pool, or get active with a range of complimentary watersports activities. Ideal for honeymoons or those seeking a peaceful escape. All Rates Include The Following : -Full American Breakfast -Wash, dry and fold laundry service . -All Guests are greeted with a shell lei and fresh green coconut upon arrival -Free WIFI for all in-house guests at Lomani,Available on 2 devices per room -Complimentary facilities: Kayaks, glass-bottomed kayaks, stand up paddle boards, windsurfers, bicycles, snorkelling equipment, gym, chill out lounge with big screen TV, pool table & showers, 35 metre freshwater swimming pool. -Complimentary tours and activities: Outer reef snorkelling trip (daily), Dolphin Safari tour* (once a week), Guided Village Tour* (once a week), Guided Island Tour, handline fishing trip*, coconut husking demonstration, kava ceremony, sulu-tying lesson, basket weaving lesson, Manager’s Cocktail Party (Wednesday) *Note : These activities are operated according to tides and are therefore not run at the same time or day every week. ... more   less 
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