We (myself and my partner) stayed at Lomani for a week in May 2014. We wanted a relaxing break so we researched where to stay, and read many of the reviews on here. We chose Lomani and we were not disappointed.
We had a lovely, relaxing time at Lomani. It’s the type of resort where you really can just sit back and unwind. There are three resorts on the island, and we felt that, by far, Lomani was the nicest (and quietest).
The rooms are clean, tidy, spacious and serviced daily. They have a TV but no channel reception. But they have an external HD with loads of digital movies for kids and adults. We had heavy rain one day and it was great just to relax and watch loads of movies! The gym has a number of machines (weights and cardio) but no loose weights. The grounds are very well kept, there was always someone doing something to keep up the standard.
During our stay there was a wedding held at Lomani. The staff put together a pagoda by the beach and decorated it with flowers and chiffon. It looked fantastic. They also set up an outdoor reception area, it looked amazing. They went to a lot of effort.
- FOOD -
(All prices referenced throughout this review are in Fijian Dollars)
The menus are written each day. They offer a meal deal at $140 per person per day. You can decide whether you want to do the meal deal the day before. We mixed and matched, some days we did it, but most days we didn't.
- Is the meal deal worth it? -
The deal is two courses for lunch, three for dinner. If you eat that many courses it can work out cheaper in comparison to paying the prices for the courses while not 'on' the deal, especially if you were to order the most expensive dishes on offer for each course. However, we found that, mainly due to the heat, we couldn't eat all that food so it wasn't worth it for us.
- Is the food good? -
If there was one thing that wasn't quite perfect during our stay, it was the food. We read mixed reviews about the food, and for us at least, we found it was a mix between average and lovely.
The meals can become a little repetitive as many elements are the same. There can be a lack of attention to detail and/or one thing that will let down a dish. EG: on several meals 'bacon wrapped beans' was mentioned but not once did I receive this as part of the dish. One time 'steak and mash' was the dish, but the mash was missing, but it was added after I asked for it.
Tip: If a dish comes with sauce, ask for the sauce on the side. I order a lamb dish which came with mustard sauce. When it arrived the dish was saturated with the sauce, which over powered it, which was a shame as it spoilt an otherwise delicious dish.
However, for all the minor issues with the food, when the meals were right they were very tasty. Portions were right size for us too.
Tip: If you think you'll want snacks during the day, you can bring them with you from the mainland. We bought some cheese and crackers and wine with us. Buying snacks on the island is very expensive.
- DRINKS -
Cocktails were $23-$25 each. Cheapest beer (Fiji Gold stubby) was $8.50. Wine was approx. $15+ a glass. We visited the other resorts and prices were similar, bit cheaper. You can bring your own wine to your meals, at $12 corkage.
- ACTIVITIES -
Lomani offers free use of canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and wind surfers. You can also borrow snorkeling gear. The snorkeling around the beaches is pretty good, you just need to swim out a little bit. We'd recommend the Dolphin Safari. We liked it as it’s an organic experience, as in, it’s not staged, we went out in the boat with no guarantee you'll see them. We did find them that day which was really special.
The island is small and you can walk or ride around it in a short time. Lomani has bicycles you can borrow... be warned, some of them are very clunky to ride.
On Wednesday night, the resort also has a kava ceremony and traditional Fijian lovo feast. This was fun. Most nights there is some sort of traditional entertainment around dinner time.
- Would we stay at Lomani again? -
Definitely! We loved it and the staff were really friendly and helpful. We were able to relax in a calm, quiet, intimate resort. Just what we wanted. Thanks Lomani.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Lomani Island Hotel Malolo Lailai Island
- Lomani Island Resort Fiji/Malolo Lailai Island