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Lomani Island Resort
Certificate of Excellence
Wellington, New Zealand
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142 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

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.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2014

Our daughter chose Lomani for her wedding...and what a wedding it was. 80 guests attended and we could not have been happier with the effort put in by Lucy and her staff to make it the perfect day. The food, the decorations and overall set-up were oustanding. It was evident that, for those involved in the preparation, it was not just a job but was done from the heart to make it the best it could possibly be for us. Many of the guests commented that it was the best wedding they had ever attended. Of course, the bride and groom were overjoyed with the way it turned out.
We highly recommend Lomani as an ideal wedding venue or honeymoon location. With a beautiful calming atmosphere it is an adults-only resort where you can relax and be totally indulged. On the other hand, organised daily activities are included and there are plenty of other things to do, on and off the island, if you are so inclined. We opted for the dining package in which all meals were included. Under this scheme you can eat at various restaurants but we found that Lomani has the best food on the island.
For us, it was the Fijian staff that made our stay so special...always smiling, obliging and willing to go out of their way to please. The farewell song (Isa Lei) sung in beautiful harmony by the staff on our departure brought tears to our eyes...and theirs.
Only 50 minutes from the mainland (Denarau close to Nadi) via the Malolo Cat, Lomani provided a week in another world. Overall it was an unforgetable experience and we will definitely be back for a holiday in the future.

Room Tip: During our stay we saw every room type. Room 12 was the pick. It is a large ground level suite with...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

My husband and I have recently returned from a relaxing honeymoon at Lomani. After a fairly stressful few weeks in the lead up to the wedding and having a destination wedding we needed a serious relax! Lomani was a great choice, being only 50 minutes by CAT and having someone meet us at the wharf. We were quickly taken to the resort, which is only about 2 minutes by golf buggy.

We were sat down on a lounge with a welcome drink for our check in which was lovely. We stayed in a beachfront bure, with the ocean right in front of us it was gorgeous. There are sunbeds also, but they don't have cushions and when we asked we were told there were none so we just used some from inside the bure. The outdoor shower is amazing and we just used that instead of having an indoor shower!!

The pool is also great, although a little tired its nice. There are gorgeous day beds, which there are plenty of. I used to love just lying around, reading a book or going for a swim! The other highlight is that the breakfast that is included in the tariff, can be delivered to your room for no extra charge and it was an absolute god-send!

The only disappointment that we had was the food.. we were looking forward to having some nice seafood, but there didn't seem to be much on the menu, or much variety. As a regular traveler, and have stayed at many properties worldwide I have very high expectations, and I felt that Lomani was a very good standard.

Thanks Lomani

Room Tip: Beachfront Bure is lovely
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2014

We travelled to Lomani in August 2013 for stage 2 of our honeymoon and were not disappointed in the least. Lomani truly is a little slice of heaven.

We took the Malolo catamaran to Lomani Island after a 10 hour flight from LA and it was not that long before we arrived. We were met at the dock by the staff and driven to reception in a golf buggy.

Check-in: Smooth and effortless with the Fiji charm that the islands are so well known for. Our bure was at the far end of the resort but still just a casual stroll back to the main building.

Room: Set only a few meters from the water with our own (mostly) private garden leading to a lovely soft sand beach, truly amazing. The bures are large and open plan with a separate bathroom and also an outdoor shower. The amenities are basic but good and the TV and DVD system are great. The bed is massive and a bit soft but overall great nights' sleep were had. The lounge and chairs were comfortable and the outdoor chairs welcome indeed.

There is a lovely grassed area leading from the deck at the back of the bure down to the waters edge. Trees line each side of the garden and conceal you from neighbouring bures quite well.

Meals: We took advantage of the meal plan everything was as good as could be expected. The menu though not large is certainly diverse enough to suit most tastes and the Kokoda was divine. Breakfasts were simple yet filling the lunch menu more than adequate.

Extras: The beach is amazing, the water not deep for a while but crystal clear and lapping at lovely soft white sand. A bit of seaweed here and there but then, it is the ocean. The beach stretches all the way to Musket Cove Island Resort past Plantation Island Resort and makes for a nice stroll as do the myriad walking trails on the island.

The staff were attentive and happy and they were always ready to assist if needed.

Check-out: No problems at all. Our bill was settled the previous night as we had an early morning water taxi back to the mainland and everything was organised and itemised.

As an adults only resort we really enjoyed the peace and quiet to be found here and would not hesitate to come back again.

Thank you for our stay and an amazing honeymoon.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

My husband and I were looking for adults only accommodation in Fiji in order to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We saw the great reviews on TA and decided Lomani sounded the ideal place.

We booked a beach bure and they are as big and lovely as everyone on TA has already stated so I will not repeat what others have already said. However, I will stress how fantastic the outside showers are!. The water pressure is really powerful and it was great to have a shower at the end of the day to wash off suncream and sand whilst hearing the birds chirp and seeing the beautiful sunset colours above.

We did have a couple of niggles with the bures. These were that the sun loungers on the deck do not come with cushions which made them quite uncomfortable to lie on, however it just took one call to reception (well a couple due to Fiji time) for them to find us a couple of cushions which we appreciated. We also had an issue with the drains in the bathroom. If the water was not run regulalry i.e overnight, the smell was quite bad. We did not raise this with the hotel, if we had I am confident they would have looked into it, however once we had run the taps in the morning the smell disappeared.
We also found that whilst the bed was comfortable (and huge!) the pillows were extremely lumpy.

We really appreciated the complimentary bottled water that housekeeping leave daily in your room. The inspect repellent was also a nice touch too.

As has being mentioned numerous times on TA the staff are great and really make the holiday, nothing is too much trouble for any of them and you are always greeted with a friendly "Bula". There were a couple of occasions where drink orders were forgotten and we had a mix up with a lunch order one day but these were rectified once raised.
The singers at meal times are also great and just add to the chilled out ambiance.

The daily activities are a nice touch and the fact that they are complimentary is a bonus. We participated in Reef Snorkelling, Dolphin Safari, Coconut Demonstration and the Kava Ceremony, all of which I would recommend.

We had booked a romance package which included 2 x 30minute complimentary massages. These were conducted by the waters edge, we felt so relaxed having fantastic massages hearing the sound of the ocean that we booked in for 2 x 60 minute massages for later in the week. Rebecca was my masseuse, I'd go back again just for that massage!.

The food receives mixed reviews on TA so we were a bit apprehensive. Breakfasts were great, there is a selection of fruits, toast, cereal, muffins, croissants, you can also order a hot breakfast. We found that breakfast usually kept us going till dinnertime so we elected not to go onto the meal plan. The food was inconsistent some meals were fantastic whereas some were just ok. However, we did not have any bad meals so we were generally happy with the food. As part of the romance package we also had dinner on the beach for our anniversary which we would definitely recommend.

I would give Lomani a rating of 4 and a half if I could, it was just a couple of minor points mentioned above that stopped me making it a 5 (everything has to be perfect for me to award a 5!), however I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Lomani or visiting again

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Paris, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2014

Me and my wife spent 8 days at this hotel. The attention was amazing! It is not a family Hotel (you have to be 16 years or older to access) but it is a great facility if you are looking for peace, beauty and relax. The staff was very friendly with us and we enjoyed the daily trips for snorkeling to different places around the barrier reefs. We enjoyed the local cooking as well as the the restaurant. We walked around the island (there are at least 3 other resorts on it). Highly recommended for people looking for peace and relax. Bula !!!

Room Tip: Anything with beach view ! If you can afford a beach bungalow, then do it.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Canberra
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

My husband and I have just returned from another wonderful stay at Lomani. It was just as wonderful. This is a small childfree resort on a Fijian island. It is not a perfect five star resort. It is comfortable, friendly, fantastic location. The meals are mostly very good ( a couple of misses though). the activities are superb, snorkelling, fishing, wind surfing, paddle-boarding, kayaking, or simply doing nothing at all. The staff are led by manager Lusi who is a fabulous lady. We would like to thank Lusi and all her staff for a fantastic 10 days at the resort. Special thanks to Delai, Kavi, Peceli, Ako, young Lusi, Levana and especially Mesu and Micka who entertained us every night with wonderful music and song ( listen to Mesu on youtube and hear his fabulous voice, it's like melted chocolate, its soooo smooth! )

There are three different levels of accommodation , we have stayed in all three and we honestly believe even the Deluxe suites, which are the least expensive are excellent to stay in. Yes the beachfront bures are great (especially if you are on honeymoon) but the other suites are all great to stay in too, you are never more than 50 metres from the beach in any of the suites, you can still watch the fantastic sunsets and hear and see the ocean.

This was the sixth year in a row we have gone to Lomani and we wouldn't want to stay anywhere else. Thanks again Lusi and all your wonderful staff xx

  • Stayed June 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 #2 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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