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Mana Island Resort
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

The minute you land on Mana Island you hit Island time!! We had a fantastic Deluxe Ocean front suite - just perfect for our family of 4. Spacious 2 storey suite with 2 excellent sized bathrooms, balconies on both levels with lovely views across Sth Beach. Sofas in living area were comfortable if you want to spend time relaxing inside. Fans & air conditioning kept the room beautifully cool. Beds very comfortable however the beds are small for 2 (only a double size) would be great if they had kingsize beds - especially in the heat. A bar fridge with tea and coffee making facilities in room.
Rooms were serviced with fresh flowers, bath & beach towels daily.
The staff across the resort were great. Traditional Fijian friendliness and were fantastic with the kids - getting them involved in rugby games, table tennis and anything else that happened to be going on. We didnt use the Kids Club but the younger kids seemed to be really enjoying it.
The layout of the resort was lovely so even at peak times you dont feel like its busy - other than at meal times. The buffet was fine to feed the family but well worth taking a break from the busy buffet for a few dinners & or lunches at South Beach Restaurant.
Snorkelling was great on all beaches - with a great array of tropical fish & coral and good drop offs on all reefs. The pontoon on Sth Beach was great entertainment for the kids.
Not worth doing the Sea Fiji snorkelling trip - apart from a much deeper drop off from the reef we felt the snorkelling off Nth Beach was better.
The resort offers the perfect relaxed family holiday. Areas of the resort are a little tired - but it really didnt matter as travelling with children doesnt need to be glamorous!! The resort was comfortable and clean with friendly staff and great beaches and enough activities to entertain everyone - you dont need much more than that.
We didnt use the pools as the beaches were perfect for swimming and snorkelling daily. The pools were small and I suspect perfect for families with younger children.
A fantastic holiday all round for our family - definitely one to repeat! Thanks Mana

Room Tip: Its well worth getting a larger room - especially in the heat. For a family of 4 I would book either the 500 (Single room buree style) or 600 room numbers (Deluxe Waterfront 2 storey units on Sth Beach)
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2  Thank PKSJ13
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

We recently had a family holiday on Mana and enjoyed our time there. We were very lucky to receive an upgrade from an Island Bure to an Ocean View Bure. This was a great start! With a family of four (kids 15 and 10) bunking in together it was going to be fraught, but we all managed really well, with the kids taking themselves down to the main lounge some evenings for the entertainment, giving us time to chill out in the room/deck.
The bure had a wonderful shower, plenty of bedding, was clean and tidy and the cleaners always did a great job. The fridge was small, but we squeezed in our stuff by moving the minibar out. It would have been handy to have small plates but we managed without.
There were plenty of water activities available (non-motorised free) and the kids loved the motorised sports. A number of them were restricted to the tide i.e. jet ski - so that's something to bear in mind. We all went on the snorkelling boat trip and were slightly disappointed. There didn't seem to be any more fish than what you could see off the beach. It may be worth saving your $ to do something else.
The 2 pools were great. The infinity pool is adult only, however our 10 year old was able to swim in there with us (quietly) and no one had a problem. We ended up using the pool at low tide as the reef prevented swimming during that time. At times the pool side loungers were 'taken' by people leaving their towels on the loungers and being away from the area for hours. This was a bit disappointing when there is limited space, but we never had to wait too long to find one.
We went to the buffet for breakfast and filled up to get through til later in the day. There was plenty of food and options. We dined at South Beach restaurant a couple of times and the food was great. Pizzas were a big hit with the kids. We had croissants and wraps for lunch for Volivoli cafe, and took advantage of NZ natural and the pool side bar for treats!
The staff were immensely friendly, always smiling and greeting you. There were plenty of staff around and there was always guitar/ukulele entertainment. There were activities throughout the days, though not always exactly what was on the list in the room, the only difficulty we had was doing what we wanted from these activities and trying to relax as there always seemed to be a need to be somewhere at a particular time to give the kids the opportunity to experience it all!
Whilst there were a lot of people around, we managed to have time and space to ourselves. At times the staff were overly helpful, but once again you could find a quiet space to get away from that. Overall, the resort was great. Next time though we'd probably try a different island - nothing against Mana, there's just so many more islands to explore!

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3  Thank TischlerAndHubby
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

Fantastic holiday and lovely island. We stayed in an island bure which was better than expected and sheltered. Only complaint would be the lack of staff for the kids club. At times there would be anywhere up to 60 children with only two staff which worked fine for the older and more outgoing kids but of concern for the younger and shy ones. A lot of waiting to make sure they were ok to feel confident enough to leave them! But overall our 2 kids enjoyed it enough to want to go back each day. Worth questioning when you are there as staff numbers probably fluctuate. Snorkelling is brilliant! My hubby went for a few dives and said the snorkelling close to shore was just as good if not better than the dives he did. Also worth buying a case of beer and some wine in Nadi beforehand as much cheaper and Mana Island allows it to be brought in.

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3  Thank Andrae1
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

Just spent 5 great nights on Mana Island and loved it. Doesn't pretend to be a super luxury 5 star resort, and we weren't expecting it to be. Some parts looked a bit tired and there's obviously still work being done to clean up after storms earlier in the year. We stumped up for a Deluxe Ocean View Bure and it was definitely the right move. Bure was clean, good condition, had all the amenities a fair minded family would need - lots of space and light - and a reasonable amount of privacy. Bure was right on the North beach, which despite it being school holidays, remained virtually free of people.

Restaurants are pretty much what you'd expect for a mainly family resort - It's not high class cuisine and pretty basic but we certainly didn't go hungry! We took in enough food to not have to do the buffet for every meal and I think that helps. Also taking in a hefty amount of duty free meant our bar bills were not exorbitant (make sure you take in lots of mixers too!)

Beaches were fantastic, tons of activities, staff were very friendly and helpful. Although we didn't use it, the Kids Club seemed full of laughing, happy, busy kids. I imagine this would be a godsend for families with younger children. Didn't use the pool (which was small and basic) but with the beaches on offer we didn't even consider using the pool.

We'd go again with no qualms.

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2  Thank BGA2013
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Reviewed 24 July 2013

I have never written a review for accommodation but this resort was so aweful it deserves one.
We arrived after spending some time on Leleuvia island, Suva and Pacific harbour on Fiji's east and south coasts which were all amazing, especially leleuvia.
Mana island and the Mana island resort was the biggest dissapointment i have ever had on an overseas holiday. The resort was the most expensive of the three we stayed in while in Fiji and was by far the worst.
This resort feels like some kind of camp school. The arrival procedure is so over the top we just wanted to get to our rooms after travelling all day to get there and had to go first to a waiting bure, then to the lounge for check in which took over an hour and then anouther hour before our bags arrived at at room. Be prepared to pay nearly $120 fijian pp to get there and back too!
The room was an ocean front room, good view but there isn't even windows! Just fly screen with wodden shutters so you can hear everything including your neighbors.
We didn't try the buffet because it was too expensive and we aren't big breakfast eaters anyway so didn't want to pay for a full meal plan but the other restaurant doesn't serve breakfast and we couldn't even buy a coffee untill after 10am when the pool side cafe opened.
The food at the a la carte restaraunt was so bad and so expensive we ended up ordering pizza to the room the second 2 nights.
On Leleuvia island a 4 hour fishing trip cost $60 Fijian. On Mana, a 2 hour fishing trip costs $190 Fijian. Everything from the food, drinks, spa and activities cost at least triple what they did everywhere else in Fiji.
Though it had nothing to do with the resort, because they don't offer surfing tours, a half day surfing trip with the company reccommended by the resort cost over $400 Fijian.

The only good thing about the place was the snorkelling.

I can see how it would be ok for a family with small kids because of the whole "summer camp" atmosphere but Fiji has so much better to offer. I highly reccommend going somewhere more remote and less touristy than the mamanucas but if you do, don't stay at the Mana Island Resort!!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank Melanie W
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