We returned to Mana in early January for a two week stay after a two year absence. The great things remain great and the not so good remain not so good but overall the resort continues to deliver a value for money experience with some advantages that not many other island resorts in fiji deliver at the same price.
The coral off North Beach is in the best condition I can remember for some time. Quite stunning in fact. Anybody who wastes money to do a snorkeling trip is mad, it dosent get better than whats in front of you.
The beaches are still stunning. Not crowded and the water clear with abundant fish life. One snorkel on north beach we saw a large trevalley, two sharks, a lobster, a stingray and a huge turtle in the space of 30 minutes.
No wind!. Mana is ringed by beaches and therefore one side is always sheltered from the wind
The horizon pool. Cool in 35 degrees heat, and no children with the new rules. Clean... no little children and accidents...
The hobykats, kayaks and motorised watersports.Now run by sea fiji as opposed to sth seas cruises. Staff not quite as friendly but service better and all "toys" in great condition which is a change!
Epis pool bar south beach. Hes a legend
The rooms. Mana has multiple price points across around 5 accomodation classes. All represent good value I think and the island bures in particular provide cheap quality accomodation if thats your thing
The grounds. In great nick
The staff: As friendly as always. High bula count!
Meke show, crab racing and polynesion night all remain if you are a first tome visitor to mana
The guests. A a larger resort children and teenagers will meet great new friends
The dive operation. Very professional/
Snorkeling gear in short supply for some reason.As a result people tend to hang onto it rather than returning each day.
Some buildings a bit tired now inside and out.Dosent worry me but others may differ
The "round" pool. In the wet season heat really needs more shade for children.
Table tennis bats are poor, ran out of balls, days to replace.. no excuse really. Why on earth they dont order a few hundred at a time i dont know!
The paddle board. Charging for this is dumb when non motorised water sports are free. The reason is that its owned by sea fiji as opposed to the resort. Still a poor option given non motorised is marketed as free.
The food and drinks...
Beer price ok for a resort. $8 fijian for a beer is not unreasonable when converted to nz or aussie dollars. Premium beers are a bit steep given what you can buy them for at the market in nadi. $14 for a vonu is ridciulous. Cocktails are a bargain at $17 fijian or say $13 kiwi. Low priced wine is about $5 to much to qualify as a good deal. Happy hour isnt quite happy enough! only a dollar or two off.
Breakfast was fine although the perenniel issues remain. Why dont they fry the bacon with the eggs at the egg area rather than serving it soggy in the buffet trays. Tip, ask them to fry it..Fruit great, cereal and toast fine, cordial fine, could possibly offer a pay extra fresh fruit juice option. Baked beans, suasages etc all what you would expect for breakfast. Ad of course the omelletes are great
Buffet lunch is so so however the pizza cave is a great addition and the pizza at the buffet was really good.
Buffet dinner is average. not so much in what they serve but how they serve it. ie the meat more often than not overcooked, same with the fish etc.
South Beach a la carte I thought was the best its been for many years. The only criticism would be a lack of consistency across portion sizes. ie three people ordering the same dish would get very different quantities.
Mana has several. Both run kitchens. the food here is pretty good as well. its marginally cheaper than south beach for most dishes, you get slightly bigger quantities and consistency. On the down side you dont get the ambience of South Beach restaurant. Whilst not directly comparable I think South Beach and the backpackers both do a good job and are value for money in there own way.
Mana is about to undergo a bit of a transformation. Watch out for a new pool which will be the biggest in Fiji. There will be disruption during building which I suspect will start about October this year
A new North Beach building. Watch out for a modern upgrade with upmarket restaurant and food to match....
More chinese guests. A big developing market for fiji. I miss the Japanese at Mana. Always entertaining watching them walk in their high heels on the decks with obvious results...
As per the reviews here most will enjoy Mana. Foodies might be slightly disappointed however it ain't that bad!
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