Just returned from our 10 days family holiday (5 and 3 year olds, hubby and me) from Mana Island Resort last week. To sum it up, it was just heavenly and we will definitely go back.
Location ; More than perfect. 2 beaches wrapping around the island. Both equally beautiful, plenty of tropical fish. Perfect and long white sand beaches with lots of sun and sun loungers.
Activity ; We really did nothing (in a way of day trips) except for a submarine one day. There was so much to do just within the island, we really didnt need any day trips at all which was a big draw-card for us with two small kids. Submarine was great for them to see all the sea creatures, since our kids were too little for snorkeling. We all had fun (Saw stingray, turtles, sea snakes and not to mention plentiful of tropical fish). FJD 77 for a family of four, so quite a reasonable price I thought.
You never get bored at Mana. You spend your time in the sea snorkelling&swimming, swimming pool, or just lounging by the pool or the beautiful beaches reading a book having a beer/wine or two (Add kids club to the list for kids). Go for a walk/run around the big resort, Spa. Just great. Oh, they sell new zealand ice cream at a kiosk by the swimming pool. We had ice cream just about every two days. Why not, when you are on a holiday.
Kids Club ; This was SO wonderful. My kids WANTED to go to the kids club, which was a real bonus for us so we could have a bit of no-kids relaxing time every now and then. Parent need a holiday too!!! ;) You register a kid at a cost of FJD25 (one off!), they offer 3 sessions a day (10 am-12pm, 2 pm-4pm, 7 pm-9pm). You can go as many sessions as you like. Just look at their timetable board and pick&choose which sessions your kids want to go. On average, my kids went to 2 sessions a day. 4 hours of non-kids time and the rest was family together. Was a perfect balance. Kids had a ball hunting bats&crabs&frogs, a movie night, cultural performance and craft etc etc. They made some good friends from AUS, of whom they still talk about.
Food ; We had pre-paid breakfast meals only for the duration of our stay and thought this was a perfect decision. Never needed lunch (were never hungry after big brekkie, fed kids lunch though since kids upto 5 get fed free all meals), and dinner pay as we go. Some days if kids wanted to go to the evening session kids club,we fed them free at the buffet , dropped them off at the kids club then went to South Beach a la carte. If kids wanted to stay with us for the evening, we ate together at the buffet. Some nights we werent even hungry for dinner so got some takeaway pizza (from South Beach restaurant) and shared it between the two of us. Some nights we just ate some crackers with peanut butter with wine, which we brought from home and duty free.
-brekkie pre-pay FJD 34.20, pay as you go FJD 38
-dinner pre-pay FJD 68 (or 67), pay as you go FJD 75
If you pay for a pre-pay dinner (which is for the main buffet)and decide to go to the a la carte restaurant, they give you a credit for FJD50. Where does 18 dollar disppear to then? I thought? So well, you do the math depending on your style of eating. A la carte restaurant - ambiance was good but the food is basically the same as the buffet food I thought. You just get one or two things (dish a bit hotter I suppose) rather than a million of things and pay slightly less price.
Island Transport ; We booked a ferry return (not the land transfers) and took a taxi from nadi aiport to denarua ferry terminal and back. We could have paid FJD180 extra (two adults and 1 kid, 1 infant is free) to include land transfer. But we ended up paying only about FJD 70-80 (two trips added together) by catching a taxi outiside the airport and ferry terminal ourselves. Catching a taxi wasnt an issue. Plenty.
Room ; We had a stand-alone garden bure. Was good enough. Outdoor shower was fun. If you have small kids, perhaps a good idea to take a small blow up paddle pool? So you can fill it with water so they can have a bath, since there is no bath just a shower. No issue for adults but kid sometimes like bath dont they.
Think I covered everything. Enjoy your time there, you wont regret it !! We didnt.
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