My wife, 18-month old boy and I all greatly enjoyed our 5-night stay at Mana Island resort during August 2014.
(1) Warm (sometimes hot), dry weather in August, with cool ocean breezes in the early morning and evening.
(2) Feeling relaxed, comfortable, welcomed and far from our day to day worries.
(3) Perks of being in a nice resort:
(a) Good food at the buffet breakfasts, lunches and dinners at the main Resort restaurant.
(b) Nicely maintained buildings. gardens and outdoor areas.
(c) Daily resort activities - eg. Herbal medicine plants tour, traditional Fijian 'Lovo' feast.
(d) Deluxe Ocean View Bure was very comfortable, airconditioned and had an "authentic Fijian" feel to it design and architecture. (Unlike some of the more modern motel-style rooms.)
(e) Swimming in the warm, calm water at the resort's ocean beaches.
(f) Live Fijian-style singing and guitar music - on arrival, and each night at dinner.
(4) Family-friendly features:
(a) Five hours of complementary babysitting per day, at the babysitting hut, with 1 babysitter per child (which was included for stays of 5 nights or longer). Additional hours cost $5 Fijian/ hour. Our babysitter was excellent.
(b) Chatting to other young families at neighbouring tables at meal times, at the buffet restaurant.
(c) Staff were very friendly to our young boy.
(d) Many highchairs, plastic cups & plates available at meal times.
(5) A 6-hour organised tour to neighbouring islands on "the Seaspray" yacht.
(6) Excellent and inexpensive food at the local Ratu Kini backpackers resort, a 5-minute walk away, for a fun and down-to-earth alternative to the resort restaurants.
(7) Massage - my wife said that the (very expensive) massage she had at the Mana Spa, was the best she'd had in a long time.
Disadvantages of Mana Island Resort:
(1) Cost of Meals - which can easily cost more than your accommodation. During our stay, the breakfasts and lunches were about $35 Fijian each meal, per person per day, and the dinners were $75 Fijian per person per day. If you don't mind missing out on the resort atmosphere during your meals, you could save hundreds of dollars by buying a few boxes of cereal at the Port Denarau supermarket before catching the ferry to Mana island. Alternatively, you could walk 5 minutes to the Ratu Kini backpackers resort restaurant for good food (but much less atmosphere) for less than half the price of the resort restaurants.
(2) English language communication with staff - is generally good, but can be poor at times.
(3) Food selection - won't please everyone. We were disappointed that no raw muesli was offered as part of the buffet breakfast selection.
(4) Water - this is apparently drinkable, but we bought a $10 packet of 50 chlorine water-purificaion tablets from our Pharmacy in Australia before going to Fiji. If you don't mind a mild chlorine taste in your water, this is a good way to avoid spending hundreds of dollars on bottled water. Note - none of us got sick during our stay.
(5) Snorkelling - was ok, but my wife and I have both seen much better snorkelling areas.
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