Have just spent 20 odd days at Mana. We are regular visitors to Fiji and Mana in particular. Over the course of our stay 10 other families we know also stayed( linked to a rugby trip) and all without exception loved their stay at Mana. Most are going back next year.
Firstly there is a drought in Fiji. Mana is looking great despite the drought, a testament to their extensive water recycling operation. Plantation by comparison is a barren dust bowl. The trees referred to in another review earlier that have been removed were actually out of the resort and had been cyclone damaged earlier in the year. For a large resort Mana is looking great.
The beaches remain in stunning shape. Clear of weed as always and the water crystal clear and rubbish free.. There has been a ban on fishing around Mana for two years now with one further year to run. As a result the fish life is spectacular and only metres off the beach. Noticeable this year was a large number of lobsters, lots of manta rays and larger fish including trevally and yes, heaps of reef sharks often just off the beach late in the afternoon. (northern end of north beach for the daring).
The staff remain the stars of the resort. You will never get a better “Bula count” than at Mana. From the gardeners to management this is obviously a very happy place for the staff to be. Activities are run on time by enthusiastic young girls and guys with the perennial touch rugby still a favourite. Likewise the longer serving older staff offer more sedate pastimes such as basket weaving. Tennis courts are well maintained. Table tennis, pool etc. all available. There is now live sport on tv in the games room. The pools were clean and warm. In the case of childrens “accidents” they were promptly closed and cleaned. Nightly activities good fun, crab racing, bonfires, games nights, meke etc. The band until 11.00 ( and later when we asked ) were great fun when in the mood for a later night.
The food: Firstly there is a new Food and Beverage manager on the island. A Fijian lady she has worked at many resorts including Castaway which is known for its high quality food. A fantastic new kitchen is a feature. Located on north Beach you can watch the food being prepared in a sea of stainless steel! A friend of mine in the food business mentioned that the Mana kitchen is now a pretty slick operation.. Breakfast is great and commented on by other reviewers, loads of fruit and omelettes and waffles always looked forward to. The buffet dinners were good and a wide range, asian, seafood (lobster one night), Fijian , European etc. The Roast Pork and crackling is always a highlight. I can honestly say that I never experienced food running out as commented on in some reviews. They have a team of staff who refill the buffet as this occurs. That ensures that there is not mountains of food sitting around for hours on end. At the most these refills in our experience took only several minutes. South Beach dinners were superb. The beef fillet steak as good as any I eat in NZ and cooked exactly as ordered. A larger deck at South Beach means more capacity and greater numbers of diners outside over the water. And yes it pays to book. Do it the day you arrive. Lastly my favourite place in the world, South Beach for lunch. Stunning views and excellent lunches at great prices. Pizza are only circa $20 odd dollars, Cheap and good. Club toasted sandwiches, pasta, fish and chips and a very good burger and chips amongst others. The prices are brilliant. I can assure you that food is more expensive on virtually every other resort we visit in Fili.
Accommodation. Our island bure was clean, cool and they remain excellent value. Our airconditioning broke down but was fixed as soon as we asked. Daily cleaning couldn’t be faulted, the drinks fridge well used! Friends staying in the ocean front suites absolutely loved them. Again in my experience of 3 to 4 star resorts in Fiji there is no better accommodation than these suites if you want to spend a bit more.
Water activities. Hoby cats all operating in good condition. Snorkelling gear plentiful and clean and in good condition. Lots of kayaks. Windsurfer, jet skiis, parasailing, knee boards, all going and given that resort was full relatively easy to book. All are free unless there is a motor involved!
All in all as a regular visitor I thought the resort was in the best shape is been for over 10 years. In summary the beaches staff and scenery is unbeatable. The activities are as good as anywhere, accommodation is well worth what you pay. The food at the buffet is just fine, Its not the hilton but either is the cost. Prices for drinks by fiji standards are reasonable as are the restaurants.
Like anywhere there are always things to be improved on but on this trip given the price point of Mana I am really struggling to find much to be critical of.
Dont miss an opportunity to stay here if you are in Fiji and love the beach. Theres nowhere bettter!
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