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“Mana is only getting better”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Mana Island Resort

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Mana Island Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Mana Island
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“Mana is only getting better”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2010

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!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2010

After reading the reviews on here before we left I was a little unsure about what to expect. If you go in with high expectations and standards you will be disappointed. However if you go to relax and have a good time then you won't be disappointed. The island has an area for everyone as long as you are willing to look. We walked up to Sunset Beach and found it to be almost deserted. The coral has been affected but you can still some amazing things when you snorkel and there are hermit crabs on the beach.

The food as many people have said is a buffet and while it wasn't great it wasn't bad. They made sure to replace things pretty quickly when it ran out and they staff are always making sure you are okay.

We didn't use the kids club at all but the kids there sounded like they were having fun. We went down to the backpackers for lunch one day and it was good and the staff really friendly. The staff at the resort are wonderful and help to make you feel relaxed. The welcome drink and the fact they drop your luggage and pick it up directly to your room is great. The singing as you arrive and leave is also really special. The bed was a little soft but the outdoor shower was an added bonus and I feel it added a special something you wouldn't get in the other rooms. They have laundries with washers and dryers and we were shocked to see they were free :) This was a great and welcome surprise.

Overall we achieved what we wanted on this holiday which was to relax and have a good time. The staff are a valuable asset to this island.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2010

Recently stayed on Mana as part of an educational trip (im a travel agent) and were welcomed by beautiful Fijians and their guitars serenading us onto the island.
Mana is absolutely beautiful and the snorkeling was out of this world. Good island for familys, honeymooners, couples, older couples too. There is a small kids club on the island and they can also provide you with a nanny for the little ones.

The spa was terrific and one of my colleges had a massage there and raved about it.

The colour of the water is nothing like you have ever seen and changes throughout the day. I would recommend staying in the beachfront rooms. 2 story with a kitchenette, lounge room, 2 balconys and second bathroom too. There is also a stunning chapel that overlooks the water. Good also for the incredibly hot days, they are acconditioned but you could open up the doors to enjoy the sea breeze (i can imagine the rooms in the middle of the island could get quite hot in the heat of summer)

Some of the facilities on the island are a little tired but the island itself more than makes up for it.

Laundry facilities on the island FOC.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled on business
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Wellington, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2010

Read all the reviews and now since having spent 8 nights on the island here's my review.
LOWS:
My wife got bed bugs - which the on island nurse said was sea lice - No - it's bed bugs. Pretty much ruined holiday for her- couldn't tan anymore, itched constantly, felt embarrassed really, and couldn’t even hold our young kids.
A full meal plan is not really what you think - Kids free only if eating at sub standard buffet - lunch is left overs from night before really - curiously there was Ginger Pork, etc for lunch the day after the Asian themed dinner. South Beach restaurant is much better but has to be booked in advance and your kids don't eat free !!!
The welcome book says 50% off during happy hour for beer, wine and soft drinks - which is NOT the case. When I mentioned this to a waitress she just smiled, and shrugged.
Cocktails - yes, have to agree with what others have said - always running out of ingredients, and barmen often messing up the mix.
Paid activities are a waste of money! Don’t pay for a snorkeling trip to a fantastic spot - North beach is better. You get 5 hours babysitting a day free, but this has to be taken in one sitting - ridiculous! I paid for internet cafe - 5FJD for 30 mins, used 4mins and said I'd return to check mail again - No, has to be used in one sitting....
We stayed in a bure that had such dirty Aircon filters. I personally had to clean them, just to get a bit of air flow - even then, the unit had been battling for so long, that it hardly worked the whole time we were there. Our friends in the inter-connecting bure had a much cooler room. The cupboard clip was broken, and when I asked the maintenance guy to fix it, he fiddled for a bit and then we never saw him again. In the end we had to "lock" the cupboards closed with my daughters hair tie. Hardly 4 star!!!
Table tennis bats were in such poor condition that it was hard to play a decent game.
Cheapest bottle of wine at restaurant was 55FJD - for something like Hardys - real cheap stuff! If you bought a bottle from the little shop, for an already expensive 32FJD, they stung you with a 15FJD corkage fee at the restaurant!!
HIGHS:
Lovely and warm, even on the overcast days.
The snorkeling off North beach was fantastic - saw eels, octopus, sharks, cuda, and plenty other colorful fish. - Sadly no sea snakes for us.

Final word:
Is really a beautiful island - but the owners seem to be pocketing profits rather than re-investing back into the resort. If they don’t sort this out soon - Mana will we be making a quick slide downhill.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2010

I stayed on Mana Island for 7 nights in a Garden Bure. The rooms themselves were lovely, and the outdoor shower was an exciting adventure! The staff were all very friendly and helpful.
The food in the buffet section was average, nothing spectacular, but fine. The food from South Beach Restaurant was beautiful and an amazing selection. It was delicious and can be used as part of the meal package.
They offered snorkelling, fishing, diving and bingo as well as day tours to other islands to keep you occupied, as well as a games room.
They have 2 well kept swimming pools and 3 beaches to visit. The coral around the island and the colour of the water was just stunning.
It also had a lovely spa to spoil yourself with a massage, facial or foot scrub!
It is a place to go if you really want to relax and unwind, speak to friendly people and see just how beautiful the world can be.
I would not suggest Mana Island for those who want a big nightlife. Mana had a live band as entertainment who sang all types of songs and had local performances as well for their traditional dances. They do have a section for backpackers for the budget traveller if you want to stay for one or two nights and the backpacker pub has a party almost every night!
All in all it was a fnatastic place to visit.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2010

Having just returned from Mana Id love to share what a magical time we spent as a family, it was a real holiday in every sense for everyone.The staff on the island are next to none and cant do enough to help.The scenery is idyllic fabulous beaches and snorkelling. Accomodation was great. we are sad to be home but planning our next holiday. thanks Mana

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2010

The staff loved our 16 month old and were always accommodating. Like when we left our pram on the ferry over there, they located it and we had it by the end of the day. the snorkeling was great. food at south beach restaurant excellent for dinner, so def book the day before for this, as it's worth it. we stayed in ocean front suite, the one with the mezzanine level, which is perfect for bubs needing to sleep earlier than us at night. place was fine, but the 4 star rating is not our 4 star rating here in australia, it's more 3 star, but a great place to stay anyway. a week here was well worth it and very relaxing with a few water sports thrown into it and all the kids from what we could see at kids club enjoyed it. we couldnt use the service as bubs was too young, but others with ones her age, used the 5 hours of free baby sitting made avail for this age group of 0-2 years. we found our daughter was clingy so didnt feel at ease with leaving her, but would have felt very secure with the fijians, they LOVE kids. fijians do things in their own time too, so there is no rushing to get things done or get the food buffet re-stocked quickly, but they had great drinks and food service at the south beach restaurant. def get a meals package of 3 meals a day purchased before you leave (so glad we did), as their prices are very expensive and the drinks cost alot too. so stock up on bottles of duty free alcohol before and have a pre dinner drink for sure before you head to eat, as this is where they make their money. water was very expensive at the general store, which also has very little variety of things to buy, so make sure you take your own chocolates, snacks, and sunscreen, as this is all very costly there and they dont really have many if any snacks to offer others than choc chip cookies. had a terrific time though, but could see why some would be disappointed if you expect too much. i am glad i read loads of these reviews as it made me so pleased with the final result when my expectations were lower. the south beach area is very windy, but spend most time down at north beach and pool and all will be fine.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Mana Island Resort
Address: P. O. Box 610, Fiji
Region: Fiji > Mamanuca Islands > Mana Island
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Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Hotel Class:4 star — Mana Island Resort 4*
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