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Gorgeous island. Perfect honeymoon

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 Sept 2019via mobile
My husband and I stayed here for a week as part of our honeymoon. This place is pure heaven! We stayed in a hut right on the beach front with gorgeous views of the ocean from our bedroom window. We had our own private plunge pool which had sun in the morning and early afternoon. Our hut was spacious and cleaned to a high standard daily. As it was our honeymoon we were given a bottle of sparkling wine and a fruit basket in the fridge as well as a wooden plaque with our names on on the front door of our hut.
The food here is amazing. The breakfast and lunch time menu was the same every day and can become a little bit samey but the evening menu changed daily. I'm a fussy eater but I never had a problem finding something I liked. The steak dishes and the butter chicken dish were delicious! The staff here are incredibly friendly and greet you by name with a big smile on their faces. You are welcomed to the island by a number of the staff singing the 'bula' (welcome) song. They also singing this song every night at dinner to all new arrivals that day.
I would definitely recommend this island resort for anyone looking for a getaway in paradise.
Date of stay: September 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 September 2019

This resort benefits from being so well situated for a spectacular island getaway. A reasonably short ferry ride from Denarau and then easily island hop to a number of small beautiful islands and reefs and about 30 minutes from the Cloud 9 Bar. Its simply gorgeous. Its a small island and resort so you never feel too crowded anywhere.
We had a beachfront room which gave us lounges with ocean views and only a few steps from the sand
Speaking of uncrowded, on our excursion to Sarcred Island, there were only 3 of us on the whole island (me, my wife, and our guide)!.
The quick trip to the Instafamous Cloud 9 bar was great fun and worth a go.
The dive shop and staff was very knowledgeable and accommodating to my interests and schedule and took me out to a few great dive spots. And on one occasion that my dive was cut short (because another diver used up his air), the dive master took me out on longer dive the next day to make up for it (thank you Mess!) My wife took advantage of a spa package and said it was heavenly.
My only feedback is that the restaurant food can be a little more refined and the bar needs more cocktails that aren't overly sweetened.
Those aren't big negatives, but worth knowing.
With that in mind, I'd still do it all over again!

Date of stay: September 2019
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Reviewed 26 September 2019

Last week we spent 5 days on the Island. Beach front Villa. Just fabulous. The room was excellent and the location superb. The staf were friendly and helpful. Everything is charged in Fijian dollars. When you convert back to our currency it is very realistic for an Island holiday. Highly reccomend.

Room tip: Beach Front Villa's Very private and away from the general activity.
Date of stay: September 2019
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Reviewed 19 September 2019

I just returned from a 2 week trip to Fiji. Matamanoa Island Resort was the 3rd/last resort we stayed at. Wow! It was simply amazing. This was my 50th birthday trip and I arrived at Matamonoa 2 days after my birthday but they still presented me with a cake and sang happy birthday to me on our first night. I was very surprised and touched!

We were there 6 nights and stayed in a Villa. I highly recommend the splurge of the Villa. It was very nice, private, and such amazing views. The room was perfect. Great housekeeping. We were in Burre 55 which was great location in the middle of the row of villas. We had no foot traffic other than workers a few times in front of our villa. The Villas are a short, beautiful walk from the restaraunt, bar, and main pool. They also have a golf cart that will take you back and forth if its raining or you just don't feel like walking. The property itself is very nice and well kept. It has modern fixtures and furnishings.

The food was really good. Some of the best I had on the whole trip. I recommend getting the meal plan. It really isn't that expensive and you don't have to worry about the prices of things. It was plenty of food and variety. We never went hungry. They have a good selection of drinks at the bar. We Brought over champagne from Nadi which we enjoyed while hanging out in our villa.

We did the Castaway trip which was fun. My BF went on a dive to the Supermarket and said it was amazing. We also got a couples massage which was also really fun and a good quality massage. The beaches around the property are beautiful. It can be a bit windy and we didn't have great luck snorkeling off the beach but others did. We spent the days hanging out in our Villa pool and the beach. It was absolutlely the best ever.

What really makes this resort in my opinion is the staff. I can't say enough good things about every single one of them! Many of them are from the village on a neighboring island and they are truly family. The are happy and so friendly. Most of them called us by our names from the moment we arrived. Amazing how they remember everyone's name but it made us feel special. Every request was received with a friendly smile and positive attitude. We felt they truly went out of their way to ensure we had a memorable visit. With so many places in the world to visit, I often never say I will go back to a place, no matter how good it is. But I will definitely go back to Matamonoa if I am back in Fiji! I recommend it to everyone, you won't be disappointed. I really didn't want to leave.

Thank you Matamonoa family for your genuine hospitality and making my 50th birthday trip one I will never forget!

Peace, Love, and Happiness to all of the Matamonoa Island Resort family!

Room tip: All the Villas have great views. We stayed in Burre 55 and it was great.
Date of stay: September 2019
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Reviewed 9 September 2019

My two friends and I stayed on Matamanoa for a 30th birthday trip this week - we absolutely cannot wait to return. We got our scuba certifications with the amazing staff at Deep Blue, our worlds are forever changed! Emma is the best, we were so lucky to have her as our dive instructor. On the accommodation side, our beach bure was all we could have dreamed up and more. We watched the sunset from either our hammock or our plunge pool overlooking the beach every-night. Unreal. The entire staff is so so nice, we are honestly hoping to return every year! A total dream.

Room tip: beach bures 39-42 where you want to be.
Date of stay: September 2019
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Reviewed 31 August 2019

We stayed here for four nights for our honeymoon it was an excellent spot for some well needed R&R. The staff were friendly and the food was the best we had on the entire trip, it was great the menu changed daily and was nice to have a cooked breakfast compared to the buffets you get everywhere else in Fiji. The snorkeling was some of the best we have ever done too - highly recommend the snorkeling trip by Deep Blue to set you up and then it is easy to go on your own for the rest of the trip. Our travel agent forgot to let the island know it was our honeymoon however the staff were very good at making up for it. We will definitely be going back especially for the snorkeling

Room tip: Well worth getting the Bure's with a pool and lounge area
Date of stay: August 2019
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