Wow. Arriving on this secluded island by boat our hopes were high. Deserted beaches, transparent waters and a secluded bure that opened onto the sand. For location and lay out this resort is amazing. BUT, when it comes to dining its a different story. You are asked in advance to choose your next meal the moment you've finished the previous one and then forced to eat at the same time as all the other guests, all sat around one long table. Dinner is particularly painful as all guests meet for a drink with the owners before sitting down. It's how I imagine boarding school to be, having to be in a certain place at a certain time. They seem to forget we are on holiday? and more to the point we're adults not children. A real shame and an expensive one as Navini isn't cheap - For that money I would have wanted a table for 2 to enjoy the scenary and idyllic surroundings not forced to make polite conversation with people I will never meet again. And then there's the quality of the food. It is double the price of other resorts we stayed in in Fiji, justified by it all being prepared on the island by the staff that live there, but it was almost inedible. Bland, unadventurous, small portions - a constant re-using of leftovers in the lunchtime salads with dodgy citrus dressings (I overheard one guest refer to it as 'chicken in marmalade') and no fresh fish or vegetables to be seen in the evening meal. The best thing we ate was the poached eggs at breakfast that actually had some flavour. There is a constant stream of freshly baked rolls, no surprise as that is the only thing that's edible. Shame. There's a real opportunity to make Navini a special place, simply by overhauling the dining room set up and menu to match the amazing surroundings. Here's hoping that this happens soon. We booked in for a couple of nights as a treat - and 2 nights really is long enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Navini Island Resort is a small private island resort in Fiji, just one hour from Nadi Airport. Guests are met on arrival, transferred at any time, takes 1 hour. Navini is surrounded by white sand and a magnificent coral reef sanctuary. All 10 bures are beachfront, four types including Family Villa, Deluxe Premier with outside daybed, Two Room and Premier. Complimentary daily outings and use of water sports equipment. No day trippers. Fresh fish, fruits, local and traditional meals; fully licensed restaurant. Fijian entertainment. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Navini Island Hotel Navini Island