There are so many island resorts in Fiji it’s sometimes quite difficult to decide which one to choose. Although I don’t often visit the same resort twice, Malolo Island Resort made quite an impression when my husband and I visited four years ago. So when choosing between the many Fiji resorts on the water, we were keen to visit Malolo Island Resort again.
Why stay at Malolo Island Resort?
The minute we step onto the jetty, we feel like we’ve come home.
It has been some years since our first visit but many of the staff seem to recognise us.
Most seem to have a knack of making us feel like we’re part of the family.
Where is Malolo Island Resort?
Of the many Fiji resorts on the water, a good reason to choose Malolo Island Resort is it’s easy to get to, being a short ferry ride from the main island.
Fiji is about a 3.5-hour flight from Australia’s east coast.
The ferry trip is a great way to see the Mamanuca Islands.
Rustic or luxe?
Accommodation is in timber cottages along the beach.
Cottages have green pitched roofs and verandahs.
Along the beach front, there are hammocks to laze in and plenty of comfortable beach chairs.
The restaurant complex, which was built in 2013, is a graceful Queenslander cum Plantation-style timber structure.
What are the rooms like at Malolo Island Resort?
Our cottage has everything we need: a comfortable bed, air-conditioning, a spacious indoor living area and outside verandah, and it’s only a few steps from the beach.
It has a tropical feel, with white plantation shutters, high ceilings and cane furniture.
What about the kids?
If you’re travelling with children, Malolo Island Resort is definitely an attractive proposition.
It won’t take long for most parents to feel comfortable leaving the kids in the hands of a Fijian babysitter, who is likely to be very skillful at keeping the children happy.
The resort has a kids club and a schedule of activities suitable for kids of all ages, from basket weaving, traditional dancing and educational medicine walks to snorkelling, parasailing, kayaking and windsurfing.
The activities staff are fun to be with and keen to make sure everyone has a good time.
What else is there to do?
There are two villages on Malolo Island – Yaro and Solevu – and a trip to one of the villages is a great way to show the kids another culture.
It’s a world of swings and netball and local kava ceremonies. Better still if you’re visiting during rugby season. The Fijians take their rugby seriously and attending a local match is quite an experience.
Fijian boys learn to play rugby as soon as they can walk and many go to New Zealand on rugby scholarships.
What about the food at Malolo Island Resort?
The Beach Bar has a selection of comfort food and snacks, such as burgers, pizza, salads and chicken wings. The Terrace Restaurant has both buffet and a la carte meals.
Treetops Restaurant offers an island-style fine dining experience. Our three-course menu is washed down with a bottle of Spanish wine.
We dine on herb cassava gnocchi with homemade pickles and poached mahi-mahi, marinated lamb with asparagus, parsley mash and a red wine reduction
I’m here to relax at Malolo Island Resort!
Make sure to book a treatment or two at Leilani spa, which is exceptional, both in service and setting.
Three open-air bures sit beneath an enormous ancient ficus tree. The tranquil rainforest setting has an enchanted feel.
The therapists are highly skilled and my full body massage leaves me feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
Is this the right place for a romantic stay?
Although Malolo Island Resort is well set up for families, it also caters for couples in a number of areas.
There’s an adults-only swimming pool and Treetops restaurant is for adults and teenagers only in the evenings.
During our stay, there’s a wedding on the beach.
What’s the bottom line?
Malolo Island Resort offers barefoot luxury that all the family will relate to.
The experience is thoughtful and it feels very much like you’re visiting the island home of a rich uncle.
Christina Pfeiffer was a guest of Ahura Resorts
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