Lomani Island Resort
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- Continental Breakfast
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
- Pets allowed
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLomani Island Resort Malolo Lailai Island
Feeling the need to have some couples time my husband and I hopped on a plane and flew down to Fiji for some serious r&r. We stayed on the island of malolo lailai one of the larger island in the Mamanuca chain.
What used to be one of the largest coconut plantations is now a handful of small resorts and we had picked to stay at the adults only Lomani resort on the western facing side of the island. Huge swaying palms great as you arrive on the white sand beaches and the locals are eager to sing you into the Fiji way of life with a beautiful welcome song. We arrived by seaplane which you take very easily out of Nadi Airport and the little Canadian 6 man flyers are just a treat to start your holiday off with a thrill. Quick and easy the flight to Lomani takes around ten minutes and weather permitting takes in a full sweep of the north western side of the mamanuca chain. A seamless touch down on water and you glide up to the foreshore arriving in real style.
(The boat transfer takes around 40 minutes and can be booked simply with resort).
We arrived early morning and apart from the welcome song there was a cool fruit based cocktail and a damp towel to feel a little fresher.
The resort itself was quiet intimate and small with just 17 rooms of varying luxury all within a stones throw of the beautiful beach and surrounding.
We had booked a beach bure and they were absolutely perfect, modern little bungalows with a hint of local Fiji elements and to top it all a fabulous outdoor shower.
The view from our Bure was superb, nothing but lush palms, tree lilies and a very inviting crystalline sea.
The resort has a lovely wooden decked restaurant and bar where you take most of your meals and for those balmy warm evenings you can book a table down by the beach for that extra special romantic moment. The breakfasts were more than adequate although the chef seemed to struggle getting my poached eggs soft boiled, however the staff were always willing to please and gave us whatever we asked for without issue. The bar itself lacks a little colour and atmosphere and the evenings there would have benefited from some lovely storm lanterns being lit to create a mood and gather people together to stay and drink but really I am just picking at small details. The food whilst sometimes was a little inconsistent seemed generally fresh and tasty. The menu has a rotation every 7 days and can get a little dull but again they were more than willing to accommodate my demands on certain days were I didn't want to order from the menu. ( I particularly recommend the kokoda cervice fish in coconut broth ... totally sublime !
The weather permitting some of the excursions can be booked through the resort and there sister resort plantation but we were there at a time when conditions were not perfect, and we frankly wanted only to relax. We opted for some of the simpler trips run by the local staff out to the local reefs and sand bars where you can feed the teaming fish (spectacular ) and swim in the shallow waters of the sand bar.
The staff are amazingly warm and charming and have an infectious personality. They all seem to love there Fiji and are more than willing to impart some wonderful stories about there island and daily life in Fiji.
The manager Lucie is a real Gem and tries hard to meet all your expectations and whilst I did have a few minor grumbles she more than put them to bed swiftly. If you love nature, amazing wild life (the fruit bats are prevalent on the island) and want to have some time away from kids and get an adults only treat, then I can highly recommend Lomani as the place to be. With out a doubt a truly magical little place.Oh and one last piece of advice... for all you girls packing your large suitcase, don't bother... Its a no news no shoes sort of place and trust me apart from a few easy dresses a swimsuit is all that is required.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
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Woke up at a leisurely 9:00 this morning and headed down to breakfast. This has literally been my dream for God knows how long and it was finally happening. I WOKE UP IN FIJI!!! It is also a lot warmer here so had to dig to the bottom of my bag to bring the shorts and tshirts out again and it's sooo nice to be able to just shuv flip flops on and go anywhere. Breakfast was a simple toast and fruit but enough to feed the hunger. Our first port of call ...
... 5 am, we’d all received an email assuring us that it wasn’t raining on the other side of the island and the outing is still on.
A few miles down the road and the rain did indeed ease off. By the time we reach the boat, the sun’s rising and there’s almost enough break in the clouds to see it. Never mind, soon after 7 am, 15 of us or so (a few didn’t get up in time) are on the catamaran, the beer and ...
... drink and a chat with our friendly taxi driver, we returned back to our hotel and went for a quick read and sunbathe next to the pool whilst it was still morning. For lunch, we both had an Aussie burger however I asked for them to be carb-free with no bun or chips and instead atop a salad. The burger was okay, and the egg as a topping went well, but they were nothing special. After lunch we retired to the room for some green tea. I then, on awakening a bit ...
... how I love clowns. The guy who owned the place was hilarious and gave us all a tour which was fun, he told us all the stories behind the things he had collected over the years and I realised I had been hugging myself the whole time as if to ward off the bad juju. Not that I believe in and of that stuff. Still, it was certainly an interesting night!
That week went way too quickly. I don’t think anyone has ever been so sad to go to Fiji before. When Jinny and ...
... We ended up chatting and drinking until 2am which was the first time we have been able to do this so it was really good fun. We also had our second experience of crab racing but still didn't do very well. 10th March - Already regretting our late, boozey night and nearly slept through breakfast! Luckily our friends from last night came to wake us up. After breakfast we went straight to reception to book a third night here because ...