Navutu Stars Fiji Hotel & Resort
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... chat about what we were all doing & how rewarding the program was for us all. One man (unfortunately from Australia also) was telling me how he could not believe we were paying to volunteer when we could be like him relaxing on a Fijian cruise! I got really defensive but remained polite & explained again about the program & what the funds were used for! Brooke summed it up in a nutshell for me " You can have a good holiday but not a good heart". I wish I ...
... Teachers all thought it very funny. We did lots of counting of the rats/koala.
We then got some balls & did some games & catching which they all loved especially the boys. Simple exercises like these show how lucky our kids are & what we take for granted. We then brought out the bubbles which they loved & have also kept some for another day! Then we did some singing & the girls all taught them the hokey pokey which ...
... one in your luggage home:)
All girls are in the education team & are making resources - alphabet cards to use with the kindy kids tomorrow - each of the girls are assigned for alphabet letters each & have to make cards with each letter & draw diagrams/pictures of things that begin with ...
... amp; what is your name, they are all so very well mannered. Bula, Bula and High 5's from everywhere.Pictures taken as well as the children all love looking at themselves on the camera! Big beautiful smiles everywhere.
Off then to the Vinaka Fiji office where we will be assigned children - all very excited not sure who is more, us or the Fijian children. The office is set up as school support with various resources to help them with reading, writing etc. We all get assigned ...
... this time & know what to do - no squealing this time!!
Jump in and start snorkelling in the righ direction & two go past , girls all got a great view me not soo good but they are amazingy graceful creatures! Up we go for a third time & we are all excited now because it is so amazing snorkelling here! Off I go & one comes straight at Sam & I - we both stop OMG & it turns and glides past us & we then all try & keep up amazing!!! ...
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Bula Travellers, my wife and i just finished our extensive honeymoon and Navutu Stars has been the real Star of our oustanding trip. The place is amazing, real Fiji with great food and staff.Navutu is a small Botique Resort , its brand new accomodation are spacious and modern but still traditional with amazing Fijian roofs.It is very isolated and set on a spectacular spot, very secluded and with miles of beach. The main beach is tidal , but walk 2 minutes and the water are pristine and snorkelling is great.we loved every day at Navutu, everyone is so keen to make you feel special singing you serenades at sunset.Navutu is the most romantic place you ever dream on a Honeymoon, private, beautiful and incredible happyness.We miss Navutu already a lot, cant wait to be there again.
p.s: make sure yiu try their home made gnocchi with Lobster, absolutely fantastic!!! Vinaka Navutu!!!
Can't wait to go back
I could not believe just how great our honeymoon was!! Everyone at the resort was just as friendly as can be, the staff was amazing. There is not one bad thing I can say about this resort, the food was great (right on par with some of our favorite restaurants here in the states), the day trips were amazing (I loved the village visit and highly recommend it!!) We are for sure planning on going back again!! Thank you Navutu Stars for an experience we will never forget!!!
-- Erin and Josh
HONEST Review - Navutu is a paradise
We just got back from our honeymoon in Fiji, and we had an excellent stay of seven nights at Navutu Stars. I'd have to disagree with some of the reviews on here which completely bash the place. They are correct in stating that the beach is tidal; however, there are great areas for swimming located a couple minutes walk in either direction down the beach. This one drawback was completely overshadowed by all of the other aspects of the resort which really topped our expectations. The bures are wonderfully appointed with all kinds of decor from Bali and Malaysia. Our shower always had hot water, and the king size bed was perfect. The food at this resort was certainly comparable to any 5-star restaurant in the states. On a side note the chef, along with most of the staff, used to work for Turtle Island until a few years ago. Therefore, all of the food and service is up to par with the >$1000/nt places. For example, one night we decided to have our dinner served to us up on the beautiful sunset deck. I had a dish of white snapper which I caught a few hours earlier and we drank a bottle of Dom which we got as a wedding present (no corkage fee). My wife is a vegetarian, and they were very attentive to her needs, adding special dishes to the menu just for her. We participated in a lot of activities, and when we went on trips it was always just us and a guide. They just got two new kayaks while we were there, bringing the number in the fleet up to 5, but we never had to wait or reserve one. The water in the lagoon is very calm and easy to kayak on. We also did great snorkelling, diving, fishing, caving, and of course relaxing. To sum things up - I think the best aspect of Navutu Stars is the mixture of seclusion and service. We spent a couple of afternoons walking all along the beaches without seeing another soul. Although you are in fact a tourist, you never feel that way due to a lack of crowds, lines, and all of that other stuff. Meanwhile, the local Fijian staff is so friendly and makes you feel right at home.
Absolutely fantastic! My wife tried to stay!
Being that the resort was new, we were a little nervous about what to expect. With that said, I'll do my best to analyze our room, staff, activities and resort appearance.
The room: Our room was the standard bure. Simply put, it was HUGE! During the day, we just left the doors open and the room stayed cool. My wife and I loved the bathroom...it was a walk-in and had two sinks, plenty of room for both of us. Everyday the staff fixed our room while we were at breakfast and left us fresh flowers. Even as we tracked sand in, they made it appear brand new everyday. At night it was cool and comfortable to sleep in. For those who like it super cool, you could turn the ceiling fan on.
Staff and food/drinks: The staff was extremely helpful and polite. Dan, Keiku and Noa were extremely friendly and gave us whatever we wanted. The food was fantastic...which is why we chose this place. If you like lobster, this is the place. Everynight the menu changed, and it was always good. Keiku(staff member) played Eric Clapton's Wonderful Tonight. The included breakfast consisted of fruit, pancakes, coffee, juice, and fresh muffins. Needless to say, I was full until lunch. We looked forward to every meal!
Resort/activities: There was planty to do for both of us. My wife who has never kayaked before, took the kayak out in the bay, and loved it. The water is calm, and you don't have to worry about getting dragged out to sea. Although for the adventurous, you can find open sea and go for it. Snorkeling is everywhere. If you like, someone can take you to Blue Lagoon, Goat Island or many other places if you like to leave the island. The guide waited patiently until we were ready to go. They provide gear. We saw a sea turtle on goat island! If you are adventurous, you can find your own beach by walking around the island. You can also hike around. Dan(staff) planned many activities everyday. I must say, we were very exhausted after our wedding, so we were OK with dping nothing! We had a picnic and didn't see anyone! Although I would have liked a pool, I certainly had plenty to do. The tide comes in and out every 6 hours.
Bottom Line: Nicole and I have traveled to Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean and the service at NS was UNBELIEVABLE! If you want to kick back and relax, this is the place. For those who are interested, we have pics. Just email me and I can get them out!
Denver, CO USA
Navutu gets Five stars
I inspected Navutu Stars on behalf of Conde Nast Johansens in July.
Navutu is a new Resort - open just 8 months so far - yet it seems to have been there for ages. It just fits.
It is only a (long) stones throw from Turtle Island Fiji and I have to say that Navutu Stars today reminds me very much of Turtle Island 10 years ago. Not surprisingly a lot of the staff are ex Turtle so the wonderful Fijian experience is better than ever, and service standards are excellent.
The bure was well appointed and very warm and comfortable. I did point out some things which could make a stay better and found to my delight that they had already been thought of, ordered and were awaiting delivery from the mainland. A new Resort is always a work in progress and from what I can see it will just keep getting better and better.
The gardens provide fresh organic produce while the Italian influence (the deligtful owners are Italian) in the salads and general menu is deliciously blended with Tropical flair. The chef is ex Turtle Island too and is renowned in Fiji.
I have read that some guests have criticised portions and can only say that guests present while I was there were patting their tummies with satisfaction after the meals.
The beach is tidal - but then so is Turtle's, so is the Sofitel at Denerau and so are many on the Coral Coast, while the Hilton hardly has a beach at all. This sort of cricticism is shallow - of course the tide comes in and out Mr Canute! To solve this a new pool is planned to be built in January 07.
I rate Navutu Stars and look forward to going back next year. You should too.
Peace and tranquility
We kiwis had such a great time, no phones or tv.
There plenty of avitivites, and we went canoing, snorkling, fishing and had 2 visits to the local schools and villages, from where the resort staff come from every day. It was great to see how much the resort guests got out of these visits as the contributions back in the way of books water tanks pumps etc were easy to see. The staff were more than willing to talk to the guests if asked about their lives, and we found this fantastic. They sang and pampered us and the other guests, what more could you ask for on holiday. The food and bures were more than adeqate, with a touch of italian present. There was a wedding at the resort while we were there , and all present attended, the staff and families sang, and the decorations were outstanding. I think the american couple were blown away, and didn't expect as much as they receicved. We travel quite a bit now, and this was our 3rd trip to fiji, we will be going back to this resort. We are in our early fifties and while most of the guests were honeymooners in their late 20's to mid 30's we felt quite at home.
They forgot to pick us up after dropping us at a day beach
Navutu Stars does not stack up
Does not have a beach that supports swimming. The tidal mud flat does not cut it. There is no pool. We tried to solve this problem by taking the boat to a swimming beach. We were dropped 30 m from a backpackers on day one and 300 m from a back packers on day two. Day two saw us sit with an uncomfortably cold onshore breeze and then be bothered by the local dogs. We were lucky to be so close to a back packers rather than on the secluded beach we sought - because Navutu Stars forgot to pick us up. The nice people at the backpackers saved us.
Food, Eat is while you can - You probably want to order 2 mains if you are American, the portions are small and very hit and miss on quality. Sadly our picnic saw the sauce missing from my pasta!
Take a blanket. We were cold on night one and slept in our clothes. Day two we asked for a blanket and were told they do not have any. And whilst on bed - don't look too closely, the sheets are thread bare and there is no protector between the mattress and the bed - goodness only knows what this means to the bed bugs.
Enjoy a hot shower in the morning - not a chance, there is no hot water in the morning. The solar power needs until 3pm to be warm.
What is good about the place - the local Fijian staff are lovely. As you would expect
Do not go here - Unless you like overpaying
Navutu Stars is not worth the money. NS may be located on a very nice island, however the "resort" advertises itself as 5 stars, aspires to be 5 stars, but simply is not.
The beach - Navutu's advertises that the resort has a beach. However, "the beach" only exists at low tide as it consumed by the high tide - and almost by definition it is not a beach as it is mud flats that are exposed only half the time.
The reef - Advertising that one has a reef at the resort does not mean a 15 minute walk and a 100+ meter ocean swim. I have stayed at locations with a reef and this is not one of them. Given your advertising I would have expected a reef virtually out the front door.
Non motorized activities - the resort advertises that "non-motorized" activities are 'free' and provides potential customers with a list of activities. However, only one of these activities does the resort have equipment actually have equipment for. The equipment the resort has, two singles and one double kayak, are of far below average quality. Furthermore, while the "activities" themselves may be true the ability to participate in such activity requires a boat rides which the resort charges you for (ie the activity is free but getting the location of such activity is charged, effectively charging for the activity)
Sleeping arrangements - Navutu advertises that one can enjoy their ocean breezes, something that is impossible given that the doors that face the Ocean do not have screens and leaving them open invites every mosquito inside.
The food is the one saving grace here - which is indeed 5 star. The staff are extremely nice as well.
NS is an acceptable hotel but not at 5 star rates - at $300+/nt NS is vastly overpriced and should not even be on anyone's radar - unless they enjoy overpaying.
A Must Visit
This new resort is located in the upper Yasawa Islands and is a real find. Owned and run by a young Italian couple it is a stunning, contemporary retreat that is truly special.
9 large white bures feature huge folding glass doors that allow you to open up almost the entire front of your bure. The bures open onto a deck and every bure has glorious views of the beach and water. A huge bathroom comes complete with stacks of fluffy towels, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body milk. The king sized beds are super comfortable and there's plenty of storage as well as a large sitting area.
It's the food that makes this particular resort a real stand out in Fiji. Gloriously fresh and made with care and love probably sums it up. There's an obvious Italian influence - but using the freshest of local produce. Nothing is overly fiddled about with or over-sauced and everything was super fresh. The penne with smoked walu and a cream and white wine sauce and the Caesar Salad with the tastiest of Cos lettuce, seared tuna, home-made dressing and shaved Italian parmesan were just two of my lunchtime favorites. A dinner menu might include roasted pumpkin with rocket and parmesan, seafood salad, lobster, fish or the best steak we've ever had in Fiji.
Homemade foccacia is served with both lunch and dinner (the olive foccacia is particularly wonderful).
Breakfast is included in the tariff (while the website says it's 'continental' it now includes a full cooked breakfast).
All of the servings are large - we found that a shared entrée and a main course each was ample.
There's a small but good wine list and a terrific list of cocktails (which are also large!).
The downside. Navutu Stars is set on a really shallow channel, so when the tide goes out you're left with a very large expanse of firm, non-smelly mud bordering the sand. It's not really a problem, except that at low tide the swimming is restricted to one area on the other side of the resort to where most of the bures are located. It also means that there is no worthwhile snorkelling from the beach, however they do run snorkeling trips most days. The owners are planning on installing a large swimming pool in January-February 2007.
There's a wonderful spa retreat with massages (every guest receives a complimentary 1/2 hour massage), facials etc.
The staff are fantastic - extremely professional and proud of being involved with this really special place.
We spent 6 days here and loved every minute of it. I'd highly recommend this resort.
I cried when I left!
My husband and I had five nights at Navutu Stars (for our honeymoon) in March this year and loved every minute of it. The resort only has 9 bures, and there are no other resorts on the island, so I suggest only visiting if you're looking for peace and quiet. The bures are stunning - only completed in December last year - and very comfortable. We had one of the standard bures, but there was nothing 'standard' about it. Our bure, like all the others, was absolute waterfront, with our own deckchairs and hammock out the front. There was a large daybed on the deck, covered with comfy cushions - great for relaxing and enjoying a cold glass of wine/beer at sunset!
The food was awesome (although the menu was considerably smaller than the website suggests), and the only complaints about the food were that there weren't any 'light lunch' options (although the staff were very obliging and would make you up a sandwich if asked), and there was no menu for breakfast, which was a little confusing. I would have also appreciated more 'affordable' wine on the wine list. However, aside from these minor flaws, the food was great - fresh and tasty with some interesting options.
The staff were wonderful! Very friendly and accommodating and they really made us feel welcome.
The resort is in a lovely spot, with access to good snorkelling reefs only a short boat trip away. And there were optional activities each day if you felt like doing something.
We had one of our best holidays ever at Navutu Stars, and I was very sad to leave - hence the tears!