Navutu Stars Resort
Travel Blogs from Yaqeta Island
... and most of the staff is employed from the local village. That evening once settled in, we had a greeting ceremony where they get you to drink Kava. Kava is the root of the pepper plant and some other ingredients. The food there was incredible and with everyone sitting on large tables we quickly made friends with others. We met some really lovely people while in Fiji who we hope to keep in touch with back ...
... There were only three other bures in the island so dinner was an intimate affair, more like a big family meal than hostel dining room. We had afternoon tea with Aunty fanny's freshly baked coconut cake, which was perfect. Then we went for a walk along the gorgeous beach which made us feel like we were on a deserted island with coconuts lying on the beach. It was a wild Saturday night for the girls.. tucked up in ...
... being in the freezing water, the novelty of carrying a diving torch wore off as we realised that we weren't going to see anything. At the end of a very cold forty five minutes, the instructor defeatedly held up a sea cucumber in an attempt to raise our spirits. It did not, as we scurried back to shower before a BBQ dinner which we were already late for. We threw on our sulus in true Fijian style and enjoyed another great Octopus ...
... ride to a nearby channel to snorkel with manta rays, this island retreat was perfection personified. The food was fantastic, bures were beautiful and the staff and facilities were amazing.
... Met Essex Becs in the dorm, now with a few more faces. Had dinner and won ourselves a free beer each winning the number of people game. Evening entertainment came in the form of the boozed Indian couple on their honeymoon. Chilled in the dining area before ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Navutu Stars Resort Yaqeta Island
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.
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
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.
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.
I inspected Navutu Stars on behalf of Conde Nast Johansens in July.
Navutu Stars does not stack up
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.
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.
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!