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Historical Traveler Reviews Likuliku Lagoon Resort Malolo Island
Likuliku was amazing!
We went to Likuliku July 9-July 12, 2007. We arrived via South Sea Catamaran. As the boat was near the dock we could hear the employees singing songs. We were greeted with an awesome necklace and a welcome drink. We were then taken to our Deluxe Beachfront Bure with a Plunge Pool (Bure 39). It was so amazing. It had a king size bed decorated with 2 sarongs for us to keep. It also had "LIKULIKU" written with palm leaves. The outdoor shower was so cool. Day or night you could shower with complete privacy. The room had so much storage space, complete with his and her closets. Not to mention his and her sinks! Also in the room was an "L" shaped couch, coffee and end table and side chair. There was a hutch that had a refridgerator and things like glasses, coffee maker, tea bags, coasters, and the best thing was a cookie jar filled everyday with fresh macadameian cookies!! Double doors opened up to a beautiful view. The deck had a plunge pool that exceded our expectations. It was about 5 foot deep. It had a little step so you could just sit if you wanted. The huge daybed was great. It had many pillows and a tray to hold drinks. It also had a light hanging from the top. The beach was only about 30 steps away. There were 2 lounge chairs right there on the sand. The beach was very rocky and shelly, but if you were tough enough or had those water shoes it was ok. The water was so warm and pretty clear. We heard snorkeling was good over by the overwater bures but we never checked it out. The bures have no tv and the stereo only played cd's. Meals were three times a day and that's it. If you miss a meal you're in trouble cause there's no room service. Breakfast was 8-10a.m. Lunch was 12-2p.m. and Dinner was 7-9p.m. Meals were mainly seafood. Yuck! I am very fusy so I didn't enjoy it, but my husband thought it was superb! Breakfast was always a buffet. Lunch and Dinner had a menu that gave you 2 choices only. The menu changed daily. We looked at the Overwater Bures and they were nice but very far from the lobby, restaurant and pool. I would recommend the Deluxe Beachfront Bure. It's cheaper and Better. Every employee knew guests names and were extremely friendly. In other reviews I read about bats. We never heard or saw them or their droppings. When we stayed there it felt as if we had the whole island to ourselves as only 6 couples were staying. We literally saw no one until meal time and even then we sometimes ate alone. It was completely Romantic and peaceful. 3-4 days is great. Anything more would have gotten too boring. If you are budgeting, the catamaran ride is the cheapest and really wasn't bad. You get to see other island and resorts on the way. As a help to those thinking about booking, We paid $2984. USD for three nights in a Deluxe Beachfront Bure and Catamaran to and from Denerau. This price included transfer from Nadi airport and then shuttle to the Hilton Denerau after our stay at LIKULIKU. To end my review, I would totally recommend LIKULIKU.
Stunning resort,couple of teething problems
we decided on Likuliku after months of searching for the perfect spot online.This resort is absolutely stunning.We had the most relaxing and enjoyable few days of our honeymoon.The resort really is as beautiful as it looks on line,fantastic bures (the photos dont do them justice i promise) and clear blue waters.The main dining bure and bars are really beautiful and romantic at night. I do however want to give a complete and realistic review for anyone lucky enough to be headin there soon!I will start by saying that these complaints are MINOR and can be hopefully sorted out.All the reviews are very acurate on this site about the bures,all are beautiful we stayed in a deluxe honeymoon bure on the beach and it really could not have been prettier but there is a walkway to the dining bure out back which unfortunatley for us was covered in Bat droppings our entire stay(more on them later),so if choosing a bure on the beach avoid 43/44 ,i would recommend below 40, as 45 on is very close to the heli landing site.The food is great and the chef Shane really polite and helpful,i had a few problems on this front as i am vegetarian and was told food would be no problem whatsoever,i must say that they went out of their way to create a vegetarian menu for me for lunch and dinner everyday, unfortunately i was accidentally served fish twice and leftovers from the BBQ one night when the chef was "Too Busy" to attend to my meal.The fish actually made me quite ill and i could not eat atall on my final day. The beachfront is beautiful but becareful of small spikey plants on the sand,the spikey seeds loved stickin to our feet most days,really sore! Also pretty fish in the shallows friendly mostly but i got the odd nip. At night above our Bure there are trees filled with hard fruits that fell OFTEN.Bats at night throw the fruit down on the bure roof and its really noisy. Unfortunatly the outside deck was not cleaned our entire stay so we had to do a bit of bat dropping dodging on the way to our pool.Most other bures did not have this problem so consider this. Finally the staff are all really lovely and friendly (especially the lovely australian girls)they're were always asking how we were and about our day,but i hasten to add that the "Likuliku" song which is sang to everyone the night before their departure was sang so many times it actually grated on the guests nerves and you could tell the staff had zero interest in singing it for the millionth time,i would recommend if the resort is reading this to possibly gather all groups leaving and sing it once?I know this has been a really long review but i would really love people to find this resort it is set in the most beautiful lagoon i have ever seen,please go i promise you wont be disappointed!!!!
Very sad to leave. We started at the Westin Denarau for 4 nights, then a night at Mana Island, 3 at Matamanoa and then heaven 4 nights in Likuliku.
When we arrived on the jetty a large group of staff were singing and playing instruments to welcome us. Then we were met by our own resort guide who led us towards the bar next to the jetty (great sunset drinking spot) where a lovely fresh fruit drink was awaiting us.
She then took us to our bure which was just beautiful. On our bed were Likuliku necklaces and sarongs as presents. Lovely! We had an outdoor and indoor hot and cold shower to choose from and a his and her sink and vanity area. At the front of the bure was the most amazing view of the azure blue lagoon and Castaway Island in front of us. Then to the right was a double day bed with cushions and thatched roof. We spend many an hour here gazing at the view and reading books.
There was a stereo system in the room with a Cafe Del Mar CD playing softly as we entered. The room is well decorated and very comfortable. Plenty of storage space. There was both air conditioning (very quiet) and a fan. Plus you could open the individual slatted shutters all the way round the room so air could move freely through and you could hear the sound of the sea at night.
Beautiful pool! Amazingly the water in the the pools at all the other resorts was cold to freezing! Only Likuliku's was perfect! Also bigger and you could actually do some laps. They brought jugs of water with lemon down to the pool everyday which you could help yourself.
The food is too good to even describe! We had a seafood BBQ one night with lobster tails and every thing you could possibly desire. I looked forward to each meal with relish. Not once did either of us have to add salt or pepper so perfectly seasoned were the dishes. A mud crab omelette for breakfast has to be experienced!
The resort is really new so the garden and plants around it are still developing and growing, but it is beautiful all the same.
We liked being able to go to one of the 2 computers that are constantly online and are free to guests to check our emails.
We walked along a huge deserted beach, walked to a nearby resort and walked to the top of the island. So stunning. One part of the island has the original forest which is really different.
For lunch and dinner they play both Fijian and western music which is a lovely background. When we left they reduced me to tears with their heartfelt and genuine farewell song Iso Lai.
I would definately go back there!
LikuLiku Is The Best
This newly opened resort is just a dream !!
Our bure with private plunge pool and day bed was absolutely beautiful.
The staff felt like family by the end of our stay and the food was delicious - special thanks to Shane the Chef and Steve the Manager for making our stay so wonderful.
absolutely loved likuliku lagoon. if you want info about the resort and experience, read the reviews. i agree with all the good points(location, food, staff, etc.) and i agree with the review that was disappointed with the "all-inclusive" not including drinks of any kind. my boyfriend and i stayed in an overwater bure and it was an amazing experience. you have so much privacy and the villas are clean, comfortable, and they meet every need. the villa was beautiful, with a huge deck and chairs and a ladder down to the water(perfect for snorkelling), the bathroom, bedroom, and lounge area were absolutely perfect.
i would advise everyone to stay in an overwater bure, i did not think that the other bures were very impressive for the price that you are paying.
It's difficult to be objective in a review when you enjoyed yourself as much as I did, but I shall try....
A bit of background - we stayed for 4 nights on a Honeymoon, during early June. We were in a Deluxe Beachfront Bure.
* First and foremost, the staff were exceptional. From the moment we were welcomed off the boat, to the leaving ceremony as we left, we were made to feel so welcome. Everyone from the managers to the gardeners greeted us enthusiastically wherever we went. Very friendly, very accomodating.
* Location - beautiful. The Lagoon is ldylic; despite being in the pacific, the water is amazingly calm, it barely laps up at the beach. It's a shame a neighbouring island blocks the view of the sunset, which would have been the icing on the cake.
* Our Bure was great. Large, clean and cool (air con), a good mix of modern style and Fijian charm.
* Food was excellent. 3 course lunch, and 4 course dinner - usually a choice of 3 different options for each course. The food was delicious and well-presented, it has the feeling of a high-class restaurant. If anything, the meals were a little too fancy! - at times I just felt like slumming it and having a burger and chips - though that reflects more on me than the resort! The resort does not do room-service, and despite being quite flexible, the meal times are still fixed, therefore it you feel peckish during the night, or mid afternoon... tough. A snack bar, or something similar would perhaps be a good idea.
* Good choice of activities - snorkelling, kayaking, windsurfing, etc. were all complimentary. We visited Honeymoon Island for a picnic - the picnic (perpared by the Likuliku chef) was superb, though the island was dissapointingly busy.
* Spa - Not as expensive as some I have seen. Great treatments, I would recommend a hot stone massage.
As I said... ALMOST perfect. There were elements of the resort that we were a little unhappy about, though admittedly some of these things are not necessarily the fault of the resort...
* Privacy - Our bure was no-where near as private as I had been lead to believe from the literature on their website. The bures are built suprisingly close together, and the front door of the neighbouring bure overlooked our plunge-pool and day-bed. This was dissapointing. Coupled with the fact that there is a lot of activity around the bures during the day, from gardeners and pool cleaners to people bringing ice... we were always conscious about our lack of privacy.
* All-Inclusive - This is NOT an all-inclusive resort. For the price, it probably should be, however our travel agent informed us that drinks (which we assumed to mean alcoholic) would not be included. This actually means ALL drinks during meals, including bottled water and soft drinks. This took us by suprise on our first lunchtime meal, when we were presented with a bill to sign. It's a shame that soft-drinks are not included, especially as bottled water is complimentary in-room anyway.
* Beach - The beach is mainly coral, meaning it is too sharp to walk along in anything other than shoes or sandals.
* Bats - Strange one this. Our Bure (44) was on the far-edge on the resort near some large trees. At night, we became aware of a strange sound, and then... around sunset, lound bangs around our bure. All through the night, each night, our sleep was punctuated by startling BANGS on the roof. We pretty quickly found out that the strange sound was the bats, and the bangs were the large nuts from the centre of the fruits that the bats were eating and dropping from the trees. Getting to and from the bure at night was like running a gauntlet, and on one occasion my wife was hit on the head, which understandably upset her. It sounds a stupid thing to complain about, but it did negatively impact our stay. If you can... request a bure closer to the centre of the resort.
* Insects - OK, so it's Fiji. It's the tropics. You have to accept this sort of thing, and it's obviously not the fault of the Likuliku, But, if like me, you find yourself the equivalent of an all-you-can-eat buffet to the resident insect population wherever you go, be warned. I was virtually eaten alive at this place. Make sure you bring a good insect repellent, and use it at all times; even in bed at night. Also... if you are squeamish, be warned. We found some cracking insects in our bure at night, from cockroaches to Geko lizards.
* Bath - The bures have 2 showers... but no bath, hot-tub, jacuzzi, etc. There is a cold-water plunge-pool, but no wherever to go for a nice soak. Nit-picking I know... but even a communal jacuzzi near the pool area would have been nice.
All in all, despite a few niggles, it is a great resort. It's biggest asset is it's staff who were exceptional. I have a feeling this resort will get better over time, and my wife and I look forward to returning in the future... but perhaps in a bure away from the bats!
Only in my dreams !!
Only in my dreams did I ever imagine a place so amazing. We have just returned from Likuiku and want to tell everyone. My new husband and I went for our honeymoon. We were a little hesitant as it is only newly opened. We had high expectations and it met and exceded them all.
The deluxe beachfront bures had there own plunge pool and a gorgeous day bed. The food was 5 star, the chef even got my husband to eat and enoy tuna tartare (and he doesn't even lke tuna). The highlight is the wonderful staff, all so friendly and eager to please. We loved our room maid.
We went scuba diving and had a nice picnic on honey moon island. They do a gourmet picnic and take you out the the island. Great snorkelling there but don't go for the privacy !!! Its not known for its name !
Speechless in Fiji
We were here for our honeymoon to fall in love with each other more but instead we fell in love with Likuliku. This place is picture perfect. Where do we start.
Food - Your taste buds will explode. We had a different meal at each course and the food kept getting better and better. The food was cooked and presented with perfection.
Service - Better than the Ritz Carlton any where in the world. The staff was so accommodating that we felt guilty asking for anything.
Rooms - A dream every time we walked in... Let's just say we had warm chocolate cookies delivered to the room each day. The plunge pool was amazing and the view was even better.
Beach - CLEAN! No sea weed on the beach because the staff was up 5am cleaning!
Bugs- We are still wondering were they keep the bugs.... :)
Special Thanks to Steve Anstey the Manager and Michael Byrne at McCoy Travel in Hawaii who made our honeymoon everything we ever dreamed of! We can't say enough about this resort and can't wait to come back with our friends/family.
Pinki & Rishi Uttamchandani
Montreal, Canada & NJ, USA
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LikuLiku Lagoon--What a gorgeous honeymoon spot!
We booked a bure at LikuLiku Lagoon before they opened in April. We were a little hesitant because it was brand new and we thought there would be a few details that needed to be ironed out, but we were wrong. The resort opened the day before we arrived and we were the third guests on the lagoon. The service is absolutely brillant, everyone was singing and playing music to welcome us to LikuLiku. The people there are genuine and caring about our every need and wish. The food, unlike most places in Fiji, was fantastic. The chef used to be at the Sofitel in Queenstown, NZ and is very talented. We were looking forward to every meal all day! There are plenty activities to do, from SCUBA to snorkling to hiking to kayaking in the lagoon. There is a beautiful reef about 15 feet from shore which is teaming with beautiful sealife. We kayaked there and then snorkled, we saw some really beautiful fish and wonderful coral. We were there during a neap tide where twice a day the water receeded about 20 feet from the beach which only really affects the overwater bungalows, which were not available when we booked. We toured the overwater bures which are beautiful but I don't think it is necessary. You cannot see too much of the water below when you are in them like the ones in Tahiti but they are private (a bit of a walk from everything) and a step up from the other bures with beautiful views. We had the standard bure next to the pool and it was perfect! When booking, we recommend getting the bures to the left of the pool as you are looking at the ocean, they are more private with more foliage. The outdoor and indoor showers are to die for, we miss them a great deal! Also, there is an outdoor covered
bed (shown in the picture) which was great, we spent a lot of time out there-facing the ocean and covered from the rain. It rained everyday we were there but even so, we had a fantastic time! Everything was wonderful about this resort, especially the staff and food. If you can swing it, I would get the helicopter ride from the main island to LikuLiku, it would be beautiful and a lot quicker than
the 1.5 - 2 hour ride on the cruise. Believe the website pictures, it
really looks like that! If you want to splurge and treat yourself, book at LikuLiku!
We wept when we left!
My wife and I just returned to Fiji for a second time and had the absolute pleasure of staying at Likuliku Lagoon Resort. Our seaplane trip was about fifteen minutes from Nadi. We were the fourth couple to walk up the gangway as the Resort had opened just days earlier, but the word will get out quickly. Our perfectly appointed beachfront bure boasted a plunge pool, day bed, outdoor shower, an incredibly comfortable bed and a view of at least six islands. The overwater bungalows are mind blowing. The food was amazing and the staff was a blast. The sounds of the Resort's acoustic group accompanied every meal. The pool was amazing but the beach was even better. We can't wait to return!
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