Matamanoa Island Resort
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... in have been great and our treat the Ace hotel in Palm Springs was so cool. The places that we were surprised by how much more we liked them were Santa Barbara and Palm Springs, though the later probably had a lot to do with the hotel. The next stage of our adventure takes us to Fiji, where we are going to relax on the beach, but first we have to need to cross the International Date Line and lose a day as we go from being 8 hours behind to 11 hours ...
... we didn't want to leave. I went for a snorkel as the reef was close by and saw some cool fish! The reef wasn't as good as ningaloo but it was cool to see all the fish. We then walked the whole of the beach as it wasn't very long, then had a beer and watched the sunset! We got ready and went for dinner, before we could eat people from the village sang some songs for us which was good! Then we got stuck into the food and it was BBQ ( I am truly in heaven) we sat with ...
... island with a dramitc peak at 683 metres high I think. Stayed in a small 4 bedroom hostel room called a bure, a traditional village built house with wicker walls, looked amazing. Just off the beach was a fringing reef which I snorkelled over for about 3 hours because there was so much to see and watching the fish interact with each other was fascinating. Chilled on the beach with ...
... late lunch and cocktails (overlooking menacing storm clouds that never eventuated). Fun fact - the movie Castaway was filmed at neighbouring Wilson Island (anyone remember Wilson in the film?). The remnants of the wedding party gathered for a final dinner together and Fiji bitters long into the night. Wandering back down the track, the decision to stay at Musket Cove was again vindicated by the absence of Families and a more relaxed feel as I crossed the ...
... What I should have taken with me is some salt tablets and a cereal bar or something. I had to stop every few meters because I was getting dizzy. At some point near the top, I had to stop for longer as I experienced nausea and my vision went half black!!! No one was around! However, I did make it to the top and the view was all worth it but I do not like one bit on how unorganized and dangerous it was. On the way back, I ...
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From the moment my husband and I arrived at Matamanoa in December 2004, we felt like we were in heaven. This resort was everything we had hoped for. Don't get me wrong, if you want 5 star luxury, this is not the place for you. You won't get fancy bedding, and luxurious table settings. However, if you are interested in having a relaxing vacation in a tropical paradise where serenity is the mainstay, then this is it! We stayed 6 nights here, and found that to be a good amount of time to make friends, enjoy the many activities available and bask in the warmth of the Fijian sun! The staff were lovely - very hospitable and approachable, and the beachfront bure we stayed in was very clean and comfortable. I am particularly fussy about cleanliness and insects. I didn't see many insects at all, considering we were in the tropics.
I stayed at Matamanoa for a week in July, and absolutely loved it. I'm already thinking when can I go back. We were blessed with fabulous weather which of course does make it that much better.
I just recently spent three nights at Matamanoa Island Resort for the beginning of my honeymoon, and it was absolutely wonderful! The resort was just as picturesque (if not more) as their website shows, there were plenty of activities, and the snorkelling was better than I've ever imagined!
I've never come away from a holiday so relaxed in my life. From the moment I stepped onto the island, with tropical drink in hand and led to my bure, I felt completely rested. We were offered breakfast on our day of arrival as our room was not quite ready, we arrived by helicopter at 9am. Our room was divine, although not airconditioned but because of the sea breeze we never felt hot. There is a fridge in the room and each day it was cleaned, the floor mopped to get rid of the sand and fresh hibiscus put into each room - I will never in my life forget the fresh air smell - not a car fume anywhere! Snorkelling straight off the beach was absolutely amazing. Kayaking out over the coral in a glass bottomed canoe was great. The staff are forever keen to help out if you are unsure of something. The food was a delight and I looked forward to each meal even if i wasn't really hungry. The Crepes Suzette were the best i've ever had. You must try a blue lagoon cocktail at the bar - made with icecream and a taste sensation! The trip to the Staffs island was great, with a shell market to buy all your souveneirs - although the souveneirs are cheaper in Nadi, but at least you are supporting a community by buying them here. The trip onboard the yacht Seaspray to Mondriki island where Castaway was filmed was a terrific day out, with snacks, lunch and pick up and drop off at the island. Having travelled extensively through Europe, UK, Asia and Australia I can say without a shadow of a doubt that this holiday was the best I've ever had. Although if you're coming here for a party atmosphere this is the wrong island for you - honeymooners you won't regret paying that little bit extra to stay on this island
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Matamanoa Island Resort is fantastic. Great food, great people, great activities, just great!
Everything was well presented and clean. The bure was wonderful and so close to the ocean.
We would go back in an instant. Perfect honeymoon destination!
Matamanoa Island was our last stop on our honeymoon - we stayed here for 5 nights from 21st - 26th May and wish we could have stayed much longer.
My husband and I went to Matamanoa for our honeymoon and fell in love with Fiji. The island is small but intimate, with a limited number of guests on the island. September was a little overcast but we still got really tan and relaxed. The beach was gorgeous, and the water was stunning. I have never seen water so clear. The activites were fun, and we never had to wait for a kayak or wind surfer. The daily snorkeling trips were the best activity, try not to miss an outing. If the water is calm they will take you out by the large rock where the best snorkeling is found. The food was great, and the fresh fruits are must. The island drinks are great and the hibiscus flowers were an added treat. Sunrise and Sunset were always beautiful. For an extra special treat get a bottle of wine, some of the plastic glasses from your room and climb to the top of "Mount Matamanoa" right before the sun sets and you will have the most breathtaking view of the ocean! (and nobody is ever up there!) Ping pong became a daily ritual; as did lying on the beach reading a book, listening to our ipod, and playing in the water.
I just stayed here and loved it! The water is so incredibly blue and the snorkeling is great right off the beach. The staff was incredibly friendly and the resort was beautiful. The resort is not a 5 star but it was very, very nice. The beachfront bures were clean and the grounds were clean. I did not have any problems with the cleanliness of the rooms or problems with anybody being rude. They were overfriendly if anything! The beachfront bures have a hammock where I spent many hours watching the ocean and the gorgeous sunsets. The food was just fine. Not great, not bad. If you are interested in trying Kava, ask one of the staff! They don't have an actual Kava ceremony, but the staff will make sure you get to try Kava! I also highly recommend doing the day trip to see the pottery being made. Mostly, the trip is about visiting the village and its people, and at the end you watch them make the pottery and they setup a little market where you can buy pottery and other assorted touristy stuff. I highly recommend Matamanoa, unless you are used to staying in super luxury hotels. And I wasn't bothered by the blue lounge chairs!
My wife and I have stayed at over 9 resorts in our many trips to Fiji, and Matamanoa is terrific!!! The resorts in Fiji are varied, and after staying at places in Fiji in excess of US$400 a day, plus food, we were excited to try this resort.
Please consider these words when looking at Matamanoa resort. My husband and I went to the resort in 2001 and had a good time. However, we have since returned (Oct 2004) and were very disappointed. It seems that the resort has recently been purchased by a new individual who appears to be riding off the coat tails of its old reputation.