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We are having a great time and soaking up the sun out here in the Yasawa Islands of Fiji. After visiting Auckland for a couple days we flew to Nadi and spent the night at the Tanoa International, nothing fancy but it worked as a quick stop before taking the Yasawa Flyer catamaran out of the port. First stop was Octopus Resort which felt …
Shark diving this morning. Saw two white tipped reef sharks (about 2m long) and one big 3m grey shark. We were 22m down and they all swam within 2 - 3m of us, an interesting close encounter! This was our second dive of the trip, the first one (yesterday) was a good long reef dive with lots of fish. This resort is wonderful, can't speak too highly …
26/09/04 Our solar-powered showers were cold this morning due to the last 18 sunless hours and our muffin-laden breakfast was served with a light smattering of rain from a passing cloud. Last night's thunderstorm though, may have done the trick of clearing the skies as we hit the beach under a relatively blue canopy with just the odd bubblings of …
We went from there to Nanuya Lai Lai absolutely incredible Karina had given us a pressie of a night stay there in a tree top bure fabulous the bathroom was made with stone and a shell in the wall as a soap dish all of the place was done in bamboo the scenery was absolutely fantastic. Nanuya island resort - we decided we loved this place so much we …
As we approached our last stop at Nanuya Island we had expected it to be a bit plusher but in fact it was a lot !!! After wadeing ashore from the transfer boat we were greeted by Alfie with a welcome drink and shown around the dining room and site ,, this place differed as you had to pay for your meals but it was a proper menu and restaurant ,, …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Nanuya Island Resort
Like the other reviews say - this place is just perfect! Perfect in terms of:
*Peacefulness - the only thing that is required of you is to choose dishes from the menu whenever you´re hungry (and you get to decide yourself when that is, no set times here) and whether or not to join some of the activities. Also the peacefulness seems to infect on guests the minute they arrive, so that everyone contributes to the peaceful atmosphere.
*Hospitability of staff and management - they are there for you and invite you to join in conversations and kava drinking, but they are also invisible at the same time contributing to the peaceful place this is
*Lovely beach with great snorkelling
*Clean bures with nice interior, equipped with fans, insect repellent and a lovely spacious shower with hot water to give that extra comfort
*Great kitchen, that exceeds what you would expect to find far out in the Yasawas at a place that does not cost more, which sums it up to:
Great value for a perfect and peaceful place to charge your batteries or experience your picture of a perfect honeymoon!
Best place we stayed
This was the best place we stayed during our 10 days in Fiji. The location is beautiful and the owners and all the staff go out of their way to ensure the guests are happy. We had a bure up on the hill and it was gorgeous. The food at the restaurant was excellent and all the amenities we above average as well. Highly recommend it!
Friendly Resort In Paradise
When you're in need of a recharge you couldn't go wrong staying here. No pressure (aside from what shall I eat today from the world class kitchen) and the staff are discreet and are hardly ever seen , its the best relaxing holiday I've had this year. Management are alwarys interested in how your visit is going and the beach is a delight. Snorkelling is just off the beach and there is an interesting and varied amount of marine life. The accomodation is nice too, the rooms are kept very clean and the views are nice for sunsets. We stayed in a "tree house" and initially I had concerns because of the proximity of the rooms to neighbours and to the main lounge - I should not have worried... Island life doesn't start here until after 8am, if you're the party goer, you'd need to look elsewhere as the idylic days end around 9pm - although I do know the more adventurous sit up late with the fijian string band. It's a really peaceful holiday. Looking forward to returning to Nanuya.
Nanuya Island Resort - unspoilt paradise in Fiji
Just returned from a five night stay at Nanuya - our best holiday ever! Found it on this site and booked it only after reading the positive reviews and researching its sheltered position in the beautiful Yasawa Island Group.
We could not fault the resort, the beautiful location, beautiful staff, fabulous food and a wonderfully warm welcome and layback atmosphere. The swimming and snorkelling were fabulous, the reef fishing trip with local fishermen was terrific.
The staff could not have been more friendly and helpful. The size of the resort and the quality of the amentities and meals makes it excellent value, but more importantly provides a stress-free holiday in a peaceful paradise.
Our lovely beachfront bure included a fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, magic bathroom, and comfortable bedding.
Decided to break our rule of never holidaying in the same place twice - already planning our return visit to this beautiful boutique resort. The friendship shown to guests by Fred, Lance and all other staff was amazing, the pre-dinner drinks were a great way for guests to mix if they chose to. Lance don't change your recipe - you have it absolutely right!! And.......Fred you better be there when we visit again!
Recently returned to freezing Tasmania from the most wonderful 6 days at Nanuya Island resort. Travelling were myself, husband and 2 teenagers aged 14 and 17.
I had booked this place months ago before reviews started appearing on the net based on finding the website on the net and friendly and helpful emails from Fiona (thanks). All I can say is that all my expectations were well and truly exceeded. The owners and staff are all wonderfully helpful and friendly - Lance, Terri, Maki, Jioji, Remi, Lome and everyone else always ready with a smile and a laugh. Watch Jioji - he'll tell you Fiji won the rugby or whatever regardless of the true result - and with a totally believable straight face too.
The food and drinks are great - there is an "all day menu" till 6 pm meaning that you can have lunch whenever you fell like - rather than having to march in at a certain time, holiday camp style. Pre dinner drinks lounging in the beautiful communal area is a great opportunity to meet people from all over the world including the friendly yachtie community who drop in fro a meal and a drink. Dinner options were great and 4 entrees and 4 mains was just the right number of things to have to choose from (the menu changes every night . Try the Banofii Pie - too yummy. Gorgeous bananas and paw paw sourced from local villages. Nothing like the under ripe things we get here.
Swimming and snorkelling in the lagoon are just perfect and the equipment from the dive shop just along the beach is in top notch order.
We stayed in a beachfront villa which was great - comfy beds and a roomy indoor/outdoor shower. Nice fluffy white towels and beautiful fiji products to use. I LOVED the idea of the minibar being optional - we opted for no minibar - it was much more social to head (a whole 10 metres) over to the bar if we wanted drinks or a nibble. No TV or phone in the room is bliss although there is internet in the little shop for those who just cant unplug from the rest of the world. The shop also has essential holiday supplies like sunscreen and a few well selected lovely treats like TASTEFUL sulus and goodies to take home.
God willing it would be lovely to return. I hope that nothing ever changes at NIR - nothing needs to.
Well, I think the other reviews seem to sum up Nanuya very well, and there isn't much more to say other than to express my appreciation to Lance and his wonderful staff for an absolutely delightful stay.
My girlfriend and I stayed at Nanuya for 6 nights in a deluxe bure which was simple but beautiful. Food was divine!!!!!
My words don't seem to do Nanyua the justice it deserves. It isn't just the surroundings, it isn't just the people, it is the whole package that makes it great!!!
Thanks again Lance and I will certainly be back........
Top of the Class
Magnificent is the only word to go close to this Resort. Everything is well above expectations, and run to perfection.
From the moment you arrive and are greeted by the Resort Manager Lance, you feel totally at ease and welcomed. Staffed predominantly by the local villagers from surrounding islands, the entire place has a warm friendly atmosphere that relaxes you as soon as you arrive. Be it George, Lome or Remi behind the bar ready to create your favourite island cocktails and serve them to you in the lounge which overlooks the water, or Joe and the clan in the Kitchen (which by the way is right there as a feature for all to see, a testimony to how clean and tidy it is) ready to prepare your food just how you like it, nothing is too much trouble. A beautiful dining area which is open air, with the traditional thatched roofing, and yes it was all done by hand by the Villagers in the neighbouring islands. The dining area has "weather Screens" which can be rolled down if required, however rarely need to be.
There are 2 different styles of Accomodation, the Beach Bure and the Hillside Traditional Bure (4 of each). The Bure's are a comfortable distance apart, with the central resort area seperating the beach huts from the hillside ones, and with a total of only 8 rooms, the place is never crowded. Unique Stone set bathrooms feature in each of the Bure's. It's the little things that make all the difference in my humble opinion, such as having a small insect repeller plugged in for you in your room each afternoon, ensuring that your nights are as comfortable as possible.
You can stroll the length of the island, and water taxis are plentiful for travelling to other islands close by (which is highly recommended). Every place we visited we were welcomed with open arms, and treated like kings. I have never visited a place where so many people are so friendly ALL THE TIME.
With a PADI Dive centre alongside the resort, which doubles as the activity centre, and a snorkelling reef running the length of the beach directly in front of the resort, this is a water babies paradise. Fishing trips, paddle ski's, diving etc etc are all at your finger tips. Ask for Mani and Mas who will look after you.
Great Reef to snorkel over, and they have deckchair cushions that double as floating beds for those of us who are feeling too lazy to even keep ourselves afloat !!! A fish feeding time is set every afternoon for those who are keen.
The service, the service, the service. Lance runs a great crew here. And everyone is so friendly !!! I was invited to join the staff in an afternoon game of Volleyball after they had finsihed work each day, which was again a highlight.
Access to all of the northern islands in the Yasawa Group is perfect from this location. Good fishing, magnificent sunsets.
And to top it all off, this is the place where the Brooke Shields Film "Blue Lagoon" was made. They picked a paradise, no doubt about it.
my rating 10/10. Overall, Nanuya is a total package, and will serve as the highlight of any visit to Fiji.
This is Fiji!
After staying at Beachcomber, which I found sub-par in terms of the beach (you step on coral as you walk along the limited shoreline) and the food I was pleasantly surprised when the Yasawa flyer arrived at Nanuya. It took us over 3 hours on the Flyer to get there, but it was well worth it. As we approached the resort, I was immediately relieved since we knew so little about it prior to booking. I saw wooden lounge chairs with foam floating rafts atop them and hammocks amongst the palm trees and thought...this is what I expected Fiji to be like. We were greeted immediately by the owner, Lance, who is incredibly hospitable. He took us to the bar/dining area where we were greeted with a cool tropical drink and he oriented us to the island while our bags were taken to our room.
Accomodation: We stayed in the garden bure on the hilltop which had a lovely view. The room and shower were clean and adequate in size, and the bed was comfortable. There was a ceiling fan and mosquito netting (use it!); also a small outside deck with two chairs. We didn't stay in the room other than to sleep, because there is no t.v. or radio and it's much too hot to be there during the day. Even at night it is quite hot, so if you require air conditioning this might not be for you. Also, it's a short uphill walk to the room (lined with tiki torches at night) which was not a problem for us but may bother others. If so, consider the beach-front bures instead.
The food: Absolutely incredible and priced at a much lower rate than they could have asked. It's half the price of "First Landing" and twice as good. The head chef is remarkable, and Lance told us that he sends him and the others to trainings in New Zealand and elsewhere throughout the year. Before dinner each night Lance invited all the guests to join him for a pre-dinner cocktail and conversation, which was a nice way to get to know about the resort and the Yasawas and to meet other guests. One down side at night is the mosquitos--I got bit to pieces even after using repellant, so be warned. I wore long pants and long sleeved shirts to dinner after the first night, and luckily the temperature was fine in the evenings for such attire. After dinner we joined Lance for more drinks and conversation, and he put on some music. He was happy to oblige our musical tastes (luckily they were similar to his). My boyfriend enjoyed sitting with "the boys" on the mat after dinner and drinking kava and learning more about the Fijian people and way of life.
Service: Excellent service, which I think is a reflection of how the owners treat their staff. It's also a plus that many of the staff get to go home in the evenings by motor boat to their nearby village (unlike the staff at Beachcomber who stay there for 25 days at a time and seemed very disgruntled to me).
Activities: there are kayaks available, which we used to paddle over to Treasure Island a short distance away. The resort is also the site of the dive shop for the Yasawas. Snorkeling gear is also available and there is plenty of coral just off the shore to make for some decent sightings. One evening "the boys" took us out on the small motor boat for a "champagne cruise" and serenaded us with some guitar and song--very nice. We also were escorted to the village by George, which was very interesting and much appreciated since they did it at an unscheduled time. Aside from that, you are limited to lounging around and catching up on reading--which is just what I was looking for but which my boyfriend found a little boring after a while. Luckily for him we only stayed three nights but I could have stayed for weeks!
The beach: The water is crystal clear without any waves, so I spent much of my time lying in the water on one of the floats. It was just like being in a pool. I loved it!
Overall, I'd recommend Nanuya and I'd definitely stay there again. For the price, I'd say it's an excellent value.
Most amazing time
My husband and I stayed for a week, and from the time we stepped out of the water taxi it was amazing. The whole staff is super nice, the bures were simple and pretty. The food was to die for, I ate food I had never ate back at home. I had never eating as healthy as I did in any vacation. It truly is secluded, tranquilizing, and you for sure are in peace. Swimming in the blue lagoon is speechless. I recommend this resort, for all the people that need to de-stress from their busy schedules. No party life here, just relaxation. We're planning another trip.
I will add some pictures next week.
Beautiful Island Resort
Absolutely loved our stay at Nanuya. We opted for the Deluxe Beachfront Villa, which was just perfect for us. There is a great verandah to sit and watch the sun twinkling on the water through the coconut palms. Inside is spacious and extremely comfortable. There are 2 single beds (or day beds) with ceiling fan - great to lay on and read if it gets too hot outside. Main queen bed straight under ceiling fan - very comfortable with louvres all around and screened windows. Bathroom was lovely with indoor/outdoor huge shower area. There are 4 of these little villas, then 4 more traditional thatched bures perched high on the hillside. I'm sure they had a lovely view, but I found it much more convenient being closer to the beach and not having to climb the hill to get book/sunscreen/drink etc. The management and staff at Nanuya are very friendly and helpful, and the food is fantastic! On the Friday night the local village band came and played which was really nice, and it made us realise that perhaps the one thing that was missing on a daily basis was some evening music while we ate dinner. Just recorded music would be fine - as it did lack a little bit of atmosphere for the evening meal.
The snorkelling was good, the blue lagoon is just beautiful. We watched the Blue Lagoon Cruise boats come and go and were glad we were staying at Nanuya in total relaxation. There were several honeymooners there who were very happy with their choice of Nanuya.
Nanuya also operate the local Dive Shop. The resort has several small kayaks and you can go off paddling as much as you like. You can do as little or as much as you like. We loved Nanuya - if you want relaxation, seclusion, great food and a taste of the Yasawas then this is the perfect place!