Tokoriki Island Resort
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... and got ready. I went straight for the sea and did some snorkelling as the tide was in so I could swim better around the reef! Today I saw some massive school Of fish, like half the size of Jo! It was scary at first swimming towards them to get a picture but I got used to it! I then just relaxed on the sun beds on the beach whilst drinking a coconut! We had lunch after - I had seafood pasta which was very yummy! Then watched a coconut demonstration where they told ...
... beers watching the sunset with ed and lucy as she chatted away. Dinner was a la carte and some of the best food I've had. Came to £30 for 3 courses and breakfast and lunch. All really good. The staff set up a big screen on one side of the pool after dinner and projected 21 jump street while serving free popcorn and ice cream. After we walked down the beach with the clear night sky ...
... makes as it shoots into the sky before it bursts.
With my bed being made everyday and fresh hibiscus flowers laid on each pillow I really do feel like I am on holiday. I have to stop myself feeling guilty for just relaxing into it, its not even a case of 'I could get used to this', I worry that I am used to this!
There are some real characters here, the funniest of all is an Italian woman whose name I don't know. She came flouncing in ...
... boat to the island across and came back kayaking with a guide. Thankfully he was in my kayak because it was an uncomfortable kayak for tall people and hence made it hard to paddle. It was a beautiful ride and saw many fish as the waters were so shallow.
Day 5 and 6: Laze around, enjoy kayaking or snorkelling prior to your ...
The next day, another beautiful morning of clear skies and sunshine, we had breakfast and walked the length of the beach swimming in the sea and generally relaxing before spending the afternoon at the pool.
It was time to head to our final island the following day which would see us stay at Coral View. After a 2 hour boat ride we hit the shores of Coral View. Another really friendly welcome was waiting with the staff singing and dancing. ...
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This beautiful resort has recently had a"make over" with a brand new pool and the bures have been refurbished.
Have stayed at this resort twice, in 2003 and 2004. The staff especially the manager James and his wife Erin were great. The food was excellent, the activities plentiful and the fact that children under 12 are not allowed, made the holiday so peaceful and relaxing.
This resort if truely value for money. It would have to be the best resort in the Mamanuca Islands group, followed by Castaway Island.
If you can afford it,you must stay at the Yasawa Island Resort , this would be my first choice. (Refer to review on this resort.)
Lush pool and Lovely Staff
We stayed on Tokoriki for our honeymoon for 5 nights in July this year and were blessed with 5 sunny gorgeous days.
We had a Duluxe Beach Bure which was really nice. I'm pleased we didn't pay for the upgrade to a Honeymoon Bure because a) they're a lot more expensive for what you get b) the new hotel pool is so gorgeous that I'm not sure we would have used the plunge pool that much and c) they're not located at the best end of the beach.
The staff were great. Fantastic cocktails every night before dinner around the bar. Also activities staff were very helpful with advice about best places for snorkling. We took a day trip to a nearby island where Tom Hanks' movie 'Castaway' was filmed. Great fun. Excursions are expensive, but we kind of expected that - and while the NZ dollar is stronger than the Fijian, its not too bad. They also have a great tennis court that we enjoyed each morning. The rackets and balls are free, but take your own racket if you're a pro.
There is only one restuarant on Tokoriki, so you're at the same place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is pretty good, not outstanding, but certainly better than average. Not a huge selection for lunch and we usually ended up feeling too full as the lunches are big. I wouldn't recommend getting a meal plan unless you're big eaters! The dinners are really nice though. One night we had divine lamb shanks, highly recommended. Also the traditional Fiji Feast was yummy and the Mongolian BBQ was nice too (both buffets).
Alas, no holiday is perfect ... and there were a couple of downsides I should mention. We had cockroaches in our room. Not loads, but at least one a day. It is a tropical island and with lots of plant life around each bure, some beasties should be expected. In hindsight we should have asked them to fumagate the room, or ask for a transfer to another room.
The beach isn't amazing, but the pool is, so this kind of made up for it. They had had some stormy weather before we arrived which had left the beach littered with seaweed which caused a bit of smelliness. So 99% of the time we swam in the pool. Also, only some of the bures walk out onto a sandy beach. So if you want to swim in the sea straight out from your bure, be sure to ask for this when you book.
By the way, I'm a bit of a beach freak ... so many of you will think the beach is amazing. I'll post some photos and you can be the judge.
They have a small beauty spa room where we had a great his & hers massage. They also have daily specials which are great value for money.
Fabulous Memories Made Here
My husband and I stayed here for 6 days for our honeymoon. We loved every minute of it. Such a wonderful, romantic place with a friendly, attentive staff. This is a very small resort that does not allow young children. It is quiet and secluded - no other resorts on the island. We stayed in a honeymoon bure with a private plunge pool. I loved sitting with my feet in the plunge pool, looking out toward the ocean, and seeing a vast expanse of water with small islands on the horizon. It was so relaxing...the most amazing sunsets I've ever seen.
A wonderful aspect of Tokoriki is the friendly, welcoming staff. The staff greets your arrival with a song and announces arrivals and departures at dinner every night. You truly feel like you've become part of a happy, extended family. My husband played volleyball with the staff and other guests most every night, and was soon on a first name basis with many of the staff.
While at Tokoriki, we kayaked, snorkeled, and hiked up to the hill at the top of the island. There's an incredible 360 degree view from up there. You can also take a trip out to the "Castaway" island, have a private picnic, or visit a village on another neighboring island. The village has a school, and while the craft vendors can be somewhat overwhelming, it was interesting to see the classrooms and learn a bit about how the school system works in remote Fijian villages.
Our room was beautiful, with a separate bedroom and sitting room. Outside, there was a sunbed with a thatched cover, private patio, pool, outdoor shower, and path to a private swatch of beach. We spent some lazy days sitting by the pool drawing, reading, and enjoying each other's company.
The hotel has a main pool where you can fraternize with other guests. My husband and I met couples from all over the world and still keep in contact with a couple from Australia that we met on the trip to the village.
We love this resort and would definitely return. We have many fond, wonderful memories of our time spent at Tokoriki Island Resort.
Good, but not the best.
I have stayed twice at Tokoriki island, once before the upgrade and once during the upgrade so i'm yet to stay in one of their new rooms, however I did enjoy my time while I was there. The staff are excellent, they are all very friendly and in one case, a little too friendly! The rooms are well appointed and have wonderful private outdoor showers which are heaven to use at night under the stars. However the rooms are set back a little from the beach, nestled in the trees. Each room has it's own hammock which is also a nice touch. The food is good, i think I had the best tuna i've ever had there, however the breakfast is very expensive for what it is and the lunch menu is just so-so, with most things being standard fried fare. The main dining area is nice and will further be enhanced by the new swimming pool they've put in. There is a wonderful chess set next to reception and a quaint chappel for weddings. The gardens are ok, but could use a little work, as could the tennis court which is a little on the sad side. The major flaw however with the resort is the beach. Both times I have been there the beach has been in the process of moving around (naturally of course) and outside our room there was no sand at all, it was just hard rock. This kind of shatters the image you think of when thinking of a tropical resort, yes the palm trees are there but there isn't much sand to lie on. Also the snorkeling is so-so, it takes a while to get to the outer reef where all the coral is and it's difficult to get there at low tide, especially with a light to moderate swell.
So yes, Tokoriki is a good holiday destination for a quick getaway, it's just not the perfect destination for that once in a lifetime trip.
Anyone looking for a romantic interlude, a wind-down, relaxing escape from the world - then look no further than Tokoriki Island Resort. This must be Fiji's most well kept secret! We have just spent 5 incredible days and nights at this resort in one of the Honeymoon Bures (no. 4 - the best unobstructed view of the beach, reef and neighbouring island) which was a 2 room unit with its own splash pool, decking lounges, table and chairs, along with an outside double bed under a native hut structure and a fourposted bed (with airconditioning which one needs in the tropics) with the most incredible views imaginable. No phones, no computers, not even a alarm clock - we wound-down within 2 days (ususally takes at least one week!).
The local Fijian 3 piece band (Peter, Jerry and Moses) entertained everynight with their outstanding harmonies and talent (they are waiting to be discovered much like this Tokoriki resort). They even welcomed buddying musicians for a jam session - incredible memories! The Fijian people are such a friendly group though this country is economically very poor (3 cars for a village of 70-90 people on the main land).
The spectacular snorkelling around near and outer reefs were absolutely incredible and rivalled only the world of "Finding Nemo". It was an easy paddle on the Kayak. Please note there are no motorised sports (which makes it for such a peaceful resort - again the wind-down factor!) We recommend you pay the extra $180FD to have a 5 hour romantic interlude on a Honeymoon Picnic on a completely deserted island which has dramatic cliff faces, ancient coconut palm trees and your own little beach hut shelter. The reef just off shore is teaming with coral and colourful tropical fishes. The Honeymoon island overlooks the island which starred in Tom Hank's "Cast Away" film. Unbelievable scenery and memories.
The food was wonderful (though on the island budget for at least $120-150 Fijian dollars per day plus $$ for alcoholic dream island cocktails). They had just finished the huge pool overlooking the beach and picture perfect palm trees and sunsets over the horizon. Although we had a quick look at the standard units (which were of excellent quality also) - splash out on the Honeymoon Bures - you will not regret it! Your own private pool - need one say anymore!
Romantic and wonderfully friendly
We just came back from spending 5 nights in the Honeymoon Bures with plunge pool and this place was absolutely superb. The staff make Tokoriki, they are the nicest, happiest Fijians I have ever met and their charm and warmth is geniune!!! We had the best holdiay ever here... The food is second to none and just excellent. The decor of the honeymoon bures are fabulous, in fact, we didn't want to leave, we just wanted to move straight in.....Gorgeous sunsets, the best snorkeling right out front --- no need to pay for it --- and just wonderful environment make this resort a must for anyone who loves to share romantic nights with their partner. We weren't even on our honeymoon, but it gave us a lot of time to reflect about what really brought us together after 11 years of marriage. Not only did we love it, but met some great friends while staying and found out that the other beachside bures are nice too. Take a hat, sunscreen and enjoy the best sun and sunsets in the world. The snorkeling is awesome....what more could you want!!
Paradise Lost, I need to find again!!!!
What an amazing vacation. You might think that you may have nothing to do secluded on a small island, but Tokoriki was full of amazing suprises! The motto "Come as a visitor, leave as a friend" Is absolutely true. The staff live on an adjacent island an completely open up to you and let you in as one of your family. Food was excellent, and many activities planned for each day! Amzing place for a honeymoon, bures were so clean, and filled with flowers that wre refreshed every day. NO phones or television in rooms which make it possible to really enjoy your love one. Breathtaking views of the sunset! Guaranteed to be a vacation you'll talk about for years to come. I can't wait to go back!!!
We have just returned from a fabulous vacation in Fiji, including four nights at the Tokoriki Island Resort. This is by far the most beautiful place we have ever stayed, but what makes it even more special is the way we were treated by the staff. From the moment we stepped off the boat and were greeted with singing and shell leis, all of the staff made us feel welcome and appreciated. Every day we were greeted with a warm "Bula!" from everyone who works at the resort, and most of them even remembered our names! We enjoyed snorkeling and scuba diving, hiking to the top of the "mountain," a trip to nearby Monuriki Island (where the movie "Cast Away" was filmed), a nature walk, coconut demonstration, a class in weaving a basket with palm leaves, and just relaxing without any agenda. The food was great -- fresh, plentiful, and delicious. At dinner each evening the staff sings "Bula Malaya" and "Isa Lei," a trio of musicians serenades the diners, and a list of guests who arrived that day -- as well as those who will be leaving the following day -- is read by Penioni, a wonderful, grandfatherly type who will ensure your stay is unforgettable. The bures are large and beautifully decorated, and each includes a sheltered patio, hammock, and private outdoor shower. The views from anywhere on the resort are amazing, and the stars at night are incredible. We did encounter a few unexpected visitors in our bure: teeny-tiny ants in the bathroom, a small gecko who enjoyed running around the shower, and a very large spider that we managed to chase away (and were assured was harmless). If you are truly squeamish about insects, you may wish to vacation elsewhere. But if you do you will miss out on one of the South Pacific's most enchanting resorts. Thank you Penioni, Erin, Alex and Will, Susannah, Lily, Alma, Alumita, Iveri, Taini, and all the others who helped us have the trip of a lifetime.
Went to Tokoriki on my honeymoon and stayed in one of the honeymoon bures. Absolutely amazing, from the great sunsets to the amazing hotel staff this place rocks. Additionally, food is good and pricing is fair. If possible I also recommend the helicopter transfer, lets you see a great deal on the ride to or from.
Great place! We went on the all inclusive package which basically included all meals but no alchoholic beverages or excursions. They ask that you sign for everything - even that which is on the AI plan - but the bill was perfect when we checked out. The room are great -- all facing the beautiful Fijian sunset. The people are wonderful and accomodating -- I can't think of a place that has had nicer people. The food was okay - but we're a bit spoiled living in New Orleans. The snorkeling was gorgeous and there was plenty to do and see or just relax and unwind. We really didn't want to leave.