Yasawa Island Resort and Spa
Travel Blogs from Yasawa Island
... the mums to talk.So we pack up and head off to check out the kindergarten.
They were just in the finishing stages & the place looks amazing. They have painted it in the Hungry caterpillar theme & some common nursery rhymes. The STA sponsored the paint for the whole kindergarten & they painted it in a day. Tom & Dane have done a great job assisting them & show us what they have painted.
Ellie does a brief thank ...
... you can always hear the girls before you see them!) Then we could hear them singing the Australian anthem and walked over! The Fijians sang their's & we almost had a tear in our eyes - beautiful harmony! Don't ask me how it happened but then there was an arm wrestle between Izzy & the spunky school captain! Hilarious she did us proud but he won! The Dane was hustled up very funny against the same guy he wrestled for a while & then bugger we lost again! Then lots ...
... one of the fabullous staff go & wake them for us - Love their work!!!
They all come in their PJ's for brekky & have had an amazing sleep! Yay for the adults. Then we are all of the beach for some sun baking, relaxing & hanging in the tyres in the water. Tom & Dane grab a double kayak & their snorkelling gear ( very smart) and go to explore around the island! Who knows when the will be back!Girls bob in the ocean for ages in the tyres - very relaxing! ...
... Boys are in a Bure next door with two Bristish back packers who are also volunteering! Girls have the boys sorted - no shorts to be left on the floor!
We have lunch & then another quick brief about our volunteering & what is expected ( They love their briefs here but we are all excited) everyone off to explore/do activities. Boys off exploring & snorkelling around the island, girls make palm baskets for our Lovo ...
... we checked out the carvings on the walls made by ancient people of which no one knows the meaning of. Back onto the boat with some young German traveller who had dressed fully traveller with sharks teeth round his neck, and sea shells on his wrists and back to blue lagoon and then the ferry transfer down to our next and final island, Barefoot Resort. Barefoot is a 2 hour journey south so in the middle of the island chain and sits on a peninsula jutting out into ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
TravelPod Member ReviewsYasawa Island Resort and Spa
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Historical Traveler Reviews Yasawa Island Resort and Spa
Stayed at Yasawa for the second half of my honeymoon in March, 2005. (First half was at Royal Davui -- in a totally different league.)
My husband and I stayed at Yasawa Island Resort in Oct 05 for his 30th birthday, and the trip was absolutely perfect.
Decided to stay for four days at the conclusion of our two week honeymoon in Australia and New Zealand based on the positive reviews and 5 star rating.
After much anticipation my wife and I headed back to Yasawa for our third visit. There is no doubt that this is a very nice place, great rooms, great people, but the food was a very big let down this time. It was interesting to speak with other guests there who also felt the same way.
Returning to Yasawa Island Resort
My wife and I have stayed at many 5 star resorts including Vatulele, Fiji searching for the "perfect island resort". Last year we spent 10 nights at Yasawa Island Resort and were so impressed that we have decided to make this our annual vacation spot. The accomodations, staff, food, grounds, beach, pool, hiking, snorkeling and island topography were superb. After an 11 night stay at Vatulele, in my opinion, Yasawa Island Resort is superior in all respects.
I've had the pleasure of staying at Yasawa twice in the last two years and have enjoyed it so much I plan on making a return trip in six months. Yasawa is without a doubt the best resort I have stayed at within Fiji, it is by far the most luxurious, has the best location, the best staff and the best facilities. The food is excellent and all included, a part from, as another review said the chips and chocolate in the minibar (although all non-alcoholic bevearges are included that are in the minibar) but with so much excellent food on offer, why fill yourself up on chips when there is a divine room service menu? The activities provided by the resort are also top notch. I would recomend doing the trip to the blue lagoon caves atleast once, if not for the boat trip alone. Also the quality of the snorkeling just off the southern end of the resort is high, however if that's not to your liking the staff will take you by boat to another destination. The private picnics are brilliant, being dropped off on your own strech of beach or own private island for the day, just you and a cornucopia, until you're ready to be picked up. As for the "turn the power off at noon" story, I can assure you that it's never happened while I have stayed there. The only power outage we had was for a few minutes one afternoon while the generator was being tested or repaired it was hardly a trouble.
We visited Yasawa Resort in 2004 and had the most amazing time. The resort is very remote and idyllic in its location. The deluxe bures were all similar and all beautifullly appointed. There are so many places to relax in or out of your bure it becomes a difficult choice. The food was amazing and we travel 5 star ALWAYS. The service is very good for Fijiian standards which we have found is usually always very high anyway, considering the villagers from Yasawa are hired and trained, they do a great job. They could probably relax around guests a little more, however this is probably indicative of their eagerness to please and assist. The privacy at Yasawa is brilliant, we only saw people if we wanted to which was great. I would suggest that if you are going over there make sure you ASK for what you want early on. They arent mind readers and we discovered at the end that they are only too happy to do for you whatever you wish for. An unscheduled boat trip or a last minute picnic basket or even if you missed the truck to go to the villiage, they will always help to make sure you get to where you want to go. We are hoping to go back again this year and will probably mix it up with a visit to the Coral Coast for a bit of fun, which is always great. We fully recommend yasawa island resort for total relaxation or for daily trips and activities - its up to you!
We spent the week 7 January 2005 - 17 January 2005 at Yasawa Island Resort. There is no doubt that the resort was a 5 star resort 2 years ago. Unfortunately there are some of the equipment that need some upgrading.
Although the website clearly states that all food and non alcoholic bevarages are free, just take note that all snacks taken from the mini bar are NOT FREE! Another thing that you don't expect from a 5 star resort is that they switch off the electricity between 12pm and 2pm (the warmest time of day), to save energy. So noooo aircon during that time!
All in all I think that YASAWA ISLAND RESORT IS SO OVERPRICED and you don't get what you expect from a 5 star resort!!!
After reading the other review posted I remembered we meant to submit one also-we spent our honeymoon at Yasawa in January 2003 and have never forgotten our wonderful experience there. Traveling to this remote island was both enriching and rewarding.