Loafing around in Fiji

Trip Start Feb 27, 2013
Trip End Mar 08, 2013

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Where I stayed
Lomani Island Resort Malolo Lailai Island
Read my review - 4/5 stars
What I did
Reefs, snorkelling, islands, swimming, Fiji dancing, Malolo lai lai

Flag of Fiji  , Mamanuca Islands,
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Feeling the need to have some couples time my husband and I hopped on a plane and flew down to Fiji for some serious r&r. We stayed on the island of malolo lailai one of the larger islands in the Mamanuca chain. What used to be one of the largest coconut plantations is now a handful of small resorts and we had picked to stay at the adults only Lomani resort on the western facing side of the island. Huge swaying palms greet you lazily as you arrive upon the white sand beaches, the locals are eager to sing you into the Fiji way of life with a beautiful welcome song and cool welcome cocktail awaits.

 We arrived by seaplane which you take very easily out of Nadi Airport and the little Canadian 6 man flyers are just a treat to start your holiday off with a thrill. Quick and easy the flight to Lomani takes around ten minutes and weather permitting takes in a full sweep of the north western side of the mamanuca chain. A seamless touch down on water and you glide up to the foreshore arriving in real style.(The boat transfer takes around 40 minutes and can be booked simply with the resort).
The resort itself has a quiet intimate feel with just 17 rooms of varying luxury, all within a stones throw of the beautiful beach and lush green surroundings.

 We had booked a beach bure and they were absolutely perfect, modern little bungalows with a hint of local Fiji elements and to top it all a fabulous outdoor shower.

The view from our Bure was nothing short of superb, lush palms, tree lilies and a very inviting crystalline sea are your window to the world. 
From your little home you can exit into your own private garden and in front of you is your own piece of paradise where the other guests seldom interrupt your little bubble of happiness.

The resort has a wooden decked restaurant and bar where you take most of your meals and for those balmy warm evenings you can book a table down by the beach for that extra special romantic moment. The breakfasts were more than adequate although the chef seemed to struggle getting poached eggs soft boiled, however the  staff were always willing to please and gave us whatever we asked for  without issue. 

The bar itself lacks a little colour and atmosphere and the evenings there would have benefited from some lovely storm lanterns being lit to create a mood and gather people together to stay and drink longer, but really I am just picking at small details. 

The food whilst sometimes a little inconsistent seemed generally fresh and tasty, The menu has a rotation every 7 days and can get a little dull but again they were more than willing to accommodate my demands on certain days were I didn't want to order from the menu. ( I particularly recommend the kokoda cervice fish in coconut broth ... totally sublime !

 Weather permitting some of the excursions can be booked through the resort and there sister resort {plantation} but we were there at a time when conditions were not perfect,and the weather a little unpredictable but frankly we were only to happy relaxing. 

We opted for some of the simpler trips run by local staff out to the shallow reefs and sand bars where you can feed the teaming fish (spectacular ) and swim in the warm shallow waters of the pacific.

 The staff are amazingly warm and charming and have an infectious personality. They all seem to love there Fiji and are more than willing to impart some wonderful stories about there island and daily life in Fiji.The manager Lucie is a real Gem and tries hard to meet all your expectations and whilst I did have a few minor grumbles she more than put them to bed swiftly. If you love nature, amazing wild life (the fruit bats are prevalent and nothing short of spectacular on the island) and you wishing for some alone time away from busy lives and kids, then I can highly recommend Lomani as the place to be. With out a doubt a truly magical little place.Oh and one last piece of advice... for all you girls packing your large suitcases, don't bother... Its a "no news no shoes" sort of place and trust me apart from a few easy dresses, a swimsuit is all that is required. 
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