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Malolo Island Resort
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Reviewed 23 July 2012

Me and my partner spent a week at malolo island resort and enjoyed the whole experience- from the secluded villa,to watching the blue waves just literally footsteps from your door step,the lovely tropical fish and underwater beauty to the food and the lovely staff-everything was great.
Would totally recommend this place for a bit of tlc!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank pinkpepper7
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Reviewed 13 July 2012

My family visited Malolo Island Resort for five days in July 2012 during the Australian school holidays. The weather was warm, sunny, with blue skies, and very little wind during the whole of our stay. Upon arrival, we were warmly welcomed with song and welcome drinks. The staff are very friendly and always greeted us warmly with “bula”, which is Fijian for hello.

Ocean view bures
We were booked to stay in ocean view bures. The ocean view bures are well set out with excellent views of the beachfront and are of a very good standard. The housekeeping is outstanding. In each bure, there is a small bar refrigerator which we used to store soft drink bottles and snacks that we had purchased on the mainland. I would recommend you purchase drinks and nibbles on the mainland as they are far more expensive on the island. We had seven standard soft-drink bottles stored in the refrigerator. There are glass tumblers and wine glasses provided in the room. The tap water in the bure is quite safe for drinking and there is no need to purchase the more expensive bottled Fiji water. The island’s water comes from a desalinated plant operating on the island. There is also an in-room safe which we used to store our passports and valuables whilst enjoying the island activities. There is no television or telephone in the room. It is quite peaceful and promotes family activities such as talking, reading, doing jigsaw puzzles and the like. We did bring along a portable DVD player and some DVD discs just in case the weather was rainy, wet and foul.

Dining

We did not purchase the meal plans as they appear to be over-priced. We ate buffet breakfast and buffet dinner, which was heaps of food. The buffet breakfast served at the Terrace Restaurant is priced at $35 FJD (about $19.50 Australian) for an adult full buffet breakfast. A continental breakfast is priced at $27 FJD per adult. Children to 12 years of age are usually half the adult price (or free if you are on a kids-eat-free program) The full buffet breakfast includes items such as sausages, bacon, eggs, omelettes to order, pancakes, baked beans, cereals, croissants, pastries, bread, toasts, jam, fruit juice, tea/coffee and an extensive selection of fruit. We ate far too much, so were not hungry at lunch time!

We enjoyed the dinner buffets at the Terrace Restaurant which is opened from 6:30 pm. On Monday, it is Mongolian at $45 FJD per adult. Tuesday is Tex-Mex $52 FJD per adult, Wednesday is BBQ at $65 FJD, Thursday is curry night at $45FJD, and Friday is pasta night at $45FJD per adult. Children to age 12 are usually half-price. We enjoyed the buffet dining and found the quality of the food to be excellent. The pasta night was a surprise. I was expecting to encounter boring lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs and was pleasantly surprised that you would take a large platter and fill it with your selection of vegetables if you wish such as mushrooms, eggplant, capsicum, brocolli, cauliflour, peas, baby corn sticks, carrot, onion, and so on. You would then select your pasta. Is it penne? Spaghetti? Spirals? You then take the whole platter to the cooking station where you will be asked what meat you want. Is it fish? Chicken? Or beef pieces? The meat is cooked in front of you along with the whole platter of food and spiced according to your wishes with your choice of sauces. It was fantastic. There is also a kids buffet from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Terrace Restaurant for kids to 12 years of age which has menu items that usually appeal to kids tastes. Think pizza, spaghetti bolognese, grilled fish, mixed vegetables, baked potato, french fries, and so on. It is advisable to make reservations for dinner at the Terrace Restaurant, particularly if you wish to eat at 6:30 pm as it is quite busy then. We usually ate at 6:30 pm so we could eat off the main buffet and the kids could eat off the kids buffet dinner.

The buffet dinner does not include any drinks. There is a separate drinks menu available. We simply ordered tap water for the table at no charge. The staff do ask if you want bottled Fiji water, but there is no need for this. The tap water is quite safe.

Island boutique shop

Although there is a small boutique on the island, it mainly seems to have clothing and souvenir craft items. It has a very limited range of soft drinks and chips which are very expensive. It is best to buy these items on the mainland before you arrive. The boutique does provide you with access to two computers connected to the internet which you can use free of charge for 10 minutes, longer if no one else is waiting. I was unable to access my email account as the software browser used on the island computer is out-dated and unsupported. I believe there may be free wifi if you have brought along your own laptops, ipads, or devices.

The beach and activities

We enjoyed lounging on the sandy beach in deck-chairs, kayaking, boarding and sailing. There are coral formations around Malolo Island, and it is possible to snorkel directly off the front beach. Sailing (hobie cat) is only permissible at high tides and subject to there being sufficient winds to fill the sails. Most of the time, there was insufficient wind or only a very gentle breeze. I would recommend that you have aqua shoes as there is some coral, which is more evident at low tide, particularly if you are planning on water activities such as kayaking, boarding or sailing.

We went to visit a Fijian village and the Malolo Island District School. It was fantastic and well worthwhile. The school trip is only offered on Wednesday mornings and during Fijian school periods. Students at the school range from age 6 to about 14 years old (grade 8). If you are going on a school visit trip or visit to a Fijian village it is well worthwhile to wear aqua-shoes. There is no jetty and the boats will only carry you up so far to the shore. You will have to walk through the water up to mid-calf depth. The shore leading to the village is partly sandy, but also has some hardened coral and rocks. Aqua shoes will protect your feet. After the school visit trip, we had the opportunity to walk along the shore and see some of the villagers’ homes and purchase local Fijian craft. My two daughters both purchased necklaces for $10FJD (about $5.50 Australian) each. Most items were between $5FJD and $15FJD each.

Kids Club

The kids club facilities and staff are outstanding. They have a planned program of stimulating activities each day. Most of the kids at the kids club appeared to be in the five to nine years of age category. Nevertheless, my two daughters aged 9 and 12 years wanted to go to the kids club and participate. They went with the kids club for a visit to explore Treasure Island and the school visit trip. They also did some of the craft activities and made heaps of friends. Hair-braiding is available at the kids club and is done by the staff in their “free” or off time. Charges are approximately $2 to 3 FJD per braid payable in cash only.

We all very much enjoyed our visit to Malolo Island and plan to return again.

Room Tip: Malolo Island resort doe NOT allow you to select your room based on location.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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36  Thank Susan S
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

We loved Malolo Resort. It was the perfect destination for a family with your children. Our kids, 4 and 7, loved the kids club. My husband and I enjoyed the variety of food and drinks. I was able to be picked up by a boat off their pier to scuba - - - perfect vacation!!!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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10  Thank LovefromSydney
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

We have just returned from 8 glorious days at Malolo. The weather was perfect- 29 sunny degrees every day! We travelled with our three adult children and an extra friend- their ages were 17, 18, 19 and 21 years. Our days were filled with snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, fishing, playing volleyball, sipping on cocktails at the beach bar or just lazing on the beach. The kids had a ball and enjoyed the relaxation and stress-free 'Fiji time'. The meal plan was definitely the way to go and we enjoyed private dining in the treetops restaurant ( no kids under 16!) on many nights.
Our bures- 39 and 40- were perfectly positioned at the far end of the beach and were lovely. On our last 2 days it was a bit windy but we were quite protected from the breeze on the verandah. The Fijian staff were delightful and genuine in their interactions with us all.

Room Tip: Bures with higher numbers are further away from the activities such as kids club, bar etc. A bit of a walk but a beautiful walk along the beach path and much quieter.
Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
4  Thank jacinta M
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Reviewed 5 July 2012

We stayed here August 2011 for 7 days as part of our honeymoon. We stayed in the honeymoon bure right on the beach at the far end.
We could step off our deck onto the sand and straight into the sea for the best snorkelling.
The room was very spacious and clean.(quite new) with a big verandah overlooking the bay.
Very private part of the resort.
The food was cheaper than Denerau which surprised me.
Staff were very friendly and the food was good for an island resort.
We will definitely return for an anniversary!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Debbie K
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