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Musket Cove Island Resort
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Reviewed 27 April 2012

Whilst we had alovely stay at Musket Cove and enjoyed our Armstrong villa and all the amenities like snorkelling, kayaking, the pools, we were a bit annoyed by always having a wrong bill or being double charged.
When you go on holiday, you would like to relax and not having to watch out that constantly something is being added to yru bill, that another room/person has had. Do not know if that was just accidental though, as our friends did not have the same problems.
The kids loved it as well and the ambiance and the rooms is kept very clean and up to date.
Sometimes you can hear the noise from plantation island, however just on a couple of nights.

We loved the fact that you can rent a bareboat yacht and go sailing on your own.

Room Tip: Armstrong villas are very nice with separate bedrooms on your own lagoon
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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

At the end of our fantastic family holiday in Fiji (we had 5 nights on Matamanoa Island which was magic), we booked one nights stay at Musket Cove Resort. We were travelling in a group of six adults.

We arranged to be picked up by speedboat from Matamanoa by Musket Cove (was much cheaper than Sea Fiji). The boat was a lot of fun - the driver stopped at various places briefly along the way to show us the sights.

The main reason for our stay was so we could all go parasailing. This was booked through take a break cruises. They picked us up from the wharf and we went the afternoon we got there. This was great value and loads of fun - awesome views (much cheaper than other company at Denerau).

We found the food at the restaurant was good. Joe, the manager was great value.

We booked three hotel rooms at FJ $336 each per night. These rooms were not great value for the price and I wouldn't recommend them. The bathrooms were not clean and the showers were poorly maintained - the door to one of the shower units was stuck shut. We had to get the air con and phone repaired - kept playing up, but was ok. We dont mind things being a bit rough but not for that cost. Even the jug provided for coffee had a cord so short it could not reach the power point and the coffee and sugar sachets were covered with bugs. As this was only one night we just stuck it out, but I probably wouldn't book those rooms again.

We left early the next morning to catch our ferry. We booked a lift to the ferry as we had a disabled teenager with us and was a bit of a walk. We waited but were never picked up, so had to start walking. We only got there just in time - lucky!

Got to say, activities & restaurant were great, but rooms and reception service was very average.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank beachbum255371
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Reviewed 16 April 2012

We stayed at Musket Cove resort over Easter, for a week. Fabulous holiday! We had tried to cancel our trip the week before we came becasue of the media coverage of the flooding in Fiji. Our insurance company said we wouldnt be covered if we cancelled the trip, so we decided to wing it and see what happened. I am delighted that we went, the weather was perfect.
This was our third family trip to Fiji, the last two times we stayed at Plantation Island. Musket was great. We stayed in one of the Armstrong Villas and the villa was perfect for our needs, very clean and well cared for. There was a lovely balcony for us to sit around and the kids (age 15 and 17) loved to relax there or to watch fish in the lagoon. There was also a pool directly behind our unit that I practically lived in.
There was very low occupancy in the resort, obviously due to the weather reports and very recent flooding. We were quite happy to be there when it was quiet but did feel sorry for the resorts as school holidays are their money making time of the year.
We ate one night at Anandas but preferred the meals at Musket, a little expensive for a few items, but generally the food was ok. I enjoyed the fish buffet evening and the pig on a spit evening. For lunch we usually grabbed a toasted sandwich or pizza from the cafe at the trader, $9 for a toasted sandwich and $28 for a pizza. They also served awesome iced coffees for $10. You could buy a can of coke for $1.88 from the trader, or pay $6 from the Musket Cove resturant. Very good value rolled ice creams at at the trader, $2.
The only activities we did this time around were kayaking and stand up paddle boards ($10 chage for those boards), didnt worry about the snorkelling etc this time as we have done it all before.
The staff were very friendly and helpful and coped with the moaning Aussies very well (Kiwis dont complain).
My husband and I both enjoyed a lovely massage too, well worth the money.
We would happily stay at Musket Cove again!!

Room Tip: Armstrong Villas are wonderful, spacious and well cared for. They also have a DVD player and a libr...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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9  Thank Morfdawg
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Reviewed 15 April 2012

We enjoyed this spot for two nights. We shared a Villa with another family. The Villas were centrally located. Generally well appointed with with patio and plunge pool. Beds were comfy and the place was clean. Like many resorts, you're rather limited in terms of dining options. There is a well stocked grocery and you can cook for yourself. Our package came with a breakfast pack where they deliver breakfast supplies for you to cook your own. Unfortunately, they don't deliver until after 9 am which was far to late for us. Don't know why they wouldn't deliver things the night before. We ended up getting a nice continental breakfast at the restaurant. Hot breakfasts were also available. Dinner in the restaurant was good. They do a pig roast on Thursdays which was a nice touch. No other hot menu is available that day. Local artists perform after dinner.
There are a couple other places to eat, like the Coffee cove. You can buy a BBQ pack and cook for your self, too. There is a quaint beach bar down past the marina. Nice place to catch up on the day's events or play some cards.
There is lots to do. Pool and beach are close by as well as plenty of activities to sign up for. Boat and paddleboard rentals are avaiable.. Dolphin cruises, snorkelling and diving are close at hand. One resort over has a 9 hole golf course.
Staff were always very helpful
They do have computer access in the lobby. The one computer was quite popular. There is wi-fi access available near the pool for a fee.
Though the gardens were nicely kept, we disliked the constant din of tractor idling and weed whips which seemed to be incessant from sun-up til sun down. Seems they could have cut the engines when not in use. Also, they could provide a bigger coffee pot. Current pot was far too small for a unit that sleeps six.

Room Tip: Villas are available for larger groups. Beach, marina and lagoon Bures were also available
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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4  Thank maktmak
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Reviewed 15 April 2012

A solid 3.5 star holiday destination. The feasts we had were excellent - the food was great and it was fabulous to try all the fijian cuisine. The veggies from the local organic farm were terrific. Was nice to be able to access the local shop and the cafe food was fantastic too. There were quite a few mosquitos - so I would recommend buying the Pure Fiji lemongrass repellant from the boutique. Great spot if you just want to relax and not be bothered.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank HollyLovesHolidays
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Additional Information about Musket Cove Island Resort

Address: Fiji
Region: Fiji > Mamanuca Islands > Malolo Lailai Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Malolo Lailai Island
Price Range: ₹ 19,252 - ₹ 42,602 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Musket Cove Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Musket Cove you'll find the pace of life smooth and unhurried. The resort consists of 55 bures and villas scattered along the beachfront and throughout our tropical landscaped gardens. All rooms are spacious with separate living rooms and quality inclusions. What sets Musket apart is space, with 400 acres of rolling hills and palm fringed beaches to explore there is never a sense of crowding. Muskets world class marina offers a vast selection of water-sports and activities. Or for those wanting to relax, our dedicated Makare Day Spa is a true haven of tranquillity. Musket offers several gourmet-dining options headed by renowned chef Peter Becker and over 150 warm and friendly Fijian staff ready to welcome you to our island home. ... more   less 
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