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Why we like it
- Tiny volcanic island located in the dazzling Mamanuca Archipelago
- Romantic adult-only haven, with Beachfront Bures and Villas
- Vale Ni Biau Restaurant serves a daily changing a la carte menu of international cuisine with a fusion of Fijian flavour
- Island activities vary from coconut bowling and basket weaving lessons to beach volleyball and mountain hikes
- The treetop spa, Senikai, offers treatments in lush tropical surroundings with panoramic sea views
Spend a day chilling on Cloud 9 surrounded by nothing but turquoise water and coral reef. Cloud 9 is a floating pontoon in the middle of the ocean complete with a well-stocked bar, wood-fired pizzeria and surround sound system.
First experience with A&K. Intended to ask various travel companies for quotes but Vicky (Hamlin) was so good with her suggestions that we did not seek alternative quotations the suggested itinerary was excellent and helped us decide on a balanced and interesting holiday.
- GD, Windermere
Matamanoa Island Resort is an intimate and secluded haven in the Fiji’s Mamanuca archipelago. With a policy of no day trippers and no children under 16 years old, you can be sure to enjoy complete privacy and tranquillity, with little else but the azure waters and vibrant marine life for company. Not far from Nadi International Airport, this dreamy island can be reached by high-speed catamaran, private speedboat or helicopter. Hidden in tropical jungle, the Resort Rooms have their own private covered veranda with garden views and are within easy reach of all the main facilities. Our favourite, however, are the Beachfront Villas and Bures with private plunge pool, day bed and direct access to the white sand beach.
Leisure activities and cultural excursions abound on Matamanoa; from a game of tennis or coconut bowling, to swimming in the infinity pool and snorkelling in the Pacific. If you’re an avid diver, you may see Manta Rays, Marlin, Barracuda, reef sharks and turtles, at Mamanuca Lagoon’s numerous dives sites; we particularly enjoyed the Namotu Wall, a stunning coral cay with great visibility and a wide array of multi-hued marine life. The resort also offers a good selection of day trips. Monuriki Island, made famous by Tom Hanks in Castaway, is a short boat ride away from Matamanoa; during a visit, you can see the set locations as well as searching for the rare Fiji Crested Iguana, which is only found on two other islands in the world.
Nausori International Airport (Suva)
18 - 21 hours, one refuelling stop
GMT + 11 hours
Visa required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever Vaccination certificate required if arriving from an endemic area
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
May to October is Fiji's dry season when the weather is pleasant and temperatures are milder. November to April is considered the wet season, with very occasional cyclones. Fiji has an average temperature of 25 degrees.
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