Our second leg of the family trip to Fiji and… we kind of feel like we hit the jackpot with Malolo Island Resort. We couldn’t have wished for a more enjoyable, relaxing holiday! Here is what we are talking about:
While we were not sure how the pricing compared with other resorts (originally we were booked elsewhere and our travel agent had to change our resort booking due to Cyclone Winston), we had the full food package at Malolo Island, which meant the kids ate free. Drinks (and the seafood platter) were at an extra cost, but were pretty good value. Prices were comparable to what you’d pay in Australia – but the staff and services were outstanding, and added value to the whole experience.
The island regular…
The thing about Malolo Island that made it a standout for us was the attentiveness and friendliness of all the staff. They basically adopted our boys and nothing was too much trouble. Rooms were thoroughly cleaned each day, with a return visit in the evening for turn down service. The in house laundering was extremely cheap: nine pieces of clothing for FJD$16.
The kid’s club – called Tai’s Treehouse – was, in one word, awesome. My eldest child often spent the afternoon and the evening after dinner at the club… and loved every minute of it. There were a wide variety of activities (many activities and excursions to other islands and villages) and the carers were all amazing with the kids. We felt very comfortable about the whole experience.
The food was quite good – a few outstanding meals, but overall they were of great quality, typical of what you’d expect at a four star resort. Full buffet breakfasts, an al a carte lunch and dinner, three different places to eat with two different menus for lunch and dinner, along with some special buffets on particular nights. The kids were well catered for – a seperate buffet for them to eat in the evening, and then off to Tai’s Treehouse so we could have some rare adult time together over our dinner.
The pool is divided into an adult’s section and a kid’s section, with the adult pool including a swim-up bar and plenty of lounges to laze on. There is some shade cloth over the kid’s pool area, but it’s basically in the sun all day, so the water gets pretty warm pretty quickly. The ocean was only a few seconds walk from our bure (room), and it was flat, clear water, with coral only 10 or so metres from the beach (as well as great snorkelling!), and fish everywhere colouring the water.
Our bure was terrific – much needed air conditioning for warm days, great water pressure in the shower, nicely comfortable beds. Our room was a little too far the the main amenities of the resort (such as the beach front bar), even though we were only five metres from the beach.
Our trip to Fiji far exceeded our expectations. For a relaxing, enjoyable holiday, I highly recommend Malolo Island Resort.
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Hotel review by: Robert Dessanti.