Daku Resort3.0 out of 5.0
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We have been home a week now in chilly North Island, Bay of Plenty , New Zealand and the warmth of Fiji and Daku resort is still present. The ambiance of the resort was wonderful, the staff happy, smiling and helpful. Our fellow guests an eclectic and interesting bunch that lent a completely different flavour to our holiday. The beach and water immediately opposite the resort was disappointing but the snorkel trip we did with George from Daku was wonderful, crystal clear warm waters with an abundance of fish and coral. Car hire was reasonable and we were able to explore a little of this fairly big island and found treasures along the coast. The town of Savusavu was a $4 taxi ride away and the dining out was a mixed and varied experience. Ocean front villa No.1 is in need of some attention to the rather tired interior, however, the layout works well and the bedlinen and towels were spotless. Daku owners JJ and Delia were great fun and we thoroughly enjoyed their helpful hospitality and warm hearts.
The owner & staff went out of their way to look after me and make me feel at home. I felt as though I was surrounded by close friends. The bar area has a very relaxed vibe. Daku was a highlight of my trip.
Smiling Savusavu! We can't imagine a better way to experience the heart of Fiji. We knew our time in Fiji would be special for relaxing, beach time and SCUBA diving, but we didn't realize how truly special Daku Resort would be. It goes beyond the delicious meals, quality massages and personal access to local guides/activities. Daku's staff will snatch your heart if you're not careful! Seriously, they're lovely, kind, and genuinely focused on guests having a great experience in Savusavu. Also, Daku seems to attract very interesting guests! We enjoyed being able to join others for dinner and lively conversations (although a romantic table for two was always an option). We met watercolor artists, peace corps volunteers, yoga enthusiasts, and of course, scuba divers. Daku staff helped us schedule dives with several dive companies, so we had 16 quality dives! Also enjoyed local excursions, villages, shopping and snorkeling. Bonus for us: JJ and Delia are hilarious! Funny, smart and great hosts. We know we would have had a wonderful holiday even if they weren't there, but we're very happy the timing worked to enjoy their company. Bula and Vanaka to the wonderful Daku staff who blessed us with their smiles and gracious service, especially Peggy, George, Aubrey, Wilma, Anna, Joshika, Maraia and Ramen. Apologies to any if I forgot names. As much as we love to travel to new places, Daku is one we'd return to again in a heartbeat. Although it was just Tom and I, we could easily see how perfect this resort would be to book for a group of family, friends or a workshop.
For once we didn’t use Trip Advisor. Several friends gave Daku such a strong recommendation we didn’t even bother to look elsewhere. Trusting this advice we didn’t know what to expect. The first surprise was to find the owner at the airport welcoming a returning group. He found us even though we hadn’t communicated our arrival on the early morning flight. We’d planned on finding our own way there and just leaving our belongings while went somewhere for breakfast. Instead we were able to enjoy breakfast in the resort while waiting for our room to be ready. Daku’s location is stunning, overlooking the wide expanse of Savusavu bay and backed by the steep slopes covered by trees and vine covered rocky outcrops. A walking path winding up the slopes provides serious exercise and views that can be taken in while pausing to rest on the way. It passes beneath huge raintree canopies at some points and then breaks out at different points to the most spectacular views of the bay. Bird life is abundant and tuneful. The villas and bures offer a range of different forms of accommodation. We had one bedroom of a villa, as all the other smaller ‘bures’ were occupied. It was spacious, with high ceilings and both AC and fan. There are no TVs (but there isn’t much to watch on TV in Fiji and who goes to place as beautiful as Savusavu to watch TV?). The owners, a British couple, JJ and Delia, are the lifeblood of the place. They love their resort and the gentle pace of life in Savusavu. The staff reflect this love and all are friendly and helpful in a way that no large resort could ever hope to achieve with the fanciest of training programs. Dinner is a group event for those that choose it. The menu changes from day to day and after trying it the first night we didn’t even consider any other option. Good wine at a reasonable price is always hard to find in Fiji where the tax regime favours locally produced beer and spirits. I have ordered many bottles in Fiji only to regret it and vow never to be tempted again. Somehow JJ did it, with a selection of reasonably-priced, good quality wines. And the company was marvelous. Some were part of a group, other just couples like us, or families. We will go back. We only had a few days available this time, but we will be back. Daku is really something quite special.
This is our second visit to Daku Resort and we loved it just as much as before. Our hosts were friendly and gracious and the staff delightful. If you are looking for a no stress getaway from the world - this is your piece of paradise. A little piece of authentic Fiji, rare to find in today's hectic world. Wifi is free, laundry cheep and prompt and the ocean is at your doorstep. There are always interesting guests to talk to. But most of all they make you feel like you are truly a part of their Fijian Family. Five stars once again.
Daku is delightful gem that cheekily glints from the hidden treasure trove that is Savusavu. I wanted to wind down, recharge and gain a sense of what is "real" Fiji. I was not looking for a luxury resort. I did not wish for multi media devices with the bells and whistles on in my room. However I did get to shower with the sun or moon under a giant coconut palm in the complete privacy of my bure (no.6) whenever I chose. The housekeeping staff kept my room spotless and linen fresh. There was a small bar fridge, tea and coffee facilities, air con, ceiling fan and comfortable double bed in addition to a single bed in my bure. I loved my little verandah with sea glimpses dearly. I also loved the relaxed charm of the Fijian staff at Daku; nothing was too ever too much trouble. They have graciously mastered the balance of attentiveness without being too in your face! I took real pleasure in the fresh, uncomplicated and delicious local cuisine served in the casual poolside dining area. Ample portions often peppered quite liberally with host JJ's spicy anecdotes. My impression of Daku was enhanced by feeling it was a part of the community of Savusavu, an intimate resort that was part of the local fabric, and not a corporate outpost for foreign tourists plonked where it could be anywhere as long as it was hot. Spectacular sunsets from the yoga platform are worth the trip alone. Snorkeling is accessible by crossing the road and quite magical. I would readily recommend Daku to anyone who desires a warm and relaxed holiday from a resort with a warm and relaxed outlook :0)
Love the friendly, amazing staff, George, Peggy, Anna's food, Dehlia and JJ's care and the down-to-earth luxury. Just the right mixture for us. Will definitely go there again when I want to relax in a friendly environment in a lovely spot.
We loved the staff, the view and the evenings food. We ate most days at Daku and had amazing food from local fish & crayfish, to a curry night and requested Fijian night. Each night we started with yummy soups or a salad with sorbet in between and then a delicious dessert to end. After getting the time for meals wrong the 1st day, every other day we were served our meals at the exact time they were meant to be. The kitchen needed to know by 4pm every day if you were eating at the resort for the evening. If you weren't that organised town is a $4 short cab ride away. Surf & Turf was our favourite in town along with Graces Kitchen for coffee and sandwiches. The #3 villa we had had 2 bedrooms and bathrooms. We had an air conditioning unit in our bedrooms but in July all we used and needed was the fan over the bed at night time and during the day opening all the doors onto the decking kept us cool enough. The bed was really comfortable. The shower pressure was good. We had lovely friendly housekeepers making our bed, changing towels, doing dishes and sweeping the floor every day. Villa 3 was nearly at one end of the resort. Both 3 & 4 villas are up high with an amazing view from the decking where we had an outside table & seats and 4 lounge chairs to admire the view with a small pool. The down side to these villas is the 70 steps to get up to them. It rained while we were there and they unfortunately got very slippery. Don't stay in these villas if walking up & down steps is an issue. Not ideal if you have small children either as the decking drops down over the edge of a cliff face so wouldn't be fun keeping an eye on them constantly. In regards to the Wifi at the resort the router nearest our villa needed a new spare part. It took a few days to get fixed. Its Fiji so I didn't expect too much to be honest. Occasionally when the wifi would go down it helped if you asked the front house staff to reset the system. I can't say enough about the friendly and helpful staff. When my husband was sick they offered to go into town to get him some gatorade and then brought my lunch out to our villa so I didn't have to leave. They were always very helpful with advise and information when needed. The massage I had was great. We watched the staff deal with difficult guests and situations that needed extra attention and they dealt with them as best as can be expected. We loved their sense of humour and happy faces. The resort isn't the newest on the island but is value for money, clean and tidy with great people.
I really wanted to love this place. Heck, I booked it against my better judgment and cancelled a few other reservations at other resorts before settling on this place. The good: The staff are wonderful, especially the 2 managers. They really care about you and are there to help. They will go to bat for you if need be. We felt very cared for and looked after. SOME of the accommodations are a good value. The bad: Food is pretty much what they have on hand. The group dinner was ok but not a good value. If you don't order by a certain time you can't get access to even the meager offerings they stock and are on your own. The wifi was theoretically free and available but really only accessible from the bar. There's no tv and no in room phone which is fine if you're healthy and have no issues but if you're sick is a huge problem. Staff is hard to find after 8pm. Also fine if everything is fine and a huge problem if not. And here's the big one: Apparently some of the villas are privately owned and the resort has no authority to make repairs or improvements on these units. We got a crumbling, ill maintained villa with a moldy fridge, tons of bugs, weird wiring, dirty walls from insects (so nice when you walk into a bathroom for the first time exhausted from travel and the insects scatter when you turn on the light), a health hazard of a plunge pool (we couldn't even see the bottom and it had very yucky tiles. Gross. We were afraid to use it) , shower doors that won't close and a caving, rusty kitchen items, and a completely uncomfortable mattress which was also very small. Be warned that the ceilings are totally open as well so there's little privacy in your 2 bed, 2 bath villa and the "air conditioning" is really a swamp cooler in the main room so the bedrooms aren't very cool. HOWEVER there are also much nicer, better maintained offerings at this resort so I'd be SURE to check out your room first and alert staff if it's unacceptable, as they are very nice and accommodating.
We spent a week at Daku and loved every minute. From the accommodating and pleasant staff to the gorgeous view of the water to kayaking, swimming, and dining (both at the resort and in town) it was a wonderful stay - and affordable, too!
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
- Free airport shuttle
Located within a mile (2 km) of Copra Shed Marina, Daku Resort is within 2 miles (3 km) of Savusavu Farmers' Market. This 3-star resort has 19 guestrooms and offers conveniences like a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. Waisali Rainforest Reserve is 20.1 mi (32.3 km) from the resort, which is in the mountains.
You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge or visit the onsite restaurant for a bite to eat. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service. For your convenience, a continental breakfast is served each morning for a fee.
The 19 individually furnished accommodations feature balconies and afford space to spread out with sitting areas. Guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Other standard amenities include refrigerators, coffee makers, and ceiling fans.
At Daku Resort, guests have access to an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and conference space. You can take advantage of free parking, along with a free airport shuttle at scheduled times. Front-desk staff can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach resort include a library, a terrace, and laundry facilities.
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94% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 671 reviews