Viwa Island Resort4.0 out of 5.0
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Although our expectations were high, they paled into insignificance with the reality of Viwa. From the moment we arrived, welcomed by the beautiful voices and warm smiles of the amazing staff, Louise (one of the owners) and Akuila (manager), every perfect, magical minute on Viwa is a precious memory. After check in, we were escorted to our spacious bure and delighted in the thoughtful touches— delicious home baked cookies and charming arrangements of hibiscus flowers with the towels and toiletries. The bures have air conditioning as well as ceiling fans, a safe for valuables, tea/coffee making facilities, and a bar fridge stocked with water, soft drinks, beer, and some wine. The bathroom opens on to a small garden but very private, due to the pitch of the roof; however, being open, you have to be prepared for nightly visits from local geckos. How you spend your time is totally up to you. At the front of each bure is your own section of pristine beach with two loungers, a large thatched umbrella, and a hammock. Just perfect for relaxing in this tranquil paradise after snorkelling or swimming. If you’re feeling a little more energetic there are many free activities on offer each day—guided snorkelling, kayaking and hand line fishing tours, cooking and sulu tying demonstrations, basket weaving, history hikes and volleyball with the staff. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the local village and school, Made even more special by the warmth of the welcome and listening to the children singing, especially those in the kindergarten. A thoughtful touch on our return was a staff member offering refreshing glasses of cold water—also offered after every activity and brought around throughout the day while lazing on the beach. Not to be missed is a massage with lovely Maria. I enjoyed two of the best massages I’ve every experienced thanks to her expertise. The dining area is in the main bure, which overlooks the ocean and the food is fresh (where possible locally sourced), very good and you never leave the table feeling hungry. There are several choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and all are reasonably priced. As beautiful as Viwa Resort is, the welcoming, genuine, bula smiles and, generous, warm hearts of the staff are the reason Viwa is such a unique and magic place. Who could ever forget the sensational voices that entertained us each morning, throughout the day, and in the evening. The beautiful voices of the church choir and the entertainment on the Pacific and Kava nights were fantastic, and the crab race lots of fun. To the manager Akuila, who was always available for advice and help; Sera, Lave, Melea, Mere, Milly, and Virry, who took such care to make sure everything was perfect for us at breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Tevula and Kini, who made us look forward to returning to our bure to see the gorgeous displays of hibiscus flowers; Vata, whose informative comments on our trip to the village were interesting, and your enthusiastic and enjoyable performances, and activities made my birthday celebration so memorable; Iliesa it was such an honour to be able to share our birthdays, your melodious voice and those of your group kept us entertained each evening (we love the CD); and the chefs, gardeners and all the other amazing staff that we hope to get to know properly next visit, Vinaka vaka levu! As well, thank you to owners Roy, Louise and Sheung, you go out of your way to make sure that all your guests feel welcomed and relaxed so that they can have the best possible holiday. Also important is that, unlike many of the large resorts on the mainland where the natural tendencies of the Fijians is tempered to meet so-called European expectations, you foster the real Fijian culture which is so much appreciated and valued by your guests. The only downside to Viwa was having to say goodbye. We were both very emotional when farewelled with Isa Lei. While all of the above is true, I struggled to find the right words to convey the absolute magic of Viwa, then realised that they are just words and words will never adequately express what is Viwa, its very essence gets under your skin and captures, a forever to remain, part of your heart. Vinaka vaka levu until we see you again (planning on May 2018 and Roy we’d love to see you welcome us wearing a kilt).
This was our first visit to Fiji and we spend 8 glorious days at Viwa Island Resort, to celebrate my 50th birthday. What can I say.... the experience exceeded our expectations in every single way. We have travelled to places like the Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles and Zanzibar many times before and did not really know what to expect in Fiji. But honestly... it was one of the very best beach holidays ever! We took the ferry from Denarau to the Yasawas, because we wanted to see a bit more of the islands, which was a great decision. After 2,5 hours we changed to the smaller boat that took us to Viwa Island. As we approached the island we saw the white sandy beaches and we passed the small village, before reaching paradise. The staff welcomed us on the beach with a song, followed by a swift check-in by Onnie and before we knew it we were in our bure. Here a soothing foot massage by Maria and Sai awaited us. The bure was very comfortable and spacious, offering a large veranda with comfy lounge chairs and a view of the beach and 50 shades of blue of the Pacific Ocean. We decided to switch off the AC and open all the louvre windows for the rest of the stay, which was perfectly comfortable. The sandy white beach at Viwa was just perfect... in front of our bure we had our own beach loungers, beach towels, hammock and shady umbrella. Immediately in front of the lodge is some of the best snorkelling, but we also joined each of the guided snorkelling excursions to various reefs around the island. The visibility was excellent, in some places up to 40 meters or so. We saw lots of turtles, beautiful colorful corals, huge clams, rays, moray eels, pufferfish and much more. Compared to the other places in the Indian Ocean the coral around Fiji was very colorful. We also went deepsea fishing one morning, something that I wanted to do for a long time. We spend 4 hours at sea and (after a bit of struggle) I managed to catch my first yellow fin tuna (17kgs). Bucketlist... check! It made for some wonderful fresh sashimi for all guests that evening. Perfect! Don't miss a visit to the nearby village, which is home to many of the fabulous staff of Viwa Island Resort. The team at Viwa Island Resort surprised me with a big cake for my birthday, following by lots of singing and dancing and a wonderful, romantic and unforgettable beach dinner. Speaking of food... it was delicious. We did not have a single meal during those 8 nights that we did not like. Breakfast, lunch, dinner... all meals were perfect for us. What impressed us most of all however was the staff at the resort. All of them (and yes.. I mean ALL of them) were so friendly and welcoming and fun. The service was warm and generous. From the staff in the restaurant to the bar ladies, the massage ladies, Vata and of course Sheung. You all made our stay truly unforgettable and we will definitely be back, despite the fact that it is a 30 hour journey from our home on the other side of the planet. It is worth it. Highly recommendable. Vinaka!!
We just finished a 5 night stay at Viwa Island Resorts and have never felt so relaxed or well taken care of. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. Everyone is smiling and always offering to help. The excursions are informative, safe, and very worthwhile. The guided snorkel excursion, in particular, was outstanding. The guide showed us amazing coral, fish, and a sea turtle! Back at the actual resort, everything is top notch. The bures are luxuriously fitted and have great amenities for such a remote island. Roy showed us around to see the solar farm and explain how they are able to provide such a quality experience while keeping an eye on conservationism. The beach and surrounding reef are amazing; the sand is soft, the water is warm, and the fish are plentiful. The views of distant islands and waves crashing off of the outer reef only increase the natural beauty. Sheung and Roy are always happy to talk to all of the guests and share interesting stories and details about the resort, scuba diving, the reef, and even their own personal journeys. The rest of the staff were equally welcoming and kind. Talking about rugby, daily life, or about home was a daily occurrence and always enjoyable. The way the staff take care of their guests is astounding and will make you feel nothing but happy. We cannot say enough positive things about this wonderful resort and the great staff/owners.
My wife and I stayed 10 days in August / September at this wonderful place, a place as close to paradise one can come. A fantastic resort on a stunning island with a fantastic beach where we got the feeling of having a totally own beach for ourselves. All staff really did everything in order to make the stay a memory for life in a professional and very friendly manner. For those who want to get to a quiet place in paradise with the opportunity to scuba diving and snorkeling .. do not hesitate! We chose to fly in to Viwa Island with Turtle Airways seaplane .. a wonderful experience just that! Thanks to Sheung and all the wonderful staff!
Our stay at Viwa Island Resort was the most memorable of our honeymoon in Fiji. The resort was idyllic and the staff were so friendly and attentive. We stayed at more luxurious resorts in Fiji, but none came close to Viwa, simply because of the first class service!
We have just returned home from five days on Viwa and never have I been sadder to leave a destination as I was when hopping on our seaplane to return to the mainland!! I was a little nervous arriving on Viwa as I had booked our five day stay for our group of six solely on photo's and trip advisor reviews and hoped that it was as good as it looked, and boy oh boy it most certainly was and more. We crossed paths with Roy and Louise, two of the owners, as we disembarked from the seaplane and were then greeted by Sheung, the other owner and the Viwa welcome crew as we hit the beach. Check in with Aquila the manager, was made delicious with a cold and delicious mocktail and before we knew it we were escorted to our rooms and treated to a fabulous foot massage by the lovely Maria which was blissful after a day of travel. The rooms are very spacious and feature shutters and fans for those who prefer natural air conditioning and an extremely effective air conditioning unit for those who prefer the electric variety. There is plenty of storage, a fridge and comfy seating indoors as well as seating and footstools on the deck. The bathroom is semi open to the elements so do be aware that bugs do enter the bathroom particularly at night. I'm not a fan of anything with more than four legs but any visits of the insect variety were taken care of by my Hubby and I only screamed once at a surprise visitor who was just as shocked as I was! Each bure has its own sunshade and loungers on the beach and a hammock in the palms so you can relax in comfort. The beach is out of this world.....soft, white sand, stunning, warm, crystal clear waters, with snorkelling opportunities in the shallows. There are snorkelling tours each day for those who prefer deeper waters and plenty of fish to see in both depths! We did a deep sea fishing trip and were rewarded with yellow fin tuna and very nearly a marlin who managed to get away on us after an exciting fight....we will get it next year when its bigger!! The trip was great value for money and Sheung organised a fantastic fruit platter and cracker plate to keep us going until we got back for breakfast. Siva and Josh worked really hard to put us on the fish and we were not disappointed. There are plenty of free activities on offer each day to keep you occupied when you've had enough of swimming, snorkelling and lounging in the sun. We enjoyed the church service on Sunday and two of our group really enjoyed a bush hike to one of the villages on the island. The basket weaving demo was hilarious and poor Vata who is Mr Activites himself did brilliantly putting up with our antics. The cooking demo and sulu tying demo were great too. We thoroughly enjoyed the food on offer and have been surprised at some of the comments stating it was expensive....those people have obviously never eaten at a resort in Denerau. It was well priced, well presented, delicious and largely locally sourced. Our yellow fin was served up fresh as Sushimi on the day we caught it and we had it for lunch the next day as well. All meals were decent sizes too and the ladies in our group usually ordered our entrees as mains each night...mainly to save room for dessert which were always delicious. Bar prices were cheaper than at any of the resorts in Denerau and there was a great selection of beers, wines and spirits and a great cocktail menu. The biggest attraction of Viwa for us though, were the beautiful people who look after you day and night. The wonderful Sera, Virry, Melea and Milly made our dining a fabulous experience everyday and leaving them to come home was so hard. Onny who works at reception was so lovely and then there are the wonderful crew of engineers, gardeners and housekeepers who were also outstanding performers and singers and made the start of the day and happy hour each night so joyful with their songs. And then there was Vata....Mr Activity Man himself....think the energiser bunny and you come close to Vata with his energy, charm and performance...he touched our hearts and had us laughing until we cried all day every day. We were also lucky to spend plenty of time with the wonderful Sheung and we were touched to see her face glowing each day with pride for her staff. So if you haven't fallen asleep reading this novel of a review here is my advise to make Viwa a holiday of a life time.... 1. Keep smiling 2. Go to breakfast early and enjoy the staff singing 3. Go to happy hour and enjoy the staff singing 4. Stay after dinner and enjoy the nights activities....we had a blast each and every night. 5. Make it a point to visit the village and partake in the Fijian culture. 6. Look up at the sky at night and watch the stars...the show is breathtaking. 7. Relax...you are on island time 8. If you have a problem then refer to 1. And keep smiling. Congratulations to Sheung, Roy and Louise on owning a wonderful piece of paradise that we are already planning our next visit to. See you all again in 2018. ShellBell, Charley, Kath, Craigie Boy, Shirley and Kev xx
Viwa Island, we love you! This place is paradise; the staff are perfection, the resort accommodation and infrastructure high quality, whilst beautifully in keeping with the magnificent natural environment and surrounds. We stayed 9 days in early October, celebrating a wedding anniversary and couldn't have asked for anything more!! The whole place is so peaceful, so beautiful, with such choice of things to do each day (if you're someone who likes to do more than laze around, soaking up paradise...). There's an impressive range of food and drinks on offer, with something to suit everyone. The quiet, friendly, "Fiji time" vibe of this place, coupled with the breathtaking natural scenery (of land and seascapes), the hauntingly devine voices of the staff choir and band serenading guests daily, and the delightfully friendly and attentive staff (all Viwa local islanders, who live in the small village on the island) along with brilliantly personable Scottish expat resort owners...we have missed Viwa Island every minute of everyday since we left, and will be counting down every minute of every day until we return!! In the meantime I have no doubt Viwa Island will see some of our family and friends visit - as we have not stopped raving about it since our arrival back in Aus. So, a big Vinaka baka la Liu (spellcheck???) to Roy, Lou, Aquila, Vata, Sera, Roni and the entire Viwa Island family!! ❤️❤️ for Viwa - etched permanently in our hearts, until we see you again, stay Viwa!! Fiona and Jon xoxo
My husband and I recently stayed at Viwa for 4 nights during our honeymoon. Originally we were supposed to stay for 5 nights but ended up leaving early. I’ll start with the positives: 1. Ferry and boat transfer to the island were great. It was a 45 minute ride to the island from where the ferry dropped us off. We were lucky and it was a pretty smooth ride. I could see it being an issue for some people if the sea was rough. If you get sick on a boat, then take the seaplane. We took the seaplane out when we left and it was awesome. We were glad that we did both. 2. When we arrived to the island, the water was breathtaking. We had been anxiously awaiting this part of our trip and it was more beautiful than pictures that I had scene. Whenever we travel, I do like to go to more remote areas and stay in more boutique hotels and this resort fit that. We arrived on Fiji Day and all of the kids and other locals from the villages were having a celebration at Viwa which was nice to see. Our orientation and check in process was very quick and efficient. After we checked into our room, we had a quick foot massage and then went for lunch. They also had decorated our room with fresh flowers and had fruit and chilled champagne out for us since it was our honeymoon. Everything seemed perfect and we were so excited and glad we had picked Viwa. 3. All of the staff were amazing and by far the best thing about Viwa. It was some of the best service we had received. When we arrived, they greeted us by song and then shook our hands and greeted us. When you were finished paddle boarding or kayaking they walked up to you on the shore with a cup of water, they brought me a lounge chair when they saw me sitting on my towel on the pool deck. They greeted you by your name. The band was also great. They played a wide variety of music versus playing the same Fijian songs over and over. They also offered to learn a song my husband had asked them to play that they didn’t know which was a really nice offer. 4. We opted for the picnic lunch on a private beach. They dropped us off on a beach at a neighboring island for 5-6 hours. When we arrived, they had already setup a table and chairs and blanket under a canopy thing they had built. They had also laid out two magazines on the blanket which was a nice touch. They had also brought a kayak over for us to use for the day. They really had an awesome setup for this. We did a private beach picnic at our previous resort and the details they did at Viwa exceeded our expectations. I do have to say though, that it was pricey for not including any wine or extra food like cheese and crackers or fruit. It did apparently include lunch even though we opted for their meal plan so at the end of the stay they told us they took us off the meal plan for the days we did the excursions since it included food. I’d recommend lowering the cost for guests that are on the meal plan because it didn’t include anything extra or include a bottle of wine. The cost for this excursion at Viwa was more than 4 times as expensive as it was at the previous resort we stayed at. 5. We also did the Waya Island day trip. Our guide Vata (forgot how to spell his name) was wonderful. The entire time we were at Viwa, he really went above and beyond and was always smiling. He did inform us that he had not done this trip since before cyclone Winston which explained why none of the staff seemed to know about this trip, why the village seemed surprised to see us and why the other owner when asked didn’t know much about this excursion. We walked around the village for a bit while our Viwa Guide tried to find us a guide to bring on the hike because it had been so long since he had been there and wasn’t sure where to go. All the older boys were at a tournament so we ended up having Millie, a 9 year old girl, as our guide. The hike was nice. We ended up hiking up to a cave where the entire village stayed during Winston so that was neat to see. I'm still not sure where the waterfall would have been if it was rainy season. Vata also climbed up a tree and got us some coconuts that he cut open for us which was a very nice touch. Millie was also the cutest, sweetest and youngest guide we have ever had. : ) 6. My husband went deep sea fishing one afternoon and while they didn’t catch anything, he said he had a great time. 7. Meal plan and drinks were priced reasonably. They had a happy hour every day which was nice. Below are some of the issues we experienced and ultimately why we decided to leave early. 1. The rooms were standard; I would not call them deluxe. The one we were in could have definitely used a good deep clean. The closet and outside boards to the closet were dirty and dusty, the baseboards around the whole room had a layer of dust/dirt and could have used a nice wipe down. Our sheets had stains on them including what appeared to be blood stains. The towels were old and worn. The bathroom was all outdoors which this was our biggest complaint about the accommodations. It was not one of those beautiful outdoor bathrooms that I had seen advertised for some other resorts, it was super basic and could have used an upgrade given the price tag for the resort. During the day, it was fine, but unless you enjoy showering, brushing your teeth and going to the bathroom with cockroaches, beetles, spiders, ants, moths and lizards accompanying you at night, then I would highly recommend not staying here. After our first night, I advised that we wanted to change resorts as this was not what we were expecting. The first manager I spoke with implied that we could receive a refund. However, when we spoke to the owner, she told us we would not receive a penny back. We opted to stay because we paid almost $400 USD a night for this place and could not just waste away the money we spent and spend that again for another place. I would have expected it to be nicer and for them to work with us on the refund. They did try to help with the bugs, by giving us some spray and spraying when they cleaned in the afternoon and when they did turndown service. The room was a good size and there was a fridge so that was nice. 2. The food for the most part tasted good and was presented nicely, but this was ultimately why we left early and are so glad we did. Along with the bug issue, my stomach was extremely upset the first night from what I assumed was the food. We had already been in Fiji for 6 nights and had no issues. We have also traveled around the world and luckily have never experienced issues like this. After almost every meal, it was instant. The same thing started happening to my husband on the second day. I don't want to provide details, but it was not pleasant. It occurred the entire time we were at Viwa. At first we thought maybe they were cooking with too much butter and we weren’t used to it so we started asking for no butter or light butter. It never seemed like that request was fulfilled. We went through more pepto than anyone should have to go through especially on their hooneymoon. We were disappointed we didn't have anything stronger. After not eating there for 24 hours, everything was back to normal. I also had hair in my food twice. The staff in the kitchen did not look like they had hair nets on (first resort we were at, everyone in the kitchen wore hair nets). 3. We were disappointed that originally we were told via email that there was a hike to a waterfall, which I was surprised there was a waterfall because I thought it was dryer in the Yasawa region, but was excited that we were going to be able to another waterfall hike. Upon arrival, the owner informed us the waterfall was dry. I’m not sure why it was advertised as a waterfall hike, since she knew the dates we were looking at come and from the sounds of it after doing the tour, the waterfall has been dry for a while. Also, no other guests seemed to know about the Waya Island trip or the Private Beach Picnic or snorkeling with Manta Rays. I’m not sure why none of these things are advertised to other hotel guests. They had the same basic itinerary every day, except swapping out stuff like basket weaving with a coconut demo or village visit. The excursions were also very expensive. Overall the scenery and the staff are wonderful. I really cannot stress how amazing the staff is. The owner Roy and his were wife were also very nice. We did not want to write a negative review, but want other travelers to know about our experience at this resort as I use TripAdvisor a lot when booking vacations and depend on the reviews. Overall we made the best of it and still had a very nice time. However, we would not return and would not recommend this resort to our friends, given the food issues and accommodations as we would have not expected that given the price tag.
We loved our visit to Viwa Island. The staff and the activities were outstanding. We loved the beautiful beach. The snorkeling was amazing. we saw so many different types of fish. We felt that the food was a bit expensive for what it was. Besides that, it was great.
This is our second visit to the paradise of Viwa...and we don't often go to the same location twice !! Fantastic location, wonderful hosts, spectacular diving. This resort is one of the last 'true' slices of Fiji hospitality. The island is heavily involved with the resort, as it should be, so you really get the true taste of how lovely the Fijian people are. Smiles and bula's everywhere. The 11 villa's are spectacular - without being 'too' hotel room like. Go there - you will not be disappointed !
- Free cooked-to-order breakfast
- Free WiFi in public areas
- Onsite dining
- Outdoor pool
Viwa Island Resort is within the region of Naukacuvu Beach and Manta Ray Beach. This 11-room, 4-star resort has free breakfast and a restaurant, along with an outdoor pool. It's on the beach and also within the region of Sunrise Beach and Sunset Beach.
Start your day off right with a free cooked-to-order breakfast, served each morning from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or have a drink at the bar/lounge.
The 11 air-conditioned accommodations feature furnished balconies and afford space to spread out with sitting areas. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, free toiletries, and bathrobes. Refrigerators, minibars, and electric kettles are other standard amenities.
Guests of Viwa Island Resort enjoy features like an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and a library. Helpful staff can provide tour or ticket assistance and luggage storage. Other amenities at this adults-only resort include a terrace, laundry facilities, and a garden.
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81% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 180 reviews