Malolo Island Resort is found on the island of the same name. This part of the island has a picturesque beachfront, strong winds and colourful sunsets, which gives the island its name, ‘island of the resting sun’. As you step of the boat, seaplane or helicopter, you will be greeted with a traditional Fijian welcome song and a homemade shell necklace will be placed around your neck.
Outside there was space to relax on the verandah and hammock, or splash about in our stretch of ocean. The cottage felt remote and removed from the main facilities. Inside the bright white interiors, which have been designed by Victoria Wood, felt suitably natural and fresh. The King sized bed was luxuriously comfortable and the bathroom was in perfect working order with a set of Pure Fiji coconut toiletries.
There are several food options at Malolo. A buffet breakfast is on offer every morning at Terrace restaurant, including a make-your-own juice bar and a made-to-order egg station. Tasty snacks can be enjoyed for lunch at the Beach Bar, looking out to sea. My highlights included grilled peri-peri chicken, salt and pepper squid, and fresh seasonal salads. For evening meals there are two options to choose from, Terrace Restaurant, or the more formal, Treetops Restaurant. On my final night, I had a standout dinner at Treetops that included the finest grilled seafood platter and Tasmanian 40-day aged beef.
Primarily though, this hotel caters for families. The staff are excellent with younger guests and there are facilities for every age group. There are separate adult and kids pools and thoughtful daily activities. While the kids are learning Fijian traditions at the kids club, parents can indulge at Leilani’s spa. The massage beds are tucked away in rustic huts exposed to nature, so you can hear and smell the sounds of the island while you let the therapists sooth your muscles with Fijian coconut oil.
Every Saturday at sunset there are Management Drinks for all guests and staff, with local rum punch, Meke dance entertainment provided by the Cubi Island Dance Troupe, and a traditional Lovo feast (buffet of fish and meat, slow roasted while wrapped in banana leaves in an earth oven under hot rocks). This cooking style gave the meat and seafood a lovely, smoky flavour.
Many guests spend their whole holiday in the resort unwinding on the beach and enjoying the sea activities and watersports. But if you do want to experience something unique, the hotel are happy to arrange special island hopping trips and visits to see more of the Fijian way of life. I experienced a humbling trip to the nearby village, Yaro, which is home to many members of the hotel staff. Here you can visit the junior school and join in with a lesson, buy jewellery and souvenirs from the local women, and take part in a ritualistic kava drinking ceremony.
Malolo Island Resort is close enough to the mainland to make it easily accessible for families and couples alike, but far enough removed to give guests a blissful desert island experience.
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