Lomani Resort, Malolo Lailai Island, Part 10

Jul 11, 2013 Avatar Florence Brethome Florence Brethome

After our visits in Denarau, we hopped a late-afternoon ferry out to the island resort of Lomani, in the Mamanuca Islands, 10 miles from Nadi, and 50 minutes by boat or 10 minutes by seaplane.

Lomani means “love” in Fijian, and I loved this 4-star, adults-only boutique resort. (The resort does not allow anyone under 16). There are only 26 accommodations here, and miles of white sand beaches and crystal clear lagoons.

The pool at Lomani is one of the best we saw in Fiji – large and deep, and surrounded by cabanas for couples to enjoy throughout the day. Throughout the property, couples can easily find a secluded table somewhere to have breakfast, lunch or dinner. While there’s no spa at the resort, there’s a lovely open-air massage buré set on the beach. All beachfront burés (16 of them) are brand new, very spacious, equipped with indoor/outdoor shower (but no bathtub). A/C throughout, king beds, sofa sleeper beds and TVs (only for movies).

Two other room categories will be upgraded soon, and are so spacious! Hibiscus and deluxe suites are apartment style, with a separate bedroom.

The open air bula truck is used to transport guests to the Plantation Resort next door, from where the ferry departs.

While the food at Lomani was average, (we were somewhat spoiled at the 5-star resorts), Lomani was the only resort we stayed at offering large portions, so one can have a satisfying meal buying only one dish. Most other resorts offer a European plan with 3-course meals of smaller portions.

The snorkeling at Lomani was great. The reef is just off shore, and you can simply walk into the water, swim a bit, and you’re viewing great sea life all around.

Lomani is a “Best Value” for honeymooners looking for something below a 5-star resort accommodation. I would also recommend the newly built oceanfront units.