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Lomani Island Resort 4.0

Malolo Lailai Island, Mamanuca Islands, Fiji

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Pros

  • Adult-only resort with a gorgeous private beach and sunset views
  • Uncrowded freshwater pool with cabanas overlooking the ocean
  • Spacious, upscale rooms have patios, mini-fridges, and bathrobes 
  • Beachfront Bures have romantic outdoor showers
  • All-day poolside restaurant serving quality food
  • Free breakfast choice of cooked-to-order item or buffet spread
  • Free water sports, snorkeling excursions, and bike use
  • Spa, fitness center, and access to a golf course 
  • Live acoustic music and weekly cultural events
  • Free laundry service

Cons

  • Fee for Wi-Fi 
  • Spa and fitness center are cramped 
  • Only one restaurant on-site
  • Bicycles have seen better days

Bottom Line

While a majority of Fiji's hotels are extremely family-friendly, this four-pearl boutique is an adult-only property with just 24 rooms. The setting is certainly romantic, boasting a gorgeous stretch of beach alongside the turquoise water of Malolo Bay. Elegant and spacious rooms have ocean views from private patios, and are equipped with flat-screen TVs, DVD players, and iPod docks; some have canopy beds or private outdoor showers. The upscale, poolside restaurant and bar serves a free breakfast and there's live music every night. Most available activities are free, such as sailing, snorkeling, biking, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding. Travelers may want to check out the less expensive Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, which sees plenty of families but has an adult-only pool and well-reviewed spa.

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Adult-only property suited to couples seeking a peaceful getaway

A stark contrast from its family-friendly sister property Plantation Island, the vibe at the adult-only Lomani Island Resort is one of peaceful relaxation. Lomani is the word for Love in Fijian, and this is one of the few adult-only resorts in Fiji. Its beachfront setting with lots of tall palms and flowering frangipani and hibiscus plants certainly add to the quiet, romantic atmosphere. Lomani has a vast layout for its size, but it's easy to navigate with just one restaurant, one pool, and 24 rooms. 

Though the resort lacks the buzzing ambience of most Fiji properties, there are still ample land and water activities for guests to keep busy, plus live acoustic music and cultural entertainment at night. Lomani attracts couples of all ages, including many repeat guests.

Location

In the Mamanuca chain, guests can arrive by boat or private plane

Lomani Island Resort is located on the Malolo Lailai island in Fiji's Mamanuca chain, along with two other resorts -- one of which is sister property Plantation Island Resort. From Nadi International Airport, travelers need to take a 20-minute taxi ride to Port Denarau to catch one of four daily departures to the island on a high-speed catamaran. The trip takes just under an hour and lands at a jetty, so guests will not have to jump off onto the water and get their shoes wet. Guests arrive at Plantation and then are taken via golf cart to Lomani. 

Some guests choose to start their trip by staying at one of the large-scale (mostly chain) resorts on Denarau Island before ferrying to Malolo, or at the end of the trip before heading back to the airport. Plantation and Lomani also have a sister resort called Raffles Gateway right across the street from the airport.  

If looking to splurge, there's also a landing strip for private planes, which can be arranged through the resort. 

Rooms

All rooms except the Deluxe Suites come with private outdoor showers

The resort has 24 rooms that all include furnished outdoor patios or balconies facing the ocean, and decor that varies a bit between the three room types. The Beachfront Bures are in standalone units situated farthest from the resort hub, allowing for more privacy. These have the most modern and upscale decor, featuring custom mahogany furnishings such as platform beds and couches, wood-beam ceilings, Fijian bed runners, and a chic color palette of white, black, and gray. Their sliding glass doors lead to sundecks facing the beach, while in the rear are private outdoor showers. 

Deluxe Suites, on the other hand, are situated in a two-story building near the lobby with excellent ocean views, but they do not have outdoor showers. These units have a separate bedroom area with a canopy four-poster bed, light wood furniture, colorful frangipani artwork, and a large living room. Additionally, there are two Hibiscus Suites with an open layout facing the water, plus both indoor and outdoor showers.

All have king-size beds, flat-screen TVs, DVD players, iPod docks, tea- and coffee-making facilities, mini-fridges, and large bottles of water that are replaced daily. Indoor bathrooms are spacious and have walk-in showers, Pure Fiji toiletries, and wall-mounted hairdryers. Bathrobes and ironing facilities are also provided. 

Features

A private beach with sunset views, and free water sports and excursions

Certainly the highlight of the resort is the long stretch of white-sand beach dotted with picturesque palm trees, which enjoys prime positioning for lovely sunsets. The beach wraps around this entire end of Malolo Lailai, and the calm water is ideal for swimming or water sports such as kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling, Hobie Cat sailing, scuba diving, and windsurfing (some of these require a fee but most are free). Other excursions included in the rate are snorkel tours, fishing, a dolphin safari (once a week), village tour (once a week), island tours, cooking lessons, and Fijian cultural lessons. Bicycles are also free to use, though they are in need of replacing. 

The large freshwater swimming pool is a standout -- set between the beach and a manicured grounds -- with cushioned sun loungers and covered cabanas for shade. There are also a small indoor fitness center and a nine-hole golf course that's suitable for beginners. Lomani Spa has a mediocre indoor area offering wraps, facials, and nail treatments, though there's a lovely palapa next to the beach offering couples' massages. 

Cultural opportunities include a weekly Fiji Night and kava ceremony. There is a fee for Wi-Fi, but wash-and-fold laundry service is included in the rate. 

Food

One poolside restaurant with quality food

The poolside Flame Tree is Lomani’s only restaurant, and it has views of the sea and is considered the most romantic restaurant on the island. Breakfast is included in the rate and guests have the choice of a buffet or cooked-to-order dish. Flame Tree is open for lunch and dinner as well, serving well-reviewed Pacific Rim cuisine with fresh seafood and locally sourced ingredients -- some of which are from the resort's garden. The cocktail bar offers a varied selection of drinks, but it is located on the other side of the lobby, meaning drinks might take more time to get than expected. 

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