Nanuya Island Resort is nestled amongst tropical greenery. The surrounding beach has been raised and worked on manually, giving this resort a sense of altered reality. If you are looking for great facilities and a good meal as opposed to natural surroundings, this resort is for you.
Nanuya Lailai Island, Yasawa, Fiji
Rooms range from the Traditional Tree Top Bure to the Luxury Villa; There are four room categories in total. We stayed in a Deluxe Villa, which was the second cheapest option.
We resided in Nanuya for just 2 nights, which was probably right for us as this resort wasn’t my perfect match, though that’s not to say it wouldn’t be for you.
The Deluxe Villa felt slightly closed off compared to others we stayed in. Though the actual circumference in question was likely the same, the bedroom and living room area were divided so it lacked the feeling of openness that we encountered in the other Fijian resorts we tried.
The room was nice and clean, with plenty of different seating areas. We also had a front porch, which we did use this time as space by the ‘beach’ was limited. There was functioning A/C and a safe within the villa. WiFi was only included at an additional cost.
I have to say the ‘outdoor’ bathroom was very disappointing in Nanuya. It was very basic and not very aesthetically pleasing, plus it wasn’t really outside it just had no roof.
Out of the 4 Fijian resorts we stayed in, Nanuya was the only one which didn’t enforce a set meal plan budgeting system. At first I thought this was a good thing, however, I will say that their menu prices are quite high – so this is definitely something for you to take into consideration before you book.
When we visited, there was also the option to eat at a pizza bar, however, this appears to no longer be an option on their website. The pizza bar was really isolated at the other end of the resort and it didn’t even really seem open when we were there – but was a nice cheaper option to have. We also met the only other mid-twenty-year-old couple at this pizza bar!
We dined in the restaurant on the second evening and it was fabulous food, with an even better wine offering. It was relatively formal dining but there was still a good, buzzing atmosphere and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Despite the pricey restaurant, the breakfast buffet came at no extra cost when we stayed, which was a bonus. They now appear to have a breakfast menu, so I’m afraid I can’t advise on whether this is still the case!
The welcome party at Nanuya was amazing. We were provided with shell necklaces and clean, damp face towels upon arrival, as well as a refreshing fruit juice.
Other than arrivals and departures, we didn’t see many of the staff about the resort. Even during meal times, there wasn’t much of an opportunity to chat with them. Those that we did encounter were all polite, but not as fun and friendly as we had become accustomed to.
Beach Area: There is no pool at Nanuya Island resort. The beach has been raised using concrete and man-made rock formations, therefore it is not possible to paddle in the clear waters or lay on the sand near the resort. There are nice beach cabanas for you to relax in instead, spaced out atop of the raised edge. If you’re really desperate for the beach, you can wander down to the other end of the island but make sure you don’t wander barefoot!
Spa: As I had just had a massage in the previous Fijian resort we stayed in, I sadly didn’t sample the spa at Nanuya. Though their beachfront treatment room looked lovely!
Other: I think it’s important to note that there were no children staying at this resort when I did. If you are looking for a family-friendly holiday spot, I would recommend casting your net elsewhere.
Evening Entertainment: We participated in the ‘Kava Ceremony’ on our second evening. The ceremony is held just outside of the restaurant, in the area where new guests are welcomed. Overall, the ceremony was interesting and I’m glad that we got to experience one; They are pretty famous with Fijian locals and tourists alike. A word of warning: Kava certainly isn’t the most pleasant drink I’ve ever had!
Water Sports: The resort has an Aqua Centre offering gear for snorkelling, paddle boarding, scuba diving and kayaking.
Culture: Guided Island walks and cultural village tours are available to all guests.
Our stay in Nanuya Island Resort was relatively average, although in fairness this was in comparison to other resorts that we visited and adored. The natural elements such as the luscious greenery and clear blue waters are undoubtedly beautiful; Although, the unnatural elements somewhat detracted from that.
At the time that my partner and I visited, the pricing of Nanuya did not differ to other resorts we stayed in, but the attention to detail and feeling of ‘luxury’ did, therefore, we would not be inclined to return to this particular resort. However, that’s not to say that others might feel differently – the food really was great!