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An amazing week at Navutu Stars
Here's our summary advice: If you're looking for a small, intimate resort that caters to couples and offers amazing service, friendliness, and an immaculate location; go to Navutu Stars!
We spent a week at Navutu Stars in mid-July and had the best vacation of our lives. The property has only 9 bures, ensuring a quiet and relaxing vacation. The staff comprises 25-30 people, so you can imagine the personalized service they are able to provide with a staff-to-guest ratio such as this. We knew not only the names, but also the personal details, of nearly all the staff members. We also got to know each of the other guests that was at Navutu at the same time as us.
The property itself was beautiful. It is quite new, opening just a year or two ago. And the bures are fantastic. They feature gorgeous 25-foot vaulted ceilings constructed from local woods. They are spacious and clean. Additionally, each bure featured two inside sitting areas, a day bed on the covered external porch (perfect for reading) and a waterfront hammock.
The food was consistently excellent, from simple items such as the continental breakfast to more complex Italian and seafood dishes. The small bar features most of the drinks you would want and has excellent nightly specials from the head barman, Noa.
Navutu offers multiple daily activities for guests, some for free and some for an additional charge. Some days we just lounged around the beach and other days we packed in the activities. We did 3 snorkeling trips, a short hike and medicine walk, a visit to a local village and other such activities. The trips are always well organized and lots of fun. Eddy and Sam are typically the gentlemen that shuttle you around by boat to other nearby islands or open-water snorkeling areas. And Saruvi was our guide for the hike/medicine walk and one of the snorkeling trips. All three were super friendly and knowledgeable about the local environment and the history of the Fiji Islands.
We can't recommend Navutu Stars highly enough. We are already looking forward to our next visit.
Navutu Stars - Bula Vinaka!
We have just come home to Sydney after eight wonderful days at Navutu Stars resort.
From start to finish the experience was a joy - lots of relaxing, warm welcoming people, gorgeous food, idyllic scenery and the best snorkelling we've ever seen.
The extremely accommodaing staff organise daily trips to nearby reefs, where one can experiene suberb snorkelling.
The water feels completely safe too. Other activities include village trips, local caves, island hopping, hiking, a spa treatment or a picnic on a secluded beach. It's up to you whether to join in these however - if lazing on your day bed reading a book is what you're after, it's your call.
The food is fantastic and the team turn out marvels from the kitchen day after day - a variety of either fresh seafood (we ate mackeral sushimi caught an hour previously) or Italian favourites. Some breakfast serenading of local songs by enthusiastic staff members with great voices was a wonderful way to start the day - and the Fijiian version of 'Waltzing Matilda' will stay with us for a long time to come!
There's also a wonderful swimming pool (blue lit at night) that looks out onto the ocean - lazing there with a book and a cocktail is a yummy way to indulge.
Bures are stylish and spacious, with their own hammock swinging beach side. Laying in a hammock at night under a swaying palm tree and a blanket of stars was just as big a treat as soaking up the day time sun.
Most impressive was the beautiful location, equalled by the friendliness, kindness and care that the staff took to ensure our stay was both relaxing and memorable. And though the resort is intimate with 9 bures - we also enjoyed meeting some great people from all over the world. If relaxing and recharging your batteries in a paradisical environment is what you're after, then this is for you....
10 out of 10 Navutu - thanks for everything, we'll be back!
My boyfriend and me just returned from the Paradise in Navutu.
We visited Navutu Stars as part of a trip whit New Zeland and Australia and Fiji. We visited many beautiful and special places in this trip but the beauty and frendliness of Navutu was not something we would have expeted. We felt so home but at the same time we really wished home was like that!!!! We arrived to Navutu in beautiful plane flight over the reef, we arrived at the resort during the low tide and Dan ( the most smiling and helpful man i have ever met!!) carried me to the bar as if i was a princess, beautiful garlands and a very tasty tropical cocktail was waiting for us toghether whit the staff of Navutu singing and greeting us and knowing our names from day 1. We stayed in one of the beachfront bures, beautiful, spacious and full of light we spent our days in front of Bure, sunbathing, drinking incredible mohitos, relaxing on the ammocks and admiring the colours of the lagoon.
Every morning we enjoyes snorkelling trips whit Seruvi, a certified coral gardened who looks after the reefs and fisches around Navutu.
It feels like being in an acquarious and we also saw turtles, and help Seruvi building an octopus house. Seruvi and Dan suggested everyday different activites but most of the time we choose just to relax on the beach or to have a chat by the bar whit Noa, a very tall barman so enthusiastic and happy that he made our drink ordering a really interesting experience (Grazie Noa!!! Forza Fiji!!!). The resort had also opened a very beautiful swimming pool and whit my boyfriend we had some very nice naps on the big beds under the pool terrace. I told you we felt very relaxed and at home at the Beautiful Navutu!!! We visited a similar proprety to Navutu after we stayed there and we really understood how special and ONLY Navutu is!!! We will deifnately be back very soon
Trip of a Lifetime, Montreal, Canada
Navutu Stars Resort was the vacation of a lifetime!
We just returned from a 13-day stay at Navutu and not a dull moment was to be had.
Thanks to Freddie, Magdelena, Giovanna and ALL their staff, we were able to kick back and enjoy every minute of our stay. Cannot say one bad thing about this place. It is simply heaven on earth. The bure, the sea (even at low-tide), snorkeling, fishing, trips to two villages (even little Daniel's Confirmation at Sunday Mass), the caves, sunsets, sunrises, the saltwater pool, the amazing food, the people, the music and the service, what more can I say...
Vina du riki to all of you for making my 50th gift, the best ever!! Navutu is etched in my memory forever !!
Honeymoon was Fabulous!
Navutu Stars was a real dream! We first went to Nanuya Island Resort then moved to Yaqeta Island. Upon arrival, we were greeted with lais and a group of the staff singing in harmony for just us! Our bed was adorned with a special honeymooner's heart of flowers! Navutu Stars pays attention to details! Another HUGE plus was the complimentary massage with my partner in the Spa Bure. The girls there were very sweet and gave excellent massages. Try the Coconut Scrub too!
The staff were friendly, and the grounds were immaculate. The Bures were huge and kept pristine daily. The food was the best we had the whole time we were in Fiji. If you are looking for privacy, this is the resort for you, as it is completely isolated from other resorts. But don't think you will get bored. The activity's director plans lots of daily outings (most for an extra price). Daily snorkelling to some of the most beautiful spots in the world for corals and fish.
Although the good definetely outweigh the bad at Navutu Stars, every place has room for improvement. There is NO late night life at Navutu. Dinner is at a SET time, and you cannot eat before or after the set times. After dinner, everyone heads to bed because there is nothing else to do, which makes for an early night. So unless you bring some friends with you, it's to bed early everynight! You also need to bring some BUG spray. Perhaps the resort should offer it complimentary, as the mosquitos were thick.
Be sure to go on a snorkelling trip, the coconut demonstration, and if you are there on a Sunday, go with Nikau to his church. Even if you are not religious, you will not want to miss this experience. The singing was just heavenly, and the people were just so kind.
Overall, I would highly suggest going to Navutu Stars for your honeymoon. We cannot wait to go back to the Yasawas! Check out Nanuya Island Resort. It is a great value for the money (if you can get a reservation!).
My wife and I spent three nights at Navutu Stars and found the whole experience wonderful. We stayed in Bure #6 which was spacious (with plenty of storage, a mini-fridge, CD player, and seating to lounge and relax), beautifully decorated as well as immaculate.
Navutu begins and ends your experience with a charming singing ceremony (with leis). Everyone knows your name and you feel like part of the Navutu family while there. Whether you want solitude, or to partake in the daily activities, the choice is yours. Activities include snorkeling trips, village visit (highly recommended as an educational experience and be prepared to be hot!), coconut and basket weaving demonstrations, a sunset hike, and more. Not to be overlooked is the food...we had breakfast in our Bure each morning, which was a special treat. Lunch and dinner are always varied and excellent. There is a fine selection of white and red wines, and the bar is always available for more exotic drinks. Although the food is not cheap, it is reasonably priced (for an island and resort of this quality) and it is delicious. Although we concentrated on the fish and lobster, the filet of beef was outstanding as well. From our hosts, 'Madalena and Freddy", to all the wonderful Fijian staff, and a special shout out to our snorkeling guide and Boat Captain Savuni , we were treated as if we were the only ones they had to take care of. In fact, for our last day and night...we WERE the only ones at the resort!
Finally, a note about the shore in front of the resort. Indeed, during low tide, the surf does go out quite a ways. Regardless, the views remain stunning, there is swimming available to the sides, and they have almost completed painting the new pool, if you really must jump into some water immediately. The low tide never impacted us during our stay, as we went snorkeling, on a village visit, or lounged around reading on the covered deck of our Bure. If you are looking for a quiet, relatively upscale, serene and beautiful place to relax and enjoy a little solitude or romance, we highly recommend Navutu Stars.
My husband and I chose Navutu Stars as our honeymoon destination and we had the most amazing time! It was a perfect day everyday.
The setting is just gorgeous. As you get off the boat on to the island, flowers and fresh juice greets you at the wonderful open-concept dining area which looks out into the ocean.
As the resort only accommodates up to 9 couples, this offered us a balance of privacy with opportunities to socialise. The villas are exotic traditional Fijian 'bure' with modern amenities. All villas are on the beach front with a hammock right on the beach. The view outside our villa was just beautiful.
Another thing which impressed us was the food. Italian gourmet cuisine. We had fresh lobster and tuna daily. It was so good, we looked forward to meal times!
The staff were so warm and friendly. Every single staff knew our names from the moment we arrived.
All in all, this resort is highly recommended.
Our trip to Navutu Stars was a surprise holiday for me, but I couldnt have asked/planned for anything better. We stayed for a total of 5 nights and right from our arrival we were struck by the beauty of the resort. The staff are so warm and welcoming. They truly made us feel relaxed and part of their family. The small things like all of the staff knowing your names before your arrival made all the difference.
The resort itself has a very Mediterranean meets South Pacific feel to it and is quite simply stunning to look at including the newly finished pool area. There is a hammock out the front of each of the bures that is a great place to escape to and read a book or just snooze. The activities we did included a trip to the limestone caves (a must) ,several snorkeling tours (including 1 trip when no-one else came so was just the 2 of us on our own private beach) and a visit to Dans' village where we bought some handmade Fijian artifacts.
Now onto our highlights.....The cocktails (made by the local bar man Noah) were delicious and plentiful in the evening!! You cannot go past the accompanying bar snacks of roasted fresh coconut pieces with chilli sauce!!! Meal times were also a highlight of our stay. The food was exceptional (especially considering the remote location of the resort), and the servings were more than adequate in size. The array of fresh seafood had even my partner who doesnt normally eat it, impressed. The service we had the entire time there was without equal.
The spa treatments were delightful especially the signature coconut scrub. Definitely the best scrub I have had anywhere.....
We highly recommend Navutu as a destination for couples looking for a quiet get away. There are enough activities to keep you entertained if you wish to participate in them. The only negative we can mention is the 4 hour boat ride to get there.....this was our fault as my partner doesnt like small planes. The sea planes can land right out front of the resort and it's around half and hour from Nadi by air.
We give it 6 * out of 5.
Relaxing and 'foodie' heaven!
We stayed at Navutu stars from 5/7-5/12. We had the last cabana of beach front bures which I believe was cabana 8. Having the last cabana, the only people who walked by was the staff and people getting a spa treatment (the spa bure was the absolute last building) which meant almost no traffic since most people walked on the beach area.
The water area in front of the ocean front bures is tidal. At high tide there is little to no beach and at low tide you can walk out for a couple hundred yards and still be in two feet of water. Even at high tide it only averages about 3-4 ft in depth. I loved it - I am an avid scuba diver and my hubby and I had a blast watching all the sea life at low tide.
The ocean front bures are very spacious and have a great day bed on the deck and private hammock. The pictures posted and on the hotel website are very accurate. The only negative is the bures have little to no water pressure. We talked to one of the tribal partial owners and they are working on remedying it. The rooms are all 'concrete' floors and fixtures so it tends to be a little 'hard' but nothing to detract from the experience.
The restaurant only serves meals at set times. Overall the food was very good and I have had the best fish raviolis in a lime sauce - to die for! The food was consistently fresh and abundant (I had them not serve to me 1/2 what they put in the breakfast dish). They have their own garden in which much of the produce is harvested.
The owners are animal lovers and have several dogs. (In fact the owners are working with the Fijian government on several aspects of good animal health education (i.e., spraying/neutering) I am an animal lover and loved interacting with their dogs. They tried to keep their dogs out of the public areas but you know how dogs will be. I didn't see anyone have an issue with these dogs but if you have allergies, don't like dogs, or whatever, you might want to take this into consideration.
I am not a regular spa person but absolutely LOVED the coconut scrub spa treatment. A guest recommended it to me and she even said "feel my skin, it is fabulous!". Eva created the treatment and it is fabulous but messy. I have never experience anything like it in the states and it took about a week for my skin to 'lose' the softness' which I should say that week I spent diving 5 days diving with an average of 4 dives a day (4 hrs underwater a day!)
We got to the island using a seaplane BUT landed at Turtle Island. You can either go Turtle Airlway to Turtle Island (about $299 pp) or do a charter for $1450. We did Turtle Airways and it was a breeze. We landed at the Turtle Resort jetty and then immediately got onto a Navatu boat for the 10-15 minute boat ride to the island. Personally, for the savings and convenince, got with Turtle airways.
In summary, if you like good food, a more laid back atmosphere, and peaceful privacy - this is your place. The owners (Italians) make you feel like a member of their family visiting their home.
Had a lovely time, recommended.
We stayed at Navutu for 5 days in December 2006 and had a fantastic time. The island and Bures are beautiful, the staff (and owners) all very friendly and helpful.
It is incredibly peaceful and the food is great . Couldn't fault it.
Arriving by seaplane was cool.