Vomo Island Resort
- Style Mod Pacificiana
- Setting Peak-topped Vomo Island
Your Swiss Family Robinson adventure can finally come true at Vomo Island Resort hotel in Fiji, a rare escape that can balance stylish sophistication and seamlessly integrating children into its seductive setting. Two small islands make up this tropical idyll of sun-soaked beaches and clear blue waters, with snorkelling, watersports, golf, tennis and even a turtle sanctuary to keep you busy.
Need to know
- Rooms 30, including two multi-room villas.
- Rates Double rooms from $822.49 (FJD1,542), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates include à la carte breakfast, all meals, select non-alcoholic and minibar soft drinks, fruit and a bottle of wine on arrival, laundry service, non-motorised watersports, sunset canapés in the bar, weekly meke performance and cocktail party.
- Facilities Private-island beach, swimming pool, Senikai Spa, watersports, 9-hole golf course, tennis, volleyball and badminton courts, croquet, petanque, gym, turtle sanctuary, gardens, restaurant, two bars, kids' club, Chiefly Bure with computer, TV, DVD and book library, free WiFi throughout. Vomo’s new scuba diving centre, fitness centre and day spa, including two couples’ treatment rooms, are due to launch in January 2014; later in 2014 expect a new adults-only pool on the island's more secluded west side. In rooms: CD player, iPod dock, minibar, L'Occitane toiletries, outdoor deck and dining area. The larger Royal Villa and Residence both have cable TV, a DVD player, kitchen and a private pool; the Residence features butler service.
- Poolside The sleek, spacious outdoor pool is flanked by Vomo's Reef Restaurant and Vuda Bar with inviting contemporary loungers for soaking up sun and sea views, and chic white parasols if you need shade.
- Check–out 11am; check-in, 2pm, both flexible subject to availability.
Children Welcome. Vomo provides free baby cots for infants; extra beds for older children age four to 12 are covered by their food charge (FJ$200 each a day). Babysitting costs FJ$11 an hour, with a day's notice required, and there's a fab free kids' club.
- Eco‐friendly The Vomo Turtle Breeding Programme aims to conserve the island's threatened turtles, protecting eggs and safeguarding hatchlings with a dedicated nursery. The hotel also grows organic herbs, vegetables and fruit to serve in its restaurant and has propagated more than 50,000 plants to create native gardens on Vomo. Plastic water bottles are recycled, with proceeds supporting the villages of local staff.
- Also Transfer costs from main island Viti Levu are extra. A minimum five-night stay applies from 20 December to 5 January, with a FJ$250 surcharge an adult for New Year’s Eve, including a dinner. Smoking is allowed outdoors only (public areas and room decks).
In the know
- Our favourite rooms All Vomo's digs are dreamy, with simple mod-Fijian styling, ensuite showers and spa baths. If views are your bag, aim for the lofty, more private Hillside Villas. We like the ocean-hugging Beachfront Villas best though, with some interconnecting options and outdoor dining decks and sunloungers just a sashay from the sea. Families or friends can take their pick from the luxe three-bedroom Royal Villa or four-bedroom Residence, which both boast kitchens and private pools. The 28 standard villas each sleep two adults and two children.
- Packing tips Snorkellers should bring a rash shirt to avoid sub-aqua sunburn or scrapes. Landlubbers, pack trainers for island walks or hitting the tennis court.
- Also To rev up the romance, book a private picnic on the button-cute beach of smaller sister island Vomo Lailai, just two minutes away by boat. Staff will drop you off for a few hours with a gourmet picnic, chilled drinks and a two-way radio. Just call when you want to come 'home' or swim back.
Food and drink at Vomo Island Resort
- Hotel restaurant Stylish Reef Restaurant is set around the hotel's sleek, linear pool with soothing sea views and a choice of covered or open-air dining. With experience working in India, the Maldives and Australia, executive chef Amit Gupta whips up modern-meets-Fijian à la carte fare, celebrating seafood and spice, with produce grown in the hotel's vegetable and herb garden. Daily-changing menus for lunch and dinner star impressive local and international dishes such as prawn and lobster with coconut wild rice and citrus chilli dressing, followed by mango frangipani tart. Sip on complimentary soft drinks and juices during meal times, or order a tipple off the global wine list, backdropped by mellow tunes. A local acoustic band sometimes supplies the sounds.
- Dress code Go glam. There's a hip Sydney feel to this dining pad, especially when it's illuminated by candles at night. Elegant labels and heels won't feel out of place.
- Top table Bag a table poolside or nearest the sea for the best views. For serious people-watching, perch near the bar. Private dining options around the island – from your villa deck to the beach – are only limited by your imagination, so don't be afraid to ask.
- Last orders Dinner is served at Reef from 7pm to 9.30pm; Vuda Bar keeps pouring all day until the same cut-off. Rocks Sunset Bar sees action from 5pm to 7pm nightly.
- Room service Available during restaurant hours (7am–9.30pm), with a FJ$10 service fee for all deliveries. There’s currently no separate room service menu at Vomo, so dishes mirror those at Reef, but the chef can create something special for private dining requests.
- Hotel bar Vomo spoils you with not one, but two sexy bars. We love the Rocks Sunset Bar, which offers what it says on the tin – a stylish ringside seat for quaffing cocktails (or Rocktails) at sunset with dreamy views over nearby Vomo Lailai Island. An airy, laid-back lounging den, it's perched in a tranquil, beachside spot at the western end of the island and opens from 5pm to 7pm nightly. After that, repair to main watering-hole Vuda Bar, beside Reef Restaurant and the pool, which serves smart wines and snacks. Pose on a stool by the colour-changing bar, or relax in come-hither seating on the deck. Lounge tunes keep the mood chilled.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details