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Hotel Highlights

  • Deliciously dinky island, with a second mini isle for private picnics
  • Chic modern bedrooms with stylish Fijian touches
  • Pristine beaches, dreamy snorkelling and watersports
  • A sophisticated Fijian resort that also takes children (they'll love the turtles)

Overview

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.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Vomo Island Resort with us:

A private beachside dinner for two

Facilities

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Vomo Island Resort Hotel – Fiji Islands – Fiji

Need To Know

Rooms

30, including two multi-room villas.

Check–out

11am; check-in, 2pm, both flexible subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $775.29 (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.

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. Don't go home without having a warm shell massage in Senikai Spa, where treatments begin with a taste of Fiji’s crystallized ginger, a glass of ice-cold guava juice and a pampering foot ritual.

Hotel closed

In 2015, the hotel will close between 16 January and 16 March for renovations and a refresh.

At the hotel

Private-island beach, swimming pool, Senikai Spa, watersports, PADI dive centre, 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 fitness centre and day spa, including two couples’ treatment rooms, are due to launch in July 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.

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.

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.

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

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).

Children

Welcome. Vomo provides free baby cribs 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.

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Pet‐friendly

Pets are not permitted.

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.

Food & Drink

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Vomo Island Resort Hotel – Fiji Islands – Fiji

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 Erwin Joven whips up fresh, eclectic dishes that star local produce (including fish and seafood, dressed with 'raw' sauces) and reflect his Filipino/Asian heritage, his formal culinary training in Napa Valley, and the seven countries he has lived in. 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.

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.

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.

Smith Insider

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.

Local Guide

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Vomo Island Resort Hotel – Fiji Islands – Fiji
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

With its butter-soft beaches, dreamy ocean and pool, Vomo has all activity bases covered. Adventure hounds will love the pristine snorkelling. Just swim out right off the beach or join a free, guided daily excursion at 11am to explore local reefs. Watersports, including windsurfing, Hobie Cat sailing, stand up paddle boards, single- and double-kayaks, and glass-bottomed kayaks, are all included in rates. An in-house dive centre is due to launch in January 2014, at extra cost. Active types can work up a sweat over tennis (flood-lit at night), badminton, golf (on the 9-hole, par-3 chip and putt course) or a volleyball match with the staff, or enjoy a spot of croquet or petanque.

 

Eco devotees will go ga-ga for the turtle nursery, aimed at boosting Hawksbill turtle egg survival on the island; you may be lucky enough to take part in one of the regular releases. There's also fish-feeding at 10.30am daily at the Activities Bure. Spa fiends can savour treatments in the Senikai Spa, where there’s a pampering mix of massages, facials, and foot and hand therapies, as well as beauty essentials. It's hard to beat the two-hour Weleti papaya body scrub and wrap for rejuvenation, or you and your partner can indulge in a 90-minute Sunrise Massage package for two, harnessing guava juice and aromatic, spicy ginger to rebalance body and mind. The Kama sunburn therapy, including soothing aloe vera and cucumber, could also come in handy in Fiji’s strong sun.

 

Our top tips include taking the 15-minute walking trail up the island's main peak, for gorgeous views over the reef, outlying islands and ocean. Request a private picnic on deserted Vomo Lailai island, nearby, where you'll discover a tiny beach, day-bed and dining platforms for lounging in peace (staff will drop you off by boat with a two-way radio, drinks and a champagne picnic). You can also arrange picnics elsewhere on Vomo Island, which boasts lounger-dotted beaches on both sides, so you should always find a breeze-free spot. For cultural capers, don't miss the weekly Lovo Night, when there's a meal cooked in an earth-oven (lovo), meke dances, stories and songs, and a torchlit kava ceremony, Fiji's national, slightly narcotic drink which is shared among guests with ritual flourishes. Beqa tribe firewalkers may also make an appearance.

 

The hotel can organise off-island adventures at extra cost, from fishing off Vomo with activities staff to deep-sea fishing trips, tours of Fijian villages and scenic helicopter flights (Vomo has its own helipad). Experienced surfers may be able to line up a surf safari to some of the area's legendary breaks about a 40-minute boat ride away, or tack this on before or after your stay at Vomo. You can also arrange island-hopping tours around the Yasawas or Mamanucas after your Vomo sojourn; try the Yasawa Flyer (www.awesomefiji.com) or South Sea Cruises (www.ssc.com.fj).

Local restaurants

The only restaurants and bars on private Vomo Island are the hotel's own, but for drinking and dining inspiration in Port Denarau, Nadi or main island Viti Levu see our Fiji Islands destination guide.

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Peak-topped Vomo Island

Vomo Island Resort

Vomo Island, Mamanuca Islands, Fiji

A privately owned 225-acre island in the South Pacific, Vomo is within easy reach of Fiji's main Viti Levu Island. Just 30 kilometres north-west of capital Nadi, Vomo is the last island at the top of the Mamanucas group, before the Yasawa Islands begin.

Planes

Fly into Fiji's Nadi International Airport (www.airportsfiji.com), on the west coast of Viti Levu. Fiji Airways (www.fijiairways.com), which codeshares with Qantas (www.qantas.com), offers direct flights to Nadi (pronounced ‘Nandi’) from Australia and New Zealand, Hong Kong, Honolulu and Los Angeles – also a main hub for connecting flights from London or Canada, for example. Vomo has a fast-track customs and baggage clearance service. From Nadi Airport, Vomo is a 15-minute flight north by seaplane or helicopter; the hotel has its own helipad and can help arrange transfers, although they're not included in rates. For helicopter transfers, call Island Hoppers (www.helicopters.com.fj) or Pacific Island Air (www.pacificislandair.com), which also runs seaplane flights to Vomo.

Automobiles

The only cars on rustic Vomo Island belong to hotel staff; guests can't bring their own hired wheels.

Other

The yellow Yasawa Flyer (www.awesomefiji.com) catamaran service provides affordable drop-offs near Vomo Island (click on Island Hopping, Ferry Timetable). It departs from Nadi’s Port Denarau daily at 8.30am before weaving its way up the Mamanuca and Yasawa islands to the north-west, reaching Vomo around 9.45am (a 75-minute journey); staff on board will arrange for a small boat from Vomo to pick you up from the main vessel. For the return leg, you’ll need to leave Vomo at 4pm to meet the Yasawa Flyer at 4.30pm, arriving at Port Denarau around 5.45pm. Alternatively, it’s just an hour’s ride by pricier private speedboat charter from Port Denarau to Vomo; contact Adrenalin Fiji (www.adrenalinfiji.com), Mamanuca Express (www.mamanucaexpress.com) or South Sea Cruises (www.ssc.com.fj). We recommend wearing flip-flops and shorts or skirts for all boat arrivals, as you'll need to step out into the water when you rock up at Vomo's landing beach.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Ian Curley , Star chef

‘Welcome Home’ is the greeting song as you arrive at Vomo Island Resort in Fiji… oh, if only my home offered gourmet three-course meals three times a day (that I didn’t have to cook!), friendly childcare at a moment’s notice (for next to nothing), and a deluxe bedroom that stayed immaculate thanks to twice-daily attention from someone apart from myself (well, from …
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Vomo Island Resort

Anonymous review by Ian Curley, Star chef

‘Welcome Home’ is the greeting song as you arrive at Vomo Island Resort in Fiji… oh, if only my home offered gourmet three-course meals three times a day (that I didn’t have to cook!), friendly childcare at a moment’s notice (for next to nothing), and a deluxe bedroom that stayed immaculate thanks to twice-daily attention from someone apart from myself (well, from Mrs Smith at least). Bula Vomo, I’m moving in!

Vomo is a mirage for parents. Children are so seamlessly integrated and welcomed that you’d almost feel out of place if you didn’t have a Wiggles-loving mini-me by your side. It’s as if the owners worked backwards when creating the resort – assume that parents will be bringing kids, and then nut out how best to create a luxurious, peaceful and effortless holiday for the adults, while keeping the little ones happy – a balance they’ve somehow perfected.

About 150 hungry backpackers headed to the more remote islands join us on the shuttle boat to Vomo, which is quite a shock. Thankfully, the ‘Captain’s Lounge’ on the upper deck of the Yasawa Flyer is far more civilized – the business class of Fijian cruising! A scenic but choppy 75-minute journey later, we drop anchor about a kilometre offshore from Vomo Island, ready to be transported there by a small waiting vessel. Now, if the thought of your two-year-old being passed from one Fijian boat-hand to another perched precariously on a bobbing tinny, across a metre or so chasm of open water, is enough to get your heart racing, then you may want to consider another method of transport. The frail, elderly and those with infants would be better opting for a private speedboat or helicopter transfer. Although we enjoyed the adventure, the Smith family kids loved the more costly private speedboat back to the mainland at the end of our stay.

The Man Friday resort manager (come Jack-of-all-trades host, guitar-strummer, coconut-tree climber, basket-weaver, turtle carer and child entertainer) makes the inconvenience of arriving a few hours before check-in seem like an opportunity – more time to start exploring the island (we did wish we had our bathers handy though). By the time we access to our Hillside Villa, we feel right at home, and wow, what a home.

Breathtaking balcony views are reward enough for the steep walk up (even carrying a tired toddler). The villa itself is stunning – stylishly furnished, thoughtfully provisioned (think L’Occitane bath products) and ultra comfortable. We feel part of the surrounding treetops, and the open bathroom louvres frame the rugged and remote but utterly spectacular island landscape perfectly. Described as one-bedroom, the villa is large enough to comfortably house a decadent canopied king-size bed, comfy two-seater couch, full-size single bed and cot brought in for the kids, and still leave plenty of room for dancing and jumping about.

Everything has been anticipated – so when I casually mention that I fancy a biscuit with the tea that Mrs Smith is making (as I check emails on my iPad with lightning-fast WiFi), there they are – huge, delicious, chocolatey home-baked cookies in a jar right next to the kettle – with compliments. That’s just how it is at Vomo – you think of something you need or want, and there it is, provided with a smile.

Paddle-boarding has been on my wish-list for ages, but I never really found the time to try it… or, rather, didn’t feel like making a fool of myself in front of Melbourne’s bayside onlookers. So what better opportunity than at Vomo – private beach, calm waters, just me and my board, and of course Mrs Smith to laugh at me as I fall off (onto some fairly spiky coral), and climb on, and fall off again. I notice a few Vomo staff also gather to watch as I drift out to sea – no matter, I finally conquer the sport, and the nasty board-shaped scrapes on my stomach are nearly all healed a fortnight later! Note to self: a rash vest is a must when boarding or snorkelling in coral-encrusted waters.

All this romantic ‘couple time’ is made possible by some seriously organised childcare. The Smith family kids can’t wait to run across the bouncy-bridge leading to the Kids’ Village, to put on their fairy dresses and wings and play with all of the new toys. With an air-conditioned play area, daily visits to the Turtle Sanctuary and structured island activities for kids of all ages, I’m sure I sensed hesitation when we asked them to come swimming! Outside the Village there’s a huge cubby house and sheltered eating area, where at 6pm all the families come together for the kids’ buffet – a chance to feel good about the fact that you’re not the only one whose offspring won’t eat anything except chips. With a Baby Butler to watch over them, the kids are then whisked up to the villas and tucked into bed, while the parents head off for dinner – and a well deserved glass of wine (or two) at the bar.

‘Three-course meals, thrice a day… I deserve it as I’ve just climbed Mount Vomo/swum to Vomo Lailai Island/hit the gym/played a set of tennis/circumnavigated the island on foot/been flat out in the day spa/worked hard on my tan by the pool…’ These are the justifications you can see going through every guest’s mind as they take a seat at the poolside Reef Restaurant for yet another gourmet feast. With everything except alcohol included, we feel happy to have as little or as much as we like, and with plenty of meal options for the kids, there are even times when we’re able to finish off our meals without having to share. We nearly jump for joy when we look at the wine list (after a week of slim pickings on mainland Fiji). Succinct, well selected options, at extremely reasonable prices – too tempting not to opt for that second bottle – oh well, surely the Baby Butler can come back at 7am…

The Guestbook

Reviews of Vomo Island Resort from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The service was great, right balance of attentiveness and distance. The location forces you to unwind, relax and recharge. Make sure you book Bure 1 which has just been renovated.

Don’t expect

It really was as we expected so the only minor request would be to replace the timber tees for golf, amateurs like us break them and you have to scrounge around for an end. Bure 2 has had a refresh, however the outdoor shower isn't as well integrated into the property style and will look tired quickly.

Rating: 7/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the staff and natural setting.

Don’t expect

Spa facilities could be improved.

Rating: 10/10 stars