My expectations entering this hotel were high. Really, really high. I had heard nothing but amazing things about Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji and had even read about this property in a recent issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine. It’s a world-class luxury resort located on Fiji’s main island with a long list of services, and an even longer list of people singing it’s praise. To finally get to experience this hotel myself was exciting to say the least.
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We arrived at the hotel late afternoon and we were greeted on arrival by the managers and traditional Fijian warriors. As we exited the car and walked through the entrance the warriors led us straight through the lobby, guiding us towards our first glimpse of that stunning infinity pool and the beach behind it. With a welcome drink in hand and the sun on my face I knew this was the start of a memorable weekend.
The check-in process was practically non-existent. A quick sign of a form and we were introduced to our personal concierge, Vesi. Vesi was our “main man” for our entire stay and took care of everything from dinner reservations, planning activities and ensuring every part of our weekend was perfect. His attention to detail and infectious laugh made him the perfect concierge, and I can tell you that Paul and I both already miss him!
We were given our golf cart for the weekend (yes, the resort is big enough to require a golf cart!) and escorted to our private villa. Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji is the first all-villa luxury resort on the main island, where there are no hotel rooms and only villas. The result? Ultimate privacy!
We stayed in a duplex villa with a large seating room, a beautiful bathroom and an outdoor shower that was surrounded by lush tropical plants and stocked with Pure Fiji spa products! My favourite feature of our villa was the king-sized canopy bed. Not only was it incredibly comfortable, but I could view the ocean from the bed! Outside we had three different seating areas around our private pool and access to the beach. Our outdoor area was very secluded and we never saw or heard other guests while we were lounging by the pool. Is this heaven? I think so…
Of course no villa is complete without a “Villa Mama”. Our Villa Mama, Ama, took care of us all weekend and somehow always knew the perfect time to change our towels or re-fill our supply of Fiji Water. She was a godsend and I absolutely loved her perfectionist ways. From arranging my cosmetics when I didn’t have time to unpack to always making sure we had extra spa products – she was much more than a standard housekeeper!
Let’s talk food…
The food at Nanuku is so good, it even has it’s own Instagram account! Every day we had a delicious breakfast that started with the “fresh juice of the day” and freshly baked pastries (literally warm out of the oven). Lunch and dinner menus changed daily and always included local ingredients like Wahoo fish and taro. The most memorable meal we had at Nanuku was our last dinner. The staff prepared a traditional Fijian lovo, which is the process of cooking in an underground pit. Whole fish, pieces of chicken, pork and beef we’re weaved in palm leaves and cooked alongside root vegetables. The result was a beautiful smokey taste and a huge dinner feast that we shared with the other guests!
I particularly loved that the staff had arranged for the location of all of our meals. Not only did we never eat in the same place twice, but we also had plenty of privacy when we wanted it. A secluded meal by the pool, and group dinner in the restaurant…. there are no shortage of great dining locations at this resort. If you need even more privacy you can also have dinner arranged at your villa.
The resort has a beautiful spa with a mix of indoor and outdoor treatment rooms that are equally as beautiful. We enjoyed a couples massage that was easily one of the best massages we’ve ever had. Our massage therapists started our treatments with a quick, but thorough questionnaire where we decided how firm we wanted our massages and what areas we wanted them to focus on.
After a bit too much sun exposure they also applied a Fijian treatment to our rosy-coloured skin, which was much appreciated. We left our massages feeling rejuvenated and pampered, and with a goody bag of products. The spa stocks the same Pure Fiji line that they supply in the villas. I can’t get enough of this stuff – it’s smells so tropical and it’s very high quality. My advice? Stock up at the spa while you can! Everything is sealed very well so it packs in your suitcase quite well and the prices are excellent.
The activities at the resort we’re so impressive I actually featured them in their own article, so you can head over here to read about the snorkelling, DVP underwater scooter, cooking class and much more that we got to experience during our three-night stay!
One of the most enjoyable parts of this resort is the traditional culture they inject into your guest experience. Every night at sunset Fijian warriors do a lighting of the torch ceremony that includes music and a raft carrying warriors floating across the infinity pool. Guests enjoy appetizers and specialty cocktails while watching this evening ritual before heading to dinner – it’s the perfect way to start your night!
Another example of bringing the Fiji culture into the resort is the traditional kava ceremonies they have. Kava is a popular drink in Fiji that’s a very social routine of enjoying the company of your friends and family. Not only do you get to try kava in a unique setting, but you also learn a lot about their history and the importance of these ceremonies. This was one of the many highlights of our visit.
This isn’t the first time I’ve told you all that I didn’t want to leave a hotel, but this is the first time that I had tears in my eyes when I left a hotel. Our beautiful Nanuku family sang a traditional Fijian goodbye song to Paul and I as we hugged goodbye to the staff and got into our waiting car. I wiped my tears as we drove away from the resort, with the sound of their singing voices fading in the background. The most beautiful part of this hotel is not the villas or the infinity pool, it’s the staff who warm your heart and inspire the “Bula Spirit” within you. I’ll be back Nanuku – I’ll definitely be back.
Experience Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji for yourself – head to their website to book your Fiji vacation today.
The team at Kelly Ella Maz were welcomed to Nanuku Auberge Resort as guests, however our opinions remain our own.