Style Mod Pacificiana
Setting Peak-topped Vomo Island
Set on a dinky, crocodile-shaped island in the easy-to-reach Mamanucas, Fiji boutique hotel Vomo Island Resort offers pure shores, a crystal-clear sea and a second mini isle for romantic picnics. Sleekly designed with stylish local touches, it’s also that rare thing: a sophisticated Fijian escape that seamlessly integrates children into its seductive setting. Dive, snorkel, hike up the hill or ogle Hawksbill turtles in the hotel’s marine nursery.
Need to know
Rooms 30, including two multi-room villas.
Facilities Senikai Spa, nine-hole golf course, tennis, volleyball and badminton courts, croquet, gym, watersports, gardens, Chiefly Bure with computer, TV, DVD and book library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: CD player, iPod dock, minibar, L’Occitaine toiletries, outdoor deck and dining area. The larger three-bedroom Royal Villa and four-bed Residence both have cable TV, a DVD player, kitchen and a private pool.
In the know
Sleeping All Vomo’s digs are dreamy, with simple mod-Fijian styling, en-suite showers and spa baths. Young kids can share your villa, or opt for interconnecting Beachfront Villas for older children. The private three-bedroom Royal Villa or four-bedroom Residence are ideal for larger families, with multiple bathrooms, a kitchen and spacious dining areas.
Activities The hotel operates a free crèche, the Vomo Turtle Club, during Australasian school holidays only, which is also peak time for families to visit the resort. Kids aged four to 12 are welcome to attend solo, and under-fours if accompanied by a parent or babysitter. Activities include turtle feeding, crab hunting, sack races, spoon diving, bracelet-making, painting, weaving and ice-cream guzzling sessions (we like!). Year-round, kid-friendly activities include swimming, snorkelling, sailing or kayaking, or on land there’s tennis, badminton, volleyball, croquet and golf too. A real highlight is the turtle conservation nursery, where the smalls can check out young Hawksbill turtles and watch them being fed. For indoor entertainment, you’ll find TV, DVDs and a computer in the Chiefly Bure lounge. The two larger private residences also come with cable TV and a DVD player.
Splashing 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. There’s no dedicated kids’ pool, but children can happily splash here or can take dips in the sea. The two largest villas come with private pools, although note they’re not fenced.
Feasting Reef Restaurant offers a children’s menu and kids are welcome any time. High chairs are provided and the team is happy to heat up baby food or milk. Villa 15 is near the restaurant, if you’re keen to use a baby-monitoring device while you dine.
No need to pack Baby cots or high chairs, which are supplied for free.
Time-out When that petite second island beckons for a private picnic for two, take off with your honey, a hamper and a bottle of champagne while you leave the little ones with a babysitter (available for FJ$11 an hour, with an hour’s notice).
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