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“Beach Front Bure” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Musket Cove Island Resort

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Musket Cove Island Resort
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beach Front Bure”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2011

They are the best walk outside of your bure and straight across to the beach. Tidal but we picked a week of morning tides. Pool is large but not intimate. Great $5 bar which does a bbq for $20 on a Sunday night (when the wind is not blowing) I nice place to relax and have a quiet time. Would go back but prefer a bit more luxury. I add I booked my holiday 5 nights including breakfast on an Australian web site much cheaper than our own Travel Agents in Auckland

Room Tip: Beach front the best not the newest but good location
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank butterfly2Auckland
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San Francisco, California
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2011

I stayed at Musket Cove for 4 days in November. Beachfront bure was spectacular! I was visiting friends in Fiji, and I wanted to get away from the main land for a few days, and just go scuba diving and relax. This is definitely a romantic resort that is meant more for couples than singles, but what secluded island in the middle of the pacific isn't? I went diving 2 days and the dive staff was amazing, basically 1 on 1 attention from the dive guide. The staff at the resort was amazing, and always remembered my name. The neighboring resorts on Malolo Lailai Island are more family oriented, so I highly recommend Musket Cove if you are looking for a quiet get away.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank Dawn M
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Sydney, Australia
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30 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2011

The island is amazing we had the most relaxing and enjoyable stay.
All the staff were so friendly and remember your name from the first day you arrive.
We stayed in a Beachfront Bure - definately recommend this room type as it is about a 10metre walk to the beach.
They have a good variety of food available for breakfast and we had this included in our room rate which was great we didnt have to worry about the extra cost at the end of our stay! :)
We were there on their stir fry night which was brill! You could go back as many times as you wanted...we unfortunately missed out on the pig on a spit night, but we heard it is fab!
You do have quiet a variety available as well as you can buy a bbq pack with meat, salad and garlic bread from the Coffee Cove Cafe and cook at the island bar on their bbq's this is a great option if you dont want a formal sit down dinner (and the drinks are cheaper out there too!!)
You can also eat at Plantation Island and also another bar/restaurant inbetween the two resorts (we ate there but I forgot the name - it was very nice too).
Def recommend getting a massage done - it is cheaper to do it here than most places back on the mainland and they do a great job very satisfied :)
If you want to save a bit of money bring over duty free drink - the prices at Dicks's arnt too expensive but drinking there every night can get a little pricey. We chose to pay as we went instead of adding everything to our room bill so we could keep a track of it all.
There is lots of activites to take part in - would recommend for starters the free snorkelling trips they do twice daily you get a good intro into what sea life they have.
Last but not least dont forget the aeroguard!! We got bitten very badly on the first night even though we sprayed - put as much on as you can handle!
Overall we had the greatest holiday - we will def be abck again very soon! :)

Room Tip: Beachfront Bure's are always our choice - they are close to the main bar and also to the Coffee...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank M0ppy
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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47 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2011

I stayed at Malolo Lailai Lagoon Resort from the 5-11th of June 2011 with a few friends after traveling around the North Island of New Zealand in a campervan. The island of Malolo Lailai is stunning and our stay in the RCI timeshare Garden Bure was a much needed dose of luxury and relaxation after roughing it on the road for a month.
There was confusion for us when booking through the timeshare as the Lagoon Resort is linked to the Musket Cove Island Resort. We were unsure at first to how this worked and to what quality the bure's with the timeshare would be compared to the Musket Cove accommodation. It turned out that we had full use of the Musket Cove facilities and the payment of everything could be transferred to our Lagoon Resort bure and paid at the end of the stay at the Musket Cove reception.
The Garden Bure we stayed in was brilliant, a very traditional and cultural feel to it with ample air conditioning to cool the rooms after long hot days. The bure's are self-catered and have a small kitchenette with all the equipment that usually comes with. The Lagoon Resort had it's own pool and beach but we mainly used the Musket Cove facilities as they had everything you could need. With a shop, bar, restaurant, pool, the beach, day-trip centre, snorkeling and boat hire, and a padi diving hut. We went out on a few boat trips to snorkel and visit villages over the week which are well worth a try.
I would recommend taking a PADI open water diving course at Musket Cove, Subsurface Fiji run the training, myself and a friend did and we loved every minute....with the exception of the training video's. When out in the water after the training days, for which they have a separate training pool onsite, the diving was amazing. The visibility was unbelievably clear and the huge range of underwater life was truly stunning. The staff that run the Subsurface Fiji dive centre at Musket Cove were all very helpful and well trained, as well as patient as I didn't take to the water well at the start.
The great thing about timeshare properties are the people you meet along the way, many of the regulars to the Lagoon Resort were happy to help with any questions we had. There was a real community spirit amongst the people staying on timeshare and even though we were considerably younger than most they made us feel very welcome. Had some memorable nights that won't be forgotten soon and made some great friends.
Would also suggest going to the island bar, we did every night of our stay for Fiji bitters and cocktails. There's always entertainment from the residents of the island as well as a bbq, so never a dull moment. The bar is connected to the island via a jetty/bridge that is used to birth a wide variety of boats that happen to be sailing past. Met some very interesting people due to this and had some great nights with them. The Island itself is tidal, which obviously leads to the water movement that can be expected, with a displacement of as much to a hundred metres or more. We didn't find this an issue, it may not look as picturesque and pristine for half the day but with the pools close by a refreshing dip is never far away. We were blessed with good weather all week, clear skies and large amounts of sunshine hours made for a great tan.

Would recommend the RCI timeshare properties at Malolo Lailai Lagoon Resort to all comers. The staff are fantastic and you really get into the Fiji time way of life, a true Fijian paradise island, vinaka vaka levu all those at Musket Cove.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank MatchstickTraveller
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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73 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2011

We stayed at the Timeshares at Musket Cove as we do each year. Had a relaxing laid back chilled out week. Spent our time eating, drinking and relaxing by the pool at Musket cove resort.Our Timeshare Bure is great and meets our needs for a unwinding week. There is no a/c in the Bures just fans so there are times that it is very hot which is what you expect on a tropical island. Anandas restaurant across the airstrip by plantation resort has fantastic food and we had a few great meals here.Pizza from the Coffee cove was yummy.My husband thinks its bliss to sit under a palm tree with a fiji bitter in one hand and a great book in the other.Will be back in Feb 2012.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank koochie2011
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Additional Information about Musket Cove Island Resort

Property: Musket Cove Island Resort
Address: Fiji
Region: Fiji > Mamanuca Islands > Malolo Lailai Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Malolo Lailai Island
Price range (per night): $321 - $767
Hotel Class:4 star — Musket Cove Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Musket Cove you'll find the pace of life smooth and unhurried. The resort consists of 55 bures and villas scattered along the beachfront and throughout our tropical landscaped gardens. All rooms are spacious with separate living rooms and quality inclusions. What sets Musket apart is space, with 400 acres of rolling hills and palm fringed beaches to explore there is never a sense of crowding. Muskets world class marina offers a vast selection of water-sports and activities. Or for those wanting to relax, our dedicated Makare Day Spa is a true haven of tranquillity. Musket offers several gourmet-dining options headed by renowned chef Peter Becker and over 150 warm and friendly Fijian staff ready to welcome you to our island home. ... more   less 
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Musket Cove Island Hotel Malolo Lailai Island
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