We recently enjoyed a family holiday at Vomo. We chose as it is the only luxary resort that allows children, clearly there niche. We read all the reviews which were all mostly accurate however the resort needs to improve to rightfully claim a 5 star rating.So we though we would highlight to good the bad and the ugly:
THE ROOMS: The rooms are primarliy the same being a studio, mostly in a duplex constructing although they do have some that are detached. The rooms are from the resort inception as an adult only private resort. The rooms are getting a little dated now and the bathroom is a little tired, howeverthey are clean and comfortable. The beauty of this resort is clearly it's natural beauty. The biggest issue with the rooms is that they will only comfortabily house a couple with 2 small children or you will need to get a second room at double the cost. The resort is in nee of 2 bedroom accommodation to continue to target it's family market.
THE FOOD: The food is included as part of the tariff with breakfast plus 3 ccourse lunch and dinner. We felt that all we did was eat so you arenot going to go hungry here but if you are a large eater the you can always purchase additional meals. Our biggest issue with the food was that the chief often failed with the dishes provided. Although there were a few gems (paella & mud crab) the chief just did match the expecatition of his menu. Often the chef added one too many ingredients, failed with his flavour combination and never correctly seasoned his dishes. The food failed to match the 5 star standard of similar resorts.
THE KIDS: Allowing kids is clearly their niche and we were concerned that allowing kids would take away from the privacy and luxary of this resort, having visited many 'adult only' resorts. Vomo Island is large enough and has plenty of activities that you just don't notice the kids and actually add to the vibe of the island. On our stay the average guest had 2 children mostly under between 5 - 10 so about half the guests are children, so if this is a problem for you I would book elsewhere.
THE FACILITIES: SPA - provides a total offering but is in need of a renovation, messages are relaxing when you are interrupted by the tra ctor and law mowers. KIDS CLUB - the girls are great and engage the children, however club hut is in need of air conditioning. Swimming Pool - its far too small and there does need to be an adults only pool. In the afternoons the pool can be overrun by the kids. House Reef - the gem of the resort, right on your door step is a reef as good as any resort we have visited, including the Great Barrier Reef.
Comparing Vomo to it's peers it's certainly behind them and not up to their 5 star standard, but it isn't far behind and it niche of allowing kids is a winner. However if Vomo wants to keep it guest returning with older children then they will need to make some improvements.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set amidst endless warm turquoise waters, bountiful coral reefs and fringed with sand so soft and pure is Vomo Island, easily the most beautiful of all Fijian Islands. Privately-owned and occupied solely by Vomo Island Resort, guests enjoy world-class cuisine, professional 5-star service, sophisticated Villas and a full range of activities including magnificent snorkeling. Vomo Lailai, Vomo's tiny private island, sits 1km to the west of Vomo and offers guests an afternoon of extremely indulgent privacy and isolation with Gourmet Champagne picnics delivered to you. Vomo offers luxurious Beachfront, Hillside and Garden View Villas for two plus the three-bedroom private residence, The Royal, and the four-bedroom private residence, The Residence, ideal for larger parties or if you crave complete privacy. A full range of non-motorised water sports are offered alongside 9-hole chip and putt golf, a fully staffed day spa and floodlit tennis. The Vomo Turtle Protection Programme raises and releases Hawksbill Turtles born on the island and Vomo is surrounded by a marine protection zone which guarantees magnificent snorkeling. Vomo welcomes couples and families of all ages. Supervised care for children is provided by The Turtle Club. Rates include all meals in the restaurant, non-motorised water sports including snorkeling, golf and tennis, welcome gift and daily laundry service. Vomo is truly the hidden jewel of the Fijian Islands and offers a unique and personal experience to all who choose to visit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vomo Island Hotel Vomo Island