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OUR Thoughts on Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji,
Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji
Savusavu Bay is a beautiful part of Fiji’s “Second Island” Vanua Levu just 20 minutes or so by road from Savusavu Airport.  The bay is formed on the south-eastern side by a long peninsular of land which separates the Bay from the Koro Sea and the tip of this peninsular is the location of the impressive Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort.  The Resort generally fronts a north-facing sandy beach where the resort jetty extends out into the calm bay but there are also some spectacular Bures located above the reef on the point itself. 

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is a high-quality resort which has been built and operates on the basis of being “environmentally responsible” (you would expect nothing less from a Resort bearing the Cousteau name) while producing a genuinely up-scale holiday experience. Over the past couple of years, the resort has undergone an improvement program which has kept it right up there as one of the highest quality resorts in Fiji. 

In New Zealand, this Resort is probably best known for its remarkable “family-friendly” environment.  In our opinion, Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is a perfect choice for a family break – just take a look at the “Families and Kids” section below to understand why we rate it so highly for a family holiday.  However, this Resort is way, way more than just a place for families. 

While families are welcome all year, Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort handles children so well, that apart from School Holiday periods other guests are not greatly impacted by children.  Apart from the amazing Bula Club kids’ facility with its dedicated nannies and buddies program and the kids’ dining arrangements, there is an “adults-only” Serenity Swimming Pool and an Adult Dining Area and one accommodation type (The Villa) in which children are only accepted on a request basis.  These arrangements make Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort a perfect choice for weddings, honeymoons, couples and dive holidays. Honeymooners, irrespective of any Honeymoon Special, receive a complimentary cocktail and Hors d’Oeuvres at sunset for 2 adults on each evening of guest’s stay. 

Room Categories (in ascending order of tariff) 
Bullet Gardenview Bures:
Located in the tropical gardens, but very handy to the beach and central facilities, the Gardenview Bures are spacious, open-plan bures with a beautiful, high ceiling and a very spacious deck. The sizeable bathroom has a shower.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children aged up to 12 years
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed and 1 Single Day Bed
Additional Bedding: 1 Single Rollaway bed may be added.

Bullet Oceanfront Bures:
Located on the ocean frontage, the Oceanfront Bures are spacious, open-plan bures with a beautiful, high ceiling and an enormous area of deck over two levels.  The top level runs seamlessly from the room interior and contains a table with 2 chairs and a hammock slung down one side.  The lower deck holds the sun-loungers.
The large bathroom has a shower.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children aged up to 12 years
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed and 1 Single Day Bed
Additional Bedding: 1 Single Rollaway bed may be added.

Bullet Point Reef Bures:
Big and beautiful.  The Point Reef Bures are located right on the point at The Resort and provide magical ocean views from all aspects. The Bedroom and the bathroom are located on a higher level – the sizeable lounge is down 4 steps from the bedroom and contains 2 single Day Bed couches as well as a bar in the living area. Decks run seamlessly off both the sleeping and the living areas and the lower level has an outdoor dining setting as well as sun-loungers.
There is 1 spacious bathroom with shower.
Maximum Occupancy: 5 guests (adults or adults and children)
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed on upper level, 2 Single Day Beds on lower level.
Additional Bedding: 1on the lower level

Bullet Oceanfront 2 Bedroom Bures:
Oceanfront 2 Bedroom Bures have one large open-plan bedroom/lounge plus an additional, separate smaller room which opens on to the timber deck.  This separate room contains a King Bed which may be unzipped to make 2 Single Beds.  The 2 Single Beds configuration virtually take up the whole space so is probably best suited for children rather than adults.  The deck steps down to a beautiful stone-floor patio where the sun-loungers are located.
There is one big bathroom with shower.
Maximum Occupancy: 5 guests (adults or adults and children)
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed in the main room which also contains 1 Single Day Bed and a King Bed which unzips into 2 Single Beds in the small separate bedroom.
Additional Bedding: Single Rollaway Bed may be added

Bullet The Honeymoon Point Reef Bure with Spa Tub: 
Secluded and romantic. The Honeymoon Point Reef Bure with Spa Tub is tucked away in a secluded spot on the point, secluded but still providing wonderful ocean views. Similar in layout and facilities to the Point Reef Bures, the main difference is the hot spa tub located on the raised part of the deck outside the sleeping area. 
There is 1 sizeable bathroom with shower.
Maximum Occupancy: 5 guests (adults or adults and children)
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed on the upper level and 2 Single Day Beds on the lower level.
Additional Bedding: 1 Single Rollaway Bed can be added on the lower level

Bullet Deluxe Oceanfront 2 Bedroom Bures:
Deluxe Oceanfront 2 Bedroom Bures differ from their Oceanfront 2 Bedroom Bure counterparts in that they have a bigger separate bedroom which has private direct access to both the deck and the bathroom. The deck holds a hammock as well as lounging furniture.
There is one big bathroom with shower.
Maximum Occupancy: 6 guests (adults or adults and children)
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed and 1 Single Bed in the main room. 
The separate bedroom contains a King Bed which can unzipped into 2 Single Beds.
Additional Bedding: A Single Rollaway Bed may be added.

Bullet The Presidential Villa:
The Villa is a work of art.  It comprises several Bure pavilions all linked by decks at various levels and features amazing private walled courtyards off both bedrooms and sweeping views from the private horizon swimming pool and lounging areas.
The Master Bedroom, which is breath-taking in its size and layout, is bordered on 2 sides by a walled courtyard which contains a waterfall, an outdoor shower and a private grassed area for private sun-bathing.  The internal bathroom which houses another shower, a spa bath and 2 separate vanities opens directly into the walled courtyard and the bedroom proper is raised 4 steps up from where the bathroom joins the bedroom.  A deck seamlessly joins the bedroom and this deck leads out to the Day Bed Bure on the same level.  The Day Bed Bure, which houses a King Day Bed, is a thatched bure which is open on the 2 sides where it joins the deck and the private swimming pool.
From the deck outside the main bedroom there are 4 steps down to a lower deck where you find a BBQ and an outdoor dining setting for 4.  A separate lounge bure complete with kitchenette and bathroom, runs directly off this lower deck.  The lounge bure converts to a second bedroom if required.
Maximum Occupancy: 5 guests (adults or adults and children)
Existing Bedding: 1 King Four-Poster Bed in the main bedroom and two fold-out Queen-size Sofa Beds in the lounge bure. 
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding accommodated

Getting To and From Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort.
Guests staying at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort fly from Nadi International Airport to Savusavu Airport on Vanua Levu by scheduled domestic airline flight. Flight time is just on one hour.  Our Specialists will organise the flights as required.  A Resort staff member will assist guests at Nadi Domestic Check-in and will also meet guests when they arrive at Savusavu Airport.  A resort staff member will transfer guests from Savusavu Airport along the scenic route to the resort from the airport. The transfer time to the resort from Savusavu Airport is approximately 20 minutes.

There are alternative ways of transferring between Nadi and Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort.  We can organise a Helicopter transfer between Nadi Airport or Nadi Resorts and Savusavu Airport or a float-plane which pulls right up to The Resort jetty.  Another option is an aircraft charter. Our Specialists will happily provide quotes and bookings for the alternative transfer options.

Bullet Up to 2 Kids Stay Free:
Up to 2 children aged up to 12 years stay free of charge (including meals and activities) when sharing a Bure with adults. 
1. Valid for stays all year:
3. Additional children aged up 12 years (subject to room maximum occupancy policies) are accommodated at an extra charge.

Bullet Kids’ Bula Club
Included at no additional cost, the Kids Bula Club is for children aged 12 years and under and offers a kids’ program between 8:30am and 9:00pm every day. The Bula Club is located a short walk from the centre of the resort. It includes all activities and meals and soft drinks/bottled water for children. The Club facilities are amazing and includes 2 pools - a family pool with water slide which adults can share with kids, a second shallower pool with a gentler water slide for smaller kids and a very shallow toddlers’ area with a cascading water mushroom for the little ones. There is table tennis, an activities bure, cubby house, sand pit, toddlers’ nursery bure, trampoline, child and baby swings, jungle gym, flying fox, tricycles, playground and tree house.

Check in time is 2:00pm
Check out time is 11:00am
Early Check-in
To guarantee an early morning check-in, accommodation should be reserved one night prior to arrival. The resort will make every effort to check in guests as early as possible if they have not reserved for the night prior to arrival and will provide lunch even if accommodation is not available until official check-in time.
Late Check-out­
A late check-out is subject to availability of the bure number/type on the guests' day of departure.

Travel Insurance is recommended
OUR Travel Specialists can advise on all aspects of travel insurance

The information on this page is correct as at 18 May 2023 and is based on our supplier contracts which are valid for stays to 31 March 2024.  All information shown is subject to change without notice.

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Resort Facilities (charges may apply)
Swimming Pools

Bullet Water Slides
Bullet Toddlers Pool
Bullet Restaurant
Bullet Spa
Bullet Kids Club
Bullet Teen Activities

Bullet Lounge
Bullet Activity Centre
Bullet On-site Marine Biologist

Bullet PADI Dive Centre

Resort complimentary activities include:
Bullet Evening entertainment
Bullet Snorkelling orientation and expeditions
Bullet Savusavu Farmers Market trip
Bullet Excursion to a Fijian village Rainforest and Waterfall hike
Bullet Mangrove Excursion
Bullet Use of Hobbie Cats
Bullet Use of Kayaks
Bullet Use of Stand-Up Paddle Boards

Bullet Tennis
Bullet Table tennis
Bullet Volleyball
Bullet Medicine walk and Eco walk
Bullet Yoga
Bullet Jogging
Bullet Mountain treks

Room facilities
Overhead Fans
Bullet High open-beamed Ceiling
Bullet Standing fan
Bullet Private deck
Bullet Daily Maid Service
Bullet Bath Robes
Bullet Writing Desk
Bullet French press coffee maker
Bullet Tea making facilities
Bullet Natural Pure Fiji toiletries
Bullet Iron & Ironing Board
Bullet Hair Dryer
Bullet Mini Bar
Bullet Complimentary Wireless Internet