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OUR thoughts on Matamanoa Island Resort, Matamanoa Island, Mamanuca Islands
It is hard to imagine a more perfect setup for a magical island holiday than Matamanoa. The island itself is a perfect size – not too small and not too big, just right. Matamanoa Island Resort is the only occupant of the island and takes up around 30% of the beach space on the island; the remainder is in its natural condition. The hill behind the resort buildings offers a magnificent vista of the myriad of islands making up the Mamanuca and Yasawa Groups as well as Fiji’s main island (Viti Levu) in the distance. If you can make an early start to your day and catch the sunrise from the top of the hill you will be rewarded with an unforgettable sight. The resort’s Spa is located on the hill. Just take a gentle walk up a boardwalk behind the tennis court and you come to the Nama Tree Top Spa with its fabulous view and wonderful, relaxing Spa treatments and massages.

The resort has a lovely infinity pool which is on the beachfront out front of the restaurant, lounge and bar where the beach is widest and where the opening in the surrounding coral garden and reef allows the transfer boats to approach the resort. Matamanoa, being an adults-only resort year-round, offers an intimate atmosphere for guests with options to join in and let your hair down without the kids frowning on the side-lines, or chilling out away from the guest activities as they see fit. During the day there are plenty of activities to enjoy such as a mountain hike, sulu tying demonstration, coconut husking & cracking demonstration, green coconut tasting, Fijian language lesson, weaving lessons, Fijian cooking lesson, snorkelling lessons, beach petanque, coconut bowling, beach cricket, beach soccer, beach touch rugby, tennis court, table tennis,  Hobie-cats, snorkelling equipment, board games, these are only the complimentary options, there's a wide range of paid, optional activities too.

Matamanoa is a perfect spot for a wedding (they have a Wedding Co-ordinator on staff) It’s a great place for a honeymoon or for celebrating an anniversary. For anyone looking for an extra special treat, Matamanoa offers the option of a “Romantic Dinner for 2” – a very special 4 course meal with Lobster option and we are happy to pre-book this for you.

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Bullet Honeymoon and Anniversary Bonus

Honeymooners and those celebrating an anniversary receive the following:
● A bottle of sparkling wine
● A tropical seasonal fruit platter
● A hand-carved wooden plaque of guests Christian names
     as a keepsake.
 - Valid for stays all year
 - Valid for stays in all accommodation types.
 - Honeymoon or Anniversary status to be established

Your Accommodation Options
With the exception of the Resort Rooms, all Villas and Bures are stand-alone buildings and all feature a private plunge pool.The total number of accommodation units is 47 – 10 Beachfront Villas, 24 Beachfront Bures and 13 Resort Rooms. All accommodation is air-conditioned as well as offering ceiling fans as an alternative cooling option. 

Comparing the Resort Rooms with the Beachfront Bures and the Beach Villas you will note a big difference in price. The Resort Rooms are approximately half the size and less than half the price of the Beachfront Villas. There is a world of difference between the Resort Rooms and the Beachfront Bures and Beachfront Villas.

Room Categories
(In ascending price range)
Bullet Resort Rooms:
The Resort Rooms are located in a single-level ribbon building in the gardens behind the Beachfront Bures to the left of the restaurant/pool complex as you arrive at the resort with no view of the beach/ocean. Each is 26m2 in size. The bathrooms are modern and bright.
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed which can be split into 2 single beds.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 guests.
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding accommodated.

Bullet Beachfront Bures:
     Each with a private plunge pool.
The Beachfront Bures are big, beautiful, stand-alone bures located in a semi-circle on the beach frontage either side of the restaurant/pool complex. There is often a debate over which side of the restaurant is preferable as one side faces the south-west (known as the Sunset-side) and the other faces south-east (the so-called Sunrise-side). All Beachfront Bures have a private plunge pool and a gazebo with day bed out front and outdoor furniture.  An outdoor shower compliments the indoor shower. The gazebos are positioned so that guests in each Bure enjoy their deck and plunge pool in privacy.
Each bure is 54m2 in area and are a pleasant fusion of traditional Fiji design with high ceilings lined with hand-painted tapa and modern ceramic floor tiles and light-painted walls. There are timber louvered windows throughout and glass sliding doors open to a covered patio veranda facing the beach and the sea. While each bure is open-plan there are well defined sleeping and living areas usually on the same level.
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 adults
Additional Bedding: The 3rd guest is accommodated on a sofa bed in the lounge made up with a single innerspring matrress when required.

Bullet Beachfront Villas:
     Each with a private plunge pool.
Located on the private North Beach, access is via a purpose built walkway or chauffeured golf cart. The 10 Beachfront Villas add another dimension to the accommodation options.  Each Villa is a large 50m2 (excluding the gazebo and covered deck) and while it is open-plan the bedroom and the lounge are defined by the lounge being down 4 steps from the bedroom area.  This provides 2-room ambience without compromising the feeling of openness and space and gives a view of the ocean from both the upper sleeping area and the lower lounge area. Villas are air-conditioned and have a ceiling fan.
Bathrooms in the Beachfront Villas have twin vanities, separate shower and separate toilet. To add to the “South Pacific” theme the villas also include a private walled outdoor courtyard garden which features a tropical outdoor shower. The big (14.4m2) covered veranda deck boarders an individual plunge pool. A separate 4m2 thatched gazebo comes complete with a double day bed
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 adults
Additional Bedding: The 3rd guest is accommodated on a sofa bed in the lounge made up with a single innerspring matrress when required.

Getting to and from Matamanoa Island Resort
Fast Catamaran Ferry
There is one daily schedule departing Denarau @ 12 noon daily fast catamaran ferry service each day between Denarau Marina and Matamanoa Island Resort.

Options include a helicopter service which lands on the purpose-built helipad right on the beach at Matamanoa or a water-taxi service. Kindly note that the sea can become a little rougher during the afternoons and this can cause discomfort when travelling by water taxi.

Kids Policy
Matamanoa Island Resort is an Adults-Only Resort and only guests aged 16 years and over are accepted year-round. The Resort strictly adheres to this policy.

Check-in/Check Out
Standard check-in and check-out times are:
Check-In Time: 12:00 noon
Check-Out Time: 10:00am
Matamanoa Island Resort offers a complimentary day room for use for any early check in or late check out.  To guarantee early arrival check in or confirmation of a late check out guests should book accommodation on the day prior to check in and a day after their check out dates.

The information on this page is correct as at 29 November 2023 and is based on our supplier contracts for stays up to 31 March 2025.  All information shown is subject to change without notice.

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Resort Facilities
Bullet Infinity Swimming Pool

Bullet Restaurant
Bullet Bar
Bullet Spa
Bullet Complimentary WiFi in public areas and Beachfront Pool Villas. From 01 April 2024, complimentary WiFi in all room categories.

Activities (complimentary)
Bullet Mountain hike
Bullet Sulu tying demonstration
Bullet Coconut husking & cracking demonstration
Bullet Green coconut tasting
Bullet Fijian lesson
Bullet Weaving lessons
Bullet Fijian cooking lesson
Bullet Snorkelling lessons
Bullet Beach petanque
Bullet Beach cricket, soccer & touch rugby
Bullet Tennis court
Bullet Table tennis
Bullet Hobie cats
Bullet Kayaks

Bullet Snorkelling equipment
Bullet Board games

Activities (charges may apply)
Bullet PADI Scuba Diving
Bullet Tours
Bullet Fishing
Bullet Day Cruises

Room Facilities
Bullet Air-conditioning

Bullet Refrigerator
Bullet Tea/coffee making facilities + coffee plunger
Bullet Clock/radio
Bullet Coffee table
Bullet Chairs
Bullet Personal safe
Bullet Twin Vanities
Bullet Hair dryer
Bullet Bathrobes