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Our Thoughts on Matangi Private Island Resort, off Taveuni Island, North Fiji
It is hard to imagine a more idyllic location for an up-scale resort anywhere in the South Pacific.  Self-rated at 4½ Star, Matangi Island is a perfect size at 97 hectares and you couldn’t design a more perfect natural holiday island if you tried.  Matangi Island is a horseshoe-shaped island in an area of Northern Fiji which is unspoiled and natural.  Taveuni Island is off to the west, Qamea Island is to the south and Laucala Island to the east and the open sea is to the north.  Matangi Private Island Resort is located on the outside of the western arm of the horseshoe-shaped bay with an outlook to Taveuni Island in the middle distance.  The inside of the wide, horseshoe-shaped bay is generally undeveloped and natural. There is a shelter on its central beach to shade the one couple at a time taking a private romantic lunch away from the resort proper and apart from the odd boat riding at anchor in the bay - that's it!

Matangi is a perfect location for an Island Wedding and we have an excellent Wedding Package available.  For romantics who are already married, we also have a well-priced Renewal of Vows Package for you.

The Resort faces west and captures the stunning sunsets.  With only 9 luxurious Bures plus 3 spectacular Treehouses and no guests under 16 years at any time of year, Matangi Private Island Resort delivers quality and tranquillity.  The Bures and Treehouses merge in with the natural surroundings, the pathways through the property are all natural sand paths and the laid-back atmosphere is a genuine invitation to discard cares (and shoes!).  Throughout the resort there are lovely little luxuries provided - like a day-bed in a bure beside the pool, a suspended day-bed outside the restaurant and lounge and hammocks dotted here and there in places of special beauty and relaxation. On another section of the waterfront and point, guests enjoy a raised deck with swinging day bed and the magnificent Spa with deck and treatment rooms right over the water.  The big open-sided Central Bure, with its soaring cathedral ceiling, houses the lounge, bar and restaurant which spills out on to a wide wooden deck adjoining the resort swimming pool. You’ve just got to love this place.

A Choice of Room-Only or Meal-Inclusive Accommodation Rates
Matangi offers a choice of either their “Meal-Inclusive rates (all meals included but excluding alcoholic beverages) or a “Room-Only” rate.  Guests taking the Meal-Inclusive option receive 3 gourmet meals daily:
● a la carte breakfast
● 3 course lunch
● 3 course dinner
Room service meals are available during meal times.
Guests taking the room-only option will buy their meals from the resort either on an ad-hoc basis or by taking a daily Meal Plan once they arrive; the only rule is that all guests staying together in any one Bure or Treehouse are required to take accommodation on the same basis.  We are happy to quote on both accommodation rate options.

All guests enjoy a range of included activities (some activities are scheduled daily and others are scheduled weekly)  ● Daily snorkelling excursion ● Guided kayaking tours ● Guided hikes & walks ● Volleyball ● Sailing (Calypso! catamaran) ● Stand-up Paddle Boards  ● Island Tour by Boat  ● Hand-line Fishing  ● Free Wifi in Public Areas ● Daily maid service ● Evening turn-down service ● Daily laundry service ● Welcome leis on arrival ● Chilled scented refresher towel on arrival ● Fruit platter & Matangi sarongs in bure ● Village tour (contribution to village required) ● Kava tasting ● Coconut husking demonstration ● Sulu tying demonstration ● Grade school visit ● Meke (traditional Fijian dancing) ● Church service  ● Nightly Entertainment  ● Cooking demonstration.

Optional services and activities at additional cost are
 Beverages (alcoholic & non-alcoholic)
 Private picnic in Horseshoe Bay
 Romantic dinner on the beach
 Motorised activities
 Excursions to Taveuni Island including the Tavoro Bouma Waterfalls, Civa Pearl Farm etc.
 Light Tackle Sport Fishing
 Scuba diving including dive-gear rental, day dive trip to the Somo Somo Strait, scuba certification
 Spa treatments.

We know of people who discovered the joys of snorkelling at Matangi even though they had never snorkelled before.  We know of others who had never paddled a kayak or tried a stand-up-paddle board but found they could kayak right around Matangi Island with ease after only a couple of lessons.  That’s the essence of Matangi, the atmosphere is so relaxed that guests forget the pressures and prohibitions of daily life while staying here and simply enjoy the uncomplicated lifestyle and the first-class facilities and services. 

What Matangi Private Island Resort Say About Themselves
“At Matangi Private Island Resort, a family owned and operated 4.5 star boutique resort, you are treated to the real essence of Fiji. You’ll uncover the tranquillity of an intimate hideaway on our exclusive privately owned 240-acre unique horseshoe-shaped Fiji island paradise; boasting virgin tropical rainforest, white sand beaches, and volcanic rock faces rising from crystal clear waters and fringing coral reefs where a great diversity of marine life abounds. Matangi Island is the perfect Fiji island resort for your holiday, wedding or honeymoon.

Listed in Conde Nast Traveller as one of the "Top Five Most Romantic Resorts in Fiji" and listed in Islands Magazine "Best Private Island" Matangi Private Island Resort is situated on its own 240-acre island paradise in the North-East part of the Fiji group of islands. Our unique island paradise has been in our family since 1878 when an adventurous ancestor who sailed on a schooner from Sydney during the ‘Great Fiji Rush of 1870′ purchased the island in 1878.

After farming the island as a small coconut plantation until 1986, Flora Douglas, whose great grandfather had purchased Matangi Island in 1878, and her husband Noel Douglas began on their journey to develop Matangi into one of Fiji’s premier island resorts.

Crafted from local hardwoods, bamboo, lava rock and coconut palm thatch, our nine authentic Bures and three unique Treehouses offer a harmonious balance between nature and contemporary elegance. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens yet situated only steps from our private beach, our Bures offer privacy in the most spectacular tropical settings. 

Situated only 30 feet from our private beach, our spacious ‘Vale-ni-Kana’ Dining Room boasts breath-taking views of the ocean and our exquisitely landscaped grounds. Built entirely from local timber and showcasing intricately carved poles decorated with coconut fibre rope, this magnificent complex oozes Fijian charm. Our cuisine is largely influenced by our tropical surroundings, Fijian heritage and the unique flavours of the South Pacific.

Our ‘Ocean Spa’ features a over-water deck with relaxation area, gift shop and two couple treatment rooms, one complete with our unique lava rock rain shower facility. Drawing on inspiration from our traditional Fijian culture and our natural island surroundings, our Spa’s interior features intricate carvings of tropical fish and marine life, lava rock and local hardwoods. Our respect for our Fijian culture and the ocean is reflected in the variety of treatments that we offer including the Fijian ‘Bobo’ massage, ‘Lava Shell’ and ‘Hot Stone’ massage as well our ‘Earth Sea Salt’ and ‘Coconut Sugar Glow’ body treatments.

Our gorgeous tropical setting, lush rainforest interior, white sand beaches and pristine coral reefs, provide the perfect back-drop for many activities including, snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, fishing, hiking and private picnics. Our fine dining and spa services complete the picture making Matangi the ultimate honeymoon or island wedding destination.”

Our Specials:
Bullet Year-Round Stay/Pay Specials
Bullet Stay 5/Pay 4 Special

● Stay for 5 nights and only pay for 4 nights
1. Can be doubled to Stay 10/Pay 8
2. Valid for stays all year in all accommodation types.
3. Valid on both Meals-Inclusive and Room-Only tariffs

Bullet Stay 7/Pay 5 Special
 Stay for 7 nights and only pay for 5 nights
1. Valid for stays year-round
2. Can be doubled to Stay 14/Pay 10
3. Valid for stays in all accommodation types.
4. Valid on both Meals-Inclusive and Room-Only tariffs

Bullet Honeymoon Bonus
Honeymooners receive the following with the compliments of Matangi Private Island Resort
 1 complimentary bottle of Wine in the Bure on arrival
 Complimentary Breakfast in Bed on first morning
1. Honeymoon status to be established at the time of booking accommodation.

Bullet Anniversary & Birthday Celebrations Bonus
Guests celebrating an anniversary or birthday while saying at the resort receive the following bonus with the compliments of Matangi Private Island Resort:
 1 complimentary bottle of Wine in the Bure on arrival
 Personalised celebration cake.
1. Anniversary/Birthday status to be established at the time of booking accommodation.

Bullet Special Romance Package
Voted by Conde Nast Traveller as one of the ‘Top Five Most Romantic Resorts in Fiji’, Matangi is the perfect tropical island getaway for honeymooners and couples wanting to escape for a little romance. The Romance Package has been carefully designed to offer couples a taste of romance ‘island style’ and includes Matangi’s top three romantic experiences:
Morning or afternoon picnic for two in beautiful Horseshoe Bay Includes exclusive use of Horseshoe Bay bure, kayaks, snorkelling. picnic lunch or afternoon treats, 1 bottle of house wine or 4 bottles of local beer.
 30-minute Tropical Couples Massage in the Ocean Spa
 Private Candlelit dinner for two in a romantic location. Dinner features a special menu and a bottle of wine.
Our Specialists can pre-book this and include it in your holiday arrangements. 
1. The Romance Package is only available for guests taking the Meal Inclusive Rate.

Bullet Scuba Diving Rates and Packages
Matangi Private Island Resort is a member of the PADI International Resort Retailers Association. Divers are required to produce a dive certification card and sign a waiver prior to diving at Matangi.

Bullet Prepaid 3 Day/6 Tank & 5 Day/10 tank Dive Packages
(Unlimited shore diving is also included in these packages).
 3 Days/6 Tanks 
 5 Days/10 Tanks 
Please note, these package rates only apply if prepaid and included in your holiday package arrangements.  They do not apply to diving purchased while at the Resort. 
Scuba gear hire is available at the Resort and pricing is available on request.

Bullet Weddings and Vow-Renewal Packages
Very good value wedding and vow renewal packages are available at Matangi. Weddings are usually performed on the Resort’s main beach at sunset. All guests of the Resort are invited to attend the celebration (unless otherwise specified). Complimentary rum punch and appetizers are served after the wedding for all guests. – Our Specialists have full details.

Your Accommodation Options
There is only 12 accommodation units at Matangi Private Island Resort in 4 different categories. All accommodation is air-conditioned as well as having ceiling fans and flow-through ventilation, private ensuite bathroom with outdoor lava-rock private courtyard shower, Pure Fiji bath amenities, bathrobe and slippers, hair dryer, in room electronic safe, i-pod docking station, fully stocked mini bar (additional cost based on usage), fresh baked cookies daily, French press coffee/tea making facilities, large sitting area, private veranda, beach towels and a beach hammock.

Every accommodation unit presents in a pleasing blend of a traditional Fijian Bure and modern tropical architecture. 

Room Categories
 (In ascending order of tariff) 
Bullet Oceanview Bures:
efurbished in July 2016, the 3 Oceanview Bures are the least expensive Bures at Matangi, but, in standard,  they are right up there with the best the Resort has to offer.  At 60m2 they are very generous in size with ample space for the four-poster bed and a large lounge area which is surrounded by a semi-circle of glass louvre windows to let in the breezes.  The ocean view is pleasantly filtered by the beautiful tropical trees which add a feeling of privacy and seclusion. In addition to a courtyard lava rock shower, the Oceanview Bures also offer an interior bathroom shower.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 Adults
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed
Additional Bedding: 1 Single Bed can be added

Bullet Beachfront Bures:
The 5 Beachfront Bures have also been renovated in the past 4 years and provide guests with very handy access to the beach which is just a few steps down from the Bure.  At 70m2, the Beachfront Bures are so spacious you hardly notice the big four-poster bed at the back of the lounge! Guests enjoy the sizeable thatched veranda/porch with its lounging chairs.  The veranda opens almost seamlessly into the expansive interior through double opening doors.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 Adults
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed
Additional Bedding: 1 Single Bed can be added

Bullet Treehouses:
Matangi Private Island Resort is famous for its 3 Treehouse Bures.  These are a massive 80m2 in size and providing you are OK with walking up between 20 and 40-odd steps (some have more steps than others) to reach your accommodation, staying in a Treehouse at Matangi is a very pleasant experience indeed. Every one of the three beautiful Treehouses delivers an absolutely delightful holiday experience. Built on poles up at tree-canopy level with decks that run right along the front, Treehouse accommodation provides guests with a great view of the beach, the ocean and the islands beyond.  At one end the deck turns inward and widens out to frame the outdoor Spa Bath Area which features a double Day Bed located to take in the view. The Day Bed has curtains that can be drawn around to provide a perfectly romantic oasis.  As with all the accommodation at Matangi, each Treehouse has an outdoor courtyard shower.  Unlike the Bures, which have ceramic tiled floors, Treehouses have beautiful polished timber floors which add to the “tree-house” ambience.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 Adults
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed
Additional Bedding: No – Treehouses are for couples!

Bullet Two Bedroom/2 Bathroom Bure:
Wake up to the sounds of nature on your private rocky point of land overlooking the sea and the neighbouring islands and enjoy the leisurely wander 200 metres along the sand path to the resort restaurant for a truly delightful breakfast.  The 2 Bedroom Bure is 150m2 in area. It features a huge veranda running the entire length of the bure front which shades day beds/sun loungers, comfortable lounge seats and a dining table and 6 chairs. Both bedrooms, which are at either end of the bure with a lounge between, have screened four-poster beds and individual ensuite bathrooms which feature a courtyard lava rock shower. The 2 Bedroom Bure is ideal for 2 couples, adult families or a small group of friends.
Maximum Occupancy: 4 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed in both bedrooms..
Additional Bedding: One Single Bed can be added to either or both bedrooms for guests requiring separate beds.

Getting To and From Matangi Private Island Resort
Following an approximately 1 hour flight by Fiji’s domestic airline from Nadi to Matei Airport on Taveuni Island, guests are met on arrival by the Resort’s mini-van driver for the 25-minute car transfer to the Navakacoa boat-landing along an unsealed (but very scenic) road.  The boat to Matangi pulls up to the beach (so a little wading may be required). The boat transfer across to Matangi Island takes around 20 minutes from Navakacoa. Matangi Island is 13 kilometres off Taveuni Island and the combined car & boat transfer takes approximately 45-minutes.

Our Travel Specialists organise all these connections and transfers as required in your holiday arrangements.

Kids’ Policy
Matangi Private Island Resort caters to adults only (guests aged 16 years and older).

Check in time is 12:00 noon
Check out time is 10:00am
For early arrivals and late departures The Resort provides a hospitality room with luggage storage and shower facilities, which is available for all guests to use on a non-exclusive basis.

An early check-in or late check-out is available if the bure is not required that day. For guaranteed early check-in or late check-out The Resort suggests booking a pre or post night

Cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be made in writing
Bullet Cancellations made greater than 45 days prior to scheduled arrival, the charge is FJD$2,000.
Bullet Cancellations made between 45 and 21 Days of scheduled arrival will incur a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the total services booked.
Bullet Cancellations made within 21 Days of arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the services booked.
Bullet No Shows or days not used due to delayed arrival or premature departure: No refund will be given for unused arrangements. 

All information shown is subject to change without notice.


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Resort Facilities:
Bullet Gourmet Restaurant

Bullet Bar
Bullet Swimming Pool
Bullet Daily snorkelling excursion
Bullet Kayaking
Bullet Stand-up paddle boarding
Bullet Guided walks & hikes
Bullet Sailing (Calypso catamaran)
Bullet Volleyball (Fiji vs. Rest of the World)
Bullet Island tour via boat
Bullet Hand-line fishing
Bullet Village, School trips and Sunday church visits
Bullet Weekly cultural shows
Bullet Meke performance with Kava tasting

Resort Facilities (Charges apply)
Spa Treatments – Facials, Massage, Mani/Pedi

Bullet Scuba Diving and PADI Certifications
Bullet Weddings and Renewal of Vows
Bullet Romantic Dinners
Bullet Horseshoe Bay Picnic
Bullet Bouma Waterfall Trips
Bullet Black Pearl Farm Trips
Bullet International Dateline Trips
Bullet Natural Rock Slides on Taveuni
Bullet Light Tackle Sport Fishing
Bullet Wifi available in Public Areas.

Room Facilities:
Bullet Air-conditioning and ceiling fan

Bullet Private Courtyard Rock Shower
Bullet Furnished Veranda/Patio
Bullet Under-counter Fridge 
Bullet Bottled Fiji Water
Bullet Mini-bar on request
Bullet Electronic safe
Bullet Slippers & Robes
Bullet Hair dryer 
Bullet iPod docking station
Bullet French press coffee/Tea-making facility
Bullet Homemade cookies
Bullet Pure Fiji bath amenities
Bullet Matangi sarongs
Bullet Welcome fruit platters
Bullet Daily Maid Service
Bullet Personal-use Umbrellas