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OUR thoughts on Navutu Stars Resort, Yaqeta Island, Yasawa Islands
What a find! Somehow, you just don’t expect to come across a place like Navutu Stars out in the far reaches of Fiji’s Yasawa Islands - or do you? What you find here is a beautiful, high-quality boutique resort in a perfect island beach setting and while there are certainly other wonderful resorts out in the Yasawa Islands, Navutu Stars is one of a very select few that provide an exceptional standard of accommodation, services and food while keeping faithful to their desire to maintain as small an ecological footprint as possible - and it works perfectly!

The resort is built around a small point on the north of Yaqeta Island on three sandy bays. The bays face west, north and east and there are small islets close in, while the rest of the Yasawa Islands stretch before you in the middle distance. There is a quite a variation in the tides out here in the Yasawa Islands so there is a constant change of beach scenery as the tides come and go and the snorkelling is always interesting. Sunrise and sunset times are magical and the night sky fairly blazes with stars. Navutu Stars is a relaxing and romantic spot – our advice for holidays here is not to scrimp on your time, we reckon 5 nights is a dead minimum to really relax and unwind in this remarkable boutique resort.

For such a small, remote resort the food is exceptional and very fairly priced too. Full gourmet continental breakfast is included in the room price and comprises muffins and pancakes as well as fresh fruit platters, toast, jam, cereals, tea/coffee and fruit juices. Breakfast is served on the deck in front of the restaurant or in your bure. An a la carte cooked menu is available at a reasonable additional cost.

The a la carte lunch options are exactly right for your relaxing Fiji break – a perfect mixture of light tropical-style meals, a perfectly balanced menu featuring Italian, Pacific Rim and Asian styles. A private picnic lunch will happily be organised on a secluded beach on a neighbour island. Dinners are a highlight at Navutu Stars. There is an ever-changing daily menu and dinners can be enjoyed in the relaxed open-air restaurant, privately at a table specially set up on the beach, on your own deck or on the raised Sunset Terrace with its stunning views. In true Navutu Stars style, there is no additional charge for room service.

Lunch and dinner is not included in the tariff although meal plans are available. However, the style of food and prices cover a wide range of options, so being free to decide each day is not a bad idea.

There is plenty to do if you want to be active. Scuba diving is readily available, kayaks are provided for guest to use, there is a daily changing snorkelling trip, exceptional fishing, the view from the hill immediately behind the resort is well worth the climb, village visits, beach volleyball, enjoy the hiking trails, visit the famous Sawa-i-lau caves where even a novice swimmer can be assisted through the underwater passage into these spectacular fresh-water underwater caves, join in the kava ceremony every Friday afternoon.

Swimming with Manta Rays is another optional activity at Navutu Stars.  From May to October, these majestic creatures glide through the channel between Nanuya Balavu and Drawaqa Islands. They pass through nearly every day from May to October to feed as the tide changes.
Quoting the resort:
“Of course, they are wild, so we can't guarantee you'll see them but if you do, no photograph will prepare you for that first sighting of them in the water beneath you. The mantas don't mind swimmers so there's a good chance your encounter will be a lengthy one as they turn and glide in the waters beneath you, huge mouths open as they feed on the plankton.”

Honeymoons and weddings are a feature at Navutu Stars; but you don’t have to be on a honeymoon to luxuriate in the magnificent Day Spa with its myriad of treatments and massage options.  To help get you into relaxation-mode on arrival Navutu Stars includes the option a complimentary 30-minute massage for every guest staying 4 nights or longer.

Another feature of Navutu Stars is their Yoga Classes.  To quote Navutu Stars by their in-house Yoga expert Torika Tabua:-
“In a unique blend of Astanagar and Iyengar teachings at Yasawa’s Navutu Stars Fiji. Torika began her career as a deeply intuitive massage therapist, her healing touch perfectly complemented by completion of yoga training in San Francisco, where she became certified as an Astangar Teacher. She went on to lead the yoga program at the Jaques Cousteau Resort in Fiji for close to ten years.

Torika’s Yoga classes at Navutu Stars give new energy and tone to city-stressed bodies and souls. Gentle daily classes in groups or privately, will be taught on the stunning Sunset Terrace, where the view stretches over sparkling seas to the furthest points of the volcanic Yasawa Islands. Torika confesses that "Yoga changed the way I look at things, I have learned to focus on the positive rather than negative”. With her big smile and generous nature, Torika brings the warmth of the Fiji Islands to her classes. For groups of 6 or more, tailored Yoga retreats can be arranged.

In the latter part of 2017, the Bures were refurbished, involving a general refreshing of the rooms and a full upgrade of the bathrooms. Additional water-sport facilities include Stand-Up Paddle Boards and light-weight double kayaks were added at that time.

Finally, the cocktails. Oh yes, the cocktails at Navutu Stars are truly memorable.

Rate inclusions at Navutu Stars:
● Guest participation in eco-sustainable resort programs such as coral & reef restoration projects
● Full gourmet continental breakfast daily
● Meet and Greet assistance at Nadi Airport
● Welcoming Pacific fruits cocktail and staff serenade on arrival and departure.
● One hour of Yoga 7:00am to 8:00am daily
● 2 bottles of water daily in bure
● Daily room service
● Free location choice for special dine-outs anywhere around the resort
● Complimentary bathroom toiletries
● 20-minute arrival relaxation massage using organic treatments in the Navutu Spa.(1 per guest per stay)
● Use of all non-motorised water equipment such askayaks, SUPs, canoes and snorkelling gear.
● Salt water swimming pool
● Minimal laundry service
● 8GB of free wifi for guest use during stay.

What Navutu Stars Resort Say About Themselves:
“Unwind on an intimate and secluded island in the Yasawas, rated one of the most beautiful and tranquil places on earth, ‘that looks just like the pictures’. Navutu Stars offers barefoot luxury in a hush-hush tropical paradise, with an emphasis on sound ecological values. The resort is an ecologically balanced island sanctuary of pristine white beaches, dramatic monoliths, crystal clear lagoons, and rich marine life. Relax in one of the nine spacious and immaculate bures combining traditional Fijian architecture with modern comfort and design under coconut palms. The resort offers truly special gourmet dining and spa experiences. The organic spa features naturally crafted treatments blended from such local ingredients as aloe vera and coconut flakes, as well as modern cosmetics from certified organic South Pacific farms. Stylish Italian and Pacific Rim flavours are created daily using freshly caught fish and fabulous produce from Navutu’s own organic gardens.

Recommended by Condé Nast, voted among the Sexiest Resorts in the World and defined by Vogue 
America as “Rustic Chic”, Navutu Stars will seduce you with the warmth of the local staff, eager to welcome you on their islands and to make you love every minute of your holiday. 

Navutu is an eco-luxury tropical sanctuary set against a crystal clear lagoon, and pristine white beaches. The resort proudly features energy autonomous living with solar power, organic gardens, fresh spring water sourced from natural bores and a reef and coral regeneration project to protect this delicate ecology.

More than a destination, Navutu Stars is an experience that you will never forget, where friendly staff – most of whom come from the local village, will welcome you like family. 

While your suntan will fade... your memories of Navutu will warm your heart for a life time.

Our Specials
Bullet Honeymooner Bonus
With the compliments of Navutu Stars Resort, honeymooners staying a minimum 4 nights receive:
● Champagne Breakfast in bed on their first morning at the Resort.
1. Subject to a minimum 4 nights stay
2. Valid for stays year-round
3. Valid for stays in all ccommodation categories
4. Honeymoon status to be established at the time of booking accommodation

Bullet Seasonal 3 Night Stay Specials

Bullet Stay 3 Nights/Save 40%
● Stay 3 nights and save 40% off room tariff
Valid for stays:
 - 01 January to 14 April
 - 01 November to 20 December
1. Combinable with Honeymooner Bonus only

Bullet Stay 3 Nights/Save 30%
● Stay 3 nights and save 30% off room tariff
Valid for stays:
 - 15 April to 30 June
 - 01 October to 30 October
 - Combinable with Honeymooner Bonus only

Bullet Stay 3 Nights/Save 25%
● Stay 3 nights and save 25% off room tariff
Valid for stays:
 - 01 July to 30 September
1. Combinable with Honeymooner Bonus only

Bullet Cruise to Navutu Stars on Blue Lagoon Cruises
Depart Port Denarau on the Friday Blue Lagoon Cruise - cruise the fabulous Yasawa Islands for the weekend.  At the end of the cruise on Monday, Navutu Stars Resort’s boat will pick guests up early (6:00am) at Nanuya Lailai and transfer guests to Navutu Stars Resort.
Bonus Extras:
● On the Blue Lagoon Cruise
A complimentary deck upgrade on your cruise. 
(Subject to availability)
● At Navutu Stars:
A complimentary upgrade to the next accommodation level (subject to availability at check-in)
And immediate Check-in if bure is available when guests arrive off the Blue Lagoon Cruise
A minimum 3 Night Stay is required at Navutu Stars

Your Accommodation Options
Every one of the 10 bures at Navutu Stars is really magnificent.  Ranging in size between 60 and 80 square metres in size, each one with 8-metre-high traditionally-built thatched roofs with hand-crafted interior beams and ceilings – a style normally reserved for Fiji’s High Chiefs.  Each one is truly a natural artwork.  Walls and floors are whitewashed and this colour scheme contrasts exceptionally well with the natural wood ceilings and beams and the wooden shutters etc. The soft furnishings are in Asian-inspired colours – it all comes together exceptionally well.  

All Bures are cooled by ceiling fans and through-breezes.  There really is no need for air-conditioning as the very high cathedral-style thatched ceilings take out most of the heat and the natural sea breezes do the rest. Every Bure has a big bathroom with double vanity basins and a shower and while the bures are all open-plan there are distinct sleeping and living areas as well as outdoor lounging furniture and a double hammock. Two bottles of bottled water are placed in your bure each day.

Navutu Stars has a minimum 3 nights stay policy year-round

To keep the resort always up to scratch, Navutu Stars does not accept booking for February each year, as during this period, the resort undergoes annual maintenance.

Room Categories
(In ascending order of tariff)
Bullet The Garden Bure:
There is one Garden Bure located in a nice secluded spot between the 2 Grand Bures. The Garden Bure would be no further than 30 metres from the beach and occupants have a filtered beach view. While it is the least-cost option for accommodation, it is in quite high demand due to its secluded location. There are 2 sofas and a coffee table in the lounge area and the whole front of the Bure opens up when the bi-fold doors are drawn back.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 guests.
Existing bedding:  1 King Bed.
Additional bedding:  No additional bedding accommodated.

Bullet Beachfront Bures:
There are six of these 70m2 beauties, each one located almost right on the beach sand. Both the sleeping area and the living area have separately opening bi-fold doors out to the beach and terrace. A shady coconut frond thatched veranda is out front and, where space permits, houses a double daybed to compliment the double hammock slung between the palm trees nearby. The lounge area contains 2 sofas and a large coffee table.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed. 
Additional Bedding:  1 single Rollaway Bed can be added.

Bullet Grand Bures:
Apart from the restaurant, bar and reception bure, the stand-out building as you arrive at Navutu Stars is Grand Bure number 1, which is raised above the east-facing beach affording occupants a splendid view out over the Yasawa Islands. This Bure has an 80m2 deck. The other Grand Bure (number 3) is located on the beach and is surrounded by 180m2 of private tropical garden. Both Grand Bures are 80m2 in size and have a similar layout to the Beach Front Bures.  Apart from the slightly bigger interior, their major feature is an oversize soaking tub built into the lounge area floor from which you can enjoy the view while soaking in a specially prepared bath which is enhanced with scented oils, dried flower petals and floating candles. One Grand Bure has the living area and the soaking tub raised up 3 steps from the sleeping area, the other Grand Bure has all facilities on the one level.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 guests.
Existing bedding is 1 King Bed.
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding accommodated.

Getting to and from Navutu Stars Resort
If you have the time and the inclination for a 4-hour sea trip, the Yasawa Flyer option is quite interesting because it stops off at various other islands along the way. A flight, whether it is by helicopter or float-plane, provides a panoramic view of both the Southern Yasawa Islands and the Mamanuca Islands closer to Nadi.
Bullet By Sea
Yasawa Flyer Ocean-going Fast Catamaran. Large modern catamaran ferry. Service departs every morning at 08:45am from Port Denarau arriving at Navutu Stars at 12:45pm. On the return journey Yasawa Flyer departs Navutu Stars at 2:00pm and arrives Port Denarau at 6:00pm.
Bullet By Air
Charter flight with Turtle Airways seaplane transit time of approximately 30 minutes
 Charter flight with Pacific Island Seaplane – approximately 30 minutes flight
 Charter Helicopter  – approximately 30 minutes
Deciding which of the options to take to get to and from Navutu Stars can be a little daunting, but Our Specialists will be happy to advise on the options best suited to your holiday schedule and make bookings accordingly.

Kids Policy
Children aged 12 years and older are welcome at Navutu Stars.

Check-in/Check Out
The Resort's standard check-in and check-out times are:
Check In Time: 2:00pm
Check Out Time: 11:00am

Resort Deposit and Cancellation Policy
A deposit of 20% of the total booking cost is required on confirmation of a booking.  This deposit is forfeit if the booking is cancelled more than 45 days before scheduled arrival
All cancellations must be made in writing.
Bullet Bookings cancelled between 16 and 45 days of scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the full cost of the booking confirmed.
Bullet Bookings cancelled within 15 days of scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the full cost of the booking confirmed.
Bullet Failure to show on scheduled date for any reason or earlier than scheduled departures from the resort results in forfeiture of the accommodation booked but not utilised

Travel Insurance is recommended
OUR Travel Specialists can advise on all aspects of travel insurance
Information last update 21 September 2020. All information shown is subject to change without notice.

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Resort Facilities
Bullet Swimming pool
Bullet Restaurant (Italian-inspired Chef)
Bullet Bar
Bullet Spa
Bullet Snorkelling
Bullet Kayaking
Bullet New Light-weight Double Kayaks
Bullet New Stand-Up Paddle Boards
Bullet Hiking
Bullet Village Tour
Bullet Volleyball
Bullet Kava Session
Bullet Basket Weaving
Bullet Coconut Demonstration
Bullet Fishing
Bullet Island Hopping
Bullet Wakeboarding
Bullet Yoga
Bullet Solar Power
Bullet Organic Gardens
Bullet Cave trip to Sawa-i-lau Caves
Bullet PADI Accredited Dive
Bullet Shark Dive
Bullet Surfing November to March
Bullet Coral & Reef Rstoration Program
Bullet Private Island Gourmet Picnics
Bullet Sunset Cruise
Bullet Wedding Package
Bullet Free Broadband Internet at Office

Room Facilities
Bullet Soaking Tub for 2 People in Living Room (Grand Bure only)
Bullet Private deck and garden
Bullet Byron Bay Organic bath accessories
Bullet Ceiling fans
Bullet Mini bar
Bullet Kimonos
Bullet Hair dryer
Bullet Beach towels
Bullet Beach hammock
Bullet CD Player
Bullet Day Bed
Bullet French Doors
Bullet 2 Bottles of water daily
Bullet Serviced Daily.