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FATBOYS SOLOMON ISLANDS RESORT
Mbabanga Island, Off Gizo, Solomon Islands


What the Resort Says About Itself
"Welcome!

Sheltered from the Coral Sea by the surrounding Islands, fatboys resort could be considered the perfect hideaway.

Every morning our guests wake to the most picturesque views of Kolombangara, Kennedy Island and many other beautiful Coral Cays and reefs that dot our warm calm waters.

With a tropical climate and an average daily temperature of 29C, fatboys resort is the destination to be visiting anytime of the year.

Fatboys Resort, bar & restaurant is situated 100 metres out atop the crystal clear waters of Mbabanga Island, an 8 minute boat ride from Gizo, the provincial capital of the Western Solomons.

The name "fatboys" is derived from the character "Joe" from the book "The Pickwick Papers" by Charles Dickens. Joe – the "fat boy" consumes great quantities of food and constantly falls asleep in any situation at any time of day; The fatboys life revolves around drinking, eating, sleeping and making every conceivable effort to avoid work.

Whilst at fatboys the customer becomes "Joe the fatboy" Enjoy an ice cold bevy, a plate of fresh crayfish pan fried in lime juice and butter, a game of pool, or simply kick back and be mesmerized by the myriad of tropical fish swimming underneath you.

Our well stocked bar includes a modest wine list and our locally grown produce, including catches of fresh seafood every day, enable us to create mouth-watering dishes for you.

Our Thoughts on Fatboys Resort
This is a very special place for people searching for an authentic, old-fashioned “South Sea Island” experience with a few modern creature comforts thrown in.  The location of Fatboys is truly spectacular, being only a few minutes by boat from Gizo Town on the central shore of a medium-sized lagoon island which it shares with a local village and one other resort property a minute-or-so away by boat. For the right person, Fatboys is a perfect spot; here you will experience South Pacific life as it has been for centuries – laid-back, friendly and natural in a special, warm environment, the type of place where life is simpler and where the environment around you produces much of what is needed in the way of food and shelter-building materials.  Add into this mix accommodation bungalows with ensuite bathrooms, 24 hour electricity to drive ceiling fans and an under-counter fridge to go with tea and coffee making facilities, nice big balconies offering views of tropical islands and the lagoon and a special restaurant/bar on the edge of the reef accessed by a 100 metre-long pier where it’s possible to throw a fishing line from the restaurant deck and you begin to understand what Fatboys is all about.  

At Fatboys, you discard your shoes as you enter your bungalow, sleep under a mosquito net in a very comfortable bed while the breezes through the gaps between the top of the walls and the roof under the eaves and the ceiling fan keep the air moving through and around your “Leaf House” bungalow.  Bungalows are located on the water front and raised up a few steps from the ground and the beach. High, pitched thatched roof and ceilings add to the feeling of space and the natural timber floor leads out to a nice big veranda beside/over the beach. Accommodation is serviced daily.

For active people, there is a wide range of activities on offer.  Of course, the fishing is spectacular and there is a choice between open-boat and big-game fishing.  There is usually excellent surfing approximately 20 minutes away by boat.  Scuba Diving is nothing short of amazing in the clear waters around Gizo where the marine life is prolific and diving on WWII wrecks add interest.  Snorkelling around Fatboys immediate location is great and complimentary use of kayaks is provided for all guests.

The more gentle pursuits include village visits with a Fatboys staff member, picnics on remote beaches, trips to Gizo Town, enjoying jungle walks, darts and billiards/pool at the bar, but most of all, waking to the beautiful view and relaxing over a good book or a cold drink on your own special balcony veranda.

The overwater restaurant and bar is the heart of Fatboys.  All meals are offered in this unique building on the side of the reef where the fish swarm beneath and where the snorkelling is world class.  The meals are pretty spectacular too for such a remote location.  The freshest seafood is offered (crayfish is a specialty) along with an international menu.

Incidentally, when preparing this information, we noticed that the Fatboys Resort location is shown incorrectly on Google Maps as being in Gizo Town. What is shown is possibly the location of the wharf in Gizo which the resort uses for its boat service to and from Mbabanga Island.

Specials
Bullet Stay 5 Nights Special
Stay a minimum of 5 consecutive nights at Fatboys Resort and receive the following inclusions with compliments of Fatboys Resort:
  • Free continental breakfast daily
    Free meet & greet at Honiara International airport 
     when transferring direct to a Gizo flight
    Free boat transfers from Gizo airport
    Welcome tropical drink at Fatboys
  •  Free wifi internet access
  •  3 transfers to Dive Gizo for diving northern dive sites
  •  Free guided village walk & tour

Bullet Stay/Pay Specials
Bullet Stay 6 Nights Pay 5½ Nights
    Stay for 6 nights and only pay for 5 and-a-half nights.
Plus, receive the following inclusions with compliments of Fatboys Resort:
  • Free continental breakfast daily
    Free meet & greet at Honiara International airport 
     when transferring direct to a Gizo flight
    Free boat transfers from Gizo airport
    Welcome tropical drink at Fatboys
  •  Free wifi internet access
  •  3 transfers to Dive Gizo for diving northern dive sites
  •  Free guided village walk & tour
Conditions:
 - Only stays of consecutive nights qualify for discounted night.
 - Unused bonus inclusions are non-refundable or transferable.

Bullet Stay 7 Nights Pay 6 Nights
  •  Stay for 7 nights and only pay for 6 nights.
Plus, receive the following inclusions with compliments of Fatboys Resort:
  • Free continental breakfast daily
    Free meet & greet at Honiara International airport 
     when transferring direct to a Gizo flight
    Free boat transfers from Gizo airport
    Welcome tropical drink at Fatboys
  •  Free wifi internet access
  •  3 transfers to Dive Gizo for diving northern dive sites
  •  Free guided village walk & tour
Conditions:
 - Only stays of consecutive nights qualify for discounted night.
 - Unused bonus inclusions are non-refundable or transferable.

Bullet Stay 10 Nights Pay 9 Nights
  •  Stay for 10 nights and only pay for 9 nights.
  •  $400.00 Resort Dollar per bungalow to be spent on Fatboys Resort activities. Plus, receive the following inclusions with compliments of Fatboys Resort:
  • Free continental breakfast daily
    Free meet & greet at Honiara International airport 
     when transferring direct to a Gizo flight
    Free boat transfers from Gizo airport
    Welcome tropical drink at Fatboys
  •  Free wifi internet access
  •  3 transfers to Dive Gizo for diving northern dive sites
  •  Free guided village walk & tour
Conditions:
 - Only stays of consecutive nights qualify for discounted night.
 - $400 Resort Dollars may not be used for meals, accommodation or drinks.
 - Unused bonus inclusions are non-refundable or transferable.Plus, receive the following inclusions with compliments of Fatboys Resort:

Your Accommodation Options
Fatboys’ bungalows are constructed of traditional leaf and local hardwoods and designed to take advantage of the natural beachfront surroundings. There are a total of 5 accommodation units – 2 stand-alone beachfront “Honeymoon” Bungalows designed primarily for couples and 2 beachfront “Family” Bungalows in a duplex unit.  The 5th unit is a large “Self-Contained” unit, a two-level apartment-style building which sports self-catering facilities. Each unit has a beautiful veranda/balcony overlooking the lagoon.  The tariff at Fatboys is based on a per room basis so there are no extra charges for additional guests up to the designated room maximum occupancy number.

Accommodation is fan-cooled and also has excellent flow-through ventilation.

All accommodation is only a short stroll to Fatboys’ restaurant and bar which is located at the end of a private jetty, 100 metres out over the reef.

Room Categories (In ascending order of tariff)
Bullet Honeymoon Bungalows:
The Honeymoon Bungalows and the Family Bungalows are the same tariff.
Ensuite bathroom with shower.
Maximum Occupancy with existing bedding: 2 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed.
Additional Bedding: On request

Bullet Family Bungalows:
The Family Bungalows are in a duplex unit and comprise a main bedroom and separate bedroom.  The lounge flows out to a private veranda. The bathroom has a shower. Between each Family Bungalow in the duplex unit there is an additional furnished, shared veranda.
Maximum Occupancy with existing bedding: 5 guests of any age.
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed in main bedroom.  Either 1 Queen or 3 Single Beds in the separate bedroom.
Additional Bedding: On request.

Bullet Self-Contained Unit:
The Self-Contained Unit is less like a traditional Solomon Islands “Leaf House” and more of a western-style building with high, flat ceilings, glass louvered windows and wooden verandas and decks.  There are 2 Bedrooms.  The master bedroom, an ensuite bathroom and lounge area are upstairs which opens on to 2 furnished decks overlooking a wide view.  The second bedroom, a second bathroom and the kitchen (full-size fridge/freezer) are located downstairs. The   
Maximum Occupancy in existing bedding: 5 guests of any age
Existing Bedding: Upstairs Bedroom: 1 Queen Bed. Downstairs Bedroom: 1 Queen Bed and 1 Single Bed
Additional Bedding: On request.

Getting to and from Fatboys Resort
Located on Mbabanga Island, off Gizo, just along the coast from Sanbis Resort and an easy 8 minute boat ride from Gizo’s airport on Nusatupe Island.  It’s also an easy 10/12 minute boat ride into Gizo town.
 
Kids Policy
Children are welcome.

Check-in/Check Out
To some extent, hotel check-in and check-out times are regulated by the Gizo flight schedules of arriving and departing guests.  However for guests staying in Gizo before or after their stay at Fatboys, official check-in and checkout times are:
Check-in: 11:00am
Check-out: 10:00am

Cancellation Policy
Bullet All cancellations must be made in writing.
Bullet Cancellations and modifications made within 30 days of scheduled arrival incur a cancellation
     fee equal to 50% of the cost of the accommodation booked.
Bullet Guests who fail to show on the scheduled date of arrival are charged 100% of the cost of the
     accommodation booked.

The information on this page is correct as at 01 January 2017 and is subject to change without notice.



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Resort Facilities:
Bullet Restaurant
Bullet Bar
Bullet Laundry Service
Bullet Complimentary use of Kayaks
Bullet Snorkelling
Bullet Darts
Bullet Pool Table
Bullet Excursions:
     Scuba Dive
     Surfing
     Fishing
     Village Visit
     Picnic on remote beach
     Hiking/climbing Kolombangara Island
     Visit Kennedy Island
Bullet Happy Hour
Bullet Wifi available at restaurant/bar

Room Facilities:
Bullet 5 Star Bedding
Bullet Tea/Coffee Making Facility
Bullet Daily Room Service
Bullet Linen and Towels Provided
Bullet Ensuite Bathroom -Separate Shower 
Bullet Views
Bullet Ceiling Fans
Bullet Under-counter Fridge
Bullet BBQ (Self-contained Unit)
Bullet Kitchen (Self-contained Unit)
Bullet Hammock