We were thrilled when we had the opportunity to review Yasawa Island Resort & Spa this fall. Truth be told, I had heard so many great things about the Yasawa Islands and this exclusive all-inclusive resort sits on one of the most remote and unspoiled islands of Fiji. So often, you’ll find “remote” and “pristine” but without luxury or you’ll get luxury but without the isolation that natural gems provide.
There are countless things that make the Yasawa Island Resort & Spa so unique, but the fact that it’s the only resort on the main island means that you can have a beach all to yourself.
The Yasawa Island Resort & Spa
Arriving to the Yasawa Islands is just as magical as staying on them. The views are spectacular in all directions from above and the moment you land on the grassy airstrip in a small puddle jumper you catch from Nadi.
Whether you’re looking out to a nearly untouched beach, lounging at the pristine blue pool at the resort or snorkeling under the sea, you’ll be in heaven during your entire stay.
There are only 18 luxury bungalows, all of which are hidden among the palms. Each bungalow has its own beach with a hammock swinging between two trees and a porch facing the ocean, which are perfect for morning coffee or a glass of champagne at the end of the day.
The water is so crystal clear here that swimming off any of their private beaches is a must do. They also have paddle boarding available for guests, which is a fun activity early in the day or near dusk when the water is calm and it’s easy to see coral from several feet away.
Each air-conditioned bure has a discreet outdoor shower; an expansive deck with daybeds, a separate living area with mini bar and iPod docking station; a hammock strung between two palm trees and your own thatched cabana with sun loungers on the edge of a pure white sandy beach.
Yasawa Island Resort & Spa is inclusive of all gourmet meals & snacks, all non-alcoholic beverages, and complimentary wiﬁ in their public spaces. Note that wifi really only works in the reception area — the idea is to get away from technology so it softly forces you to minimize cell phone use, which will help to restore and balance you.
Guests have use of all standard activities (kayaks, stand up paddle boards, tennis, guided walks, catamaran, etc) plus all scheduled activities like Village Visits, trips to the Blue Lagoon Caves, guided snorkeling trips and private beach picnics.
Yasawa Island Resort & Spa is the only resort on an island that is 22 kilometres long, so there’s plenty of space for both R&R and exploration. The resort’s water is made through a desalination unit, which means that you have water on tap that is tested regularly and approved for drinking. Additionally, there’s a boutique on-site, which offers Fijian artifacts, toiletries, snacks, designer ware, postcards, underwater cameras and materials, among other things.
The main “Bure Levu” which is where the reception area is also has a lounge area (air-conditioned), and a library, where there are games, books and magazines for your use.
The Beach & Beach Walks
As noted earlier, there are 10-11 private beaches and they also offer half day and full day trips to even more remote islands so you can be even more off-the-grid. That said, the views and beach walks from your bungalow are not only close, but breathtaking. It’s the perfect place to relax, meditate or catch up on that novel you’ve been meaning to read.
They offer a wide variety of excursions from the Yasawa Island Resort & Spa, with specials that come out in their daily flyer they give to all guests each evening. Called The Sand Paper, here you learn about arriving guests and what’s on the daily agenda.
- The views are breathtaking!
Photos from Lover’s Point, a remove island where we took a picnic lunch and stayed for the day.
One of the boats we took to go to the nearby reef for snorkeling. Some opted to go fishing and swimming.
You can also take a nature walk to Lagona, where you’ll learn about the plants of the island and their different purposes. They offer a Kava Ceremony, ocean volleyball, diving and a visit to the local village, Bukama, where you’ll learn about the history and meet some of the children who are eager to sing for you. Listen to the video below to get a taste of our experience there.
Under the Sea
As we mentioned, snorkeling is included for guests, however if you want to dive, they offer various dive packages including getting certified as well as dives for one, two, three or more days. And, you can even do a night dive.
Here, you can view a variety of coral and fish, from lion fish, reef sharks, parrot fish, surgeon fish, stingrays, and soft corals to trigger fish, angle fish, giant sweetlips, rock cod, turtles, and miniature sea life. There are a number of dive sites available so if you love the water, the Yasawa Islands is a great choice.
Snorkeling is amazing off any of the islands.
There were blue starfish everywhere!
The Baravi Spa
The spa at the Yasawa Island Resort & Spa is heavenly. First of all, its located right on the beach and the massages are done outside, facing the sea. The relaxation area is equally serene and you are surrounded by palm trees, warm ocean breezes, essential oils and flowers.
Below is the waiting room area — serenity at its best!
They offer wonderful massages and body treatments. For example, you can get a Vakecegu Massage, which is a peaceful and relaxing one, the Yasawa Energizer, which is meant to help with muscle tension using traditional Fijian techniques and sandalwood oil, the Karasa, which uses warm stones and essential oils. There’s also something they call the Baravi Rhythm, which is performed by two synchronized therapists, working in time with the sound of the waves.
Body treatments include a Sugar Glow (great for exfoliation of the skin), a Banana leaf hydrating wrap which is deeply detoxifying and a healing ritual called the Dilo Rescue. A full salon, they also do manicures and pedicures as well as waxing and tinting.
Facials include Hydra Lifting for hydration, Exfoliating to help even out skin tone and pigmentation, a Firming and anti-aging facial or a Purifying one which is great for oily and problem skin.
A unique thing about this resort is that you can pay an additional fee and get massages every day of your stay. (yes, really!)
The pool’s water is natural and overlooks the ocean and beach in front of the Yasawa Island Resort & Spa main property.
The bungalows weave in the best of luxury, island authenticity and feng shui all under one roof.
They vary in size, so there are smaller bungalows, two bedroom bungalows, which are great for families and their Honeymoon Suite, which we’d love to try out at a later date.
Below are some of the wonderful features so you feel in every way nurtured and taken care of, the perfect place to rest. Photo credit above and below: Yasawa Island Resort & Spa.
And then there’s sunset.
Culture & Music
Fijians love to sing and dance, so wherever you go, you’ll find performances including from the staff at the Yasawa Island Resort & Spa, who entertain for you on certain evenings right on the beach.
Dining at the Yasawa Island Resort & Spa
The food at the Yasawa Island Resort & Spa was spectacular. There’s also an open air bar where you can order virgin and alcoholic beverages and cocktails.
They have Grasshoppers (green creme de menthe with white creme de cacao and cream), Strawberry Daiquiris, Grapefruit Margaritas, Mojitos, Honey Mojitos, Rum Punch, a Yasawa Colada made with Fiji Coconut Vodka, White Rum Pineapple juice and coconut cream, among others.
You can get virgin mango coladas, and one of our favorites which we had every day of our stay: The Ginger and Elderflower cocktail which is made with fresh root ginger, lemon juice, Elderflower and mint with sparkling water.
Many of the dishes we sampled were truly unique and the chefs bring in natural ingredients from the island too, Fiji style.
Other tasty dishes included Sweet Corn, Bacon & Leek Soup, Confit Chicken, Crispy Salmon, Mushroom and Brie Penne, Tempura Prawns, Pulled Pork Rib Pizza, Sesame, Soy and Ginger Snapper, Beetroot, Haloumi and Pesto sliders, Cauliflower & Parmesan Soup, Honey Glazed Pork, Pan Fried Walu, Cassava Croquettes, and for desserts, white chocolate panna cotta and orange marmalade pudding to name a few.
For something a little lighter on the menu, they had a Cheeseboard with dried nuts and poached apples.
One of the happiest foodie moments for us was their Seafood Night — you can opt for a seafood platter during your stay. We opted to do this on our last day for lunch instead, paired with either a Chardonnay or Margarita of course. It was absolutely perfect! Imagine fresh lobster and seafood with breathtaking views of the ocean and beyond….
We happened to be there for Anthony’s birthday so of course we had to celebrate and part of that celebration included homemade chocolate cake and a group of Fijians standing around our table singing with bright smiles and passion in their voices.
Some of the other exquisite dishes included Kokoda which is classic in Fiji (coconut, tomato & lime salsa, white fish and octopus), fresh salads and wraps (Thai Beef Wrap with Asian slaw), red curries, and our lunch on Lover’s Point was a Smoked Chicken Pasta Salad, which had us at hello. The smokiness combined with the sundried tomato pesto sauce, cucumbers, black olives, feta and basil was out of this world.
Breakfast was also amazing every day. There was a buffet room where you could get rolls, toast, bagels, croissants and yoghurt. There was also fruit, water, tea, coffee and juice. Off the menu, you could order egg specialties, omelettes and more.
The easiest way to travel to Yasawa Island Resort & Spa is through their daily charter service — you can opt to travel via helicopter if you wish but it is more expensive to do so obviously.
They typically use the Island Hopper airplane service and the trip is a short 25-35 minute flight from Nadi International Airport. Once you land on the grassy airstrip on the main island, they’ll pick you up in a van and then it’s a short ten minute drive to the resort.
The flight is incredibly scenic and takes you along the coast of Viti Levu, and over the turquoise reefs and spectacular islands of the Yasawa Islands group.
Below, our arrival in Nadi upon our return!
Would we return? You betcha and we can’t wait!
For more details and how to book your stay here, be sure to visit their ever so heavenly website.