From the moment we arrived to the wonderful greeting from Fijian warriors, when we overheard the whispers from the kids, “This place, I give it 10 out of 10”, we knew Nanuku was going to be something, and it just kept getting better as every day passed.
Situated on a volcanic outcrop on the beachfront at Pacific Harbour, Nanuku can be reached by a 90-minute drive from Suva or two hours from Nadi, but a 20-minute flight from Nadi can have you at Nanuku’s own airstrip.
And why would you waste even a second getting to this piece of paradise?
Nanuku is a dream family holiday and all you need to do is sink into the joy of the luxury, the choices, the food and the beautiful surroundings while being pampered, spoilt, entertained and taken care of by the superb local staff – led by the hands-on general manager, Karen Taylor , who seems to have thought of absolutely everything.
Our accommodation, a Grand Villa, no, let’s call it our home because that’s what it truly felt like, was so spacious with a separate media room, a kitchen and enormous living area, luxuriously huge en suites and spas. Furnishings were beautifully integrated in both flow and colour. We even had our own pool. Landscaped gardens are dotted with with daybeds and deckchairs, or you can just put a blanket down on the green grass and laze away.
If you wanted to, you could stay at the Villa without leaving the grounds and it would be a complete holiday. Your choice. I highly recommend the day out to the resort’s private island, however, it was a thoroughly enjoyable 40-minute boat ride. Our trip started in a spectacular way our trip started as we watched flying fish performing, and then one jumped into the boat on one of the kids’ heads! It was a hilarious moment and will always be a treasured family memory of that day. A picnic was supplied for us and we snorkelled, paddled about on kayaks, and lunched – it was a fantastic day out.
There were so many activities on offer: paddle boarding, rafting, diving, jet skiing, zip line, golf, cooking classes, spa services, and more. The area certainly lives up to its reputation as the adventure capital of Fiji.
Meal times were full of choices not just for the food but also where you could eat: the Club House, which we found ideal, or poolside at the Villa, which was the preferred lunchtime spot for the kids. Everything was fresh and healthy and nothing was a problem to provide or prepare by the staff.
We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary while at Nanuku and were so moved and delighted when the staff sang a beautiful anniversary song to us. Another memory of how special this place and these people are.
Our Villa ‘Mumma’ was Wana. Ever-smiling and joyful to be around, keeping our villa immaculate. The washing was always mysteriously done and all the ‘picking up’ done for me – as a mum of four kids that was a holiday in itself.
All villa guests get a villa ‘buddy’ from 9am till 9pm every day – and ours was the wonderful Josh. Our boys could not have had better company and reminded us many times that he was a friend not a babysitter. Josh is a gem. From rugby on the beach, making spears and then spear fishing to indoor board games, our boys had their days filled with excitement.
Little ones aged five and under are allocated a nanny. Our two-year-old daughter Molly’s Villa ‘nanny’ was Va. She would take Molly to collect hermit crabs on the beach and for lots of swims in the pool. She watched over Molly and at mealtimes kept her playfully happy. Another example of how carefully Nanuku is planned for all ages – everything for babies and toddlers was provides, from highchairs in the Villas, to prams, toys, baby baths, and baby seats for car transfers. There was not a thing that wasn’t thought of.
For mums and those who just need a bit of pampering and ‘me’ time, we had our choice of spa treatments, yoga, an onsite personal trainer in the well-equipped gym.
My husband had an incredible experience diving with the sharks at Beqa Lagoon at Shark Reef. This has been a fear from childhood, ever since he watched Jaws, so this was a life-changing event. After his dive the entire staff came to our table at lunch singing and presented him with a hand-carved Nanuku shark made by Chris, one of the local builders. It will be forever as a very special memento.
Perfection, perfection and then some. This is the Nanuku experience.
And to top it off, remember…we all came home with clean clothes that went straight from the suitcase to the wardrobes and cupboards. When was the last time that happened on your holiday?