Vomo Island Resort has long been on my travel bucket list. I’d always wanted to know: is the sand REALLY that white?
So naturally, I jumped at the opportunity to visit Vomo and so many other incredibly amazing resorts on the recent Island Escapes educational. As soon as our group of six arrived I knew I was in for a treat! After enjoying Vomo’s authentic Fijian welcome complete with boisterous song and a delicious arrival cocktail with a hint of ginger, I was escorted to my beachfront villa (with netted king size bed, contemporary design and a complimentary sarong). And there it was – just a few steps away. Vomo’s stunning beach – as beautiful as I had imagined it to be (yes – it REALLY is that white!).
After the obligatory exploration of the bure, I headed to Vomo’s Rocks Bar for drinks at sunset. It was breathtaking. With views out to Vomolailai (Little Vomo) and the sky an ever-changing palette of colours as the sun dipped into the ocean, it was nothing short of stunning. Everything was just perfect and oh so relaxing. A warm breeze, great company and a cool, tropical cocktail. Bliss.
Dining is a highlight at Vomo and our evening continued with a delicious dinner at the Reef Restaurant – with the candlelit tables set up around the pool area and a Fijian band playing soul-filled beats to match the occasion. Special mention must also go to our lunch the next day – a private barbecue at the Rocks Bar laden with fresh lobster, prawns (peeled of course!) served with yummy salads and that million dollar view out to Vomolailai.
Vomo has got it just right: it’s the perfect balance between a romantic luxury holiday for mum and dad, and a kids’ paradise. This can be a tricky mix, but at Vomo it works. The new kids village is five-star and it is one of the most popular places on the island. From here, little explorers can wander down to the beach, feed/care for the turtles, learn to snorkel with the experienced team at the resort’s brand new diving facility, or kayak. The girls can even get a manicure while having their hair braided. Then there’s the ‘Baby Butler’ service! As a mum of four kids, one of whom is a toddler I cannot even begin to express how appealing this concept is. And for only F$15 per hour (A$9) I would have one booked from daylight to dark!!
Having returned to the madness of my normal world – complete with crazy homework hell hour, inordinate amounts of time spent taxiing children from one sports activity to another music lesson, cooking, cleaning and working silly hours – I take a moment every now and again to wish myself back at Vomo, embraced by the rejuvenating calm that descended on me during that stunning sunset viewed from the Rocks. A Vomo sunset stays in your head and in your heart.
Family and friends keep asking me for my recommendation and I tell them the truth. Treat your family to a holiday at Vomo. For I know I will definitely be back with my husband and kids… and I can’t wait!
Kate Steven from Fiji for Families visited Vomo Island Resort in XXXX 2014.