Ratings based on 135 Verified Reviews
4.5 Room cleanliness
4.4 Service & staff
4.4 Room comfort
4.3 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
by A verified traveler from sydney australia
Island paradisePosted Sep 15, 2017
Pros: The staff , they go above and beyond to make you feel at home, and they are always friendly and greet you with a smile.
Cons: I wouldn't change a thing.
Location: The island itself is stunning, the island where castaway was filmed is a 10minute boat ride, you can island hop, or just stay on the island and relax.
We stayed here for 5 nights in September for our first wedding anniversary , it was stunningly beautiful. We booked a bure ( B25 ), it had a private plunge pool and was literally 20 steps to the water, which had some of the most beautiful reefs I'd ever snorkelled, we saw hundreds of different species of fish and also some black tip and white tip sharks, beautiful coral , turtles , fish , and sharks !! (Friendly ones). Our room had a huge king size bed with a 3 m x 3 m window right in front of it overlooking the ocean, it was amazing waking up to that everyday. There were plenty of free activities on the island also day trips which you can pay for. Trips to the village most of the staff come from is a good day trip, and you can purchase ornaments and things from them which helps them out economically. I'd read some of the reviews on the food before we went and was a little concerned, but most of the food we had was fine. They change the menu everyday and had a buffet breakfast which is free and well above average. I booked a romantic dinner which was amazing. I also caught a Spanish mackerel when I went fishing and the chef cooked it for a small fee which was beautifully cooked. They also cooked a lovo for us. We arrived via helicopter and were welcomed by friendly smiling staff with a drink waiting and a hand carved wooden baton with our names on the door and a bottle of wine. They also sang a welcoming song for us, they really do make you feel very welcome.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler from Auckland NZ
Beautiful island resortPosted Jul 25, 2017
Absolute paradise. After 9 trips to Fiji I have found the place I will keep coming back to. Four luxury nights in a beachfront villa, private and tastefully furnished. Friendly helpful staff, nothing was too much bother for them. Overall a very memorable holiday. I would highly recommend.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler from nz
4 days of relaxationPosted Jun 28, 2017
Quiet hotel with incredible views and amazing staff Room was beautiful Food is mostly above average the best meals were seafood Needs more variety in wine by glass Massage recommended Has a lovely feel and would definitely go back
Comment from Hotel Management
Jul 1, 2017 by Keri, Hotel Management
by A verified traveler from Sydney
Beautiful Resort, Terrible FoodPosted Apr 24, 2017
Pros: The island was beautiful and the Bure was lovely (great view).
Cons: Food and the service at the restaurant/bar.
Location: No other restaurants as this is the only resort on the island.
We were very torn about our experience at Matamanoa Island Resort. The island itself is stunning and does look exactly like the website photos, as does the Bure we stayed in. The beauty of the resort and the friendliness of its staff was unfortunately marred by the food. It was incredibly disappointing in terms of quality and very expensive considering what it was. For example, 95% of the food was tinned or frozen. Think - tinned mushrooms for breakfast and frozen mini spring rolls that you would find in your local grocery store. It was honestly shockingly bad. While the staff were friendly, particularly the entertainment staff and the deep blue diving staff, the service lacked. Often we had to ask several times for our order to be taken (once three times and then the meals both came out incorrectly). Overall we still enjoyed out stay, mainly because of the sheer beauty of the island and the activities, just be warned about the food (and there is no where else to eat so make sure you factor that in)!
Loved the resort and the staff - will go backPosted Mar 26, 2017 on Hotels
Overall we loved the resort, the staff, the facilities, the dining room and the beachfront bure with plunge pool was amazing. We thought if the seaweed was cleared from the main beach each day it would have looked stunning. While had to pay for wifi, we chose not to which added to our relaxing getaway. Fairly expensive transfers, but same to all island resorts.
for Couplesby A verified traveler from Brisbane, Australia
Relaxing and secluded paradisePosted Mar 6, 2017 on Lastminute
Cons: Could include free WiFi although being 'unplugged' for a while is not the end of the world.
The island is the perfect size and location for those looking for a romantic, secluded, relaxing getaway. It is large enough to keep you interested but small enough to be private and to feel away from the world. Importantly all of the island is accessible for the purposes of diving, exploring, beaching etc so you can always easily find somewhere just for yourself. The villas are well worth the outlay and provide privacy with that added bit of luxury with great views. Worth upgrading. Staff are super friendly and happy to assist whenever possible. Would recommend long stays rather than only a couple of nights as after 4 nights you are fully relaxed and by 7 nights you are part of the family. Ideal stay is 5-7 nights.
for Couplesby A verified traveler from NSW
Perfect in every way.Posted Mar 6, 2017 on Wotif
If you are searching for a peaceful place that has friendly staff, a beach bure literally 3metres from the beach, and a reef directly at your doorstep Matamonoa is worth every dollar. Food was top notch every day, we opted to only have breakfast included and paid for dinner (lunch never needed if you ate heaps at the Fiji style buffet breakfast). Plenty of activities for those who like to keep busy, kayaks, hobi cats, small mountains to hike, chess, tennis, ping pong, volleyball and heaps of other Fijian activities the staff put on. Or you can simply lounge around in your Bure and all the other comfortable lounges around the island. Spectacular views from everywhere you sit. Perfect white sand and crystal clear water with numerous shades of blue. It was sunny for the whole 7days we visited and it really was perfect to relax the mind, body and soul. Also had an amazing massage in an amazing location, definitely a must do if you're an early riser is the couples sunrise massage.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler from los angeles
Great hotel on one of the islands in FijPosted Jan 16, 2017
Staff was very friendly, rooms were in very good condition.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler from Brisbane Australia
AwesomePosted Dec 27, 2016
Awesome snorkeling great staff and very nice accomodation
for Everyoneby A verified traveler from g
HoneymoonersPosted Dec 18, 2016
This place was impossible to get a hold of prior to us visiting Fiji. Not ever traveling to Fiji before we had no idea how hard and expensive it actually was going to be to get to this specific island. After multiple attempts to email and all we finally decided to just wait till we were in the country since we figured it would be easier. For whatever reason though it was still extremely expensive. From the island we were on going to the island we had to go to was a 1 hour round trip pick up and drop off the hotel wanted to charge us $840 Fiji to pick us up and drop us off. Fijians make around $30-60 Fijian a day and the fuel would have been no more than $100 Fijian... so this seemed A but excessive... after negotiating with 2 hotels we finally got this price down to $600 Fiji but mind you the hotel only cost that for the night. TAKE NOTE - do not try to jump to this hotel book and come from the mainland (Denarau) I got sick on the island so hung out in the room which was ok, for the up charge we highly suggest upgrading to a beach front bure it is well worth the money. (We attempted to and the lady told us she would come to the room with our new keys but never showed up hence the photo of me lying down on the bench) The island is beautiful but windy and the beach is fairly rocky. The king size bed they offer is two twins stuck together with hardly any padding on top so as a couple one of you will end up in the crack. It's adult only so that is nice and the resta