Independent review for Tropica Island Resort in the Mamanuca Islands of Fiji
Tropica Island Resort Fiji is a small beachfront resort on Malolo Island and offers a peaceful setting backed by steep hills and with stunning sunsets looking out to a small island within the lagoon.The resort has recently been completely refurbished and upgraded to provide sophisticated accommodation for couples only with the focal point being its beautiful infinity pool.
Tropica Island Resort Information & Facts
- Hotel Location: Beach Front on the west coast of Malolo Island
- Getting There: 10 mins by sea-plane from Nadi Airport; 2hrs by boat
- Unique Qualities: Beautiful Infinity Pool and Ocean Outlook
- Ideal for: Couples
- Hotel Features: 30 Rooms & Bures, Infinity Swimming Pool, Spa
- Dining: Restaurant & Sunset Barat resort - no independent restaurants nearby
- Children Policy: Under 16 yrs not permitted
- Local Attractions / Tours: Malolo summit hike, Shell village, Dolphin Watching, Surfing
- The Beach: Reasonable - coarse yellow sand, extending infront of resort
- The Ocean: Average for swimming, shallow at low tide but good in outer lagoon
- Snorkelling: Good from beach via passage; better at bird island (boat or kayak)
- Other Activities: Scuba Diving, Fishing, Kayaking, Hobbie Cats
The 14 resort rooms are of standard size are the lead-in room category. The single story thatch roof block of rooms is cut into the hillside behind the restaurant and screened by golden palms. Rooms have a King size bed, a long thin bathroom along the side of each room features a separate door toilet, vanity sink and shower. These rooms have access along the shared balcony outside each room.
The ten stand-along bures are set back a few metres from the beach amongst coconut palms offering fantastic views to the lagoon. Bures have very generous living space with white-washed walls with wood-slated louvre windows, are beautifully tiled throughout and have high ceilings with two ceiling fans plus air-conditioning. The bure entrance has a private pathway and balcony with comfy seats and a swinging chair-hammock. From here the front door leads into an open plan living space with lounge area at the front of the bure featuring a day-bed which could be used for sleeping a third person, heavy timber king size bed and large wardrobe in the middle of the bure, and at the back, behind a half-screen wall giving the room a real sense of space, the bathroom. There’s a small mini fridge with tea/ coffee making, a separate toilet with private door, and then a large open plan bathroom with single vanity, large mirror and both a indoor and outdoor garden shower.
The four suites offer the largest living space at Tropica and are designed in duplex bungalows (2 suites per bungalow). The suites are set back from the beach amongst coconut palms and offer fantastic views looking over the beach and into the lagoon. The entrance to each suite has a small balcony with a white-wash wall down the middle giving privacy from its neighbour. Like the bures, the suites have two comfy chairs and a swinging chair-hammock at the front. Once inside the suite, the space is immediately obvious with an entirely open plan layout and very contemporary design. There's a large lounge area at the front which could accommodate two single beds for families (kids over 16yrs only). To one side is a heavy wood King size bed, and the other side a massive dressing area with dressing table, large mirrors and plenty of wardrobe space. A low diving wall shields the bathroom from the main suite and this too is equally spacious with a separate toilet (door), then a large bathroom area with twin vanity and shower, and a glass door leading to an enclosed outdoor shower.
Meals are served in the large open plan restaurant and bar which overlooks the infinity swimming pool and beyond through palm trees to the ocean. There's a sunset bar closer to the beachfront, a jetty for romantic dinners or just watching the reef fish in the lagoon and a two room spa centre offering massage and pedicure.
Tropica Island Resort offers plenty of activities including snorkelling off the beach, catamarans, surf trips to the Malolo Barrier Reef, hiking and a beachside outdoor gym.
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