Been going to TIR annually for over 15 years. The staff is always good-natured and caring. I frequently walk the spacious grounds, as it is landscaped to beautiful tropical perfection, and quiet to boot. I have never had a meal that did not delight. Much of the food is locally grown or raised, I once even toured the nearby farmer suppliers. With massages available, a pool, classy spacious suites, and a dining room facing the gorgeous Western horizon (for Fijian sunsets), TIR is always a pleasure.
Taveuni Island Resort
I stayed a week at TIR. It is beautiful. The views are stunning, the grounds are lovely and the beach with the huge overhanging tree is a delight. The staff were all very friendly and the meals were delicious. The room was elegant, clean and comfortable. Do take time to explore the island and the rich nature experiences it holds.
I don't even know where to start. Ric (the owner) picked us up. We were there for 4 nights. It was perfection. I honestly cannot fault anything. We had an oceanfront room - views were to die for. The staff were friendly. It was full board. The menu changed every day. We went snorkelling with the manta rays. That was an experience. We made a lot of friends. Ric is an extremely friendly and delightful company. As I mentioned in my title I would give our experience here 6 stars!!!!!!!!!! Love to come back again.
We stayed at Taveuni Island Resort for 8 nights. Everything was perfect! Ric picked us up from the airport, which is only 5 mins down (or up?) the road from the resort. The garden is beautifully maintained with mature plants and trees. The colours in the garden are just incredible from baby lime green to bright red in one plant. We had the ocean front bure (Senibitu) furthest away from the main restaurant area; we never grew tired of the view overlooking the ocean and islands from a distance, sipping on a drink while looking into the sunset, accompanied by the soothing rhythm of the ocean waves. Each bure has their own internet access, being the furthest away from the main area, our wifi wasn't working very well. Hey we were not there for the WiFi! We just checked our emails while we were in the main area, which worked out perfectly for us as we needed a digital detox :)
The staff are very friendly and helpful. Nothing is too hard! Perci, the activity coordinator, came around each morning while breakfast was being cooked. We talked to him about things we wanted to do and for the longer excursions, we planned a day ahead so lunch can be packed for the trip. We wanted to see the island, so we did two waterfall trips and the manta ray snorkeling.
Taveuni is full of hidden "treasures", which is evident by the number of waterfalls nestled in the mountains. We'd recommend the coastal walk or the Bourma waterfall walk, though the latter takes a little leg work. The manta ray snorkeling was an unforgettable experience! It is a very seasonal activity and we were fortunate to have our close encounter with the manta rays while they were feeding on the surface. They are so graceful and it was an magical experience having a school of them swimming towards you and only veering their course the very last moment to avoid a collision! We had Maku as our guide for a couple of excursions - he was an awesome guide.
The activity costs are on top of room rate but they are largely to pay for the transfers...we're talking about 90 mins car ride or boat ride, so we feel the transfers are reasonably priced. We also had a guide from the resort for each trip, which made it that much easier to navigate the landscape.
I must end this review with raving compliments to the chefs! Freshly baked muffins for breakfast and bread rolls for dinner. The fruits are so fresh and tasty. We were never disappointed with our meals. You get three-course for lunch and dinner. The highlight for me was the dinner soup - so so so good with freshly baked rolls!
Taveuni Island Resort is a place where you could do as little as you wish to - staying in the bure and enjoy the view; or as much as you want to - going out for excursions. The overall feel of the resort is relaxed and friendly. The bure itself is spacious and well appointed and maintained. A holiday we will remember for years to come.
We stayed for 6nights with a Luxury Escape Deal. We had high expectations given the beautiful marketing of the resort and previous trip advisor reviews. The resort itself is located in a pretty spectacular part of the world. We never tired of the views from our villa or the restaurant particularly at sunset. The gardens and grounds are immaculate and clean although we did have to be careful not to walk in the owners dogs poo scattered about the lawns!
The food was delicious, limited choice but never disappointed in flavor. The muffins at breakfast came out hot from oven and were amazing. No complaints about the food.
We felt that there was very limited service available to us for our stay. We would often go to the bar before dinner but no one there to serve us a drink. Missed out on revenue given there were 6 of us staying at the resort. We ended up going into town, buying our own drinks (this included water and soft drink) and brining then back to our villas.
The staff that were there were always friendly and accommodating. Raymond was a stand out in his effort to help us out.
The accommodation on first impressions was amazing. The views from our villa were magical and walking into the villa for the first time, seeing the view, the large rooms, the mosquito net around the bed, the large bathroom, and outside shower impressed. However it did not take long to realize that the villas are very tired and in need of a makeover to bring them up to expected standards of $1000 plus a night rooms.
Bed was comfy which is a plus. No way of contacting reception if emergency given just wires hanging out of wall where phone once was. It’s quite a walk back down to main area if something went wrong. Mini bar was stocked at start of stay but never refilled. The cookies in our room were stale so we never ate them but because we never ate them, they were never replenished and were worse by end of stay!
Coffee was great thankfully and that was replenished because we big coffee drinkers!
Tiny ants always on bench/sink area so make sure you close any food you bring in.
Speaking of insects, there are so many mud wasps flying around that like to nest inside your villa, and create nests inside your clothes (see attached pics). They don’t hurt apparently but they are big and freaky looking and it’s not a great feeling when you go to put on your dress to find a mud nest on the inside back of your dress or on your shorts. Our villa had so many nests inside - we’d close our doors/windows but staff would open it all up after cleaning every day and we’d come back to a room full of them. When we said about it, we got told they are harmless.
Pool was lovely but we shared it with a few dogs most days! Ok if you like dogs but this is the first resort in Fiji or anywhere actually where the
owners dogs have been allowed in the pool!
For the price we paid given we on a package, we put up with it but had we been paying full rates at over $1000 US dollars a night, I would not have been so accepting. Sure the owners are trying to sell and have been for a long time according to locals we spoke too, but there should be a level of service maintained.
A disappointment really given expectations. I hope the resort gets the attention it needs because then potential for it to be one of the best is there. The vision that the current owners obviously had for the resort is there, just lots of little things need to be dealt with.