If you want to be waited on hand and foot, try one of Fiji’s newest luxury resorts, Tadrai, on Mana Island.
With only five bures, the maximum number of guests in the resort is 10. Four immaculate, spacious bures are on the beach and the fifth is a minutes walk up the hill to a completely private haven overlooking the ocean. All bures have indoor- outdoor bathrooms and private pools, with another larger pool adjoining the restaurant.
Australian, Tim Grace and wife Vanessa, the executive chef at the resort, run Tadrai and will do almost anything to provide exceptional service from food requests to escorted activities.
The afternoon I arrived I wanted to snorkel beyond the reef but expressing my concern at doing it alone, Niko, one of the staff offered to come with me. Jumping off the boat we navigated the reef wall, toyed with the idea of bringing home a passing octopus but instead settling for some sea grapes – a type of seaweed, like green raspberries we ate with our kokoda that evening.
The following day, chairs, a chilli-bin with champagne and chicken sandwiches were loaded onto the resort’s boat for our island picnic – nothing was a problem.
After a long lunch one afternoon with a delicious, crisp, chilled sauvignon blanc I mentioned the word massage and within 30 minutes I was lying over the water, the only person in the next bay.
The service at Tadrai is faultless.
Niko said they’ll do anything for their guests. He recalls being asked to blow dry a guests hair. “I’ve never blow-dried a woman’s hair before but I think she looked OK,” he said laughing.
While activities are important the food is equally as important.
Vanessa creates a new menu daily inspired by the sea and local produce with Indian influence from the local sous chef.
Our last afternoon was typical of how they operate – Tim went to Musket Cove returning with crayfish and a giant Spanish mackerel. Within a short time we were feasting on char-grilled meaty crayfish tails and fillets of mackerel with finely shredded lemon zing slaw – incredible.
How to get there
Air New Zealand and Fiji Airways have frequent flights from Auckland.Island Hoppers transport guests by helicopter at their convenience.
Other Luxury resorts in Fiji
Vomo Island Resort
Likuliku Lagoon Resort
Yasawa Island Resort and Spa