Six Senses Fiji
What We Love
- The 82-foot beachfront infinity pool
- Cocktail-making kits in your villa
- The Pacific Ocean-flavored tasting menu at Tovolea, the resort’s all-day dining spot
- Gold-leaf facials at the holistic spa
What To Know
- The 120-acre property is entirely solar powered
- Part of the 2000 Tom Hanks film, Castaway, was filmed here
- The festive welcome here consists of a lively bula drum performance
- Guests can pick fresh eggs from the onsite chicken farm before (complimentary) breakfast
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Eco-minded all-villa paradise on a remote Fijian island, with its own beachfront infinity pool, holistic spa, and breakfast included
Not a single lava stone was left unturned when this bucket-list worthy Malolo Island beachfront community opened for business in 2018. For starters, there’s a full-service marina, an onsite ice cream hut that hands out complimentary round-the-clock scoops, a tennis court, and an outdoor theater surrounded by swaying palms. Each of the 34 extravagant thatched-roof villas is furnished with its own plunge pool, fully-equipped kitchen, and sun-speckled deck with views of nearby Vunabaka Bay. The adventure menu is as robust as the relaxation options here: choose from a PADI course, partake in the resort’s ongoing coral restoration project (guests can help plant a portion of the reef), engage in treetop yoga, or simply drift away on a sunset sail all while being serenaded by local acoustic musicians. The ultimate unwind awaits at the coconut-scented spa, where over-the-top accouterments like an alchemy bar (ideal for whipping up your own wellness potions) and bespoke holistic treatments, fueled with tropical fruit from the resort’s own garden, take seaside idyll to new heights.
In the Area
As part of the Mamanuca Island chain, a volcanic archipelago to the west of Fiji’s main city, Nadi, Malolo Island is situated 15 miles from the country’s international airport (for a fee, the resort can arrange for private minivan, speedboat or helicopter transfers). A clutch of world-famous surfing spots, including Cloudbreak, known for its particularly gargantuan swells, are within easy reach, while the resort can also facilitate a day of island hopping, complete with a picnic lunch, in addition to a visit to the nearby village of Solevu to browse through indigenous arts and crafts.
How to Get There
We’re with the Six Senses Fiji for 5 nights and the experience was memorable indeed. Six Senses stood out from the competition with its unique theme of blending in with the environment, outstanding service and healthy living. This was our first Six Senses stay after haring all the wonderful things from it’s properties in China and the Maldives, and Six Senses Fiji didn’t let us down. We will certainly go back to Six Senses Properpties in our future travels.
Resort - Six Senses did a great job of planning its properties and continued its brand theme of blending in with the nature/environment. Well designed and relaxing report propertity with a long stretch of white sand beach, one of the best beaches in Fiji. Coral reefs and marine lives is just a few kicks away from shore. The water sport center has a long list of activities available including scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing, fishing, sailing etc, all available to guests either as free daily resort acvitivites or paid classes/trips. Property is large and the existing 26 villas are well positioned so we don’t run into other guests often. The resort is still expanding with a few constructions ongoing on the edge of the properties, I didn’t hear much constructions as they are far away from where guests stays.
Rooms - the villa design well blended in with its natural surrounding environment - the coast/sand/mountain range. The interior is generally larger than other similar resorts we stayed at. Interior is well maintained and super clean with state of the art equipment. Huge bathroom with both in/outdoor showers. We stayed in a one-bed room villa so got a huge outdoor deck with a good size outdoor pool. I particularly like the large large closet and the reading room with a huge desk, which is uncommon for a resort villa.
Service - now the best part of our trip. The service is simply unparalleled by any other resorts we’ve stayed out, the attention to details and personal touch to the service made Six Senses stood out. A very special shout to our host Shane, who’s there for us anytime we asks and always respond to our request within minues (it’s a miracle how she could manage it) and help us to plan our daily activities diligently. Her friendliness, patience, dedication and attention to details made our trip memorable. Shane’s service at Six Senses well surpassed those resorts that accredited themselves as invented/perfected the butler/host service. Everyone at Six Senses was friendly from room services, cleaning, restaurant, sport centres...their service made the resort feeling like a small friendly village instead of simply another vacation resort.
Scuba Diving - We did 5 dives over our stay. Special shout out to our instructor Jamie, who’s professionalism, patience and experience helped my wife to completely overcome her long lasting fear or diving and started to enjoy this amazing sports. There’re several great dive spots near Six Senses which my favourite was the ‘Supermarket’, where marine live blooms, we had about 5 reef sharks circling us and a white tip even parked on sandy sea floor peacefully 3 kicks away from where my wife completes her deep dive course.
Food/beverage - one main restaurant at the moment with one other occactionally doing special nights e.g. curry night/seafood bbq ... All ingredients are fresh and high quality especially Six Senses plants/grow many things in their backyards. In one pizza class we had, the chef simply walked to Six Senses farm and picks ingredients to put on the pizza, simply amazing. Cooking is great too with a good sized menu to select from with daily catch/specials available every day. Huge list of drinks as well.
If I have to stretch myself and find a thing or two that Six Senses Fiji has room for improvement:
1) Shower water temperature is very unstable, it can turn from ice cold to burning hot instantly or remain ice cold for a few minutes regardless how we turn the temperature. I saw a few other comments on TripAdvisors pointing this issue out as well so hopefully Six Senese can fix this soon.
2) Rooms need a lock from the inside, from time to time we may forget to turn the “do not disturb” sign or did not hear the knocks while we’re showering/napping/using bathroom etc...and room service awkwardly walked in. A simple lock from the inside of the room would easily solve this problem to supplement the “do not disturb” sign. This is the first resort that I’ve seen without a lock from the inside. Strange decision Six Senses!
Great place, with a big beach with virtually nobody around. Yes, you can find better waters elsewhere in the world, but still it's a great place to stay, with clean and calm waters to swim.
The rooms are fantastic, completely new and full of domotic new stuff. We were in a villa on the beach, probably the top. Wake up and 2 steps to go swimming in the sea or in the small private pool.
The management is very good.
Only 2 things to be absolutely improved: the quality and variety of the food (the menu is always the same and limited, considering how much you pay); and the service too slow. Yes, we are at the Fiji, with fijian rithm, but you really need a lot of patience.
For context, we are experienced travelers, having been to 70+ countries and stayed 80+ high end hotels, with brands including Aman, Four Seasons, St. Regis, SLH, LHW, Rosewood, Banyan Tree, etc. However, in most instances we choose to stay at boutique hotels with 50 or less rooms.
We really loved our time at Six Senses Fiji. It's view, centered on its calm, glassy lagoon, is similar to what you would see in the Maldives, coupled with a sense of culture, and dry heat the Maldives tends to lack. For the money, the hard product is outstanding and represents an excellent value. The private pools get warm enough to use and the villas are more than comfortable, with plenty of space and everything worked as expected. The main pool is perfect, with a lovely view and always the perfect temperature. The food is good, especially for an island locale, and the pricing is certainly reasonable. Lastly, the service is outstanding. We aren't big service people and instead focus on the views and the hard product, but our experience at the Six Senses was flawless. Everything happened behind the scenes perfectly with our GEM coordinating everything before we could even think of asking her.
Overall, we enthusiastically recommend Six Senses Fiji for its value, views, wild life (we saw six baby sharks swimming along the beach), service and facilities - all in all we had a nearly perfect stay and would place Six Senses Fiji among our favorite beach resorts in the world.
Having just returned from a month away with 15 of those days spent at Six Senses Fiji I just had to write a review on it - although the selfish part of me thinks sshh keep it to myself so it doesn’t get booked up when we want to return ;-) It’s a truly fabulous place it doesn’t feel like a resort it feels like a friendly village, it’s in a stunning location that affords wonderful sunsets from the bar that serves delicious cocktails with some of them created using produce grown onsite. There is a chicken house where you can collect your own eggs, a small holding where fruit, veg and herbs are grown and these are used not just in the kitchens and bars but also the spa as well. The food is fantastic and should they not have something you fancy they will strive to get it for you. With two restaurants and their on site pizza oven there was plenty of choice even for a non meat eater - me. We opted for a beach villa which was incredible and finished to a very high standard, we spoke to others in the pool villas who said the same. The staff we cannot speak highly enough of and have to say a special mention to Ben and Mica behind the bars who kept my husband amused when he got tired of the beach leaving me to relax and read ;-) Also to Vonny at the water sports who arranged some great trips for us to Mondriki island, sand bar and picking sea grapes plus who was great fun to chat to on a daily basis. The management team were also great - thanks to Fiona, Lucas and Jason and of course our lovely GEM Repeka who made our stay wonderful. If you want to relax and do nothing you can or there is a whole range of activities to join in with, these are shown in your villa and also on the table in Tovlea restaurant which was great for us to in the morning plan our day. Not forgetting bubbles on the beach and managers cocktail nights. We certainly hope to return and it’s a place we will never forget
My wife and I just returned from a 6-day 5-night stay at Six Senses Fiji. Even though the property is new and technically in pre-opening "beta" period, dont let that fool you - its still leaps and bounds above the rest anywhere on the islands (or even beyond into Tahiti!).
- As the property is new so the rooms and fixtures are new as you'd expect. We stayed in a pool villa and it was huge!
- USB ports everywhere in our villa were a HUGE welcome!
- Amazing, friendly, warm and hospitable staff (called "hosts"). They actually listen to you and wanna make you happy. An example: at one dinner we mentioned to Kato, our server that we love mangoes. The next day she personally delivered a few mangoes to our villa as a surprise. We were so touched! This is what separates a good resort from a great resort.
- Our Guest Experience Managers (GEM) was Shane and she was awesome! Nothing is impossible and she will make it happen for you! Thank you so much Shane.
- Upon checkin, we casually mentioned that we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. On our last night there our GEM Shane arranged a surprise dinner on the beach for us.
- We did pretty much everything during our staf: couple of scuba dives, spa treatments, yoga, snorkeling, jet skiing, private boat charters to visit nearby islands and sandbanks. Their activities center is as good as any we've seen.
- As the examples above tell you, its not really about visiting a resort with Six Senses, but an experience. And the staff is what makes that experience possible. So a huge congrats to the staff for an amazing job!
Some constructive feedback:
- We had an issue with the pool not being completely spotless upon arrival. It was addressed but Id expect Six Senses to know about this as Im sure theyd want the pool to be spotless for all guests on arrival.
- Please dont skimp on the nespresso pods. I had to ask every day for more pods as I drink a lot of coffee.
- Breakfast tends to get busy and it feels like the staff gets overwhelmed and service gets slow. Consider adding more staff members during breakfast times.
- More menu choices for lunch would be nice. Especially local cuisine. But the food that we had was great!
In summary - Six Senses is the best property in Fiji - no doubt.
As an aside, this was our third time staying at a Six Senses property and after this stay, we can safely say that we wont be staying anywhere else where ever we go in the world. In fact, I now find myself looking for places to go where there is a Six Senses, rather than the other way around. Six Senses should really look into starting a "frequent traveler program" Id be all over that!