Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji
What We Love
- All-inclusive rates include return airport transfers, all a la carte meals, afternoon tea, bottled nonalcoholic beverages, most resort activities, a children's club and more
- Alfresco, lantern-lit restaurant overlooking the infinity pool and the Koro Sea
- World class diving at Namena Marine Reserve, considered one of the planet's best dive sites
- Every child under five gets their own free Fijian nanny, while buddies are assigned to over five’s
What To Know
- None of the bures have air conditioning; they're cooled instead by louvers and ceiling fans
- Bures are traditional Fijian accommodations with simple, colorful interiors. Fans of luxury or designer chic should perhaps look elsewhere
- The family pool at the Bula Club does not face the ocean, which can be disappointing for the many guests with children
- Bookings require a three-night minimum stay
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
The son of oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, Jean-Michel, was so enamored of this five-star eco resort that he agreed to put his name on it. Built completely out of local materials on a former coconut plantation, the 25 traditional thatched bures sit on a beautiful curve of beach on the island of Vanua Levu. There’s a beachy bar where you can kick back with a book and a cocktail, hammocks strung invitingly between swaying palms, and rustic beachfront spa huts where Fijian masseurs will lull you into a blissful slumber to the soothing sound of lapping waves.
Bed and Bath
The bures are spacious, with high vaulted ceilings and large wooden decks for alfresco lounging. Interiors feature colorful bedspreads, polished wooden floors and louvers to let in the tropical breeze. Showers overlook the tropical gardens, and bathrooms are stocked with Pure Fiji products. Oceanfront and Point Reef Bures have prime beachfront locations, steps from the water’s edge; privacy is requested by placing a wooden coconut on your front deck, or outside your door.
Guests can dine alfresco in the adults-only dining area overlooking the Koro Sea, or with family on the opposite side of the infinity pool. Chef Raymond Lee’s appealing Fijian, South Pacific and Asian–inspired menu has a strong focus on fresh, locally caught seafood, New Zealand lamb and organic produce grown on-site. A traditional lovo (a barbecue using an underground grill) is served once a week. The Bula Club, considered the South Pacific’s best kids club, will keep children entertained from morning to night, with crab hunts, beach picnics, sandcastle building and more. Free activities are available daily, including yoga, market visits and snorkeling expeditions, alongside paid-for excursions to renowned dive sites including Grand Central Station and Alice in Wonderland, led by the resort’s excellent dive team. An on-site marine biologist teaches guests of all ages about the area’s unique underwater world.
In the Area
Saturday is the day the locals traditionally shop for freshly caught fish, crabs and prawns, and piles of fresh vegetables and fruit grown by local farmers, at the bustling, colorful Savusavu Farmers Market, the hub of the small township. Hike to a waterfall and take a cooling dip in a jungle pool at Waisali Rainforest Reserve, about 12 miles north of Savusavu town. Take a tour to see a working pearl farm established by marine biologist Justin Hunter, and afterward take the opportunity to buy lust-worthy pearls from the J. Hunter Pearls Fiji showroom.
How to Get There
This was our 2nd trip to JMC and we enjoyed it so much more this time.
Don't expect the white sand beaches of other parts of Fiji or amazing rooms (they are still noisy). However expect lovely food, brilliant activities, amazing diving and one of the best kids clubs in the world.
The staff are what makes JMC, they are sensational! Warm, friendly, engaging, understanding, nothing is too much trouble. Everyone we came across was great, from reception to housekeeping to the dive shop to the restaurant to the bar (Gabi is the best). Not to mention the kids club guys/girls, they are the greatest - especially Ola and Calais.
The value for money is excellent at JMC and it is the type of resort that you still have a good time even if it rains!
The only change that should be implemented is having certain hours for kids to be able to use the main pool. Given the resort is all families, the main pool is totally under utilised.
Can't wait to go back!
We just spent a week here with our family (2 adults, and two kids aged 7 and 5) - and we had a blast.
The resort looks amazing, is very well run, and offers a ton of activities for both kids and adults. The Kids Club is unparalleled - there is a fantastic crew with hands-on staff, two marine biologists to take kids on snorkeling trips, mangrove walks, etc. The program was so well-run that we actually felt that wasn't enough time in the day to do all the fun stuff.
You can clearly see the focus on education and the influence of Mr Cousteau (he was actually in the resort during our stay, and even gave a presentation).
We can't wait to come back to Fiji and come back to the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort!
We had a wonderful family holiday at Jean Michel Cousteau Resort. We are conscious of our environmental footprint and this resort does its bit for sustainability by growing its own organic food, providing recycling facilities, highlighting community initiatives and further preserving the pristine marine environment. A bonus of this resort is that everything is inclusive including day tours and they have a wonderful children's club where nannies/buddies look after your children and educate them about the marine life whilst having fun! The food is a la carte, and you can eat anytime. There are designated areas for adults who may want quiet downtime. The jewel in the crown is the resort's wonderful staff. Fijian people are one of the most friendliest people on this planet I reckon! The resort is small enough to feel special. Highly recommended.