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
- 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
A warm welcome by happy smiling singing staff set the scene for our weeks stay at this beautiful resort . The colourful luscious gardens around the grounds and burres added to the beautiful nature of the resort. The staff are very friendly and willing to please. They seem to remember names from first introductions. Our burre was spacious with king bed, and day bed, lots of hanging space, tea making facilities, a bathroom with double vanity and separate toilet and shower. The shutters and fans helped to circulate the air for cooling the room. A large covered verandah with lounges and hammock offered wonderful views of the bay and sunsets at night.
Staff were the people who made our stay special. Bart for making my birthday special with cocktails Kitty for always being around to make sure all was running to schedule. Kate your friendliness and conversations and your yoga tips will be put into practice. Andy and the dive team .....Bob enjoyed the various dive sites you took him to on the 5 dives he had.
Our restaurant staff particularly Maretta, who waited on us at the end of the pier for my special birthday dinner. Serenia with her wide eyes and beautiful smile. The food was varied, good sized portions and delicious. The flavours and presentation was a credit to the chef. Viri in the massage department thank you for the magic in your hands. You worked wonders on my foot. Millie , your energy and bubbly nature will get you far. The pool area with day lounges was our favourite pastime for relaxing and reading and enjoying the view and all the resort has to offer. The resort offers many activities and outside excursions. The trip to village with Kava ceremony and local dancing was very welcoming. The kayaking trip to lake was scenic and enjoyable and the entertainment by local groups and choirs at night was very much appreciated. Our departure flight was cancelled from Sauvusavu airport due to aircraft malfunction and Bart picked us up at the airport and put us up for an extra night at the resort as well as having his staff reorganise our flights and connections for the next day A big thank you for welcoming us back and making us feel AT HOME again
The Cousteau Resort is really a relaxing ,friendly ,comfortable and welcoming place to stay . thank you all for a great holiday.
We went to this resort because we love scuba diving. But it is more than this. It is a beautiful resort that caters as well to non divers. It has a great children program, great food and lots of very attentive staff. And if you're lucky, like we were, you get to meet the legend, Jean Michel Cousteau.
We had the most wonderful six days at this resort. The burrs (individual cottages) are spacious and lovely. The service is spectacular with everyone welcoming, friendly, and helpful. The food is delicious and plenty of it. The resort offers so many activities, most of which are included: snorkeling and snorkeling lessons, hobiecat sailing and lessons, kayaking, walking tours of the resort, excursions to a village and a market and a rainforest hike. In addition, you can pay extra for fabulous massages, deep sea fishing, kayaking adventures, lunch on your own private island. The water in the pool and in the ocean is delightfully warm. The "lounge bed" around the pool are fabulous. It is a great place for families but also terrific for "seniors" like us. The staff went out of their way to make us feel comfortable while snorkeling and doing other activities. This is a perfect place to relax or do more.
This is what resorts attempt to be. They do the Cousteau name proud. The staff is courteous, professional, and genuinely cater to your every needs. You can tell they are passionate about their work and keeping their guests happy. They treat you as if you’re truly a guest in their house. Their admiration for Jean-Michel and his family is astounding. One is hard pressed to find ANY employee that loves their work, guests, boss, and his family as they do. They truly are an inspiration and a breath of fresh air. They have all that is needed to make them pretentious but are not subject to such behaviour as one sees in other resorts where employees are their solely to pick up a pay cheque. The G. M. is outstanding always ready to attend to his client’s needs and greets everyone equally and with fervour. His love for Fiji is exemplified by the willingness to take guests to experience the culture through the eyes of the Fijians and as he is now seeing it. What a wonderful experience. It is humbling and exhilarating at the same time. The entire staff from the landscaper to the front office manager are what other hotels only hope to achieve. A tribute to the Cousteau name.
We had one of the best two bedroom bures. The bathrooms were very good. But the quality of the bedrooms were just awful for the following reasons:
Terrible quality sheets on the beds. In a hot climate one sleeps with a lot of skin touching the sheets, in all my years of travel I have never slept of such revolting quality bed linen. The lighting in the rooms was almost non existent. Dark and it was just about impossible to see ones clothing in the bags or wardrobes, let alone they did bring in another light but it didn’t help much, by contrast the bathroom was well lit.
The robes they provide are just awful, they seem to be about 20 years old and in the most awful synthetic polyester fabric. In this heat and humidity they were totally useless and you began to sweat as soon as you put it on. Since only 15 kilos are allowed on the flight over they really should get new cotton bathrobes, how easily this could be done and provided for by the village women.
there is NO AIR CONDITIONING. trust me this cross ventilation trade wind la de da rubbish they tell you is just stupid. Ok I love hot weather. But this was not ok for a 5 star resort. Eco friendly my armpit. There was no relief ever. One needs to return to the room and have a break from the 87% humidity, no you won’t
It was hard to sleep and hard to relax after 3 days I began to feel like I was on devils island like Steve McQueen trapped on a tropical prison in a dark room surrounded by bugs and insects dripping in my sweat in horrible sheets. I actually had nightmares while at this resort
Fact is it’s as boring as prison after 9 p.m the lobby and bar are DESERTED. Yep that’s right no one there. No one talks to you anyway, besides the staff who are all very nice. The best person at this resort is the bartender he was great and mixed a great drink.
FOOD: they knew we didn’t eat meat before we arrived and yet they still served us WALU fish for 4 days in a row. Until I complained and said they had to go to the market and buy something different.
The chef over salts everything to a point that’s enedible and every meal takes hours to appear. On the Friday night we ordered the Indian vegetarian special. Something they make all the time it’s permanently printed on the menu. What a joke it was barely even a meal. A bowl of gee with mushy pumpkin. Totally inedible and we waited 1.15 min. We heard others complain about the waiting time for food as well. They need to get a new chef all the food was below any acceptable standard and in fact several guests got gastro. They told me. I did I as well.
The snorkeling off the broken coral awful beach is rubbish and the trips out to the or end while included are ok or good but weather dependant and if the current iOS strong it will be murky and a waste of time.
Excellent massages in the spa
Tour to the village was excellent
The band was nice but no Amon t of HIGH TIDE Kava cups can make you forget where you are.
The private island was a fantastic experience and excellent as was the picnic esky they packed for us
The dogs that go on the paddle boards with the kids were fantastic and our daughter got endless hours of fun with them
There is nothing to do here for teenagers and this place is good for families with children aged 5 -12 who get the full time nanny
It is too hot to do any activities outside of the water.
Every crab hole is a mosquito Breeding hole after it rains, why anyone would bring a baby here is beyond my understanding, lucky Fiji doesn’t have malaria.
We asked for a net over the beds and coils to be lit in our rooms each night. Ask as well for this
The night stars are fantastic on a clear night so be sure to look up
The breakfast buffet is just awful with small children and their careers touching items with their fingers
All of the staff are just lovely and superb, but it just doesn’t make up for the lack of quality and the below standard food. I only saw the GM at night, he was like a crab that came out of his hole after dark. I just couldn’t understand how he was never around at meal times or ever did rounds during the day. Believe me this is a 3 start rustic resort and we paid through the nose for it. I’ll take a REGENT cruise or go to Tahiti or Nanuku resort on Viti levu. The idea of ever returning to this place causes me anxiety