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
This has been one of the best family holidays ever. As a family with three young children there was so much to keep everyone entertained. As parents we were able to have family time (with the Point Reef picnic and morning tea at Cousteau's private island a favourite), hit the ocean and go scuba diving together, take the kids snorkelling or just relax by the pool.
Our wonderful nannies were an enormous help and were great to get to know and have as part of our extended family for the week - we were very sad to say goodbye! That extra set of hands with looking after our children from feeding to helping them get sorted after swimming was absolutely invaluable. Nothing was too much trouble and at times we had the staff running around the resort, as we rounded up kids for dinner or excursions!!
Bula club was fantastic - well run and great for getting the kids fed early. It was great to hear our children talking about the marine life and conservation around the resort, they learnt a lot from the marine biologist and their exploration around the resort. Who knew that filling containers with hermit crabs could keep kids entertained for hours!
The fishing was amazing too and the Day Spa was a treat. Staff were happy to head out on a paddle board, a kayak or go snorkelling with you - we even had afternoon tea brought out to us whilst we were on the kayaks with the kids. Yoga at dawn was serene - complete with a huge pod of dolphins frolicking in the sea in front of us. Trips to the school and rainforest waterhole swim were highlights.
Cousteau makes you appreciate the beautiful marine life, and forces you to stop and slow down and enjoy the company of your family and other guests, without distraction of technology.
We had an amazing holiday and thank you for Kaye and her great team for being a big part of the fantastic experience at Cousteau!
From the moment you arrive at JMC you will be welcomed like family. We have stayed everywhere in Fiji from Denerau down the Coral Coast and the through the Yasawas, and worked in hospitality all over the South Pacific. It is safe to say JMC trumps all of them in every aspect. The service is without a doubt world class! Staff are polite, knowledgeable and most of all genuinely friendly. With so many inclusive activities, there is something to entertain every guest. Waterfall hikes, yoga, beach walks, pearl farm exploration, SUP, sailing, kayaking and open water reef snorkelling are just some of the highlights. We got the opportunity to see 2 of the many snorkelling spots with Ofa, the in-house marine biologist who will share her wealth of coral knowledge, and just make you feel completely safe. Food here, is a work of art and some of the best flavours you will ever taste. Even more important; They serve real coffee here!! Arguably Fijis best Coffee. The rooms are beautifully presented, spacious and extremely comfortable.
JMC is world class. Whether individual, family or looking for complete romance this place cannot be beaten.
JMC far exceeded our expectations. The staff and nannies are just amazing, we felt like nothing was a problem and that our 3 young children were in the best of hands while they were away from us at the Bula Club. The food was restaurant quality at every meal and the accomodation itself was clean, private and comfortable. We can’t wait to return. It’s the perfect family holiday / adult getaway merged into one. Loved it!
Where do I start about JMC….. When you are there you know it is amazing but you don’t realise just how amazing it is until you go somewhere else. We went for the kids to become even bigger marine warriors and to elope. The kids were permanently looked after and so so happy they basically disown you! Our 2 bedroom bure was perfect (kids room away from our room with a joining little hall) and in the perfect spot on the point looking straight at the sunset. The stars from the hammock at night were magic. The food is great as you get basically a 3 course meal 3 x day but the portions are the perfect size so you still feel active. The snorkelling is unbelievable just off the jetty. My other half went on a fishing venture and came back with a yellow fin tuna which we all shared for dinner that night. If we go back I would do several trips to the Private Island, that was magic. The massages are great quality. I’m sure I’ve missed a few things but on to the elopement! Kitty looked after us so well it made me cry when we had to say goodbye. It was all kept very low key but actually was over the top gorgeous and amazing. We requested a new site from where they usually have weddings and Kitty made it look like the most perfect setting on earth. The flowers, the arbour, the pineapples hanging from the tree, the heart shape of rose petals, the lay my husband was wearing made him look super dooper even more dashing, my bouquet, the warriors, the band, the wedding cake (so so yum), the pre-wedding massages, the photographer Melonie Ryan, the after wedding dinner in a bungalow that had been divinely decorated, I could go on forever. Nothing was a problem for Kitty. She raced and typed my vows up to stick on my fan. She gorgeously had dinner one night with our kids. Kitty sourced a special wedding night dinner for us and even offered to get a wedding dress made me for. Email communication was prompt and effortless. Forever indebted for our gorgeous images of the perfect day, the ones on paper and in our minds xx So many great people that really made us feel ‘home’ – love you guys xx Just one hiccup was with Fiji Air. Lots of delays and round about flights with hairy cab rides and flight changes to suit them that stole a day and a bit off our trip. Watch out for that!
I stayed there the 1st week of May 2018 with my wife and 3yo daughter. Spectacular customer service, everyone smiling, helpful and friendly. My daughter loved her nanny. Resort is clean and comfortable, with a beautiful scenic and relaxing sea view. Not a good beach tough, but you want miss it much anyway. The pier allows snorkeling in front of the resort, or alternatively they organize daily boat trip for snorkeling free of charge. Restaurant has different menu every day with options between 2 entrees, 3 mains and 3 desserts, while all not alcoholic drinks are free of charge too. I've purchased scuba diving + massage package and they have been both very good; massages where very relaxing, while for diving they look after almost all equipment (except for computer). A foot massage was also included, as well as daily tours in pre-defined locations (ie. local markets, rain forest walk, etc.). The final price might look expensive, but considering all what's included and the quality of service provided, it's actually not so much expensive at all. Ultimately, the staff made the difference: they do all they can for a relaxing holiday (including booking the flights on my behalf).