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
Was so impressed with this resort. The nannies for the kids were a real winner for me. No set times you had to rush around to kids club for.
Food was fabulous and service great! Rooms were nice. I personally would have loved air con but I know that is not what this resort is about.
Jean Michelle cousteau resort Fiji - Simply Superb. The food was nutritious, the accommodation was spotlessly clean, the staff were extremely helpful, laughter and smiles from everyone. The location is absolute paradise plus. Arrived exhausted and left completely and utterly relaxed. I was delighted to have found such a place and will return again soon . A Massage with Viri is to die for and a bucket list must..!! Bart, Lyndy and Kaye - you are all awesome...
Only a very bad case of jet lag prevented me from writing before. And now, I am at a loss for words because everything was fabulous. From the welcome music to the eco-friendly "cottages", from the smiling staff to the delicious food, the great diving/snorkling team, the beautiful landscape and of course the amazing fish and corals. The resort also offers activities like visiting a village, going for a hike in the rain forest, kayaking and yoga. Choirs and dancers from neighbouring villages provided nightly entertainment. Would we go back ? In a flash.
We had a super stay here in mid February
The resort is absolutely lovely. The grounds are immaculate and the staff are all extremely friendly.
The Burr was perfect, it had a quick clean and the beds were made every day.
We dived every day and I could not fault it, the dive sites were excellent, they could not do enough for me and my family, I cannot recommend this resort enough, one of the best I have been to
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.