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
Having been to Fiji numerous times, this was our first time to this resort. We recently stayed for a week and can say without a doubt it was one of the most relaxing holidays our family has had.
With two children 8 & 5 the Bula club was a highlight. They made so many wonderful friends from around the world and learnt so much - they have come home eager to protect the oceans and do what they can to care for the environment. The village and school trips were certainly memorable for them. Special mention to their buddies Asa and La you were amazing and the rest of the kids club staff - you made the kids stay so much fun. It was a great balance of education, fun and adventure.
Giving the parents time to reconnect and to connect with other adults is priceless - imagine having a conversation with no interruptions or sitting down to a meal and finishing it - wow! The freedom to spend time with your children or enjoy the serenity on your own whichever you choose. At no time did we have any concerns that our children weren’t being cared for at the resort or on excursions away. They loved the feeling of independence.
We have returned home and made numerous changes within our household to ensure we are doing our part in helping to care for our planet - to see a resort manage to do this and offer such a high level of service was inspirational.
We will certainly be back in the future and highly recommend this resort.
We went to two high-end resorts in Fiji and this was the favorite of everyone in our family. On arrival, the staff smiled and sang and welcomed us - a true welcoming. We were shown around the beautiful green landscape to our Burre which had an ocean view (you will want the ocean view), a front porch with hammock and chairs, a large bed for us and a small daybed for our 8 yr old son. The bathroom was clean and modern and there was a closet, desk, and mini-bar/coffee area in the room. I am a magnet for mosquitoes and the staff kindly put up mosquito nets for us. They also provided fans to keep us cool through the night (though the temperature was not too bad). Since it is a smaller resort (I believe only 25 Burre's), they get to know the guests and you will get to know the staff. There are no TV's or phones in the room - you get to actually reconnect with people and the beautiful land and sea around you!
The kids club is AMAZING! The kids all had a chaperone from 8am until 9pm . They have two pools with water slides, a splash pad, zip line, lounge area, tennis court, volleyball court, life size chess, reading area, video area, treehouse, field for sports play and small beach access...at the KIDS CLUB.
The dive center was truly full service. They took care of everything so all you had to do was enjoy diving. The dives were wonderful. The area is pristine and the corals and sea life were wonderful.
My husband and I had the most amazing week at the resort. The Bure was so cute with the thatched roof very spacious and clean. We had the honeymoon one with jacuzzi on the veranda which the staff turned each day so perfect for pre and or post dinner relax overlooking the ocean. Staff were so friendly and helpful and nothing too much trouble. the meals were divine with plenty of choices and very attentive staff. The snorkeling was superb and the bonus of having unbelievable coral and fish just off the resort pier was so good as well as the included options to go out to other places by boat to snorkel. I did the intro diving session and thanks to Geoffs patient teaching was able to master it. The resort has paddle boards kayaks and sailing all free to use and the bay is perfect for these activities. We had morning tea on the private island and felt so spoilt with our own bit of paradise for 3 hrs. We also did the private dinner on the end of the pier which was very special too. The Yoga classes were a bonus and having all the different Fijian cultural shows and ceremonies was brilliant to get to know this country better. Was lucky to be there for the Kava ceremony and also being able to chat with the band boys and have some more kava with them. The daily activity was varied and nice mix of things to do outside the resort the village visit and waterfall walk were lovely and waterfall walk good to walk off some of the delicious food. Would absolutely recommend this place - a slice of heaven