Koro Sun Resort
What We Love
- Snorkeling and diving are just outside your door
- The resort’s own farm and fruit trees
- Great for romance with an adults-only infinity pool, but family-friendly too (there's a free nanny service for kids five and under and a kids club for children up to 12)
What To Know
- Meals are not included, but rates do include a daily continental breakfast
- WiFi is free in common areas but not available in guestrooms
- Service is gracious, but might not be swift enough for type A's
- The golf course and a road lie between the Garden Bures and the beach
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Ten miles from the waterfront town of Savusavu on Vanua Levu’s southern shore, Koro Sun is an intimate retreat set on 150 acres with just 51 rooms and eight villas surrounded by rain forest, beach and ocean. This edge-water lagoon is best known for its excellent staff, Fijian cuisine, and island charm.
Bed and Bath
Guests stay in traditional bures (Fijian for houses) dotted across the estate. Edgewater Floating Bures are the only floating accommodations in the Pacific Islands. The Edgewater Bures are partially over water with direct access into the lagoon. Garden Bures are the smallest, but they still feel spacious, surrounded by white picket fences and lush gardens. The pitched corrugated roofs give that quintessential island look, while inside, canopy beds and loft ceilings add a romantic vibe — which is appropriate, since these rooms are just for two. For families, Raintree Bures offer two bedrooms, a kitchenette, a plunge pool and an outdoor stone shower. The screened porch looks directly onto the golf course.
Koro Sun is well known for the freshness and quality of its food, and the menus incorporate Pacific Rim dishes. Fruits are picked from trees on the property, the resort’s small farm produces fresh vegetables, and fresh-caught fish come straight from the boat to the kitchen. Spa treatments also use local elements. A papaya facial, coconut scrub and banana leaf wrap all use fruits and herbs grown right on the property. Fiji has some of the world’s last great coral reefs, and at Koro Sun you can hop right off the resort’s deck to see a stunning array of tropical fish. For scuba divers, there are excellent sites nearby, and it’s not far to the renowned Somosomo Strait, with its soft coral gardens and caves of dazzling white coral. Daybeds on the small beach provide relaxing spots to end a day of kayaking, golfing, fishing, scuba diving or bicycling into town. And even though Koro Sun is perfect for kids, they’re kept so busy that honeymooners barely notice them.
In the Area
For black pearls visit the J. Hunter pearl farm, which is cultivating black pearls to rival Tahiti’s. You can learn about pearl farming techniques at the shop. Hike to waterfalls, but not before receiving permission from the local chief, presenting him with a gift of kava, or visit one of the nearby village churches and be swept away by the rousing singing. Arrange your trip so that you won’t miss the weekly meke, a village festival with dancing recreated by the staff.
How to Get There
My husband and I stayed at the Koro Sun as part of our honeymoon, and I can’t rave about it enough. The property was beautiful and tropical, backing right up into the rainforest. We stayed in an edge water bure, which is one of the rooms overlooking the reef. We had a ladder right down to the water, where we could snorkel (wear reef shoes!!) and we had a hammock and outdoor bed for sunbathing. We purchased several packages prior to arrival (found that the best deals came from booking directly with the resort), including a romance package. As part of this, we had a couples massage in the rainforest spa, which was a short (and gorgeous) trek away and a champagne breakfast in our room.
We also got full board, which seemed pricey, but was the best option in retrospect because we ate whatever/whenever we wanted. It also covered seafood nights (fresh fish and lobster) so it was worth it. Drinks are not included.
The most amazing part of our stay was how personal and intimate everything was. All of the employees felt like a family and treated guests as such. Everyone knew our names, and they ran a lot of our activities - like the kava and coconut demos. They also sang to us when we arrived and departed (everyone in our van was tearing up with the farewell song).
We had the best time and only wished we would have had more time.
What an amazing stay with an incredible staff. I truly enjoyed everything about my stay at Koro Sun. From the very beginning, landing into Savusavu airport, our driver greeted us with a smile and was incredibly friendly. As soon as we arrived we were given a fresh coconut! While you’re away from the city, sound of cars, buildings, you’re able to soak in and appreciate all the nature! With so many activities available, we were never bored! The lounge is such a comfy place to chill and be on your phone or laptop. There are no TVs in the bure we were in but we weren’t there to stay in our rooms lol. It’s a beautiful resort to walk around and take in the gorgeous views! The food is really tasty. The menu is always different and we enjoyed every meal.
One of our highlights was the church activity. You do have to dress conservatively out of respect, but that was not a problem for us at all. This was a very spirit-lifting day. They’re voices were so beautifully harmonized and angelic when singing. They welcomed us and thanked us for being there!!! The kindness and love given to you is just so overwhelming in such a good way! It literally brought me to tears!!!!! I’m in love with this country and this island!
I also want to focus on the staff! Shout out to Penny, Melly, Kuki, Elijah, Ashika, Miri....just to name a few! But honestly every single person was awesome!
I mentioned it was my birthday and out of the kindness of their hearts they brought me a cake and sang to me while I was having dinner! They greeted me every morning by my name and always with a smile. These wonderful people are always there to help and serve you! It’s beautiful! I’m most definitely coming back!!!
We stayed 8 nights at Koro, which I think is about right as it gives you a chance to try all the different activities, get to know the rhythm of the place and really relax.
Koro is more low key than other resorts - I think it's a great resort for people who don't like mega resorts where everything is perfectly polished, over organised and crowded.
It offers complimentary snorkel gear (for kids as well), kayaks, paddle boards, and there's table tennis, foosball, pool table, and three pools to choose from. The kid's pool has a cool water slide (maybe a few pool toys would be good); one is adults only with swim up bar; and one at the front entrance is more decorative than used by guests. There is limited poolside seating and lounges.
The activities are great, although obviously weather dependent (which despite their best efforts and wishes to the Gods, the staff can't control!). I suggest trying all the different activities on offer: the nature walk and learning how to pick and prepare a salad of fern leaves; the guided kayak tour just outside the lagoon and back; the rainforest walk (watch out for the poison ivy, grows as big as a tree and easy to spot); and learning everything I never knew I didn't know about coconuts (the inside taste amazing fried like chips). Volley ball with the staff and other guests is good fun.
The paid trip to the village and waterfall was brilliant. I have that first world problem of feeling awkward about being a gawky tourist, but here it was explained how it benefits the community, and it was an opportunity to learn about the culture.
We got unlucky with the paid snorkel trip to the nearby reef - the weather was a little rough.This is definitely best done on a clam day. For people who have been snorkelling before and are spoilt with choice, it might be a little disappointing: there wasn't much to see. What was awesome was taking the 8 year old on her first snorkel off the other side of the lagoon in high tide - perfect spot for learning.
All up, our two kids had a blast (5 and 8 yers old). The staff go out of their way to make them feel part of a family - knowing their names, high fives all round and the kids could feel confident to ask as many questions as they wanted. The kids club is perfect for the younger ones. I don't think this place is necessarily as popular as other resorts with families, which means there's not as many other kids around for them to hangout with. For us that was ok, again the staff were great and we could hangout as a family and enjoyed the time together.
The food - the Fijian, Indian and Mongolian buffet nights are brilliant. The a-la-carte selection is fine. The 'Aussie' bbq I think you can skip! The complimentary breakfast was great (best pineapple ever). Lunch at the Wai bar is a good option; the kids menu is a little boring but does the job, a couple of options with a mix of plain food like grilled cheese and hamburger.
We stayed in a three bedroom villa, which was fine, clean, with comfortable beds, and kitchen (although who cooks on holiday!?). We had a look at the two bedroom bure with plunge pool, and they looked a little old and run down.
The standout about Koro is the staff. We had a small issue at one stage, but after I raised it with the front desk, it was resolved quickly to our satisfaction. A shout out to Eroni, Paulo, Cookie and Penelope at front of house, the chefs, the activities team of Andrew and Tui, Kula and co. at the kids club, and everyone behind the scenes who keep the place looking great. A very special mention to Mela for all her care of the kids.
My only feedback is around recycling and reducing waste - it'd be good to know what Koro is doing on this front and to make this an emphasis (the refillable bottles from the water cooler and paper straws are great).
We'd definitely go back.