The Remote Resort, Fiji Islands
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes all non-motorized water sports (sea kayaks, snorkel gear, handline fishing) and island experiences including a hidden beach castaway day (with lunch), a coconut & pina colada show, a chef’s cooking demo and a village visit
- Light-flooded oceanfront villas with alfresco bathrooms and plunge pools
- In-villa spa treatments and massages are available
- WiFi is free in the main pavilion restaurant and bar
What To Know
- A very intimate retreat; the resort sleeps a maximum of 10 guests
- Popular with honeymooners
- The one-bedroom Oceanfront Villas are not suitable for children. Families should book the two-bedroom Oceanfront Villa
- Guests will first need to fly to Nadi International Airport and then connect via a one-hour flight to Taveuni or Savusavu
- Daily gourmet meal plans and transfers from/to Taveuni or Savusavu are mandatory and need to be booked directly with the property prior to arrival
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
True to its name, the Remote Resort is located on an isolated peninsula on the island of Vanua Levu, close to Rainbow Reef, one of Fiji’s best dive sites. The intimate retreat is home to just four oceanfront villas and is set on a 64-acre plot studded with pineapple and papaya trees. With a “high design, low impact” philosophy, the spacious villas are decked out with timber that has been felled and milled on-site and furniture made from local vesi trees. The minimal white-on-wood interiors ensure that the attention is placed firmly on the ocean and jungle views, which can be seen from huge windows shaded by wooden louvers. All villas have private plunge pools, spacious decks with daybeds, Bose docking stations and alfresco bathrooms with open-air showers. Guests can decide where to dine, from a secluded supper on the beach to a laid-back in-villa feast. Tuck into South Pacific flavors cooked on a wood-fired stove or a lovo, a traditional barbecue with an underground grill.
In the Area
The Rainbow Reef, discovered by Jacques Cousteau, is just 10 minutes from the resort and is home to more than 20 stunning dive sites. Resort activities such as volleyball, bocce, kayaking and snorkeling are also included in the rate. Vanua Levu is Fiji’s second-largest island and is home to the colorful Naag Mandir Temple and Wasali Nature Reserve, an untouched rainforest cut with hiking trails.
How to Get There
My wife and I recently returned from The Remote Resort after spending six nights for our a belated Honeymoon. Upfront we have to say that this was the best relaxation holiday we have ever had!! That's not because it was a honeymoon either as the resort and the staff really make this a memorable stay regardless of why you are there. We've outlined bits and pieces below but there are a lot more hidden gems we've not discussed so as to not give everything away!
Travel: Obviously it takes a little effort to get to but it's which is well worth it. Internal flights are on the smaller 7 row planes which were great and quick. Collection at Taveuni airport was straight forward by a member of the Remote team who drove us (25 mins) to the small boat port where we were greeted by the happy smiling faces of the Remote boat team. Wane and Bex (Peceli) ferried us across the beautiful water to the resort (25 mins) where we were welcomed in true Fijian style by the Remote team. Leaving the resort was also seamless. The air fields are quite small so you avoid the hustle and bustle. We exited out of Savu Savu and that was spot on again. We had a 15 minute boat ride and then a one hour car ride through the Fijian countryside which was nice. All in all, the extra travel getting away from Nadi was surprisingly seamelss.
Resort: This really is remote in that you don't see anybody else other than other holiday makers (Max 16 at any time, but you don't really see many people outside of meal times) and the resort staff. It is only accessible by boat which gives that feeling of seclusion. We stayed in the two bedroom Royal Retreat which has its own pool and is close to the main eating and bar area. All accommodations are detached and offer a private feel. The Royal Retreat is one of the newer Villas and we felt value for the extra touches (pool, Air Con, Outdoor showers etc). The other Villas all looked great and we'd have been happy in any of them.
The resort offers paddle boards and kayaks along with snorkeling gear all free to guests. The snorkeling on the house reef was great and you really benefit from the remote nature of the resort as there's plenty of well preserved coral. Lots of fish to explore... We didn't see turtles but we are told they are around from time to time. They have a pontoon which is out in the water for guests to go and explore. We used the Kayak to get out and spent some hours soaking up the sun and exploring the coral. We didn't feel the need to venture too far from our Villa but the walk to the peak (15 minutes uphill) was nice to stretch the legs and get a great view of the entire area.
The beach area is nice and quiet and there's plenty of space. A truly beautiful part of the world where you feel like you are the only people around!
Internet was limited at times but that's expected in this type of resort.
Food and Drink: We opted for the All-Inclusive Gourmet and Beverages package and it was such a great decision. It took all thought of money out of our minds which was perfect for relaxing. Anybody looking at cost I appreciate there are less expensive options out there in Fiji but we felt everything was value for money and as a result, we are happy we stretched the budget a little further to stay at The Remote Resort.
On arrival we selected all the drinks we wanted in our mini bar and this was replenished on request. There's a great selection and it's all good stuff. The Cocktail of the Day varies and was really the best part of the All-Inclusive drinks package. We had some delicious drinks mixed up by the staff and you can have these at the bar or delivered to your villa which was a nice touch when relaxing by the pool.
We were excited about the food before we went as we love fish! There's so much fresh fish on offer and a number of times during our stay we spotted a local catch being hauled in and used that day for our meals. It's not just all about the fish (although the catch of the day was a superb breakfast) as you get lots of options. On the All-Inclusive package we selected our lunch and dinner at breakfast time and then we didn't need to think about it. Meals can be brought to your room if required and for lunch this was a nice option. Dinner is best eaten out of your villa. The staff surprise you each night on where you will be dining (at the restaurant, on the beach, the pier etc) and you will rotate through each unique setting for your stay. This type of experience (beach dinners for example) come at a cost in other resorts and it was a major part of our stay as each dinner felt really special.
We didn't have a bad meal and the staff catered to any needs we had. I'd recommend the Breakfast Curry, super dish!
Experiences: You can go All-Inclusive for the experiences, but we opted against this. We picked out a couple that caught our eye. Some couples went out every day on the designated experience and they all sounded great, but we were more there to relax and there's plenty to see and do on the house reef.
The main experience we went for was the Manta Snorkeling and it did not disappoint. What a truly magical experience this was. Well worth the time and cost! The private beach getaway was just around from the house reef and offered a nice secluded break from the resort. The snorkeling here was also pretty good.
The team also have included experiences which are all worth getting involved with. Lots of interesting discussion and experiences to be had and the team were happy to help out on this front whenever we needed.
Staff (Family): I've left this part until last and that's intentional. The entire team on the resort are just amazing. From the team welcoming you on arrival to the experiences team, chefs and all other staff, just truly fantastic. They've really managed to hit the sweet spot between being there for whatever you need but making you feel like you are the only people on the resort. Nothing is too much trouble and every need is met.
Ili was the Assistant manager for the start of our trip and we'd recommend any of the spa treatments as the food rub on arrival from Ili was fantastic. Always smiling and making sure we were happy!
The wider guests services team were also fantastic. Rio is so much fun and can't do enough for you. Sova catered to our every need and was always making sure we had a drink in hand. Katoni arrived for the last couple of days of our stay and way a pleasure to get to know too. Everybody is just so helpful and their experience really shines through.
Bexs and Peni looked after us for our boat trips and experiences. The boys are a laugh a minute and know the area like the back of their hands. laughing and smiling all the time making you feel super relaxed.
Last but not least we need to give a huge mention to Vilisi. The resort manager who leads the team superbly. From accompanying us on our experiences, to serving up yummy cocktails and looking after us at dinner time, Vilisi really is amazing and the Remote Resort, and it's guests, are privileged to have her looking after the place. A big thank you to all staff, truly made the experience even more memorable.
Wrapping up we really can't rate this place any higher. There wasn't an element of the holiday that we could fault and we definitely felt the stay offered value for money. Our six nights at The Remote Resort will live long in the memory and we hope one day to return to see the gang.
If you've read this much then you must be super keen so book up and experience paradise for yourself!
My family and I love scuba diving, and we have stayed in this area several times. We wanted to be near Dolphin Bay Divers, our favourite dive operation, and Remote is quite close. So we decided to give it a try. My, we were lucky!! We've stayed in several other local places, but nothing like this.
I run out of superlatives! I can only echo all of the positive reviews and say: Yes, it really is like that. We particularly like resorts that are small, intimate and personal and it's all of those. The villas are beautiful; very comfortable, amazing views. The staff are efficient, friendly, cheerful and lots of fun to be with. Mike's birthday was so special: balloons, cake and dinner right by the water, with a fire. Like Wow.
So obviously we're saving up to go back.
Just a couple of comments about snorkeling/diving. Snorkelling: the house reef is great, so whilst Rainbow Reef is worth a look, there's plenty to see here. There is easy access from the jetty.
Diving: Dolphin Bay Divers is a small operation, within easy reach. It's very personal in the same way that Remote is. Roland, the owner, has extensive knowledge of Rainbow Reef, and is a great Dive Master. I'd recommend going out with them, rather than other larger local operators. I checked beforehand that the owners of Remote would be happy for us to use DBD rather than their usual recommended larger operation, and it all worked out well.
A big thank you to everyone: staff, Natasha, Dan.
The Remote Resort is nicely located at a sandy beach area. Thanks to the very friendly and welcoming staff, our holiday was relaxing and nice. Booking the spa and the explorer packages is much recommended if you want to stay active and enjoy Fijian massage. We went for snorkelling every day, could even snorkel with Mantas, visited a Fijian village which was very impressive and had an interesting and fun day on Taveuni. The daily massages where wonderful, also thanks to the very friendly spa ladies. For the dinner, everyday the table was set up on a different place - on different beach places or even the jetty. The staff made everything to make our holiday relaxing and nice.
The villas are nicely set up but cleanliness could be improved (especially in the kitchen area). The food was very good, portions sometimes too small and pricing especially for vegetarian dishes quite expensive. However, the side bread was excellent so we never ended a meal hungry :-) And we also enjoyed the possibility to order Picknick menus which we enjoyed on the beach or getting the meals served in the villa.
We enjoyed the holiday a lot, all staff independent if they were working in the garden or on the boat or in the kitchen or entertainment were excellent, amazingly friendly and made us feeling happy all the time.
Thanks a lot to all of you!
If we could give the remote Resort 10 stars we would. The service from beginning to end and all the way in between was absolutely incredible. This was our honey-moon treat and we didn't want to leave this paradise.
We felt like were treated as First class, while on 'land' and you never felt like it was 'a service' the staff was providing but rather felt treated as a family member or friend.
They didn't refuse any request we had. There was attention to detail in everything from the way our villa was serviced to everything else.
We had booked the Royal villa for 4 nights & the pictures don't do the place justice. The way the room is set-up is perfect for a beach location with an outdoor mini private pool and an egg chair and long lounge. We loved the outdoor shower. The villa felt so private (it was one of only 8 on the resort).
We got the everyday food, activities and Spa packages and they were so worth it. We loved the romantic jetty/beach dinners...
There are so many things to mention and so many people to Thank. But what truly makes this resort what it is is the people, the staff, these amazing humans that make you feel happy and relaxed. Thank you Katarina, Mel, Villisi, Ketoni, Allysi, Seba, BK, Jim and everyone! Lastly Thanks Dan for the detour on the way to see the Dolphins! It was incredible!
A forewarning, this will be a long review, but since we stayed 10 nights I feel like I have a lot to say!
1) The Grounds: Amazing location. Yes, its a journey to get to, but it’s in the name. We came from Chicago and it was a long, but excellent journey and that makes it fun. The grounds are immaculate (thanks to Lui and his guys). Spend time and just wander around. Hike the hill, go to the back bay, work your way around the volcanic rock on either end of the resort, find all the trees producing fruit for the kitchen, snorkel the reef out front (more on this later), just explore and enjoy.
2) The Villas - We booked an oceanfront villa but were upgraded to the Royal Retreat (and it was our honeymoon!). The villa was extremely well crafted. If you stay, take time to appreciate everything they’ve done to make the place what it is - pretty much everything made of wood was made from wood felled and milled onsite. I can only speak to our villa because it was the only one we went in, but judging by the craftsmanship of everything else we saw at the resort i’m sure the others are just as nice as the Royal. As for us, we were at the very end of the row of villas. They’re all very separate from another and if space isn’t enough, each villa is completely encompassed with tropical foliage which makes it seem like you’re the only ones on the island. The Royal Retreat had a great plunge pool and a fantastic outdoor shower that was enveloped in crushed coral-lined beds of tall hibiscus inside the shower. I made sure to shower there each and every day and was impressed to see birds and butterflies every single day...just while showering. The bed was extremely comfortable and the cleaning staff decorated the villa with fresh cut hibiscus and other tropical flowers pretty much every morning. The main thing we loved about our villa was the view! At the end of the row, we were secluded and a bit of a walk, but that’s ok! We were only feet from the Pacific and the expansive overhanging roof covering the massive daybed on the deck was our favorite place to hang out. Expect a loaded iPod with some nice music to relax to, in-room French press coffee and tea, plenty of outlets (as if you’ll need them), and a fully equipped indoor bathroom in addition to the outdoor shower. Everything was spotless and the staff did an exceptional job of making sure everything was spicy and span. They even organized stuff we left strewn all over when we first arrived. I can’t say enough.
3) The Food - I’ll start with breakfast. The menu is small, but more than adequate. We spent 10 days and I tried more or less everything on the menu and didn’t have to repeat more than once. Everything was excellent. Particularly enjoy the Roti Wrap and their toast...there’s just something about it. During breakfast you are given the menu for the day’s lunch and dinner and you can make your selections accordingly for that particular day. We found the lunch portions to be quite large and I’m an eater. Dinner as others have said, is something special. The different locations: end of jetty, beach front with wood fire, beach front deck with fire pit, even the main lodge, every location you dine at will be lit with candles and lanterns for a truly special meal each and every night you are there. As for the food itself, yes it’s pricey, but everything is very high quality and once you’re there you have time to think of the journey all the basics have taken to get there (just like you!) It’s obvious the kitchen staff cares that you like their food. I’m confident they stride to use resort-grown ingredients in almost everything they make. There was hardly a meal breakfast, lunch, or dinner that we didn’t care for. Also, we opted for the a-la-carte menu and we made a good choice. There was no way we were going to get to $240 per couple per day and we didn’t. On each day we each had breakfast, lunch, 2 dinner appetizers, 2 dinners, and 1-2 desserts with dinner and were between $200-$220 for almost every meal.
4) Drinks: We opted for the all inclusive package and we think it was worth it. They will bend over backwards to bring you whatever you want for your villas refrigerator. Just call or ask and it will be there and they will stock it for you in minutes. We drank mainly beer - all Fijian (all new to us but good), wine (all by the bottle), and the drink of the day usually at night before dinner. Everything was good. Since we paid for the package we tended to stick to drinks that were included in the package - which was quite a bit. We enjoyed all of the drinks of the day and keep in mind they take time. The staff doesn’t half-do anything including the drinks of the day and for that reason they sometimes took some time. Another thing to note with the ultimate drink package is that includes most of the juices, sodas, etc that can easily add up. So if you’re a mixed drink person and don’t want the drink of the day, you can get a rum and coke like I did and you only pay for the rum...not the coke!
5) Activites: We are a very active couple and we made a point to do at least one of the scheduled activities every day that we were there. This is where, for us, the resort truly stood out. First, the majority of the days we went out, we were the only two guests participating which made each activity basically a private charter to go snorkeling, hiking, etc. We were completely alone for our village visit, 2 manta snorkels, fishing trip, night snorkel, 2 or 3 snorkels, 2 castaway days and our trip to Bouma Falls on Taveuni. The entire 10 days we only had 2 snorkels where we actually shared a boat with other guests. We’re not sure if that’s normal, but with only 7 or 8 villas (don’t remember the number) I can see how that might happen. Every activity was fantastic. I can’t go into everything because this review would be 30 pages instead of 20, but our last day was a good example. Around 11 am, Dan, the resort owner called and asked if we would like to go fish on the way out to our second manta snorkeling. They packed us a picnic lunch, a cooler of beer and we fished our way out and picked up a nice barracuda. We get to the manta spot and in addition to mantas there’s a pair of humpback whales! After about 30 min of following them around we did our snorkel with 5-10 mantas at once and had a wonderful time. Then fished the way back in celebrating our good luck with the whales with our cooler of beer and picked up two more fish - a double header! That’s what you can expect from the Remote Resort. Each and every day had something special like that whether it was with Dan, Bex, Peke, etc.
6) The Staff- I saved this for last because the staff is really what makes this place special. From the get-go, the booking process and all of my questions were answered quickly and efficiently by the co-owner Natasha. She was absolutely brilliant at responding with detailed information for each and every question. As a side note, Natasha booked us for diving (2 days) with Taveuni Ocean Sports which was also a great company to dive with. Briefly, we were newly minted certified divers and we couldn’t be happier with the equipment and level of comfort we had on our dives with them. We will be spoiled for life starting our diving careers on the Rainbow Reef! Next, I already mentioned Natasha’s husband Dan - friendly and inviting and we can’t thank him enough for our last day’s whale watching/fishing/manta snorkel/beer trip. As lovely as the owners are, however, the STAFF is the true gem of this resort in an already full treasure chest of jewels. We met so many wonderful people - Katoni: who we had a nice late night of Kava and conversation with who was truly genuine and willing to talk to us about Fijian life and culture, Rio: our FAVORITE person to see after a day of snorkeling with his big smile, flowers in his hair and his happy attitude. The true poster child of the happiest people on earth. Bex: my friend and teacher of finding lobsters, octopus, and KAVA. Peke: getting off the boat upon arrival my Nalgene bottle fell out as i was passing my backpack down to him and it hit him right in the face...not a good way to start, but he was nothing short of amazing in the water. Always trying to point things out and make us feel comfortable. And so many more wonderful people: Ili, Vinisi, Lui, Cama, and so many many more! This staff was not like anything we’ve ever met. They truly made you feel like you were an honored guest in Fiji - warm, inviting, happy to answer questions (even the dumb ones). The resort could have been 1/10th of what it was, but with this staff, you still would have had a fantastic experience.
There’s so much more I’d like to talk about, but I’ve been at this for an hour or more. The longest I’ve ever spent on a review, but it’s worth it. This place is worth it. All of it. GO!