Tokoriki Island Resort
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With a stay at Tokoriki Island Resort in Tokoriki Island, you’ll be by the ocean and minutes from Tokoriki Island Port, and close to Tokoriki Island Beach. This 4.5-star resort is within the vicinity of Yanuya Village and Monuriki Island.
Make yourself at home in one of the 36 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and minibars. Rooms have private furnished balconies or patios. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with onsite massages, body treatments, and facials. After dipping into one of the 2 outdoor swimming pools, you can spend some time at the private beach. Additional features at this resort include concierge services, gift shops/newsstands, and wedding services.
Food & Drink
Satisfy your appetite at one of the resort’s 2 restaurants. Meet other guests and eat at a complimentary reception. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Buffet breakfasts are available daily from 7:30 AM to 10 AM for a fee.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a computer station, dry cleaning/laundry services, and luggage storage.
How to Get There
We absolutely fell in love with the Tokoriki Island Resort and all it has to offer: the grounds, the location, the people (especially the people!), the rooms, the views, activities, etc.
We were welcomed warmly (via the ferry on the way there - very easy and direct, 1 hour from Port Denaru; I believe going the other way it's an 1 hr 45 mins and not direct) with a song upon arrival, and the customized check-in (4 hours earlier than their actual check-in time, no less) + welcome drinks, cold towels (especially given how hot it was) and overall service was impeccable. Our room was ready by 12:30pm, and between arriving at the resort and checking into our room we stopped at the Spa to sign up for Unlimited Massages (literally worth every single penny - a *must* if you are into massage therapy!) and the Dive Shop to inquire about a couple activities, then voila! - our Beachfront Pool Bure was available. The team literally customizes your arrival and departure; special shout-outs to Patrick and Sophie (+ Mela?) who helped answer multiple questions via email when we were trying to determine the best mode of transportation and which activities we needed to try and prioritize (it turns out you really can wait until you arrive to book massages and excursions - so don't fret about booking or planning ahead of time - there is plenty of room and they will make it work for you!).
Our Bure (#26) was fantastic - so spacious with a beautiful plunge pool, hammock, patio, outdoor shower (which we used every single day, rain or shine), short walking path down to the beach - every detail was perfect. My husband mentioned once that the bathroom door (of all things) didn't really fit, i.e. it was a little dated and worn compared to the rest of the decor, but obviously not a game-changer by any means - just probably something to update eventually. The bed and mattress are super comfortable, and the room is quiet and dark (I normally wear an eye mark and didn't put it on once). We loved the nightly "newsletter" which included all of the activities and forecast for the following day, such a nice touch.
We gladly welcomed the AC which worked wonders, especially in the evenings, as well as the French Press + coffee, tea kettle, complimentary Fiji Water bottles daily and the cream for our coffee. We spent many mornings waking up early and drinking a cup of coffee on our patio wearing our robes before heading to breakfast - what a divine start to the day.
The staff is truly as good as it gets - I cried hard when they sang the dreaded (but beautiful!) "Farewell" song upon checkout, it was like saying goodbye to family. We have stayed at many 5* properties, mostly in Europe and America, and I don't think we have ever fallen more in love with the staff. We genuinely felt like we were part of their family by the end of the trip, and it doesn't hurt that most of them know your name within a day of arriving! Vincent is truly the epitome of a gentleman: his smile and conversation would enhance our day every time we interacted. All of the servers, Freddy behind the bar, the band boys (Moses!), the chef Ashim (sp?) who even hand-wrote wine pairings for dinner and personally delivered them to us (San Franciscans who don't know a lot about Aussie & NZ wine!) around lunchtime + checked in on us a couple more times to make sure we were happy with the food and beverages, Mama at the Teppanayaki dinner (highly recommend that experience toward the end of your trip), all of the women in the Spa - (Eny(?) who runs the Spa is a delight and so organized, as are all of the therapists...Fijians are absolutely the warmest, most welcoming people we have encountered. I'm sure I'm forgetting names and people, but honestly you won't pass one employee who doesn't stop, smile and say hello (or rather "Bula!") to you - even the workers who were cutting the lawn or doing construction in the middle of the day sweating immensely due to the humidity - they couldn't look happier to greet you. Talk about genuine!
Between our private plunge pool, the incredibly clear, warm ocean and the main infinity pool, you really have your options of where and how to relax and be in the water. I love how they have pool rafts out in the infinity pool for anyone to use - definitely made good use of those and took a couple naps in them!
The complimentary activities are wonderful - from snorkeling (although we felt like they might give a little more explanation on where we were going and what we would see on the complimentary snorkel) to the kayaks and paddleboards, there is so much you can do without paying extra. However, I would still highly recommend the Cloud 9 trip (if you can't make their Thursday excursion do what we did and charter a private boat and the Dive Shop will put up a sign asking if anyone else is interested...we ended up with 3 couples and it was the same price as the Thursday outing), and I know some of the couples we met loved the private beach picnic on Castaway Island, the Snorkel Safari (we were supposed to go but I came down with a cold unfortunately), and if you are a Diver or want to be - it sounds like this is a great spot for you. We were the perfect blend of busy and relaxed with nothing to do but read, and yet we left wanting more. We could have easily kayaked and snorkeled more, and want to try the Hobie Cat sailboats next time.
Every request of ours was met with enthusiastic "yes of course!"-type energy - over and above what we expect - no stone went unturned. On the last day our flight wasn't until 10pm from Nadi Airport, so the staff arranged a private boat charter (SeaFiji) which was the latest option (the helicopter would have been earlier and we didn't want to miss a sunset!), so we were able to stay the entire day until 7pm. What a difference it made to have an actual full day's stay even on departure day, which would not normally be the case at any hotel with a new round of check-ins arriving. They were also extremely accommodating in letting us stay in our room until 2pm and then we could use the complimentary bure to shower and get ready in before leaving.
We loved the meals and opted to go a la carte vs. the meal plan, which was more than enough food. Breakfast has tons of options and we found lunch to be of superb quality and large portions that held us over until dinner (they stop serving lunch at 2:30 and dinner doesn't start until 7pm). The dinners were a little hit-or-miss for us, and it turned out there was a chicken issue (it sounded like maybe the batch they received had been frozen or just wasn't the best quality, as the chef himself came out to tell us they had cooked another one up after we made a slight comment, and he completely agreed that the texture was tough and rubbery). But other dishes we loved and the desserts we tried were phenomenal (the sandy Tokoriki ice cream was amazing!). The Kokoda (?) fish ceviche was also a favorite, thanks to Mare's recommendation.
The menu is still extremely creative and even though we typically opt for a couple nights of room service when we are on vacation, we enjoyed getting ready and "having" to go to the dining room to be among other guests and the staff - who always welcomed us with an enthusiastic "Bula Betsy! Bula Jon!" As I mentioned earlier, we also"struggled" (in the best of First World Problem ways:)) a little with the Wines by the Glass, as we were never wanting a whole bottle at dinner (this was usually after a couple drinks at happy hour or a bottle of champagne late afternoon), but the most variety comes from the bottle list of course. It could totally be because we are American and mostly only know Californian and Europeans wines - not a big deal at all - but we don't love apple-y Sauv Blancs or Chardonnay's and that seemed to be the majority. Super nit-picky and not a game-changer by any means, but after a day of Fijian beer (Vonu Pure Lager- delish!) and frozen fruity drinks (the frozen Passionfruit Mojito was our favorite, and we aren't typically Mojito people at all!), I think a "suggested pairing" [wines by the glass list] to go with the dinner menu would be helpful, for people who don't know Aussie + NZ wines to gain a better sense of what complements what.
All that being said, we are head-over-heels in love with Tokoriki Island Resort and will absolutely be back. We've been married for a couple years and originally honeymooned in Europe, but this felt like an incredible 2nd honeymoon, with just the right amount of optional activity + *all* the relaxation tools at our disposal. We loved that they didn't have WiFi in the rooms and shut it off in the dining room during dinner hours; and trust me when I say it wasn't easy for my husband as The Masters were on and Tiger won while we were away (he's a huge golf fanatic). Jon struggled a little with not being able to watch coverage and seeing delayed updates (+ getting a ton of heckling from his friends), but we both agreed it was such a nice change from our lifestyle - truly - to go to bed and wake up not "needing" to check our phones - you feel so disconnected in the best way! We would sit on our patio reading and talking, which is difficult to do in our normally over-planned, demanding city lifestyle. We saw a couple people glued to their laptops during breakfast and near the pool in the afternoon, and assume those are people who opted to work remotely or can't fathom disconnecting. I'd say do your best to embrace and enjoy it, it has been set up that way for a reason. Heck, we played life-sized Chess and used the smaller version in the library a couple times - and really enjoyed it! AND we brought workout shoes + outfits and didn't use them once. It's true, they don't have a gym (there is a TRX platform + yoga mats if you want) - but you can definitely stay active with a little hiking up the hill and all of the water activities. Actually it was nice [yet again] to not feel like we "needed" to be doing something that is normally ingrained in our lifestyle and mentality at home. It's possible to survive without a fitness center...instead you'll just have to sleep in and drink coffee on your porch...and relax! Plus with all of the massages you are definitely getting rid of the lactic acid ;).
Just do yourself the biggest favor and book a flight to Nadi ($390 rt deals from SFO and LAX, and beautiful new lounge at Nadi Airport which accepts the Priority Pass - FYI), get to Port Denaru and take the ferry to Tokoriki (no need to stay on the main island in my opinion - several people were cancelling those portions of their trip in favor of staying longer at Tokoriki). Stay at least 4-5 nights, book at least 3 day unlimited massages, bring a couple books and enjoy the people and energy of Tokoriki. As the staff reminded us a few times, "you're on Fijian Time!" which is code for "you're on vacation, enjoy it!"
My wife and I spent 10 nights at tokoriki island for our honeymoon and it was an amazing experience. If your looking for a romantic, relaxing escape this is definitely the place for you. The service was warm, attentive and efficient with the staff making you feel like part of the family. The food is absolutely top notch with chefs hat quality meals and delicious cocktails.
At tokoriki however, the real star of the show is the romance. The musicians playing songs at the bar each sunset during happy hour drinks and dinner, the beautiful waterfalls in the spa lulling you to relax and the picnic for 2 to a deserted island show that tokoriki really does romance well. The ambiance in the restaurant is magnificent and we highly recommend the private pool bures. We also highly recommend the 3 day unlimited massage package as the spa and masseuses are worth every penny.
If we could make any suggestions, we would certainly suggest a private tokoriki charter boat to ferry guests to and from the island (perhaps with complimentary champagne?). The constant comings and goings of the choppers and sea planes does detract from the ambiance and the 3rd party charter service is functional but basic. Our only other suggestion would be to eradicate the wasps, as there are a lot of them flying around.
1. Wine is very expensive by the glass at tokoriki, so buy your wine at happy hour and take to dinner with you and byo wine from the airport duty free, for your room.
2. There's no room service, so ask for what you need when your at the bar or restaurant (takeaway food, chips, ice etc.)
3. If you have special dietary needs, make sure you ask the waitress at the when she arrives what you can eat. There was a few times when our regular waitress wasn't there and what my wife ordered was not lactose free, and had to be changed over.
We went back to Tokariki for the second time recently. Always a tricky thing to do when you have had such a good time initially. BUT this time we enjoyed it even more!!! We spent nearly all day in the pool which was warm and so so clean looking out at the ocean. Just amazing. It was warm inside but the air conditioner cooled the room so well. Beautiful linen and bed, immaculately clean rooms and grounds. Food fantastic and staff so helpful, kind and just beautiful people. Tokariki gets it right in so many ways. I tell everyone you have to go there if you want an amazing holiday. A big thank you to Vincent from the office, the pool cleaner (apologies for forgetting your name)and the beautiful dinning staff especially V. I cried when I left this time. I love Tokariki and currently looking to book another trip there.
Tokoriki, what a place. We just spent our honeymoon on the island and I can honestly say that I have never been anywhere like it before in my life. Everything is just wonderful, from the incredible welcome home on arrival, to a fair well songs, the whole experience was second to none. We stayed in villa 7 which, I have to admit, I personally think is the best!! With steps leading onto the beach, the last villa on the beach, is hidden away so nicely. We flew in by helicopter but our flight out was cancelled due to a storm that hit. We could have missed our flight easily, but the guys on the island even managed to hold the check in for us!!
The food is to die for, the menu, led by Ashim, just gives you so such beautiful choices each day. When you order and read the menu, you could easily have one of everything!! Fred makes the most amazing cocktails, whilst Joshua and the boys play great music to create a wonderful ambience.
All the staff are so friendly, bula Matt, bula Amy, would ring around as we walked through the gardens. We made the most of the diving and snorkeling as well and had a brilliant few hours fishing with Kallie and Alex. Captain Sam was a legend taking us to Cloud 9 as well.
We were also very grateful to meet the owner, who flew in on the helicopter with us, Mr Turnbull was a great host, a very humble man but with a keen eye for a buck! 'These guys don't work for me, we work together' pretty much summed up the island and the people. Finally, Vincent was a real gent, a great host and the whole team are great!
This is about as close as you will find to that picture postcard tropical island ideal. The island is a beautiful, the environment incredible, super wildlife and genuinely lovely staff who care about and look after you throughout the stay. It’s peaceful and quiet throughout. The villa was really clean, super comfy bed and nicely designed. The Spa and the massages were particularly good value and high quality. There are a few challenges for me - the food was a bit hit and miss. Some really great (lamb with lemon risotto and wagyu burger really strong) but also some were pretty average with breakfast not being particularly good throughout. That was a bit of a shame tbh. Also, the Fijian way is quite passive which is great but it does mean it is up to you to ask and find out what to do and when and so on. Good example was that I discovered a fridge in the boutique with ice-creams in it and before I have even taken a first bite of the ice-cream three people asked where I got it, that was a bit strange. Also I thought the rooms were a bit low on creature comforts. Two bottles of water, coffee and milk as the standard things in the room was a bit sparse and it’s hardly a cheap place to go. You can order stuff but why would you? I also think (even though this is about isolation) that not having internet access in the rooms is not good because it meant everyone in the bar area just looked at their phones and laptops catching up versus having a chat and socialising. Literally everyone was heads down in the phones frantically texting and emailing away! There is also no internal gym so keeping your fitness routine is harder than it could be perhaps. My biggest bug was about getting to the island. Given my flight times the only options were helicopter transfer and because I was solo I had to pay for two seats on the return so it was an extra £500 to the trip and that was a bit of a downer tbh. In summary, it is great and I really relaxed. The staff are lovely, but with a few tweaks and some further investment this could be one of the top global locations but it just needs to go up a notch and strive for that level to be truly memorable and standout. You can do it Tokoriki!