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What We Love

  • The rate inclusions: Meet-and-greet service at Nadi International Airport; all meals and beverages (alcoholic and nonalcoholic); unlimited use of the fully stocked minibar; personal laundry service; two scuba tank dives per person, per day (Monday through Saturday only); beach picnics and more (see Details tab for more info)
  • The setting: a 2,200-acre private island
  • Exclusive beachfront bures, each with its own view
  • Pristine beaches and a beautiful coral reef at your doorstep
  • Elegant, colonial-style furnishings, with fabulous attention to detail

What To Know

  • The island is a 40-minute flight from Nadi, the international airport. Transfer is available only on the resort’s own Cessna and costs about $1,152 (including taxes) per couple
  • Best suited for couples and small groups
  • Gym is small but well equipped; there’s also tennis and golf
  • A la carte menus change daily and focus on fresh local produce
  • Children 15 and under are not permitted in the resort
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Overview

The Review

The Wakaya experience begins truly at the beginning: when a representative meets you at the international airport, sweeping you to the resort’s own Cessna airplane. In just 40 minutes, you’ll see the 2,200-acre island for the first time — literally an emerald gem in the middle of the Fijian waters.

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The island itself has the majestic cliffs and protected coral reef that characterize the Fijian islands. Simply revel in the deserted island views, or get swept up in an activity like scuba diving, hiking, golfing on the nine-hole course, tennis or even a coconut oil demonstration. One popular dining option is a picnic for two, during which the staff takes couples to a private beach with a basket of lobster and champagne — with a two-way radio as the only connection to the rest of the world.

The all-inclusive rates mean everything is taken care of, from unlimited Taittinger champagne to an impressive cellar of fine wines from around the world. With a focus on fresh local ingredients, the daily-changing à la carte menus are beautifully balanced.

Relax in your Ocean View Bure, one of just 10 accommodations, on the two outdoor decks. Exquisitely furnished, the bures are filled with artifacts from the Gilmours’ many travels that complement the elegant, colonial-inspired furnishings. Modern touches include DVD players, flat-screen TVs and stereos — but you might find you don’t even need them on this private island that feels built just for two.

How to Get There

Wakaya Club & Spa
P.O.Box 15424
Suva, 00000 Fiji

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 53 Reviews
PARADISE!!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is hard to find the right words to describe this true slice of paradise!!

Incredibly friendly staff, beginning with Monica who welcomed us extremely friendly and warm as well as Taito who served us in the best way possible and also all other staff! We felt so welcome and were truly impressed about the professionalism and the friendliness of everyone!

Beaches: just incredible, not sure if we saw other beaches like that before. Crystal clear turquoise water, white sandy beaches, no garbage nor plastic, all super clean and just a dream.

Pool: perfect!

Diving: Meli the guide was very professional and super friendly, boat and equipment high class and the diving itself also pretty good

Bures are amazing and you don't miss anything.

We like to recommend this hotel to everyone and thank to all staff for making our stay so wonderful!

Spectacular in every sense of the word
Reviewed 1 year ago

We just came back from Wakaya. Although the resort is not fully open due to renovation, the place itself is a gem. We peeked at their new rooms and pool and cannot wait to see them finished. luckily the great taste is being very well respected. Food was beyond amazing and the friendly and lovely faces we so much cherished were always there to pamper us. After visiting many islands in the South Pacific, Wakaya is still the best getaway in the South Pacific.

Best Hotel in Fiji
Reviewed 1 year ago

My family and I just left Wakaya Hotel and we miss it already! How can I describe how perfect our stay was? We were flown in on a small plane with a friendly pilot, we were greeting with the staff singing to us, the food was so good I couldn't stop eating, the island and hotel is incredibly beautiful, the staff and new management are beyond professional and friendly and we miss them already! We had the best 2 weeks ever and will be planning our return asap! I cannot recommend this Hotel enough!

The dream is dead.
Reviewed 1 year ago

It is with an incredibly heavy heart that I post this review.

We visited Wakaya in 2007 for our honeymoon, and it was magical. Since then, we have privileged to travel and stay at some of the world's best resorts and value nothing more than the GM and teams that will go the extra mile to make a stay special. This is the hallmark of brands like Aman, Como, Four Seasons, the Robertson NZ hotels -- and we've had numerous happy memories thanks to this.

As a recent example, our driver failed to show up as we were checking out of Kauri Cliffs last week. The hotel leapt into action and ferried us to the airport. The cost? $0 and a smile. That is how stays go from luxurious to luxurious and heartwarming.

If there is a diametrical opposite to this, it's the new management at Wakaya. We started our stay in Fiji at another property which was well-intentioned but ultimately not on the level we had hoped. So, we contacted Wakaya to see if they could accommodate us. After some back and forth, they offered the Ambassador's Bure, a 2-bedroom presidential suite. Given that we are return guests and their pool is closed, they offered a discount, which was very nice. We happily accepted and looked forward to returning, provided our credit card and received a confirmation from the hotel.

Then, not long after, the weasly behavior begun.

- A note to say the diving was no longer included
- A note to say the air conditioner was sort of broken in the room
- A note to say they couldn't pick us up on the plane at the landing strip at our current hotel and could we drive 2.5 hours or Nadi or an hour to Suva. Why? Because the fees were too high to land at the private airstrip, even though it was already promised (and by the way, the private plane is no longer used and it's now a charter company)
- A note to say that the air conditioner in the room broke and they are revoking our reservation because they can't figure out where else to put us, LESS THAN 24 HOURS BEFORE WE WERE SUPPOSED TO ARRIVE.

What would a top hotel do in this situation? They would put you in a suitable alternative at their expense. Here is what Wakaya did: NOTHING.

The new GM was very clear that "because he hadn't collected our money yet" (even though he confirmed the reservation), that there was nothing he would do. I suggested that they find us a comparable alternative. I even called Laucala, an amazing property that Wakaya compares itself to, and they have a 2-bedroom available -- same exact room type! Wakaya refused to do anything, leaving us completely stranded. All they did was call some other hotels and quote the rates to us.

This is not the dream that David and Jill Gilmour designed. This is a hotel that has lost its soul, with an unethical GM. Watch this space -- I suspect over time that the new truth will become apparent.

Beyond Amazing...
Reviewed 3 years ago

Had a really amazing time, the staff are so friendly, food is top notch and the overall experience is something I will never forget! The bures are stunning and the attention to detail exceeded all expectations. The service started straight away from the moment we touched down in Nadi and i couldn't wish for better. The beaches were great, sunblock and towels are dotted all around the island and the activities to do around the island are endless.