Fiji luxury family holidays travel review.
As with many of our clients, Sydney couple Linda and Toby, travel to Fiji each year for some well earned rest, relaxation, salt water and sunshine.
Over the years Linda and Toby have stayed at numerous resorts throughout the archipelago but this time decided to return to the luxury, five star VOMO Island Fiji to celebrate their seven year wedding anniversary.
Having honeymooned at VOMO back in 2011, they had only the fondest of memories and were keen to rekindle the experience. This time however they would have their four year daughter, Alana, in tow. They remembered VOMO as the perfect location for a romantic honeymoon but would it be family friendly and suit their holiday requirements now?
Needless to say, VOMO was everything they wanted – and more!
Read on for Linda’s travel review of their stay at VOMO, what she loved about the resort and what surprised her the most.
VOMO Island Fiji
Family Holiday Travel Review
From Nadi International Airport Linda, Toby and four year old Alana were transferred by a short 15 minute helicopter ride direct to VOMO Island. Transfers by air, either helicopter or seaplane, are always an exciting way to start your Fiji holiday. Travellers always marvel at just how spectacular the Fiji Islands are from the air.
Linda said their transfer was no exception with the pilot even “dipping” the helicopter so they could get a closer look at a shark and a turtle.
Upon arriving at VOMO, Linda recalled she immediately felt relaxed. The stresses of her life in Sydney washed away as soon as the inhaled that salty, fresh island air. The Fiji Islands do that to people!
The warm staff welcome made them all feel like part of the extended VOMO family immediately.
A hilltop retreat
The trio stayed in one of the upper hillside villas which afforded them the utmost in privacy and a truly spectacular 180 degree view over the island and ocean.
Linda found the room ample in size for a couple and child (the hillside villas will easily accommodate two children) and they took advantage of the privacy curtain that separated Alana’s sleeping area from the master bedroom.
They all loved the enormous bathroom with stand alone shower and separate bath, both of which command stunning views over the ocean.
There was also a separate walk in robe which meant they could hide all their travel essentials away from sight and free up space in the living and bedroom area.
The adults-only Rocks Bar was the place to be
The Rocks Bar, located in a prime positioned for watching spectacular sunsets behind Vomo Lailai, was recently expanded and renovated. What has resulted is a stunning area reserved for adults.
With the sprawling timber decks, sunken lounges and waterfront location overlooking the reef, it was the place to spend a lazy afternoon enjoying cocktails, canapes and the awe inspiring Fijian sunset. Once a week guests can also partake in a specialty adults-only dinner.
Note: Soon this area will boast its own adults only pool and more luxury residences.
Alana looooved the Kids Village
VOMO’s Kids Village is tucked behind the main resort dining area and is a huge indoor / outdoor area of fun and games. Open at 9am, kids 4 years and over are welcome to play indoors or out, with climbing equipment, access to the tennis court, indoor quiet zones and even sleeping rooms.
Alana loooooved the Kids’ Club and made so many friends.
Alana looooved the Kids Village and wanted to spend most of her time there with her new friends. This meant that Linda and Toby could indulge in things like spa treatments and exploring. The village is open from 9am until 9pm so Linda and Toby were able to have a quiet dinner on their own and then Alana would come and join them for desert before bed time. Kids order their dinner from the kids menu and can eat on the decking at Kids Village if they like.
On Lovo night, Linda and Toby wanted a longer night out so a Baby Butler was arranged who then put Alana to bed until they arrived home. This is an additional cost – but at just FJ$12 per hour, it’s not a lot of money.
Rest and relaxation
With Alana happily being entertained at the Kids Village, Linda and Toby indulged in some pampering at the resort spa – “an oasis in the middle of the island“, said Linda.
Linda noted that the spa had been updated and improved since their first visit in 2011. She also pointed out they had recruited Balinese massage therapists which made for a more gentle, relaxing massage (although this is probably more of a personal choice).
To socialise or not to socialise?
VOMO is a relatively small resort so, even at full capacity, it never feels crowded.
For those who like to meet and socialise with other guests there are ample opportunities to do so in and around the resort areas.
Linda and Toby regularly socialised with other guests, particularly over sunset drinks at The Rocks bar, and noted that everyone was very nice and seemed just as happy and relaxed as them.
The walk to the top of the hill was well worth the early start. The view was incredible!
Approximately 2/3 of the island is accessible for those inclined to explore. Linda highly recommended taking the 15-20 minute sunrise walk to the top of the hill where you’ll be rewarded with views across Fiji as far as the eye can see.
Consider taking the Mount VOMO challenge and your entry fee of FJ$10 will go directly to Cure Kids Charity. Try and beat the time of television personality Mark Beretta of 5.04 minutes.
Dotted along VOMO’s stunning white sand beach are quaint sunbathing platforms and deck chairs available for guest use. You quite literally have a slice of tropical paradise all to yourself. “It’s so beautiful,” said Linda.
Except for a light shower one morning, the weather was perfect for the duration of the trio’s stay. They took advantage of the sunshine and warm water and snorkelled behind Little VOMO (Vomo Lailai) where they saw baby stingrays and small reef sharks and kayaked around part of the island.
For those wanting to be a bit busier during their stay, the Ocean Play Bure, where the VOMO team organise many guest activities, is the place to meet. In manta ray season (May – October), they can take you to the Manta Channel where you can snorkel with these majestic creatures. Surfing at world famous Cloudbreak, scuba diving or snorkelling excursions can also be organised from here. If you prefer to stay close to the island you can grab a kayak, SUP or hobie cat from here too.
The final puzzle piece in a perfect family holiday
Everything at VOMO was just so easy!
Linda, Toby and of course, Alana, had a blast at VOMO and made a pact to return again in 2025 (if not sooner).
One of the things Linda thought set VOMO apart from other resorts she has stayed, was the level of service. Nothing was too much trouble. The staff were attentive, the service fast and on par with the World’s most exclusive hotels.
The staff were so attentive Linda was concerned Alana would expect the ‘rock star treatment’ to continue when they returned home to Sydney.
Additionally, the fact that all meals are included at VOMO removed the hassle of having to “think” about what and where they would eat. It was just another thing they didn’t have to trouble themselves with.
Dining at VOMO is an absolute treat – like eating at a top rated restaurant at every meal, but without ever feeling over indulged. Well portioned, fresh and healthy dining are VOMO’s specialty. They even installed a refrigerated room that keeps all the breakfast buffet fruits, juices and produce cool and fresh in the Fijian heat. When not being used for breakfast, this refrigerated room becomes a dessert bar a few times a week.
The complimentary Kids Club and nanny service meant Linda and Toby could enjoy time together in the confidence Alana was being cared for by trained and attentive professionals. All the while Alana was enjoying her holiday too – making new friends in a tropical island paradise.
And finally, one more special treat is the daily laundry service. You simply pop your stuff in the supplied cane basket in the morning and your clothes are returned clean, folded and wrapped in tissue paper by the afternoon. That completes the perfect Fiji family holiday.
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