Musket Cove Fiji Travel Review

Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina, Fiji is one of Fiji’s original resorts – an original triumvirate of owners who then divided the land on Malolo Lailai resulting in Musket Cove, Plantation and Lomani Island resorts. Musket Cove Island Resort is still an entirely and proudly Fijian owned and operated company with over 170 employees.
Located in the Mamanuca Islands, Musket Cove Island Resort and Marina is set on 400 acres of lush land, featuring secluded walking trails, palm-fringed beaches and room to explore.  You will find an uncrowded hideaway when you step off your Malolo Cat transfer and begin to immerse yourself in this lovely resort.
Musket Cove offers so much from so many perspectives.   On our recent team visit to Musket Cove, we were welcomed with cold coconuts in the amazing welcome bure.   We relaxed into soft, comfortable lounges with fans spinning above us and Fijian laughter coming from many angles.

The Traders’ Cafe offers relaxed dining.

The new arrivals area is a great addition to the resort. Beautifully designed, it is home to the reception area, resort boutique and Traders Café.

With a huge decking area, comfy lounges and free Wi-Fi, it’s a great spot to enjoy a relaxing coffee as you catch up on your emails or post your holiday photos to your social accounts.

For relaxed dining, Traders is the perfect spot to enjoy a famous wood-fired pizza, a Fijian curry, wrap or toasted sandwich paired with a cold Vonu beer. The cafe roasts their own chickens which can be taken away and added with freshly baked bread from the island supermarket for a picnic lunch on the beach.

The Island bar is another spot for casual dining.  Order a BBQ pack at Traders and it will be delivered to the bar ready for you to cook. This bar is a fun place to meet – yachties from around the world moor at Musket Cove and a few beers listening to the tales of the sea is a night well spent.

Even the formal dining has a relaxed, Fijian vibe.

Dick’s Place Bar and Bistro is a more formal dining option yet still has a casual, relaxed feel Fijian style.

Located overlooking the lagoon pool and beachfront, Dick’s Place serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Try to plan your trip around a Thursday night when the legendary pig on the spit is served. It’s amazing!

If you’re not there Thursday, don’t worry, as Wednesday and Saturday evenings is Ribs and Wings nights – with slow-smoked goodies from Musket’s smokehouse. Or Tuesday is Seafood Grill and BBQ – or if there is fresh yellowfin in try Dick’s Place Sushi and Sashimi.   You really cannot get fresher.

After dinner at Dick’s Place, relax in the comfortable sitting area and be entertained by the resident band until you’re ready to head back to your room. Our night was full of laughter, fun and music.

With ample space, Musket Cove never feels crowded

The space at Musket is a real asset and the resort never feels crowded. Scattered around the 400 acres are 55 air-conditioned bures and villas separated into adults-only and family-friendly areas.

The Garden Bures and Villas are perfect for families. We stayed in the two bedroom Island Villas. Set on their own island with a central pool area and floating pontoon, the villas face onto the water. Two bedroom with living and kitchenette area they are perfect for families, or even two couples staying together. You can even book the whole island to celebrate a special occasion. The BBQ area around the pool is a great place to relax and mingle.

Set a little closer to the resort, the Lagoon Villas have a similarly large deck and can cater to children from 12 years and above. Similar to an overwater bure, these villas are always in demand.

The two-bedroom Garden Villas are another great option for families taking up to three children in their downstairs bedroom, with an upstairs loft area for adults, each with own ensuite. They come with a plunge pool and decking area. Like the garden bures, these villas have extensive grass areas outside which are ideal for running children, quiet reading under a big tree or looking across to the ocean. A special treat in all accommodation at Musket is the homemade cookies.

A must is a visit to the Makare Spa

One more must at Musket is a visit to Makare Spa where Anne and her team will treat you to any of their amazing experiences.

Anne is a remarkable lady and has set up spas at some of Fiji’s top resorts. She now focuses on just the Makare Spa and has brought with her some of the very best therapists in Fiji.

Interestingly, Anne hand picks her therapists to train from scratch, knowing the ones that will embrace her ethos, and make your experience with them one of the best.

The Spa area is a village within the resort, with separate treatments rooms, an outdoor area to rest before or after your massage, and a feel of peace that encompasses the name Makare – clear clam waters.

Musket Cove is not just great for grown-ups

Don’t forget Musket also is a great place for kids.  Whilst it doesn’t have a dedicated Kids Club, the resort is dedicated to catering to younger guests with movie nights, babysitting services plus lots of water and land-based activities including kayaks, windsurfing, daily snorkelling trips, village tours, guided medicine walk and organic farm visits, secluded beach visits, volleyball and video library, and so much more.

Teenagers, in particular, will love Musket.  There is plenty of room to move without having to navigate hundreds of small children.

Optional paid activities for all ages include daily trips to the local surf breaks, game and sport fishing, scuba diving, bike rental, kiteboarding and stand up paddle boarding.

At Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina, Fiji  no-one will ever be bored – we guarantee it!

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