“Vomo Island stands idyllically between the Mamanuca Islands, the Yasawa Islands & Vuda Point..”
We got on the earliest possible Fiji airlines flight from Sydney to Fiji so we could get to Vomo Island in the one day. Due to the time difference and not wanting to stay overnight in Nadi which we’ve been told is the norm, it meant a very early rise was needed. The 6 am take off plus the 4 hour flight and the 2 hour time difference meant we arrived in Nadi at around midday.
The easiest and most common way to get to Vomo Island is a quick trip (roughly 15mins) across the ocean in a helicopter rather than the hour + ferry. It’s a great experience in itself and you get a birds eye view of the surrounding islands. Keep in mind that both the ferry service and helicopter finish for the day in the mid afternoon due to the sunset in Fiji setting around 6pm and you can’t travel at night, so if you’re like us and want to get to your final island destination in one day, make sure you have an early night the night before.
The Island, The People, Vomo Resort
Vomo Fiji holds over 150 staff and was at full capacity when we arrived. From what we gathered Vomo is a great option for families. I noticed during my time that most people mainly hung around the pool/buffet/bar area with their kids. At lunch we overheard on more than one occasion the conversations of families that have been visiting the island for years and more then once a year. It was clear just by looking at the way the friendly staff interacted with the families and their children, that family is something that is very important to Fijians. The staff treated each and every child as if they were their own (not just the women, but also the men).
During our stay, the focus leans more towards family orientated clients (granted there were also a few couples, like us). At the moment Vomo has an adults only section at “Rocks” which is the furthest point on the Island and away from all the villas. It’s great for cocktails in the evening and has dinner twice a week at the moment, By New Years 2019 “Rocks” will have it’s own pool and fully functioning breakfast, lunch, dinner service and will remain completely adults only. By then Vomo will fully cater for couples/ honeymooners/ families and parents that want to escape their kids while still having them close by. As the resort keep getting bigger and bigger it would not surprise me if Vomo keeps one half of the island as adults only and the other half family with kids.
It’s lucky having an area of 225 acres to play with like Vomo does. Even at full capacity the island still felt very private & secluded at times. We walked around the entire Island twice and it wasn’t until we got back to our staring point that we actually bumped into someone.
Note: We much preferred swimming on the Mamanuca and Eastern Beach side as there was less coral and finer sand.
We stayed in beachfront villa No 4. The villa was very moderately spaced. The main room had a king size bed and a little lounge area that looked straight out on to the palm tree lined beach through big glass sliding doors. There was a seperate walk-around wardrobe which housed all of our belongings quite nicely. The decor of the room was simple, light and cosy and had a lovely floor to ceiling shell chandelier that ‘played’ when the fan and air con was on, the chandelier almost had a soothing effect while you drifted off to sleep.
Waking up and being able to walk straight out on to the sand, have a dip in the water or relax in one of the many lazy hammocks around was the perfect way to spend your morning.
The bathroom was very spacious (nearly as big as the main room). An oversized oval bathtub that looked through plantation shutters on the left and a shower nook was to the right. The bathroom was made up of dark floor and wall tiles & rustic copper fittings to contrast the white bathtub & shutters.
Food & Beverage
Food and non alcoholic drinks are all included. The first night we had dinner was “Fijian Night’ which was a showcase of Fijian song and dance performed by the staff followed by big buffet at the pool area, the buffet had a generous spread and the food was nice.
Our second night dinner was at Rocks and was more ‘up market’. Vomo has just recently acquired a new chef who coincidently had his first night on this night. Dinner consisted of canapés and cocktails to start, over looking the ocean to the neighbouring Vomo Lai Lai island which was lovely and quite refreshing. After this we then moved on to the restaurant area where we indulged in a sharing menu full of Middle Eastern & Moroccan flavours. The lamb tagine was particularly delicious and my partner was pretty fond of the dessert. This will be a great inclusion to the Island when it is fully operational 7 days a week come December.
Third nights dinner was at la carte at ’The Reef’. The food was lovely and there was live singing which was a nice touch but it doesn’t have the same wow factor as Rocks.
Pool & Gym
Your’e on an Island getaway with the South Pacific Ocean at your fingertips so even if there wasn’t a pool there would not of been a problem.
The pool at the main building was a haven for kids with parents relaxing on daybeds.
The adults only pool will be completed by NYE 2019 and will be at ‘Rocks’ overlooking the ocean and Vomo Lai Lai.
There is a small gym with some weights and treadmills but we much preferred to walk around the island as it’s nearly 6km!
- Huge area to get lost in
- Friendly staff
- Family atmosphere
- If your looking for a honeymoon retreat this might not be the best option until the adults section is fully complete
Vomo Fiji is a perfect choice for young families.