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Navutu Stars Resort Fiji

Updated on July 10, 2014
Turtle Airlines Seaplane
Turtle Airlines Seaplane

Planes, boats and auto-mobiles

Getting to the Nuvutu Sea Resort was like something out of an Indiana Jones adventure.

From Nadi airport we took a cab about 20 minutes out of the city and down the dirt roads to the Turtle Airlines (TAL) sea plane terminal where we boarded the 35 minute flight to Turtle Island. The low flying sea plane allowed us to really appreciate how stunning this remote and secluded part of Fiji is. When we got to Turtle Island, Josh and the Nuvutu Sea Resort motor-boat were waiting to take us the short distance to Yasawa where resort staff and some of our fellow guests greeted us on the beach with guitars and a refreshing, complimentary fruit juice.

The accommodation

All checked in we made our way to the Grand Burre where we were staying. With high ceilings and a generous living area this spacious airy room also boasted an enormous deck with loungers and an outdoor sofa bed which we ended up spending most of our week on.

The floors were concrete with an inset bath and the room was beautifully decorated with traditional Polynesian carvings and sea shells. There was plenty of well positioned storage allowing us to unpack and make ourselves at home.

The King Size bed was super comfy although it did take me a couple of nights to find the extra blankets which I needed as I found the mornings a little chilly.

Our Grand Burre had wonderful sea views from the deck and was very secluded. We couldn't see our fellow guests at all unless we went down the short path to the sea. We had a hammock under a nice shady tree and a couple more loungers available on the beach for when we did fancy a change of scenery.

We chose to stay in the Grand Burre because we'd seen pictures of the bath and it didn't disappoint. Beautifully prepared with candles and fragrant petals by the resort staff while we were out dining or on excursions, throw in a bottle of bubbles and you've got the height of romantic luxury.

As much as I loved the Grand Burre from what I could see, I think I would have been almost as happy with one of the Beach Burres. These were positioned beach front on what was probably the best part of the resort for swimming.

Preparing the Lovo
Preparing the Lovo
Whole fish cooked in the Lovo
Whole fish cooked in the Lovo

Food and drink

Nuvutu Star has a relaxed but stylish outdoor restaurant where meals are served and a separate outdoor bar serving cocktails and nibbles. There are a range of dining options from full board (3 meals a day) to a la carte. Not being big eaters we chose a la carte as the best value for us.

Continental breakfast was included in the room charge and served in the restaurant. This was made up of plunger coffer, tropical fruit, a selection of teas, toast with butter and jam and muffins (which we, like most other guests, took back to our room for morning tea). Pancakes, muesli and cornflakes were also available on request.

The cooked breakfast included all the usual suspects. Eggs, omelettes, sausages, bacon. We found the continental breakfast was more than enough most days. I particularly liked the bread which was made on site. When we did order a cooked breakfast of eggs and bacon they were very well prepared.

For lunch and dinner the restaurant had an island/italian style of cuisine which included salads, pasta dishes and grills as well as curries and a traditional Fijian Lovo, where the meats and vegetables are buried and slow roasted with hot stones. The seafood was the highlight for us with plenty of crabs, prawns, lobster, tuna and fresh fish on offer.

The wine was primarily New Zealand, Australian and Italian with a good range of varieties such as you might expect in a reasonably good, upmarket city restaurant. There was also a good selection of beers including local flavours such as the very tasty Fiji Beer.

Cocktail hour started at 6pm at the bar with daily specials made up by the Bartender. I would recommend the Banana daiquiris which were as good as any I've had - including in Cuba. I also have to put in a shout out for the deep fried coconut served as bar snacks which was totally addictive.

The service

Most of the staff at the Nuvutu resort live in the village on the other side of the Island or on nearby Islands. One has the feeling that they take a personal pride in the resort and in making sure guests have the best possible holiday experience. With such small numbers it doesn't take long for them to get to know you by name and of course by drink in some cases.

Although the service is friendly and relaxed and there are plenty of jokes about Island Time there is nothing slack about the delivery here. Our room was kept scrupulously clean with the bed made and the floors neatly swept each day. We received everything we asked for in a reasonable time frame, without having to ask a second time, and we were billed correctly.


The spa is located a short walk from the restaurant at the far end of the beach. Inside it is cool and dark and filled with soft fragrances and tranquil music. As part of our booking we were treated to a very relaxing complimentary 20 minute massage which we had on the morning after our arrival. My massage was very soothing and just the right amount of pressure. I went back for a facial the next day which left my skin, which suffers during air travel, clear and glowing for a good two weeks after we got home.

The Kava makers
The Kava makers
Guests at the Kava Ceremony
Guests at the Kava Ceremony
The bartender on the Sunset Cruise
The bartender on the Sunset Cruise
Sunset on the Sunset Cruise
Sunset on the Sunset Cruise


Nuvutu runs two or three activities each day, mostly mornings and afternoons although there are also some evening events such as the Kava Ceremony and the Sunset Cruise.

The Kava Ceremony is a must do. Even though the taste wasn't that pleasant and I'm not sure it did anything to alter my state of mind I really enjoyed the opportunity to sit around with our Fijian hosts and fellow guests talking and playing guitars.

Other activities included snorkelling the local reefs, kayaking (a particularly good upper body work out in the prevailing winds) and hikes in the surrounding bush. We missed the trip to the local village but were told it was well worth the effort by other guests.

Final word

We thoroughly enjoyed the 6 days we spent at the Nuvutu Sea Resort. We arrived stressed out and sun deprived from freezing 8 degree temperatures in our home town. We left relaxed, rejuvenated and completely satisfied with the whole experience.


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