The finest family resort in the South Pacific bears the name of Jean-Michel Cousteau (son of the late Jacques Cousteau), who convinced the owners that a tropical resort could be both environmentally friendly and profitable. It is indeed environmentally friendly, from wastewater treatment ponds inhabited by frogs (nature's own mosquito control) to the lack of energy-guzzling air-conditioners in most buildings. Its outstanding Bula Camp teaches children about the tropical environment. My cousin Eve Silverman, who was 9 years old at the time, spent 5 days in the Bula Camp and sent in a Reader's Comment, as did her mother, Virginia Silverman. Children 4 and under get their own full-time nannies at no extra cost. With the kids thoroughly occupied and mostly out of sight from 8:30am until 9pm, depending on their parents' wishes, this also is a fine couples resort. Guests of any age can take part in environmentally oriented activities such as visits to rain- and mangrove forests. An on-site marine biologist gives lectures and leads bird-watching expeditions and visits to Fijian villages. And divers are accompanied by guides skilled in marine biology.
The property looks like an old-time Fijian village set in a flat palm grove beside the bay near Lesiaceva Point. Reception and the resort's bar and dining areas (one for families, another for couples) are under large thatched roofs built like Fijian chiefs' and priests' houses. These impressive buildings sit next to an infinity pool just steps from one of the better beaches in the area. The central buildings have expensive wireless Internet access.
The thatched-roof guest bures (bungalows) have ceiling fans to augment the natural breezes flowing through the floor-to-ceiling wooden jalousie windows that comprise the front and rear walls. Most bures have porches strung with hammocks, and some of the smaller units have been enlarged to include a separate sleeping area, a plus for families. It's worth paying extra for more space and privacy in the split-level "villas" isolated at the end of the property. The award-winning honeymoon villa has its own swimming pool and a spa tub in its large bathroom. Only the honeymoon villa has a phone and is air-conditioned.
A full-service spa is planned; in the meantime, you can get massages and treatments in beachside bures, which become private dining venues after dark. Even the kids' cuisine is outstanding here.
- © Frommer's 2013
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- Very Highly Recommended 2010