VOMO

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Vomo, in the north­ern Ma­manuca Is­lands, has long been among Fiji’s top pri­vate is­land re­sorts. The is­land – 15 min­utes by he­li­copter or 90 min­utes by boat from Nadi – is said to have been a favoured re­treat of Fi­jian chiefs long be­fore it be­came to­day’s five-star re­sort. Over the past cou­ple of years fam­ily-friendly Vomo has un­der­gone ma­jor re­bur­bish­ments. Early this year the award-win­ning re­sort closed for nine weeks while its 28 Beach­front and Hill­side vil­las were com­pletely re­vamped, given new cus­tom­made fur­nish­ings, lux­u­ri­ously ap­pointed bed­rooms and chic new bath­rooms. New Beach­front Re­treats were added, com­plete with their own pri­vate out­door bathing decks. Along the way, the iconic Rocks Bar got a makeover, with an open-air show kitchen fea­tur­ing a Ja­panese ro­bata grill, tan­doori ovens and a raw bar cen­tre-stage, a new bar and sunset deck. The air-con­di­tioned vil­las all fea­ture L’oc­c­i­tane­stocked bath­rooms, com­pli­men­tary same-day laun­dry ser­vice and all mod cons. Many of them can in­ter­con­nect to make larger fam­ily units. The Royal Villa is some­thing else again, with three en suite bed­rooms and a pri­vate pool, while the Res­i­dence Villa comes with four en­suite bed­rooms, a pri­vate pool and but­ler ser­vice. The Reef Res­tau­rant is Vomo’s main din­ing spot, with daily chang­ing à la carte lunch and din­ner menus. On balmy evenings guests dine pool­side and lunch may be served un­der the trees on the beach. Pri­vate din­ing op­tions are also avail­able. Vomo’s Kids Vil­lage in­cludes an un­der-fours room, kitchen for cook­ing classes, media room, craft ta­bles and large out­door ar­eas. Kids Vil­lage su­per­vi­sors en­ter­tain chil­dren into the evening. Must-do’s for older guests might in­clude sunset cock­tails at The Rocks Bar or sunrise over the Pa­cific from Mt Vomo, a kava cer­e­mony, golf on the nine-hole course or a snorkelling or scuba ex­cur­sion. Honeymooners might choose to es­cape to Vomo Lailai (Lit­tle Vomo), the tiny se­cluded is­land a short boat ride to the west, or maybe book a cou­ples mas­sage in the re­sort’s Senikai Spa.

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