Vacala Bay Resort
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5.0
#1 of 1 special resort in Matei
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
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Vacala Bay Resort is Fiji's first solar powered 5 Star Luxury Eco Resort. Your Villa comes with personal chef, housekeeper and groundsman for your very private Holiday. Your property is fully self contained with overwater entrance and spacious living area with multiple decks and outdoor dining areas and 2 generous bedrooms with outstanding ocean views. 3 bathrooms, with double outdoor showers, and an outdoor tub with ocean views in the master suite and a fabulous infinity edged pool running between the buildings. Views from all 3 buildings that make up your private Villa have incredible 200 degree views of the sea and the resorts white sand beach on spectacular Vacala Bay. For a holiday like no other the only answer is Vacala Bay!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Babysitting
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Free airport transportation
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Spa
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Room features
Air conditioning
Room service
Kitchenette
Minibar
Refrigerator
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Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Hidden Gem
Great View

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1 Vacala Bay Road, Matei, Taveuni Island Fiji
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Car recommended
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Mapy, Florida wrote a review Oct 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My Husband and I just returned from a fabulous 12 night Holiday at Vacala Bay Resort in Taveuni Fiji. The only thing I can say is WOW,WOW,WOW!! This was by far the best holiday we have ever had and we will most certainly return next year. The Villa, the beach, the Hospitality and especially the food were all world class! The personal service and willingness on the part of the staff to meet our every whim was a very unexpected pleasure. The waterfalls, the waterslide the massive heritage listed natural park, not to mention the world class diving on the rainbow reef were the best activities we could have hoped for. We spent 3 nights on the resort Yacht Looping exploring Rabi, Kioa and the ring hold islands. It was the most amazing 3 days of swimming, snorkeling and beach walking ever. The dinners on the aft deck under the southern cross were beyond comparison and the stargazing from the nets in the evenings in each others arms was absolutely unforgettable. In short if you are looking for a holiday of a lifetime, there is no better place than Vacala Bay Resort and Sailing Fiji!
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Paul Negro, Owner at Vacala Bay Resort
Responded 24 Oct 2022
It was a true pleasure having you guys and we very much look forward to seeing you again soon!
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jamesrcannon wrote a review Jun 2018
Golden, Colorado
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My family and I take one big $$$$ vacation a year. We're all certified divers. We usually dive in Mexico and the Caribbean. This year we decided to get out of our comfort zone and dive in the South Pacific. We booked the "shark dive" with Beqa Adventures on the main island of Fiji. (This is a must - do this dive!). And, we heard impressive things about the Rainbow Reef in Tavenui, Fiji. All the multi -star resorts in Tavenui (there are only a few) were booked solid. So, we decided to take a gamble on Vacala Bay Resort. Why a gamble? Because we like our privacy and we were a bit worried that it was a B&B. Instead, Vacala Bay Resorts was one of our best family vacations ever. And, although price was not our top consideration, it was about 50% less than the exclusive "booked" resorts.

When you arrive in Taveuni, Paul will be there. He knows everything and everyone on the island. If you're a diver, Julie, the owner of the best dive shop on the island, will pick you up in the morning. If you want to explore Bouma National Park or hike the Lavena Coastal Walk, Paul will arrange the guides and transportation. (No need to rent a car.) Whatever you can imagine, Paul puts it together for you. I attempted wind surfing, what the heck, and Paul's a certified wind surfing instructor. If you like sailing, Paul will take you to a deserted island. The snorkeling is epic.

As far as diving, you know it's good when at least one dive master from the US or Australia dives with you on the Rainbow Reef. These seasoned divers aren't traveling this far unless it's absolutely the best. My sixteen year old daughter thought it was the best diving of her young life - even better than the world famous shark dive. Incredible live coral, sharks, walls, schools and schools of fish.

Final thoughts: Helena, Paul's significant other, partner, wife, confidante, is the best personal chef I have ever experienced. (Granted I haven't experienced a lot of personal chefs, but a few.) Her food is crazy good. This is a foodie's wet dream - and she cooks so much of it. I would recommend that you tell Paul and Helena to leave the leftovers in the fridge and just snack for dinner a couple of times. Give them the night off. (They live in the sailboat in the Bay when they have guests.) If not, you'll gain five pounds like I did. But, the dinners are hard to pass up - elaborate affairs with several courses - and it's all inclusive.

Paul and Helena work so damn hard to make your vacation the best. Sit back, enjoy it, do a lot of diving and water sports, take the waterfall hikes, eat too much, drink too much, try wind surfing, paddle boarding, hiking. No gamble here.
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Date of stay: June 2018
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Paul N, Owner at Vacala Bay Resort
Responded 22 Jul 2018
Wow James I can only say Thank you Thank you Thank you!
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Beth Walkemeyer wrote a review Oct 2017
Gold Coast, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The title really says it all. This stunning resort will take your breath away from the moment you open the front door. With hill top ocean views, a big open yard, unique swimming pool and the contemporary white villa makes it a "must" for your accommodation stay in Fiji.
It's a privately run resort by the most wonderful couple and friendly staff who made us feel so much at home especially with the stunning meals they prepared every day for us. They went over and above to make us comfortable and get the most out of our trip especially with our day on the Catamaran! Safe to say this is the best place we have ever stayed and it topped off our whole Fiji trip by a long shot.

Thanks Paul & Heli! Hope to stay with you again in the future.
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Date of stay: October 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: All rooms have ocean views!
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Response from Paul N, Owner at Vacala Bay Resort
Responded 15 Oct 2017
It was our pleasure Beth and we very much look forward to seeing you again at Vacala Bay!
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Justin H wrote a review Aug 2018
Atlanta, Georgia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
When you come to Taveuni, you MUST check out Vacala Bay as it is an incredible spot / resort-home. You must also consider taking a day trip or two with Paul on his catamaran. In addition, Paul plans multi-night sails between islands and combination stay / sail packages with his resort location. You will love Paul and his wife Heli - they are great at guest service, amazing chefs, and Paul has been sailing for many years around the world. He is also a Kite coach and can connect you for diving on the island. Thank you for incredible experience in Taveuni!
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Date of stay: August 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Paul N, Owner at Vacala Bay Resort
Responded 11 Sept 2018
Thank you so much Justin is was such a pleasure hosting you and your lovely family...Bulas to everyone from the Vacala team!
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Bazlen28 wrote a review Aug 2018
Melbourne
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent a week at Vacala Bay resort. We were graciously hosted by Paul, Heli and their daughter Taka. We had everything we could have wanted at our disposal. The accommodation was magnificent and wonderfully spacious. The outdoor bathroom was amazing, a real highlight. We had a gorgeous view of the water which enabled us to see dolphins pretty much every day.The beach was at the end of the driveway and provided access to lots of coral to snorkel above and explore.
Checking in and out was a breeze and so very flexible which we very much appreciated.
The food, what can I say about the food! It was absolutely delicious and there was always more than we could eat. Heli is by far the best cook on the island and is the perfect host.
We spent a day out on the boat which was very relaxing and enjoyable.
The staff that assist Paul, Heli and Taka at the resort are just wonderful, we really enjoyed meeting them. Special mention and thanks needs to go to Pinni and Jay, we loved spending time with those two and getting to know them. We had lovely conversations with Pinni and Jay was the ultimate gentleman. It was so sweet seeing how Jay would look after Taka, a special bond between those two - perhaps we will come back for the engagement/wedding!!
This place is in a perfect location and you have everything you need.
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Date of stay: July 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Paul N, Owner at Vacala Bay Resort
Responded 11 Sept 2018
You guys were absolutely perfect guests it was our pleasure to host you and we very much look forward to seeing you again soon. Taka and Jay send lots of kisses!
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MoocowSydney wrote a review Oct 2017
Sydney
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed with Helena and Paul for 8 nights in Taveuni - 4 nights at their Villa (Vacala Bay Resort) and 4 nights on 'Looping', their yacht. Its hard to know where to start but here goes....
Villa
The Villa is modern and luxuriously appointed with the most spectacular view over the beautiful azure water of Fiji. We (2 adults and 2 teenage boys) arrived in the morning after a night in Nadi and we were met by Paul at the airport in Taveuni and after several emails between us I felt i already knew Paul and felt like I was meeting a friend. The drive to the villa was only 5 minutes and we were greeted by Helena and her team singing a Fijian welcome.

Once settled, we soon realised that Paul and Helena were really lovely down to earth people who are genuinely happy to welcome you to their home. Their warmth and generosity are evident from the beginning and nothing was too much trouble.

We were really trying to avoid the package "Fiji Resort" style holiday and have a more intimate experience and we absolutely found it. On the beautiful Taveuni and spending time with Paul Helena, Ana and Pini we found a great place to relax, enjoy amazing food and wine.....and squeeze in a little exercise - the hill from the beach to the villa certainly got the heart rate up, and we loved the opportunity to do something after such beautiful food prepared by Helena and her team. Helena spent considerable time and effort to source local fresh food and create gourmet meals from anything she touches!!. Helenas breakfasts had the teenagers mesmerised......
Should probably mention the lovely and gentle Taka - Helena and Paul's Rhodesian Ridgeback that is such a sook and loves nothing better than to sit on your feet and revelled in the attention.....Also loved the kayaks and the opportunity to explore the bays - if you are going on the boat don't forget to ask if the kayaks can come too.......

Looping - the boat
After an extra night in the villa due to the weather we were finally on the boat...cruising here we come...the boat was the perfect size for the 4 of us to live in comfort. The sailing was amazing and the weather divine. Even one slightly seasick teenager raved about it! Highlights of the sailing included FANTASTIC snorkelling, incredible corals and fish that rival if not surpass the GBR and pristine water quality. Paul knew all the great spots and took the time to educate us about Fiji and what the various reefs, atolls and islands held.

The isolated beaches and Ana's ability to climb a remote coconut tree for a green drinking coconut were amazing... as was the fresh skipjack tuna sashimi after catching it fresh from trolling on the boat. AND Paul's tempura fish - also caught fresh that day from the boat.

What Paul and Ana produced from the tiny galley on the boat was unbelievable and so much better than the other places we have stayed in Fiji (and may other places).

So to sum up... Go Go GO and our tips are:
Take plenty on sunscreen, your appetite and a mind set to relax and enjoy the beautiful location on offer.....

Congratulations Paul and Helena - you have nailed it!!
Leone and Paul (and the teenagers).....
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Date of stay: September 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Paul N, Owner at Vacala Bay Resort
Responded 22 Jul 2018
Aww you guys were so lovely Thank you! we hope to see you again next year!! Thanks again!
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butterfly067Italy wrote a review Sept 2017
Bologna, Italy
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Vacala bay is a very special and amazing place. A very contemporary white villa with 2 bedroom, swimming pool and a fantastic open kitchen/living room boasting spectacular sea view. Paul and Heli really make the difference: not only skilled chefs and sailor, they're the most lovely host I've ever found!
Well,we arrived as guests and we left vacala bay as friends.
They also have a nice catamaran to wonder around rainbow reef,meet mantas, fishing....
Vacala bay is the best choice we could make!
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Date of stay: August 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Paul N, Owner at Vacala Bay Resort
Responded 22 Jul 2018
Thank you so much! It really was our pleasure to become friends!
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NZHolly wrote a review Jan 2017
Auckland Central, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have just spent an incredible 5 days hosted by Paul & Heli at the Vacala Bay Resort.. the villa is fitted out stylishly & beautifully; husband & I had a wing with a king bed (with an incredible view), dressing room, bathroom & fabulous private outdoor bath & shower.. while our girls shared a room in another wing, with their own bathroom, dressing room & outdoor shower. The infinity pool ran between the master bedroom & the main living area & also has a an incredible view.

Paul & Heli provided all the meals, and no one is going hungry under their watch! Divine three course dinners, massive breakfasts, fabulous hors d'oeurves at happy hour, and just an awesome approach to client service the whole time. We didn't have the time to go and spend a few nights on the catamaran, but did a day trip out to an uninhabited island where we snorkelled on a coral reef. Paul also set up a day trip to the incredible Bouma Falls & the Lavena National Park falls with local drivers and guides, I couldn't recommend this more, absolutely beautiful waterfalls and scenery...

Husband and daughters also went out with a local dive company, and loved diving on the Rainbow Reef - it was a refresher for one daughter, and introductory for the others & they loved it! Back in time for another delicious Heli-meal, and then a very chilled afternoon at the villa.

We will be back, and look forward to coming with a larger group of friends or family when they have built the next couple of villas.
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Date of stay: January 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Paul N, Owner at Vacala Bay Resort
Responded 22 Jul 2018
Thanks again it was so great having you guys!!
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Bubbaduck wrote a review Jun 2018
5.0 of 5 bubbles
First the view; it is so stunning that I sent a picture home that was so pretty it started a panicked rumor at work that we never coming back. Paul and Helena were excellent hosts with great suggestions if you want to leave the villa ( and you may not) my suggestion consider taking a sail with them on the 45 foot cat. Paul and Helena took us on an overnight sail and dive to the Ringolds that we will be talking about for the rest of our lives. If you haven’t chosen a place yet just go here
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Paul N, Owner at Vacala Bay Resort
Responded 14 Jun 2018
It was our pleasure having you and Gary here for your 45th wedding anniversary and we wish you many more! We hope to see you again soon in our little slice of Paradise! With warm regards, Paul and Helena Negro
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pauljanh wrote a review Feb 2017
Detroit, Michigan
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our family of six spent six nights here in December. Picture having an adventurous cousin who moved to Fiji and established a boutique facility with all of the creature comforts that an urbanite wants, but all of the beauty and adventure that you seek when going to a place such as Taveuni, Fiji. Our welcoming experience started months before we arrived. Paul took the time to send us an food questionnaire to find out everyone's likes and dislikes. He also wanted to know what we wanted to do when in Taveuni, and he laid out an excellent itinerary for us for the whole 6 days. The scuba and snorkeling was some of the best on the globe. Walks through the jungle and romping in isolated waterfalls where they filmed Blue Lagoon.......and many other great local experiences. Each morning, we had a delicious and plentiful meal expertly prepared by Heli. The lunches were great. But in the evening, Heli took special delight in keeping her creations a secret until we sat down for dinner.......delicious! The facility is relatively new (2 yrs?), with all of the creature comforts. There is a great sound system in the living room. The showers were outside in a very tastefully designed environment. At night.........the stars...... Wow!! Paul also has a sizeable ocean worthy catamaran for daytrips around the island, and he is an expert kite boarder. The resort is isolated from neighbors, so we hooked into the sound system and had many a fun evening of dinner and dancing.

Fiji is beautiful and unspoiled. Vacala Bay is a fabulous vacation spot from which to experience it.
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Date of stay: December 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Paul N, Owner at Vacala Bay Resort
Responded 22 Jul 2018
Thanks Paul it was great having you and your family here and hearing all about Michigan!
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Taveuni Island, Fiji
Absolutely!! We dive with Taveuni ocean sports and they are rated #1 on Trip advisor. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Beth Walkemeyer wrote a tip Oct 2017
Gold Coast, Australia32 contributions48 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms have ocean views!"
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$7,174 - $8,549 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
3
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Frequently Asked Questions about Vacala Bay Resort
What are some of the property amenities at Vacala Bay Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Vacala Bay Resort?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
What food & drink options are available at Vacala Bay Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Vacala Bay Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Vacala Bay Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Coconut Grove Oceanfront Restaurant, Restaurant Tramonto, and The Dive Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Vacala Bay Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Vacala Bay Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Vacala Bay Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Vacala Bay Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Vacala Bay Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Vacala Bay Resort?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Vacala Bay Resort offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Is Vacala Bay Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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