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John C
Auckland, New Zealand

Get thee to Royal Davui!!

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 Aug 2023
After searching for the right place for a week's escape to Fiji, our internet search couldn't go past Royal Davui. The booking was seamless over the internet with the booking process giving us a wide range of options for travel to and from the island as well as for excursions over our stay.
Pick up at Nadi was simple as. We had chosen to take the road trip to try and see a little more of Fiji on the way to our holiday island and, if you have the time, this is a good call to learn a little more about what the buzz is in Fiji. Pick up from Pacific Harbour was simple and we were soon heading across the lagoon to Royal Davui.
Our welcome was warm and inviting and we were soon happily exploring our stunningly beautiful Sunset Villa. We were suitably gobsmacked at the Villa. From then on, for the next six days, we were simply pampered beyond belief. As many have mentioned, the dining is superb. You simply had to go to breakfast each day simply to try to pick your menu items for lunch and dinner from the amazing menu which changed every day. The dining area was superb, looking out over Beqa lagoon. Of course, the staff were all amazing, with everyone greeting you by first name within the first 24 hours of your arrival. It might be a little helpful if the staff name badges were a little more obvious as it was embarrassing to not to be able to return the respect of being able to call staff by their first names.

You could do as little or as much as you liked while on the island. We chose the "little" option and simply chilled and refreshed after a hard year's work. We did the Sand Cay picnic which was well worth it, but otherwise we simply chilled, ate, drank and slept. Unfortunately the weather wasn't the nicest but apart from one very chilly day (and it was actually COLD!) the weather did not stop us from doing anything.
The plane trip back to Nadi was a great experience with stunning views of the inner reef, although having to do two trips to get our bags to Nadi had us a little worried about meeting our flight connection. The bags did arrive in time to have a sneaky drink in the Nadi Koru before flying home.
The island is superbly run, the staff are unfailingly warm, engaging, friendly and helpful, the food is sumptuous, the location is totally amazing and the Villas are fit for a King (or Queen). We will be back
Date of stay: July 2023
Room Tip: Just chill!
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 August 2023

After staying in Feb at a more up-market island resort, we searched far and wide for an adults only private island and found Royal Davui. It's a terrific compromise between super luxe and active resort holiday - if you a willing to compromise a bit on either. It's not posh, pretentious nor particularly tropical 'phoney' like some larger resorts. But a personal feel pervades with max of 32 guests. The owners are on hand to sort out most issues and coordinate staff and schedules.
The Sunset Villa with tremendous reef and water views was well designed and one of the most comfortable holiday accommodations we've had. The mosquito nets over the bed made it very romantic - plus there were probably no mosquitoes anyway!
But watch the extra activitie$$$. We were given almost no information about a sand cay snorkel that turned out to be a waste of time and money due to a strong current. You might need to be a very strong swimmer, if things don't go your way, so find out first! Plus the price includes a big picnic hampee you might not want, since the schedule seems to be about tide times not whether you are due to have lunch.
However the Fijian-Asian fusion style cuisine for all the resorts restaurant meals was was superb. Most evenings there was entertainment which helped break the ice,as is sometimes needed with the other guests and important at such a small resort. The drinks list was not too expensive or extensive. Generous hospitality was the general flavour.
And, as ever in Fiji it seems, the staff were fantastic. A trip to a local village school at nearby Beqa Island gave us a much better perspective than just hanging by the pool or snorkelling out front of the villa!

Date of stay: August 2023
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Christopher Southwick, Owner at Royal Davui Island Resort - Fiji, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2023

Bula Lauradveltman,

Thank you for your thoughtful review of your recent stay at Royal Davui. We appreciate your candid feedback and are pleased to hear that you found our resort to strike a balance between luxury and an active holiday. Your appreciation for the personal atmosphere, comfortable accommodations, and our Fijian-Asian fusion cuisine is truly heartwarming.

We're sorry to hear about any misunderstanding with the sand cay picnic. We do advertise it as taking only one couple out at a time rather than it being a group activity. The Sand Cay is more about the picnic experience than it is a snorkelling excursion. We do offer group snorkelling tours either around the island and to the outer reef and definitely take your feedback into account.

We're glad that you enjoyed the entertainment, the drinks, and the generous hospitality provided by our staff. It's wonderful to know that the trip to the local village school added a meaningful dimension to your stay.

Vinaka

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Reviewed 7 August 2023

I recently had the privilege of staying at the Royal Davui Island Resort with my husband. The attention to detail, the ambiance, and the amenities, from private plunge pools to amazing spa treatments, are unparalleled. The resort exudes elegance and privacy, making it a perfect sanctuary. However, what truly differentiates Royal Davui is its team. Their dedication and warmth make you feel like family, creating an atmosphere where you arrive as guests but leave feeling like family. The culinary experience was top-notch, and the location in Fiji's Beqa Lagoon is simply breathtaking. If you're looking for the pinnacle of Fijian luxury, this is it!

Date of stay: August 2023
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Christopher Southwick, Owner at Royal Davui Island Resort - Fiji, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2023

Bula Angem,
Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience at Royal Davui Island Resort. We're thrilled to know you enjoyed the warmth of our team. We're so pleased to read that we provided you with a memorable stay and a true family-like atmosphere. Your kind words are greatly appreciated. We hope to welcome you back soon to continue providing exceptional experiences.
Vinaka

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Reviewed 2 June 2023

My husband and I have travelled quite a bit, but we both agreed that this is by far the BEST resort we have ever stayed at!! We were there for 5 nights to celebrate our honeymoon, and it truly was out of a fairytale. Couldn't have imagined a better place for the dream honeymoon!

To start, we were in Villa 13 which we loved. It seemed that although that side of the island gets much windier in the afternoon, the mornings were filled with lots of warmth and sunshine - perfect to sun tan on our deck and use the plunge pool. This room also had great privacy, versus many of the others, even the more expensive sunset villas, were not nearly as private (ie. overlooking the dock where Royal Davui boats pull in and out of throughout the day). We would definitely stay in Villa 13 again, no doubt!

And of course, the villa itself was GORGEOUS. Beautiful interior but even more beautiful exterior overlooking a reef and Beqa Island. You can see every color of the ocean from up there, it was stunning. We spent a whole day up there sun tanning and swimming.

Now, we didn't come to Fiji for the food...I don't think most do. So we didn't know what to expect but Royal Davui blew it out of the water. We had started our trip at the Double Tree on the main island, and after eating there for 2 days, we were praying Royal Davui would be better, but we didn't know what to expect. Not only was the food better, it was some of the best meals I've had while staying at an all inclusive resort. All inclusives aren't typically known for their food but we were so pleasantly surprised. Breakfast was the same menu every day, but with so many options, we never got bored and each item was amazing. Lunch was 3 courses, and dinner was 4 - with different options to choose from each day. We started having to not order some of the appetizers later in the trip because were constantly so full and so well fed! But then we were sad because everything was so good, we just wanted to try it all. The bar is amazing as well - try the lychee daiquiri and the passion fruit margarita for sure! We were fueled on those for the whole trip :)

And of course the island itself - so many endless activities. We especially enjoyed all of the fun community activities each night. It was a great way to get to know the other guests, as it is such a small resort, you truly get to know everyone. From the Kava ceremony to the crab racing and the cocktail tasting. Every night was a new social event (optional of course) and it was great to have a place to be and hang out after the sun went down. We didn't splurge on too many of the extra activities because there were already so many free things to do, but we did do a couples massage and the Sand Cay trip - which was AMAZING. If there's anything you pay extra for, DO THE SAND CAY TRIP! Be sure to book activities early on in your stay because they can fill up. We also recommend making a reservation to eat lunch or dinner at one of the private dinner spots (free, but book early). This was super special!

However, the thing that makes Royal Davui so special is the staff - every review attests to it as well. Each and every staff member was warm and welcoming, they all made an effort to remember our names and chat with us and check in every day. They say you arrive at Royal Davui as strangers, but leave as family and that is the most true statement!! I can't list everyone who helped us or was kind to us, but we especially want to thank Sake, Lewa, Lini, Eva, Joe, Charlie, David, La, Kesa, and so many more...!!!

Lastly, for those that are wondering or reading through the reviews like I was before coming, filtered water is provided throughout the island so you don't need to worry about buying or bringing bottled water. At the Double Tree, we stuck to bottles, but at Royal Davui, everything was clean and safe - each villa is even equipped with its own water filter at the bar sink for you to drink from.

Overall, this was the most amazing honeymoon, and we can't wait to make this a tradition to come back to Royal Davui for future anniversaries!! It will always hold a special place in our hearts. THANK YOU ROYAL DAVUI TEAM!!

Date of stay: May 2023
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Christopher Southwick, Owner at Royal Davui Island Resort - Fiji, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2023

Bula Vinaka Mikaylam,
Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience at Royal Davui Resort! We're absolutely delighted that your honeymoon surpassed expectations and that you found our villa, food, and activities to your liking. Your kind words about the team mean a lot, and we're thrilled to have made your honeymoon memorable.
Thank you once again for choosing Royal Davui Resort for such a special occasion. We can't wait to welcome you back for future anniversaries and continue creating unforgettable memories together. Until then, sending you warm wishes and congratulations on your journey as newlyweds!
Vinaka

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Reviewed 18 April 2023

Royal Davui was great, very relaxing, beautiful and a perfect getaway. My husband and I went in Oct the weather was perfect all day, the sunsets were amazing. We enjoyed our villa with a sunset view but I do believe each villa has great view. All the staff were very friendly and happy to help with anything. The food was great and different each day. We enjoyed snorkeling at least twice per day, we went once with a staff member and since we were stringer swimmers he snorkeled us around the entire island-we were tired when we got back that is for sure. We enjoyed the spa services as much as our time there would allow. The only thing we didn’t like is the scheduling of extra things to do. We found that we arrived on the island a couple hours late to do something that was only once a week. We also felt that we didn’t get all the times and things we wanted just because we couldn’t book until we got there. We would have done a massage everyday but the schedule was full.

Date of stay: October 2022
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Christopher Southwick, Owner at Royal Davui Island Resort - Fiji, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2023

Bula Vinaka!
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience at Royal Davui with us.

We're thrilled to hear that you had a relaxing and beautiful stay with us, and that you enjoyed the perfect weather and stunning sunsets. We're glad to know that you found our staff to be friendly and helpful, and that you enjoyed the great food and snorkeling.

I'm sorry to hear that the Spa was fully booked on your arrival.
We offer guests the opportunity to pre-book their spa and activities via an online pre-arrival form. However depending on how guests book Royal Davui, we're not always able to get the form to them, as we're not always supplied with guest contact details.

We encourage anyone looking to stay (especially during our peak season) to contact the resort at least 4-5 weeks out from arrival to ensure we have your contact details to get the pre-arrival form to you.
Please visit the resort website (we're unable to post links in our replies) to contact the resort.

Given their popularity, I would recommend pre-booking the sand cay, spa, diving and dive courses ahead of time.

Thank you again for your review, we hope to see you back soon.

Vinaka

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Reviewed 11 April 2023

This is an outstanding resort. The service before arrival and at the resort was excellent, both friendly and helpful. The resort itself was very well maintained with the Villas looking quite new (I understand after a recent renovation). The food choices were changed each day and were well presented. It also has a very good house reef with a good range of coral and tropical fish which makes it excellent for snorkelling. However while its more remote location makes it a great alternative to the more busy Denarau resorts it also makes it less straightforward to get there and back. Overall though it is definitely worth a visit for a great holiday.

Date of stay: April 2023
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Christopher Southwick, Owner at Royal Davui Island Resort - Fiji, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2023

Bula Vinaka Chris
Thank you so much for your review!

We're thrilled to hear that you had an outstanding experience at our resort. We take pride in our friendly and helpful service and are glad to know that it showed before and during your stay.

It's also great to hear that you enjoyed our newly renovated villas (with more in the works!) and the varied food options.

Getting around Fiji can be a little tricky if you want to explore the less touristy parts, so my recommendation would be to reach out to the resort to chat about your specific needs. We have a few tricks up our sleeves to make the transfer process as simple as possible.

Thanks again for choosing to stay with us and we hope to welcome you back soon for another great holiday!

Vinaka

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