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Darren E
No words but strong feelings
Review of Dolphin Island
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 Jul 2022via mobile
Starting with the booking process, the service was great. They organized memories that no one can ever take away from us. The Nabelasere Waterfall, the diving and especially Dolphin Island. All very special. If you want a first class vacation where you will be pampered and cared for, this is a great place to do that. However. that description does not do the Dolphin Island experience justice. It is authentic. There are so many places in this world that you can just throw money to get great service surrounded in a bubble. The experiences at Dolphin Island embrace not only the beauty of Fiji but also the inner beauty of its people. Dawn and her team are amazing and real people. They made my daughter feel like the smartest and most beautiful young woman on this planet. If you want real and not just a place to throw your wallet, this is the place. If you treat the people with kindness and respect, you may he amazed at what you get back-something that money cannot buy. Thank you Dawn, Susan and the team.
Date of stay: July 2022
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Reviewed 6 January 2019 via mobile

Spectacular location and very nice acommodation! We absolutely agree that the star of the place is Down, with the help of Andie, Te and La. we loved every minute despite the rain! We felt so cozy here we didn't pay attention to alything else. A home away from home! The food was fantastic - fresh, and I mean really fresh fish with locally grown vegetables, lovingly prepared. We couldn't wish for more!

Date of stay: January 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 April 2018

But the star of the show is Dawn. She runs the place and nobody does it better. Whatever you want, Dawn will make it happen. Loved the paddleboards, snorkeling, and little sailboat. Right out your front door. The island had been hit by a severe hurricane and foliage had been greatly impacted. But by now it is surely back. We visited in November 2016!

Date of stay: November 2017
1  Thank golfatola
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Tash L, Sales and Marketing at Dolphin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2018

Dear Golfatola,

Many thanks for your kind feedback, we truly appreciate you taking the time and will be sure to pass this onto Dawn and the team at Dolphin Island.

We look forward in having you stay again at Dolphin Island.

Best Regards

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Reviewed 27 August 2017

We chose Dolphin Island over other Fiji destinations with high expectations given it's association with Huka Lodge NZ. It did not deliver though. The staff were lovely and attentive, the interior decorating impressive, but it stops there. The owners of the island seem happy to receive income without commitment to their Huka Lodge standards. Gastroenteritis/food poisoning on day 6/7 made the situation worse and plans to travel home impossible. Very disappointing and we will not return.

Date of stay: June 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tash L, General Manager at Dolphin Island, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2017

Dear islander02

We thank you for your review and honesty we were surprised by the content given that we have always had such positive feedback about experiences at Dolphin Island; reinforced by a loyal number of return guests.

Whilst we do have a sister property in New Zealand we are proud to offer at Dolphin Island an authentic and truely Fijian experience which showcases the very best produce, seafood and service that Fiji can offer.

I also understand that you were unwell on your last night with us, of course this was unfortunate and I am gratified to hear that we were able to secure a doctor at short notice. Although the nature of this illness may never be determined, we trust it was a quick recovery.

In closing I have observed that your review history, notes similar comments in what we consider a similar level of quality property in Fiji. I would like to politely suggest that if you are considering a future stay you contact us so that we can determine the best way to deliver the experience you desire.

Kerry Molloy
General Manager
The Huka Retreats

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Reviewed 22 November 2016

Dolphin Island is a magical place. It is a private island paradise, with a max of 8 (4 rooms) total. The magic of DI, is the staff - namely Ms. Dawn, who is an absolute gem of a General Manager. She takes such amazing care of the guests and makes sure that every details is managed to create a perfect experience for you. The rooms are wonderful - well furnished, comfortable. The bathrooms are wonderful too. Large tubs, outdoor shower option. The food is exceptional and the decor of the main living area (public area) is just exquisitely decorated with artifacts and tasteful decor. There are wonderful water activities included on property and a lovely traditional performers that come the night prior to departure to entertain. Dolphin is truly a wonderful getaway for those seeking privacy and small, intimate setting. Perfect for family reunions or couples that want to get away - and have a 'buyout" of the property. It's amazing!

Room tip: There are 4 rooms! None is a bad room! All heavenly!
Date of stay: October 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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3  Thank 918leahw
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Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

We began our honeymoon at Huka Lodge then headed to Dolphin Island. We stayed with Dawn and her crew for 4 days during our honeymoon. We have been all over the world and this was our best experience to date.

Dawn and Vulo were true gems. Between the amazing lobster tails at every meal to the over the top breakfast display, this team makes you feel blissful and relaxed.

If you are looking for a perfect getaway Dolphin Island is for you.

Highlights:
-stunning rooms that are cleaned and maintained multiple times a day
-tapas fabric making class
-food! Food! Food!
-hand-line fishing experience
-island snorkeling and kayaking
-friendly and welcoming staff that makes you feel right at home
-weather
-Fiji dancers performing
-we could go on and on

We will be back next year for our anniversary!

Date of stay: October 2016
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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