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#2 of 3 hotels in Malolo Lailai Island
Just steps from the pristine sands of Malolo Lailai in the picturesque Mamanuca Islands, sits a relaxed and intimate hideaway, Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina. This four-star Fiji beach resort blends the barefoot ambience of a tropical island with the warm hospitality and traditions of the Fijian people. The resort’s proximity to Nadi International Airport allows for quick and easy access. The relaxed island rhythms and natural beauty of Fiji inspire the senses, from our 55 air-conditioned villas and bures arranged among beachfront palms and tropical landscaped gardens to the tranquil Makare Spa and several gourmet dining options. The Musket Cove Marina & Yacht Club offers a launching point for unforgettable watersports and activities. Whether you’ve come to do everything or absolutely nothing at all, let Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina help you experience your Fiji holiday of a lifetime. “Paradise is just a dream away at Musket Cove”
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THM80 wrote a review Yesterday
Richmond, Australia72 contributions28 helpful votes
The staff here are amazing, never felt like anything was too much. The resort itself is in an excellent location but parts of it feel like it needs updating or upgrading - still decent though. The only reason for a 3 star rating and not 4 is the food. Good quality and decent variety but everything is just over cooked. Everything is cooked well done, dry pork, dry beef, hard eggs, dry burger - really disappointing. If they can sort this out it would be an epic place!
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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James wrote a review 20 Sep
7 contributions18 helpful votes
First trip to this resort and probably our last. The Not So Good: Stayed in a family garden Bure. Accommodation was adequate, however there was no TV, or room telephone so contacting reception or management was always a reasonable distance walk to get there. Also no doors on the showers or bathroom so be prepared for lack of privacy in that respect. Staff were generally friendly and helpful, but you often had to remind them about things and repeat requests. Not once were we asked if we would like a drink at either the lounge bar or at the pool area. I am sure the resort could be significantly increasing its revenue by making some simple changes in that respect. Facilities are looking tired and could do with some rejuvenation. For 4 of our 7 nights, loud music was played until 11pm which made it difficult for kids to sleep. The Good: The beach, although tidal and shallow for a long way out, was lovely at high tide and made for great swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding. The pool is big and nice for swimming and relaxing. The food was good and quite varied, and was all inclusive, so good value. Overall we found this resort adequate, and the holiday was enjoyable, but definitely could have been improved upon.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Dovman wrote a review 13 Sep
Sydney, Australia268 contributions111 helpful votes
Musket Cove is a lovely property in Mololo Lai Lai. There are only 55 rooms which makes it a small and intimate resort. The nicest rooms in my opinion were the 10 island villas were are on a man made island. These feature two identical bedrooms, each with its own ensuite. There is a large sitting room and kitchen and a large covered balconies. These have all been recently renovated and are the perfect choice its you need two rooms. The island villas also share a private pool which is real plus. Next are the two bedroom garden villas which are built as attached two story apartments. At the time of our visit in Sept of 2022 these had not all been renovated and as such were not quite as lux as the island villas. Also sharing a wall with the adjoining unit is a negative in my opinion. Then there are one bedroom units that are basically the same room in different locations. The beach bures seem the nicest due to their location on the beach and the fact they are all fully renovated. The garden bures face the beach but are just set further back and these units did not seem to have been all renovated at the time of our visit. The lagoon bures are all on an artificial lagoon. There is one main pool which is just off the beach and at the location of the main restaurant. There are various places to relax in both the sun and the shade and the views are great. One of my few criticisms of Musket Cove is the pool and its surrounding deck. The wood decking is so old that you could easily trip and it desperately needs to be replaced. The pool itself though perfectly serviceable is in poor condition and really needs to be retiled and resurfaced. Most guests are on the all inclusive food plan. Breakfast is a buffet but you can order eggs are you like them. Lunch features a salad bar and about 5 different options that you can order. Dinner is a buffet and the best meal of the day. There were lots of seafood, meat and veggie options and there were some really delicious dinners during our one week stay. Overall the food was lovely but by no means gourmet. Drinks of course are not included. Local beers were about 10 Fiji dollars and cocktails from 18 to 35 Fiji dollars. One of the highlights of our stay were the staff. They were kind, warm and engaging. I have to say the staff went above and beyond expectations. They were absolutely lovely. In terms of activities there are fee activities such as a kava ceremony, kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkeling off of the adjoining island. Paid activists include the island hop for $85 per person, sunset cruise at $50, deep water snorkeling at $35 and a visit to the Cloud Nine island bar / restaurant for $75. It would have been nice if they had offered yoga or other exercise classes in my opinion. One of the things that make Musket Cove unique is that it caters not just to pad guests but to yacht owners (yachties) there are both anchored in the marina and just off shore. The yachties are often found lounging at the marina, at the cafe which serves pizza, burgers and chicken and at the island bar. Having the yachties as part of the community was a great as they come from all over the world and they all seem to have amazing stories. Finally there are private homes just behind the resort. Many of these homes are for rent and these visitors seem to use the resort restaurants and facilities which in my view is another plus as they add yet another dimension to the small resort community. Overall Musket Cove is very relaxed, very quiet and very chill. It is a perfect place to have a holiday in a beautiful and intimate beachside island setting.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Ed R wrote a review 6 Sep
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I bring my groups from Singles in Paradise here every couple of years and everyone loves it. They are now inclusive of all meals and they do a very good job. Some people blew off a dinner to visit one of the other resorts however. Their prices on drinks and activities are very reasonable. I highly recommend the snorkel to what they call the Deep Water. It’s not that the bottom is so deep, it’s that you are not near any land. The coral and sea life there is superb. There’s a party barge nearby called Seventh Heaven but as of our visit they don’t offer to take you there but perhaps you can try to arrange it in your own as it’s a fun place and you can snorkel. There’s a variety of accommodations including the beachfront bures that are so cool with their wooden shutters. There are nice SUP,s and kayaks available at no additional cost. The pool is very nice too.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Phillip A wrote a review Aug 2022
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia4 contributions4 helpful votes
6th Visit here, and whilst enjoyable, there are some improvements that need to be made to get this place pumping again.... Id normally give it a 5 Star rating, but Im not sure why, when you are paying minimum $800 FJD, its only Buffet for dinner each and every night with no choice or option of a la carte.... To me, it cheapens the entire product and when your staying more than a week, buffet is boring and uninspiring. However the Pig on the Spit night is the absolute highlight. The pool deck needs attention BADLY.... All the decking is weathered and is in urgent need of a paint job or total replacement. That said, the staff do everything and go beyond to make your stay here as enjoyable as possible. They all give a warm and friendly welcome in all departments and nothing is ever a problem. Looking forward to visit no 7 and hopefully some improvements are made.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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OverplannerNZ wrote a review Jul 2022
Auckland Central, New Zealand3 contributions
We stayed for 3 nights in the July school holidays. Despite being fully booked up the pool and beach never seemed over crowded. Stayed in a garden Bure - well appointed and spacious with air con and fans. Meals were reasonable and included. Kids bento boxes at lunch at Dicks place were impressive as was the make your own Kokoda every lunchtime. Staff are all lovely and accomodating. There are very little on resort activities and the majority of people seemed to have planned off shore excursions. Because of this it was very low key and quiet vs the hustle and bustle of other resort which suited us! Beach is tidal but was swimmable all morning to mid-late afternoon so not an issue - clear water with fish seen from shore! Pros: quiet, lovely staff and accomodation. Cons: no coffee in rooms (first world problem as coffee is great at Dicks place and traders cafe), minimal on shore organised activities. Not enough poolside loungers and these are own unofficially “reserved” early on.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Tips: get a front garden Bure (not a back), try the muddled lemonade and try and score a poolside...
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James L wrote a review Jul 2022
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia34 contributions18 helpful votes
What an incredible resort to visit - give it a day and you'll fall in love with the people and environment that makes this resort so special. We stayed in a garden Bure (ask for the front garden bures if possible as they are 100 x better) and thoroughly loved every minute of our trip.. The food, chefs and staff were unbelievably incredible and although we had been to Fiji a few times, there was something about musket cove that was just extremely special. The resort is one of the most amazingly beautiful experiences we've had, from the massages, to the food, to making sure everybody knew our name (and our nicknames).. Thank you all so so much. We will be back.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Chan wrote a review Jul 2022
New Zealand18 contributions12 helpful votes
We stayed in a 2 bedroom villa (33-right behind the pool/restaurant area), which was perfect for our family of 5. Staff were all very friendly. Rooms and grounds are beautiful, very clean and well kept. Plenty of fresh shortbread and bottled water was delivered daily to our room. Stunning location. The resort accommodation is well spaced out. We had a massive lawn but were still really close to the beach. Even when it’s busy, the resort doesn’t feel busy at all and service was prompt. There aren’t many young children around, so ideal if you like a quieter resort or don’t require a kids club. Both the restaurant and cafe food & drinks were delicious. Loved the Kokoda lesson and visiting the salad bar which had Kokoda while waiting for lunch. You could probably ask what the restaurant’s buffet theme is and eat at the cafe that night if it’s not your taste. We loving walking around the island and riding the bikes, however these really need repaired/replaced more often. Enjoyed kayaking and paddle boarding - were always plenty available. The 2 pools are great. There were a few days where all the cabanas and loungers had towels on them by 8am, but no one used them or the pool til later in the day - which was frustrating. Be great if they had a policy where they moved gear if guests left it unattended for too long. I only saw the pool bar manned once (during the manager’s cocktail hour). I would have used it if it was available during the day. We did the Shell island visit later in the day, which was just a visit to the lovely ladies selling souvineers, and the only tour was a look through the closed school gates. I’d recommend doing the visit during school hours to get more out of it. Book trips a few days in advance to avoid missing out. The bay is really shallow so the water is well out during low tide. This didn’t bother us at all. We just kayaked over to Plantation to snorkel, used the pool or did the included sandbar snorkelling trip which is always at low tide. The island bar is great. We considered ordering a BBQ pack to cook over there but we were enjoying the restaurant too much. Was a beautiful spot to hang out. The store was well stocked and there’s an ANZ ATM just outside. We all loved Musket Cove and would return for sure.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Kate Webb wrote a review Jun 2022
2 contributions2 helpful votes
Our family of six stayed at Musket Cove from 31st May - 4th June; we couldn’t get enough of the place. The staff, especially Mere & Emily, made our stay truly exquisite - we would go back in a heartbeat! We arrived to the most gorgeous welcome of Fijian singing… having taken the wonderful Malolo Cat from Denerau Island, and passing so many wonderful sights along the way including seeing Seventh Heaven from a distance (the latest floating bar/cafe). The gorgeous ‘Mere’ (pronounced Mary) met our family straight off of the boat and from the moment our feet touched the ground, the staff couldn’t do enough to make our whole experience special. She sat us down with a welcome juice, and got us to complete our paperwork, before walking us across the resort to our beautiful villas; explaining things along the way. The private villas we were lucky enough to stay in we’re just beautiful…. Gorgeously spacious with everything we needed, including air conditioning in each of the bedrooms which was just perfect for us. We had two villas adjacent to each other - each villa hosting a queen bedroom with ensuite bathroom each, along with a twin bedroom and it’s own ensuite bathroom. The kitchen had everything we needed included a great sized fridge and bottled water which was replenished each day (4 bottles per villa). Having the food included is just fantastic- our family consisted of myself and my husband, our 21 year old daughter, our 18 year old daughter and her 20 year old partner, and our 12 year old son. We can honestly say that between the main Restaurant and the Marina Cafe, there was always something for everyone to enjoy. Breakfast at the main restaurant sets you up for the day, and there is plenty of choice… they’ll even cook your eggs however you would like them! There is usually a theme in the Restaurant so check it out each day. For our stay, Tuesday was curry night, Thursdays was BBQ over at the Island Bar, and Saturdays are their Fijian celebration: all the staff were dressed in their beautiful colourful outfits… we were just gutted to not be there for the Saturday night Fijian food and celebration (music) etc… Each day, be sure to check what free excursions they have happening; there are various notice boards around the resort, but if in doubt just ask a member of the team! We enjoyed one hour massages (get them to turn off the air con if it’s too cold for you in there), and this in itself was an experience as we were given a delicious cold ginger tea and cold flannels to freshen ourselves from the heat before enjoying our relaxation experience. Even our 12 year old paid $60FJD for a half hour first experience massage which he adored!! The free snorkelling trip is definitely worth signing up to especially for beginners - be sure to book a day or two in advance. The free trips get booked up really fast. The free snorkelling is off of a shallow sand bank, only a 10 minute boat ride away… they take you out on the wooden boats. We also did the Island Hop Trip which included deep snorkelling (if you’re a beginner, do the free shallow snorkelling first to make sure you’re comfortable with the whole snorkelling vibe first). We deep snorkelled for about 40 minutes or so off of Honeymoon Island. You can’t go on the Island itself but the snorkeling was amazing!! The sea lice can be a little stingy too - I just thought it was loose coral so it didn’t bother me, but it did bother two off the three kids. We also got a rash on the day, and it returned a week later too!! We were then meant to then go on to Castaway Island as part of the trip but they were at full capacity, and also had some construction going on, so we were taken to Cloud 9 floating bar instead: for our group this was hugely exciting as the teenagers were dying to go there anyway!! Cloud 9 is awesome for anyone wanting cocktails, drinks on the sun, a fun and dreamy floating island experience and some reminiscing to 70s, 80s and 90s music! Be prepared to spend $$ …. The cocktails range between $28 - $40 each!! But they were bloody lovely - I highly recommend the Purple Rain!! One way to keep the drink cost down is to order their local spirits (bounty rum, local gin etc) with a mixer: this is much cheaper than the cocktails. But also remember that you’re actually paying Fijian Dollars too, so work out what your drinks are costing you in your own currency to prevent getting a shock after 5 too many cocktails 🤣🤣 We absolutely loved Cloud 9 and the kids especially loved jumping from the top. The sunset cruise that we did on our last night was also absolutely stunning. We were allowed to take our own drinks with us, which they put in the big chilli bin to keep them cold. It was the perfect opportunity for photos and the music was fun and captured the evening mood. We were allowed to connect our own Songs via Bluetooth too so have some of your favs saved to your phone!! The boat only takes 8 so grab your friends and make for a lovely hour and a half out to watch the sun set. We honestly didn’t want to leave Musket Cove on the 4th June, and I had tears in my eyes as we waved goodbye to Mere and the rest of the staff . The most beautiful stay… we could have stayed for weeks!! 🤍 Thank you to everyone at the Resort: you are the most beautiful people and made our stay truly incredible. We will be forever grateful and cannot wait to return 🤍
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Belinda S wrote a review Jun 2022
5 contributions1 helpful vote
I travelled to Musket Cove with my sister-in-law for my 50th birthday, it was the most amazing 6 nights of my life. I hadn’t travelled overseas since I was 22 and had never been to Fiji. Musket Cove is the most beautiful place to relax, eat delicious food, drink scrumptious cocktails (the splice was our favourite), be pampered at the spa, swim in the divine pool, sleep in the most spacious adorable beachfront bure, snorkel with the gorgeous fish & coral, enjoy the angelic Fijian singing & wonderful entertainment, have a fun time at the island bar, meet new friends, be spoilt by the beautiful lovely caring staff, the owners/managers make time to chat and discuss anything (Josie helped me with information about the jewellery I bought from the store)….. most of all I was made to feel very special on my actual birthday (5th June). I hope to return one day. I have many very special memories. Belinda Smith
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Frequently Asked Questions about Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina
Which popular attractions are close to Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina?
Nearby attractions include Cloud 9 (6.5 km) and Musket Cove Yacht Club Island Bar (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina?
Conveniently located restaurants include Dicks Place Bar & Bistro, The Flame Tree, and The Trader Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina?
Yes, guests have access to an outdoor pool during their stay.
Does Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina have airport transportation?
Yes, Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Malolo Lailai Island.
Does Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Momi Battery Historical Park (15.3 km).
Does Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.