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The Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji is a simple and beautiful resort with serious eco-credentials, amazing family facilities, and access to some world-class diving.
Situated on a headland on Savusavu Bay (the largest in Fiji) the location of the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is stunning. Swaying palms, mature gardens and a surrounding reef make this a really idyllic spot.
This is a lovely place to stay for divers and non-divers alike and is a particularly good choice for families. In fact, there are few better - there is an amazing kids club and each child under 12 is allocated its own nanny; yes, one for every child! At the same time, the hotel is careful not to alienate couples and adult groups so, for example, the main pool, bar and restaurant are a child free zone.
The style of the hotel is simple but stylish. All of the buildings are thatched and in traditional Fijian architecture and the atmosphere is very relaxed. There are 25 bures (Fijian for rooms) scattered amongst the extensive and very pretty grounds. All are spacious and range from the entry-level garden view bures up to a huge 2-bedroom villa which is very luxurious. All are spacious with lots of dark wood and dashes of colour in the furnishings. There are no TVs and no air conditioning but neither are needed. Families and couples are spread out to different parts of the extensive grounds to separate them where desired.
There is one main restaurant and bar area at the resort which overlooks the main pool and the sea and it is a great spot with huge colourful daybeds to relax in. Other facilities include two simple spa bures where you can have massages listening to the lapping of the waves, a tennis court, a boutique, family pool and kids club, activity centre and of course dive shop.
This is not a resort that is rammed full of facilities and its simplicity is part of the appeal. What it is very full of is activities and there is something going on all day, every day. This is not forced fun but if you want to be active then there is always something to sign up to such as all manner of water and land sports, hiking, yoga, cultural activities... the list goes on; and nearly all of the activities are included.
Then of course there is the diving which ranges from very good on the 20 or so local sites, to downright excellent in the Namena Marine Reserve some 20 miles off shore and this is a must for anyone diving here and there are normally at least two trips a week to these farther sites and sometimes more.
The dive centre itself is fantastic. What makes this so special, apart from excellent facilities, is the team itself as they are enthusiastic, knowledgable and fun to dive with. There is even a resident marine biologist who guides both diving and snorkelling.
The food itself is excellent (and all included). As with many resorts in Fiji the format is to have a daily changing food menu with two or three choices at each meal. You certainly won't get bored in a week.
One final thing to point out is the genuine effort this resort makes at sustainable tourism. It wins many awards and gives a huge amount back to the local community. So if you want a beautiful hotel, world-class diving, and to feel good about yourself, the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort could well be the place for you!
When you arrive at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort each guest gets a free foot massage (and a very good one!) to de-stress and get into the holiday mood.
Neill, Original Diver