Mango Bay Resort, Fiji

mango bay resort

Mango Bay is just a 90-min. drive from Fiji’s capital city of Suva. It’s a good place for a weekend getaway if you’re based in Fiji, and travelers from abroad enjoy this resort, too.

The resort’s grounds are beautiful, with excellent landscaping that reminds us of Hawaiian hotels. The common grounds have the vibe of being in someone’s living room; the staff is chatty, and the other guests were friendly during our stay.

The pool overlooks the ocean, and there are plenty of lounging areas. You can relax in outdoor beds, hammocks and lounge chairs at any time of the day or night.

The open-air restaurant reminds me of hotels I’ve stayed at in the Cayman Islands. The atmosphere is relaxed, and there’s usually music playing on the speaker. The menu has both casual and more sophisticated fare.

mango bay restaurant

The rooms are camping/backpacker style. The architecture is bure, the traditional Fijian house with a steeply sloped roof that is made of what looks to be woven palm fronds. We stayed in a “superior beachfront bure,” the highest level room. It has a queen bed, small fridge and a lovely Bali-style outdoor shower.

The room is dark, and there’s no AC (just a ceiling fan) or TV, so we spent most of our time outside. The weather is usually sunnier than oft rainy Suva. Resort activities include standup paddleboarding, kayaking and snorkeling. I recommend getting out in the water to explore the beautiful coral formations.

mango bay bure

Staring out at the beach is incredibly relaxing. You can watch the tide gently come and go, and look up at the stars at night. The water in front of the hotel is protected by a surf break, and you can go far while staying shallow. Locals wade in the water to do their fishing.

A bonus: Dogs are welcome at the resort–as long as they get along with the owner’s friendly dog, Mango. We brought along our dog, who had a great time running around off-leash.