My visit to Kokomo Island - Fiji
Kokomo Island – Fiji – 01 August 2017
Landing in Fiji is always exciting, especially if you have left winter behind as we did in New Zealand. With a flight time of 2 hours 50 minutes from Auckland you land in a completely different world.
The Kokomo representative met us at the door of our Air New Zealand aircraft and walked us through security to luggage collection. We then had a short walk to the domestic terminal. Nadi Airport has had a complete makeover and both arrivals and departures are now housed in brand new buildings. The Kokomo Team are busy building a departure lounge in their hangar so that guests can refresh themselves before they depart on the last leg of the journey to the Island.
Island transfers take place on a 12 seat twin Otter Sea Plane or a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter. Both journeys take approximately 55 minutes to 1 hour. We went by helicopter both ways and the views of main land Fiji were fabulous – heading out to sea for the last 25 minutes of the journey took us over incredible reefs and deserted islands.
As with most private island resorts our welcome was truly memorable. Collected from the helipad in golf buggies we were taken to the reception area for a refreshing drink and a traditional Fijian welcome. The wonderful voices, smiling faces and romantic tunes made you feel welcome and immediately on holiday and you really did feel that the staff meant it. ‘You are very welcome’
We were then taken by buggy to our beach side villa. On winding roads that were wonderfully maintained and edged with tropical plants and trees with expanses of lawn thrown in every now and then. Passing through your own private garden gate you enter a world that is totally yours for the duration of your trip. Lush tropical gardens, covered and open terraces with wonderful seating areas, private infinity pool, lawn and then the beach.
Our one bedroom Villa was more like a house. Sitting room with small utility area, large bedroom with walk in wardrobe, huge bath, large double basin bathroom with rain shower and outside shower. The muted colour pallet was designed to complement the extraordinary colours outside and not to distract from them.
You have a choice of three restaurants. ‘The Beach Shack’ where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. A shack it isn’t! A very comfortable space beside the beach with a cocktail bar, open kitchen area, soft seating and a number of tables to choose from. Lunch and dinner here is more fine dining than a simple snack. The desserts are fabulous. Then you have ‘Walker D’ Plank’ – named after the owner. The restaurant is built amongst the trees on the edge of the beach overlooking the sea. Lunch and dinner are served in relaxed surrounding and specialises in Asian cooking. Finally you have the ‘Pool side Cabana’ for a delicious light breakfast or freshly made pizza lunch, surrounded by the resorts beautiful swimming pool. The food is excellent with most of the fresh fruit and vegetables being grown in the island. Service is slick and professional but also extremely friendly. Nothing is too much trouble. If you only want an omelette for lunch then that is fine as well.
Being so close to some of the best diving reefs in Fiji it goes without saying that the diving facilities and diving school in general is one of the very best. There are a number of motor boats to take you to different islands e.g. visiting a waterfall which takes in a 50 minute boat ride to another island, a 45 minute hike through jungle and then a swim in the waterfall. You can sail, paddle board and kayak. Play tennis and hike to the top of the island. Children are very well cared for with excellent child minding facilities and a nanny service. In fact everyone I spoke to with children said the facilities on offer were some of the best they had encountered.
Whilst there I was shown around the 4 residences. 3/4/5 and 6 bedroom suite houses. They were wonderful properties all built on a hill with lush gardens, infinity swimming pool, huge terraces and amazing views. The swimming pools were jaw dropping and these properties would be wonderful for a multi-generational family or group of friends.
From the Management Team down, every one of the staff on Kokomo Island made us feel welcome. We had a wonderful 10 days of sheer rest and relaxation. Kokomo is certainly an excellent addition to the luxury resorts available in Fiji.
Stephen White – www.exclusivetravelgroup.com