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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Stylish dining and bars

    Private-island picnics

    Spa, tennis and golf

  • Kids will love

    Fun kids’ club

    Spa treats for smalls

    Snorkelling forays

  • Don’t expect

    Late-night action

    Big-resort buzz

    Shops or sightseeing


Sleekly designed with stylish local touches, the gob-smacking Vomo Island Resort is that rare thing: a sophisticated Fijian retreat that looks after families in a seductive setting. On a dinky, crocodile-shaped island in the easy-to-reach Mamanucas, this child-friendly resort in Fiji offers pure shores, a crystal-clear sea and a fantastic five-star kids' club. Snorkel, swim, paddle board, hike up the hill or build sandcastles on the island's beautiful beaches – it takes a swift two hours to circumnavigate.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Vomo Island Resort with us:

A private beachside dinner for two adults and two children


‘Children are so seamlessly integrated that you’d almost feel out of place if you didn’t have a Wiggles-loving mini-me by your side’

Ian Curley (Star chef)


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Vomo Island Resort – Fiji Islands – Fiji

Need To Know


30, including two multi-room villas.


11am; check-in, 2pm, both flexible subject to availability. If you arrive before your room is ready, the hotel can store your luggage; leave bathers within easy reach so you can get changed for a swim.


Double rooms from £941.54 (FJD2,375), including tax at 25 per cent.

More details

Rates are full-board, and include all meals, plus selected soft drinks. You'll also get fruit and a bottle of wine on arrival, free laundry, non-motorised watersports, sunset canapés in the bar, weekly meke (Fijian dance) performance and hosted cocktail party. Transfer costs from main island Viti Levu to Vomo Island are excluded. Children Cots are free for under-3s; extra beds for under-4s are FJ$50 a night, and their food and drink is free. Extra beds and food for children age 4–12 costs FJ$260 a night each; over-12s pay the full adult rate. A maximum of two infants or children can share a parent or carer's room.



Smoking is allowed outdoors only, including room decks and the bar. Common areas are accessible for prams, buggies or wheelchairs; some Beachfront Villas are also wheelchair-accessible. A minimum five-night stay applies from 20 December to 5 January, with a FJ$450 surcharge an adult for New Year’s Eve (FJ$300 for Christmas Eve), including dinner; no surcharge applies for chilkdren.

At the hotel

Private-island beaches with watersports; Kui Spa; gym; swimming pool; dive centre; two restaurants; bars; kids’ club; gardens; playground; nine-hole golf course; tennis, volleyball and badminton courts; croquet; petanque; lounge with computer, TV, DVD and book library; free WiFi throughout.

In your room

Bose Bluetooth music speaker, minibar, L'Occitane toiletries, outdoor deck with dining area. The Royal Villa and Residence both have cable TV, a DVD player, kitchen and a private pool; the Residence features butler service.

Our favourite rooms

All Vomo's 'villa' rooms feature simple mod-Fijian styling, an open-plan bedroom and lounge area, an ensuite shower and spa bath, and an outdoor deck with sunloungers. The 28 standard villas each sleep two adults and two children. Baby cots or extra beds for your brood can be added to any room type, but as both the Garden and Hillside Villas are raised off the ground and are standalone with no interconnecting options, they’re not recommended for families with young children. The centrally located, shoreside Beachfront Villas are the most family-friendly: request interconnecting ones if your children are older. Boasting outdoor sunloungers just a sashay from the sea, they’re also handiest for accessing the pool, restaurant, activities bure and kids’ club. For the best views, try one of the lofty, more private Hillside Villas; they’ll be quieter, but carrying babies or toddlers up the steep hill may prove a drag, and they’re further from the resort’s facilities. Larger families can choose from the secluded three-bedroom Royal Villa or four-bedroom Residence, which boast multiple bathrooms, spacious dining areas, a kitchen and private, unfenced pool. Both include two bedrooms in standalone villas separate from the main villa.


There's no dedicated children's pool, but Junior Smiths are welcome at the sleek, spacious main pool, which is outdoors and unheated in keeping with the balmy, tropical weather. It’s flanked by Reef Restaurant and Vuda Bar, handy for ordering sips and snacks while you keep an eye on the nippers. Inviting contemporary loungers beckon for soaking up sun and sea views, and chic white parasols offer shade. Vomo’s two largest villas come with private, unfenced pools.


Thai therapists carry out Sodashi massages, body treatments, facials, and foot and hand therapies, as well as beauty essentials in Kui Spa. Treatments are infused with natural goodies such as jojoba, algae and Himalayan salt, and packages offer elongated pampering. Couples can book a private room and there are outdoor rainshowers. Youngsters aged 4–10 can enjoy Prince and Princess treats, including mini-manicures and massages, a combined 'superstar' package or 'mother and daughter' and 'father and son' packages.


Snorkellers should pack rash vests to avoid sub-aqua sunburn and scrapes. Landlubbers, pack trainers for island walks or hitting the tennis court.

Book ahead

Transfers need to be arranged well in advance, and if you fancy a spa session, a barbecue on the beach, or an exclusive family or romantic picnic on smaller sister isle Vomo Lailai, it's a good idea to book this when you reserve your rooms to avoid disappointment. Reserve 'Baby Butlers' and spots in the kids’ club in advance, too: the Australasian school holidays from mid-December to late January are a particularly busy time.


Pets are not permitted.


The hotel grows organic herbs, vegetables and fruit to serve in its restaurant and has propagated more than 50,000 plants to create native gardens on Vomo. Plastic water bottles are recycled, with proceeds supporting the villages of local staff.

Food and drink

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Stylish Reef Restaurant is set around the hotel's sleek, linear pool with soothing sea views and a choice of covered or open-air dining. It wouldn’t look out of place in Sydney – if Sydney were a tropical island! Chef Erwin Joven whips up modern Fijian à la carte fare, celebrating seafood and spice supplemented with veg and herbs grown in Vomo's garden. Daily-changing menus star flavour-packed dishes such as prawn and lobster with coconut wild rice and citrus chilli dressing, followed by mango frangipani tart. The wine list is global; the tunes are mellow. A local acoustic band sometimes supplies the sounds.

Family fare

Children are welcome in the restaurant at any time, and have their own extensive à la carte menu, available from 11am to 7.30pm, which they can also enjoy at the Kids Village. With so much choice, it means they can order something different every day. Favourite dishes include three types of Mini Monster Pizza, Fishies & Chippies, lamb or chicken Bangers & Mash, and a trio of Fun in the Bun burgers with salad and fries. Healthy, nutritious options range from wok-tossed stir fries to grilled fish with steamed rice, and there are finger-friendly platters of ham, cheese, veg sticks and apricots. Juniors usually dine at the kids’ club from 6pm–7pm, so they can take part in evening activities from 7pm–9pm. Although Reef feels glamorous when candlelit at night, the atmosphere’s relaxed, especially if you’re dining alfresco by the pool (weather permitting). Lunch is sometimes served under the trees on the beach, which should please restless tots. Highchairs are provided, and special dietary needs can be catered for (with prior notification).

Hotel Bar

Vomo spoils you with not one, but two chic, open-air bars. Children will feel more comfortable accompanying you to the Vomo Rocks Bar, an airy, laid-back lounging den perched in a secluded, beachside spot at the western end of the island. It’s a heavenly ringside seat for quaffing cocktails (or Rocktails) at sunset with dreamy views over nearby Vomo Lailai Island, and it has day-beds big enough for the whole family to squish onto. Afterwards, repair to main watering-hole Vuda Bar, beside Reef Restaurant and the pool, for a tempting list of wines, cocktails and bar snacks. If you’ve left the smalls with a babysitter, pull up two stools by the colour-changing bar; if you’re with the family, relax on the generous seating on the deck nearby. Lounge tunes should help keep your crew chilled.

Last orders

Breakfast is served at Reef from 7am–10am, lunch from 12 noon–3pm, and dinner from 7pm–9.30pm; Vuda Bar keeps pouring all day until the same cut-off. Vomo Rocks Bar sees action from 5pm to 7pm nightly.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Bag a table poolside or near the ocean for sea views and so youngsters have room to roam. Consider avoiding tables by the bar with infants. You can also request private starlit dining on your villa deck or the beach, or a picnic anywhere on the isle.

  • Room service

    Available during restaurant hours (7am–9.30pm), with a FJ$10 service fee for all deliveries. There’s currently no separate room service menu at Vomo, so dishes mirror those at Reef, but the chef can create something special for private dining requests.


    Vomo’s team can whip up baby purées for you, and they're happy to heat up baby food or milk – just ask.


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Vomo Island Resort – Fiji Islands – Fiji

Parent approved

‘Children are so seamlessly integrated that you’d almost feel out of place if you didn’t have a Wiggles-loving mini-me by your side’

Ian Curley (Star chef)

Kids Club

Vomo's five-star, purpose-built, air-conditioned Kids Village caters to juniors of all ages, with craft tables, a dressing-up area, its own kitchen for cookery classes and plenty of outdoor space. Open year-round, from 9am to 9pm daily, it’s free and supervised by nannies. Under-4s get their own dedicated playroom, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (or a Baby Butler, available from FJ$11 an hour; one is required for each child). The club has a large outdoor play area, with plans for a pool zone in future, as well as its own kitchen for cooking classes. Entertaining activities span shell collecting, arts and crafts, coconut-leaf and basket weaving, cooking classes, ball games, sandcastle building, disco and movie nights, Fijian dance and language lessons, storytelling around the bonfire, and much more. Creature features include learning about the island’s turtles and hunting for crabs. Both children and their parents are welcome to dine on the shaded Kids Village deck each evening; Vomo doesn’t feel like a resort where children are segregated away, so you’re welcome to join them at any time.


A Baby Butler costs FJ$11 a child an hour, with at least a day’s notice required – ideally request one the sooner, the better, especially during high season and school holidays. The minimum booking is one hour, from 9am to 9pm, with one Butler needed for each child under four. Parents can request babysitting in their villa while they venture outdoors for snorkelling or dining, or Baby Butlers can look after little ones in the kids’ club.


Beachfront Villa 16 is nearest the restaurant and main bar, if you're keen to use your own baby-monitoring device while you dine (Vomo doesn’t supply them). The hotel recommends hiring a Baby Butler, though, so you can enjoy quality time with your partner.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Travel cots • Cot bedlinen

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Travel cots • Cot bedlinen • Crayons, pens, paints and paper • Arts and craft materials • Children’s books • Playground • Arm bands and swimming aids

For older children

• TV room • DVD library • Arts and craft materials • Board games • Puzzles • Playground • Slide • Table tennis • Arm bands and swimming aids • Spa treats


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Things to do

Vomo has all activity bases covered when it comes to family fun, and manages to entertain junior and adult guests without diluting the stylish feel of the hotel. You can lounge on the snow-white private beach, cool off in the swimming pool or crowd-free, turquoise sea, or enjoy a gourmet picnic on the island or sister isle Vomo LaiLai (Little Vomo), a short boat ride away. Adventurous families will love the sublime snorkelling and watersports on offer at the resort's dive centre. Active types can enjoy a game of tennis (floodlit at night), badminton, volleyball or golf (on the nine-hole chip and putt course). Trekking up the island’s central peak is worth it for the views. You’ll fancy downtime at intimate Kui Spa; the children will go ga-ga for the sociable kids’ club. Then again, you could just chill out in a hammock under a coconut tree…

Hotel activities

Children will love the powder-soft beaches, pool and ocean, but you'll need to watch youngsters around water, as there are no lifeguards. There are only a few resort vehicles on this private island, though, so nippers can roam freely without fear of traffic. All non-motorised watersports are included in rates, with stand-up paddle boards, glass-bottomed kayaks, single and double kayaks, Hobie Cat sailing and windsurfing all up for grabs. There are daily free guided snorkelling excursions at 11am or you can just explore right off the beach. The dive centre offers snorkelling trips to see manta rays in the Yasawas channel (from May to October) and jaw-dropping coral formations by White Rock island. Padi courses for beginners and experts are offered, including Bubble Blowers courses for 8–12 year olds and night dives. Guests can fish in open water and locally, hop on a sunset cruise, surf the thrilling breaks at Cloud Break and visit Yamata or Yalobi villages (both a 30-minute boat ride away) to learn about Fijian culture. Vomo’s protective outer reef makes for sheltered dips. Kids can join in with daily fish-feeding sessions at the Activities Bure at 10.30am. Thee hotel's in-house dive centre offers scuba diving and tuition at extra cost. For the chance to see baby turtles hatching on protected pockets of the shore, visit between late May and July. 

Sunny days

Tennis (with synthetic courts, floodlit at night), badminton, volleyball, croquet and petanque beckon – staff are always happy to join in with a match. There are also jogging and hiking tracks around the island. Fit children will get a kick out of the walk to the top of Mount Vomo on the east of the island, a 15-minute hike that delivers jaw-dropping views of ocean and isles. Older tweens can also join you for a game of golf on Vomo’s nine-hole, par-three chip and putt course, set amid coconut trees (clubs and balls provided). Younger ones will love the outdoor playground surrounded by hedges, with a fun mini-slide. Feeling peckish? Request a picnic breakfast or lunch anywhere on the island, and staff can supply you with tasty food and cool drinks.

Rainy days

Rain stopped play? Then why not hit the gym for a quick workout? Weekly cooking classes (charges may apply) or Fijian crafts and weaving lessons make good distractions on wet days. There’s also a Chiefly Bure playroom with a TV, DVD player, guest computer and books if your brood want to relax indoors. The two larger private residences come with cable TV and a DVD player.

And there's more…

The weekly meke cultural shows in the dining area will appeal to all ages, with performers wearing Fijian national costume showing off their tuneful singing and dance moves, and sharing stories and rituals. Beqa tribe firewalkers may make an appearance. You can also sample buffet fare from a traditional lomo (earth-pit oven) and adults can try mildly narcotic tipple kava during a sacred ceremony.

Local Guide

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Smith tip

Rugby Union, especially Sevens, is Fiji’s national passion, so look out for games – whether among Vomo’s staff or locals on other islands. The season runs from April to September, and you can snap up rugby shirts and memorabilia at airport stores.

Don't miss…

A private picnic on the button-cute beach of secluded sister island Vomo Lailai, just two minutes away by boat. Staff will drop you off for a few hours with a gourmet picnic, chilled drinks and a two-way radio. Just call when you want to come 'home'.

Having reached Instagram-worthy Vomo Island and its exclusive resort, you’re unlikely to want to leave. It’s just-remote-enough location is a boat ride from anywhere, with only guests allowed to visit. What’s more, there’s stellar snorkelling, watersports and land-based activities to amuse you, with a kids’ club to distract the children. With no other hotels or villages on the island, you’ll do all your dining and drinking here, too. It is possible to go diving, surfing or island-hopping further afield, though, to explore this sun-kissed, north-western part of Fiji. You may also have to bookend your trip with time in Fiji’s capital Nadi, on main Viti Levu Island, although we suggest you maximize time at Vomo.

Hop aboard the Yasawa Flyer boat after your stay on Vomo and continue on up to the north of the Yasawa Islands for a dramatic mix of rocky summits, silky beaches and palm-packed jungle. Kuata, Waya, Naviti and Yaweta are all easy on the eye. You can just enjoy scoping the islands from the deck, then return to Port Denarau (the boat heads north in the morning, then back south in the afternoon), or arrange to disembark for a night.

You can also experience island tours around the Mamanucas on a day trip from main island Viti Levu; contact South Sea Cruises. Malolo Island has a romantic lagoon, Treasure Island attracts families and Beachcomber is known as the backpacker party isle.

There's scuba-diving to suit all levels in these parts, so bring your certificate or take lessons if you want to go deep. The resort's in-house dive centre can ferry you out to eight photogenic dive sites. Padi-approved Subsurface Fiji is active from many resorts in the Mamanucas, including Smith stay Likuliku Lagoon Resort, offering courses for everyone from children to advanced divers. It covers two dives near Vomo Island: Ronnies Reef, home to spectacular canyons, gullies and coral formations, with dramatic fish life, and Vomo Caves, where caverns and swim-throughs are illuminated by light shafts penetrating the reef above. It also takes divers to more than 40 other jaw-dropping sites.

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Vomo Island Resort
Vomo Island, Mamanuca Islands, Fiji
Hotel setting

Peak-topped private island

Getting There

A privately owned 225-acre island in the South Pacific, Vomo is within easy reach of Fiji's main Viti Levu Island. Just 30 kilometres north-west of capital Nadi, Vomo is the last island at the top of the Mamanucas group, before the Yasawa Islands begin.


Fly into Fiji's Nadi International Airport (, on the west coast of Viti Levu. Fiji Airways (, which codeshares with Qantas (, offers direct flights to Nadi (pronounced ‘Nandi’) from Australia and New Zealand, Hong Kong, Honolulu and Los Angeles – also a main hub for connecting flights from London or Canada, for example. Vomo has a fast-track customs and baggage clearance service. From Nadi Airport, Vomo is a 15-minute flight north by seaplane or helicopter; the hotel has its own helipad and can help arrange transfers, although they're not included in rates (each way, it's FJ$564 per adult, FJ$395 for children aged 2-12, free for under-twos). For helicopter transfers, call Island Hoppers ( or Pacific Island Air (, which also runs seaplane flights to Vomo.


The only cars on rustic Vomo Island belong to hotel staff; guests can't bring their own hired wheels. Private car transfers from Nadi airport and Port Denarau can be arranged for FJ$62 for one to four guests, FJ$152 for five to 13 guests, FJ$227 for 14–20 guests, and FJ$423 for 23–49 guests.


Hop on a South Seas Cruise transfer from Port Denarau to Vomo Island; the Captain’s lounge is FJ$200 for adults and FJ$100 for children (5-15 years old), standard lounge is FJ$173 for adults and FJ$87 for children. Transfers for children four-and-under are free. The Yasawa Flyer ferry leaves Denarau Marina twice a day (at 8.30am and 4.30pm), and arrives on Vomo Island after a short journey of one hour and 15 minutes. From Port Denarau, transfers by private speedboat can be arranged for FJ$916 for up to four people, FJ$1065 for up to eight people, FJ$1470 for up to 12 people, FJ$2067 for up to 16 people, and FJ$2675 for up to 20 people.

Parent travel tip

By far the easiest option is a helicopter or seaplane transfer, but for more comfort on the Yasawa Flyer, pay extra for a spot in the air-conditioned Captain’s Lounge, which includes friendly service, soft drinks and snacks, or alcohol for an extra charge. If the boat is crowded, it may be easier to find a seat for the children here. With babies or young children in tow, you might prefer to charter a private speedboat transfer direct to Vomo, to avoid having to pass children from the deck of the Yasawa Flyer across to Vomo’s smaller boat mid-ocean.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Vomo Island Resort – has been selected and approved by parents.

Families looking for a tropical-island adventure, look no further: Vomo Island Resort in Fiji serves up the kind of white-sand, turquoise-edged, turtle-dotted, palm-fringed location your kids have seen in story books. Thankfully, there are no terrifying pirates, quicksand traps or man-eating crocodiles: instead, there are kind and experienced Baby Butlers, a fantastic purpose-built Kids Village accessed via suspension bridge, glass-bottomed kayaks to paddle and coral-packed waters that'll keep them enthralled from dawn til dusk.

What's the catch, we hear you ask? Must we endure bland food and bleak surroundings? Not a jot: parents here are spoiled with flavourful Fijian fusion cuisine, pampered with therapuetic spa treatments, given stylish villa rooms and encouraged to relax, relax, relax (in a hammock, preferably). And because most things are included in the full-board price (the kids club is free; most watersports are free; even the same-day laundry service is free), you won't have a care in the world. But perhaps what we like most about this relaxed five-star resort is how easy it is for families to enjoy down time together, with a kids' high tea served on the deck at the Village, plenty of fun activities and even spa treatments for kids. Bring on the holidays…


Smith & Family

Vomo is a dream for parents. ‘Welcome Home’ is the greeting song as you arrive at Vomo Island Resort in Fiji… Oh, if only my home offered gourmet meals three times a day, friendly childcare at a moment’s notice and a deluxe sea-view bedroom… Children are so seamlessly integrated that you’d almost feel out of place if you didn’t have a Wiggles-loving mini-me by your side.

It’s as if the owners worked backwards when conceiving the resort – assume that parents will bring kids, then figure out how best to create a luxurious, peaceful and effortless holiday for the adults, while keeping little ones happy. Romantic ‘couple time’ is made possible by some seriously organised childcare. Our children couldn't wait to run across the bouncy bridge leading to the Kids’ Village, to put on their fairy dresses and wings and play with all the new toys. With an air-conditioned play area, daily visits to the Turtle Sanctuary and structured island activities for kids of all ages, I’m sure I sensed hesitation when we asked them to come swimming. Outside the Village, there’s a huge cubby house and sheltered eating area, where at 6pm all the families come together for the kids’ buffet – a chance to feel good about the fact that you’re not the only one whose offspring won’t eat anything except chips. With a Baby Butler to watch over them, the kids are then whisked up to the villas and tucked into bed, while the parents head off for dinner – and a well-deserved glass of wine (or two) at the bar.

Anonymously reviewed by Ian Curley, chef

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