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Lomani Cottage, Matei, Fiji
At the other end of the price spectrum, travelers looking for a more modest, intimate seaside retreat may want to consider the Lomani Cottage that offers priceless views for a more reasonable $200 a night. The one-bedroom private rental includes a natural, outdoor stone shower, and is furnished with traditional, local Fijian furniture. The infinity pool overlooks the waters of Taveuni. US$200 a night -

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Joey Mader, USA

April 2017

"My wife and I spent 6 nights and 7 days at Lomani and loved every minute of it. Upon arrival to Nadi, Nox was there to pick us up as described and took us to Lomani. The home was exactly as described and the landscape prettier than we imagined. The view from the porch was breathtaking and once we arrived, we were glad we choose Lomani for our Fiji vacation. Taveuni was a perfect place to spend our vacation. On that island, you can really feel like you have experienced Fiji. You get the pleasure of spending time with locals and taking part in traditions that go far back. Lomani offers you the ability to be close to the local activities and adventures, and offers a million dollar view. Nox and his wife take care of everything from the time you get in to the time you leave. He and his wife made a delicious traditional dinner for my life and I and then made Kava. This really was an experience we will never forget. If we come back to Fiji, we will be spending it in Lomani."

 

Lucas Cumberer, Germany

April 2017

"Thank you saskia and nox for making our stay at lomani so wonderful. we had the best time there and loved the house. also the bikes and kayaks add to a memorable time and of course having nox there is just amesome. he's helpfull with everything and such a great spirit. 4 days is the bare minimum to ejoy all that is on offer. the hous truely has an amazing vibe and we are so happy and relaxed after our stay there. thanks again and we will definitely be back...."

 

Claire Negallet, San Francisco USA

March 2017

"Beautiful relaxing home on the hill with beautiful views of the somosomo straights. 7 min walk to Taveuni Ocean Sports who were perfect guided for diving the rainbow reef. Outdoor double shower with hot water was awesome! Kitchen had everything we needed to make meals at home. When we didn't feel like cooking we could easily walk to Nakia (a family run eco resort) for amazing organic meals. We biked to town on the mountain bikes and snorkeled at beach right next to the dive shop in the afternoons. TV with DVDs and CDs was lovely to relax in the afternoons. The small downsides: the fans need upgrading and the love swing is gone, and there's no local TV. However basically every need is met in this amazing place. The best part about the place was Nox who picked us up, explained how things worked and was available for any questions or transit wherever we wanted. I highly recommend Lomani!"

 

Alex Koehne, Los Angeles

May 2016

Lomani was a special, magical place! My girlfriend and I were blown away with how beautiful it is. The whole island offers plenty to do, despite it being rather remote. The property itself is very well maintained, private and full of fruit trees with plenty of fruit for picking. The pool was a perfect size for two! The caretaker Nox was fantastic. So friendly and helpful. We couldn't recommend it enough!

 

Sally Bergh, Colorado USA

March 2016

We were some of the first guests after the Cyclone that struck the island, despite the damage throughout the island we had the most incredible time at Lomani, which had been meticulously cleaned and cared for prior to our arrival. Lomani's caretakers are beyond thoughtful ensuring our every need was taken care of, they even made a delicious earth oven meal for us! From the outdoors double shower head, pool with a PERFECT view, relaxing hammocks and an incredibly comfortable bed we would highly recommend this for any future stays! In addition to an incredible say, Saskia was incredible helpful with our stay and could not have asked for a more caring host! Already trying to figure out when we can go back!!

 

Dannii, Sydney Australia

January 2016

I sent my mother in law away to this lovely rustic home in Fiji. She wanted a quick getaway, somewhere were she could relax. She wanted to swim in her own private pool, and somewhere remote but not too remote. This beautiful place was everything she wanted! The house is breathtaking and Saskia stayed in contact with me the whole time! Making sure i knew that my mother in law was having a fantastic time away. And knox the caretaker was there for her when ever she needed him, he was so lovely and caring and helpful she only has the best things to say about him. Thank you for having her : )

 

Cathy Tozer, Australia

This is what Cathy had to say:

"OMG OMG - What an idyllic location and accommodation to match!!Thankyou Saskia for an absolutely divine holiday at Lomani. We loved every minute - the view, the cottage, the gardens and the fantastic service from your caretaker Nox. Highly recommended property!!!"

 

Peter Hauser, Germany

This is what Peter had to say:

"We spend our honeymoon in Lomani and it has been really amazing. This place truly is a piece of paradise! Lomani is perfect to relax! From an elevated, waterfront position, you may relax on the lounger or the hammock or just sit in the pool and soak up the amazing vista watching the ever changing colours of the reef as the tides ebb and flow, with the deep blue ocean beyond. Almost every morning we saw a pod of dolphins passing by and in the evening we had some breathtaking sunsets. If you want some action the locale Dive shop Taveuni Ocean Sport is just around the corner. They were very helpful organizing our diving and snorkeling trips. Nox our caretaker was extremely friendly and helpful! He drove us around the island, showed us all the amazing places and introduced us to a lot of wonderful people in his village. He really became close friends during our stay! On our last day he even cooked a divine lovo (fijian earth oven) dinner for us. We really fell in love with this island and the great people who live on it. We really would love to come back one day! Vinaka!"

 

Sonia and Damien, Tasmania, Australia

This is what Sonia and Damien had to say:

"Lomani was paradise after our immediately preceding airbnb experience at nearby Maqai Eco Resort (don't stay there). Saskia was easy to deal with in the lead up to our stay and the pre-arrival information she provided was very helpful. The property itself is in beautiful gardens full of edible plants (bananas, coconuts, limes, lemongrass, etc, etc) and the deck overlooking the oceans and islands and the plunge pool were heavenly. There is a HUGE separate kitchen and plenty of space and comfort in the bedroom/lounge. The outdoor shower is also wonderful. There are pushbikes for an easy ride into town to get groceries (or pay for a lift in if you prefer), snorkelling equipment and plenty of DVDs, etc. Next door is Nakia Resort run by the wonderful Robin Kelly, who served us huge and delicious meals and graciously allowed us to use their free WiFi on the deck whilst having a coffee or a glass of wine. If you can't be bothered cooking one night, I would highly recommend. Some aspects of the Lomani building are a little tired when compared with the photos (not sure when they were taken) and there are a few power problems (the solar electricity setup with backup generator needs expanding, as it cut out often when only using the fridge and a single light) but none of this even matters when you consider the overall experience. Inoke (Nox), our local Fijian "go-to" man was unbelievably friendly and helpful and totally made our trip. Although the place is nice a secluded for a romantic getaway, on arrival at the Matei airport on 'Taveuni he told us "I am here for you 24/7 if you need anything," and he meant every word. Not only did he drive us all over the island whenever we wanted to go anywhere, he was fun to be with (encouraged us to jump off the Blue Lagoon Bouma Falls (from the Blue Lagoon movie - a must do)) and so generous; showing us his own local village and making us the most amazing Fijian lovo (earth oven) feast for my 40th birthday. We were really sad to say goodbye to him when we left as well as his brother Tukana and his wife, Merema who even made me a birthday cake! The people we met on Taveuni have to be the best people in the world. When there's papayas and bananas for anyone to take hanging off every second tree, everyone's on "Fiji-time" and everywhere you go people are smiling and waving and saying "Bula" it's impossible not to be relaxed and happy here. Thanks so much Inoke, Kelera, Saskia, Tukana and Merema for a wonderful and memorable holiday. We've already told friends they must come to Taveuni and I'm sure we'll be back too."

 

"Paradise" - Jerry Morben, Utah, USA

This is what Jerry Morben had to say:

We had the good fortune of spending 28 nights at Lomani. We were scheduled to stay three more weeks, but a family emergency made it necessary to leave after one month. Lomani is exactly as pictured on the website. It is rustic, but that is what makes it so charming, If you are looking for a peaceful, private place to stay, Lomani is the perfect choice. Nox and Tukana (caretakers) will take excellent care of you. They were always available whenever we needed them. They were especially helpful when we needed to leave due to my father's medical emergency. They provided transportation to and from the airport. They also arranged for housekeeping services once a week for a nominal charge.

A phone for local calls was provided. This made it really easy to arrange for diving and to contact Nox or Tukana. If you purchase minutes, you can use the phone to call the US at a very reasonable rate.

There is a video on YouTube which accurately represents Lomani. Some of the conveniences we enjoyed included the infinity pool, washer, gas grill, two hammock type swings, TV, and a great supply of new movies on DVD. The outdoor shower was especially nice. At night the stars are so bright they look like Christmas lights in the sky. There is a large floor fan which keeps the bure comfortable during the day and for sleeping. There is mosquito netting for the king size bed, but we were never bothered by any bugs during our stay.

Saskia (owner) was incredible to work with when booking Lomani. She supplied the excellent selection of DVD movies for us. We had at least one new movie to watch each night. We even found popcorn at the market in the village.

During our stay the Prime Minister of Fiji was at the village to dedicate a new school. Nox made arrangements for us to attend. It was a highlight of our trip. We did our diving with Taveuni Ocean Sports which was a short five minute walk from Lomani. The diving was phenomenal to say the least. We were fortunate to dive every other day. We highly recommend them if you dive and plan to stay at Lomani. It is so convenient. Plus Taveuni Ocean Sports is simply the best dive operator we have ever encountered in our 20 years of diving.

If you want the opportunity to live a Fijian lifestyle with a million dollar view from your bure, Lomani is the place for you. You will never find nicer people than the Fijians on Taveuni. It was a trip of a lifetime for us, and Lomani was the perfect accommodation.

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