Recently we packed our bags and headed to Vomo Island Resort in Fiji. We hadn’t been on a family holiday for almost two years and boy was the wait worth it! The combination of palm trees, pure white sand and crystal-clear water is the stuff of island dreams. But it’s the thoughtful, considered approach to every detail of your stay that makes it a once in a life time experience.
Vomo Island Resort is a privately owned 87-hectare (225-acre) island in the South Pacific. To get there we flew into Fiji’s Nadi International Airport. You then take a chopper, sea plane or ferry out to the island.
It doesn’t take long to get from Nadi to Vomo, but to take the headache out of coordinating everything I left booking all our transfers and accommodation to my really good friend, Emily. She co-owns Destination HQ and knows how to get the best price on everything, especially the deals that aren’t advertised online. She was also on the end of the phone when things didn’t go to plan the night before we were supposed to head out to Vomo from Nadi. Alfie was hit with a horrendous case of gastro and everything was closed in Fiji (why do these things always happen in the middle of the night?!) so we couldn’t find out how to rearrange our travel plans as there was no way we could take the boat with our sick little patient. So, I called Em and she took care of everything. Having someone who can make Plan B happen when you’re traveling with kids is the type of peace of mind that means your holiday is as relaxing as it’s meant to be.
What Makes Vomo Island Resort So Unique?
What I love most about Vomo is its unique ability to combine understatement and sophistication. With only 28 stylish villas and two private residences, you often feel like this island is your own. It also means that they deliver thoughtful, personal service.
If you’re looking for the perfect family holiday that isn’t just about kids, nor is it just about mum and dad, but about an experience that everyone loves – then Vomo will be right up your alley. Their kids club was immaculate and the carers genuine and loving. With activities like hermit crab hunting and evening bonfires and storytelling, Mabel and Alfie were begging to go…all the time!
And last but not least, the food at Vomo is seriously good. I often judge a holiday by how good the tucker was, and Vomo over delivered! The menu at the Reef Resort changes daily and is based on seasonal produce and lots of fresh, fresh seafood. You can also feel the sand between your feet and let Vomo organise a romantic dinner on the beach or take a boat ride over to Vomo Lai Tai for a private picnic on this deserted island. And when the sun goes down, the Rocks Bar is a fave spot for sipping on cocktails and nibbling on BBQ cooked bar snacks.
Things To Do at Vomo Island Resort
While Vomo is the perfect place for doing absolutely nothing but swing in a hammock and dip in the ocean, it also offers a ton of options for the those who like to be a little more active on their holidays. Some of my suggestions include:
- Walking up Mount Vomo (it takes about 20 minutes) and watching the sunrise over the Mamanuca and Yasawa islands.
- Go snorkeling and explore some of the jaw-dropping coral reefs around Vomo Island. You can join in with the snorkeling excursion that heads out at 11am every day by boat or just swim out directly from the shore and find your own magical spots.
- Take a beach walk around the entire island. While it only takes an hour, you need to make sure you do it at low tide otherwise you won’t be able to make it around some of the rocky outcrops.
- I’ve got no hand eye co-ordination so golf isn’t my go, but if you’re that way inclined Vomo has spent many years creating and caring for their 9 hole pitch and putt course!
- All non-motorised water sports are included in your room rate at Vomo, so we often spent our mornings going out on a lazy kayak or paddle board.
- Have a hit on the all-weather, flood-lit tennis courts.
- Feel the burn and work off some of those cocktails by hitting up their new gym and fitness centre that’s open all day, every day.
To find out about some ace holiday ideas for your next family holiday, visit the Destination HQ Travelling with Kids Expo on Sunday 26 October (10:30 am – 3:00 pm) at Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron // Also make sure you don’t miss the incredible competition Destination HQ is currently running where you could win a $1,000 travel voucher.