Our Reviews

Here's what some of our guests have to say about us

"If you want a taste of real Fiji whilst staying in a beautifully crafted house look no further. The house is gorgeous with a shower you won’t want to leave and a view that is totally mesmerizing - I could have spent the whole week on the deck looking at the view from the hammock. But the real highlight is the incredible care and hospitality I was soaked in. Delicious daily breakfasts delivered to the deck, fresh flowers placed on pillows, daily house keeping, drives to and from the beach whenever I wanted, and all sorts of suggestions on what to do to make the most of my time. I kayaked, swam, hiked, had massages on the deck, shopped in the town, visited the church. It was all incredible. I had a fantastic week, where I was cared for in a way you’d be hard beat to find in a luxury resort and I have left with not just happy memories but new friends . I’d return in a shot and if I could give Vakanananu Retreat ten stars, I most certainly would! Thank you Sharon and Grant for creating a slice of heaven in the paradise of Taveuni island!"
February 2020
"We have just returned from a 2 night stay at the Vakanananu retreat. We had travelled around Fiji and had previously spent 2 nights at another stay in Taveuni but none of these places came even close to this. We were looked after by Buba in Sharon’s absence who was the best host we could have asked for. He organised a brilliant fishing and snorkelling trip for us which is exactly what we were after and cooked us an amazing dinner on our final night. The house itself is in a great location and couldn’t be more idyllic and peaceful and had everything we could possibly want. We will be recommending this to all of our friends and can’t wait to come back soon. Thank you Buba!"
January 2020
"We have just had the most amazing week-long honeymoon based at Sharon's retreat in the hills of Taveuni. Sharon went out of her way to make us feel so welcomed and cared for throughout our time - from transferring us to and from the airport or the local shops to providing a house that is kitted up to make you feel like you've just walked in the door of your own home...she's thought of it all! And what a lovely lady to communicate with throughout the week, she's thoughtful and aware of providing a space that is our own and ensures that her beautiful house cleaners keep the place spotless. If you're after a quiet home or retreat away from the noise of the main road and generators from other places then this is the place for you. Thank you Sharon, we'll be back!"
December 2019
"We felt very lucky to have stumbled upon Sharon’s place. As first time visitors to Tavenui, we couldn’t be sure if the location was good, or how the accommodation would stand up to the pictures, and alternative places to stay. Nevertheless, we could not have asked for more! After traveling the length of both coasts, we wouldn’t want to stay in any other area. The house was thoroughly kitted out with all we might need, and Sharon went out of her way to get us some other food items we had a hard time sourcing from the local stores. The house is located in a serene setting, up a steep hill from the main road. A 6-star experience, all around! "
November 2019
"Simply wonderful villa atop the hill, not far from Matei airport. Beautiful setting. Pristine and new construction with fantastic view. Lovely owner and friendly dog. Self catering made easy with many locally grown fresh fruits and veggies. Even the delicious breakfast was customized for my gluten free husband upon request. Highly recommended."
October 2019
"Our stay at Vakanananu was fantastic! And with only 3 days, too short. The house itself is just beautiful and the perfect size for 2. We enjoyed sitting amongst the canopy and listening to the birds and fruit bats chirping to each other. Very nice hot water shower and comfortable bed, with a perfectly stocked kitchen. But perhaps the best part was Sharon and her crew, including her little dog Moana. We were greeted by Sharon at the airport, and then her staff met us with a welcoming song. We were served breakfast daily including delicious home baked goodies and eggs, and housekeeping daily. On day 2 I fell ill with the flu, and Sharon stepped in and took care of me like my own mother would have, complete with a plethora of medicines and some ginger lemon honey tea. She also provided a cell phone to use during our stay and generously offered to drive us up and down the road to the main road for easy access to our dive operators. She went above and beyond as an Airbnb host, and are so thankful Vakanananu was our first stay of our trip to Fiji. Vinaka"
October 2019