Malolo grabs a mother's heart the second that the boat ties up to the jetty.
To greet you, there is music, strong male voices singing a sweet song of welcome. There are smiles, and a handsome warrior in traditional gear.
But it is the moment when baby is handed up into warm maternal arms, and greeted with a low murmurred lulaby. That's the moment when every mother knows this is going to be a good holiday. And that makes Father happy too.
Malolo is a family centric upscale resort in the Mamanuca Islands of Fiji. This gorgeous string of pristine islands has been the backdrop for tropical island escape movies like Blue Lagoon and Castaway, but these green and lush islands with their white beaches are no movie set. They are the real thing.
Malolo consists of individual bures, decorated in fresh contemporary comfort.
The beachside restaurant serves lovely food, with lots of child friendly dishes, including a large selection of pizzas.
The more formal restaurant has two levels, one for families and the upper level for couples.
Programs for children include native crafts, eco-trips to turtle sanctuaries and tons of fun. Babysitting is easily arranged, and Mom and Dad can enjoy a romantic dinner while baby is rocked and seranaded in a hammock nearby.
There's a pool for adults, and one for children, a children's activity centre, water sports, and an adult's only entertainment room with television and internet access. But otherwise, no television, no telephone, no internet, no video games. This is a time for family to completely relax and enjoy a natural and laid-back getaway.
The feel is casual yet elegant, and it is a place that could easily become a family habit.
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Best time to visit? Any time between April and November, but best months are May and October.