Bures that perch entirely over the water, reached by a boardwalk, and superlative cuisine make it clear that this newcomer has raised the bar for Fijian island getaways. It gets the details right, with "welcome" written in flowers and freshly laid pajamas greeting guests, his and her bath products, and in-room stereos with iPod connections. A guest lounge has a TV, DVD, and CD libraries and showers for unwinding upon arrival or throughout one's stay, and a dead-sexy "infinity pool" is shaped with little peninsulas for pairs of lounge chairs. All bures feature cozy living areas, dual bowl sinks, daybeds, stereos, and sleek polished-wood interiors; all but over-water bures have outdoor showers. Deluxe Beachfronts are steps from the water, roomier, and have private plunge pools. Over-water bures have large bed-and-living areas and a generous deck with a ladder leading down into the water, and receive a daily Chef's Canape Plate. The restaurant's masterfully prepared Asian-inspired Pacific Rim cuisine includes three-course lunches and four-course dinners, the latter with amuse bouche (small bite) and three choices each of appetizer, entrée, and dessert.
Malolo Island, Mamanuca & Yasawa, Fiji