Taveuni rental accommodations Fiji  
p/a Matei, Taveuni, Fiji - ph: 679 888 0522 fax: 679 888 0523 info@fiji-rental-accommodations.com
 

Guest Comments-

Comments from recent guests staying at Marau Vale:

"Given our extended stay on the island, we had a wonderful time. You have a wonderful piece of paradise. Hope we can return for an anniversary in future years." [G. Daniels, Cedar Knolls, NJ]

"As far as Tomasi, HE WAS WONDERFUL. He fulfilled our every wish and more... he was great and we can't wait until we can visit the Marau Vale again. This place was absolutely the best! It was everything we dreamed of and made our dreams come true." ". [T. Cruz, Los Angeles, CA]

"Neither the photographs I have seen nor the words I have read had prepared me for the true beauty of this place. When we walked into the house, Marau Vale, and stepped out onto the porch, we were just amazed - for once speechless! Tomasi was a gracious host and a wonderful cook. This has truly been one of our most memorable vacations." [B. Garland, Hillsbourough NC]

"Jon and I wanted to find a special place for our honeymoon and we did -- right here on Taveuni Island. Marau Vale is wonderful. It will be a memory we shall never forget." [F. Myers, Media PA]

"Just wrapped up a wonderful honeymoon at the 'Happy House'. We fell in love with Taveuni and stayed an extra week. We hope everyone enjoys their stay as much as we did. A truly amazing place." [G. Daniel, New York NY]


"Tom and I found this to be one of the best trips we have ever taken. It wasn't resort-like, but more of a personal, relaxing, remote and friendly atmosphere. We found all the activities and the people very entertaining. The singing at the local church on Sunday was exceptional. What an experience! We also had a wonderful time at the waterfalls, honeymoon island, and the waterslide. The people were the best part of the trip. They are all so friendly. To top off the entire vacation was Tomasi. What a cook, massage therapist, and friend. We never left the house without him. He is quite the tour guide. The house is beautiful. We will definitely be back to enjoy your island once again." [H & T Spade, Morgan Hill, CA]

"We have truly enjoyed our stay here at Marau Vale. It is the 'Happy House". My favorite things to do: sitting on the verandah and watching the sunrise, listening to all the birds, watching the many parrots around sunset, and most of all the view - spectacular!! The waterfalls at Bouma are not to be missed. The waterside - something I will never forget. Tomasi - What a pleasure. So many special parts of Taveuni - the people are definitely the nicest in the world. The island is so very lush. This place truly is paradise. Everything about the house was wonderful for us. Relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. Walks on the beach under the moon with my new husband were the best. We are having such a fantastic trip. Thank you for opening your home for such a wonderful experience. Thank you to Taveuni for welcoming us to your island. Thank you to the house staff for truly making our stay adventurous, fun and memorable. We will be back again someday!! We love it. Oh, the outside shower is unreal - take a shower under the moon - one of our favorite things to do. Your new work on the house is beautiful. Renovations of great improvement. The pictures on the internet and in your brochure don't do this beautiful place justice". [E & S Rei, North Carolina]

"We had a wonderful time in Fiji and loved the house. The outdoor shower was wonderful, a spectacular addition to the place! We are planning on a similar shower for our backyard here, the view won't be as spectacular but we at least have the memories to fantasize about! Vinaka for a great stay!" [L. West, Plano, Texas]

"We had a great time on Taveuni. Your place is terrific, and we hope to soon visit again." [D. Jasper, New York, NY] "Fiji has been truly sublime, and this house in particular has been spectacular. Tomasi [the caretaker] really made sure our trip and stay at 'Happy House' was truly happy. Thank you for the memories." [D. Musgrave, Seattle, WA]

"What a beautiful and lovely stage from which to emerse one's self into the enchanted Fiji known as Taveuni. No brochure, web page, etc. could do this wonderful place justice. I hope all who stay find the pleasures to the senses this magical island has to offer." [J. Felix, Woodland Hills, CA]

"Words are completely inadequate to tell you how much we enjoyed being in your lovely home on Taveuni!" [E. Engleman - Denver, CO] More guests comments:

"A GREAT visit to Marau Vale and Taveuni. We really enjoyed ourselves and our visit with all of the wonderful folks on Taveuni. Marau Vale was at least as good as you described it to us in your letters and in the information on your web site. As with most descriptions, seeing the whole package in person makes the pictures appear inadequate. It is truly a beautiful setting, very nice accommodations and really wonderful people in the village of Matei. Tomasi is a real treasure. His culinary skills and reputation are well deserved. Each meal was truly a delight. We all agreed that the meals Tom prepared were better than any we sampled at the local spots. Tom was helpful and available without being intrusive and assisted us with all the details of orchestrating a myriad of daily adventures. We thoroughly enjoyed his company and sense of humor during our stay. The grounds are beautiful and we all really enjoyed meeting and talking with Lepani. Max is truly a 'wonder dog' and true to form, accompanied us on all of our evening jaunts. He is indeed a local celebrity!! We were able to visit and experience many of the wonders of Taveuni.... at a pace that was perfect for our group of combination explorers/loungers. The kayaks were a real asset for us, and I would suggest them for all visitors who want to be active. Thanks again for sharing your piece of paradise with us. We all were sorry to leave. Our visit was unforgettable...and hopefully will be repeated in the future. Again, vinaka vakalevu Bob!" [George Small & family - Chapel Hill NC]

"Terrific!!! I feel like I know you a little better having stayed at your wonderful place. I can't imagine staying for less than a month-what a unique opportunity to get to know the community a little and sit back and relax in our favorite spots (i.e. the 2 verandas, the outdoor shower) without having to run around like crazy seeing everything at once. We did, of course, do a lot of the recommended island activities - all wonderful adventures. As for Tomasi, we can't imagine our vacation without him (and we realize how lucky you are to have him working for you compared to other caretakers we have seen). We lacked for nothing and when he cooked for us, it was usually enough for days. His cooking is out of this world. Our kids got along famously with Tomasi and spent almost every waking moment together on the beach, in snorkeling and hermit crab heaven. Needless to say, we all fell in love with Max 'the wonder dog'. We thoroughly enjoyed the quiet, gentle Lepani. He is an amazing gardener-we realize now how much work it takes to keep your fabulous gardens looking so luxurious and inviting. Your place was the perfect inspiration for me to begin drawing again. I'd add that to your recommendations-if one's an artist at heart, bring watercolors-I would have gone crazy trying to capture all the shapes, colors and lushness of the grounds and water. We'd be happy to be references but don't know if you need any. Thank you, thank you." [Abbe Salk & Tom, Sophia and Zoe Keskey - Tacoma, WA]

"Talk about wonderful experiences! Our two-week stay at Marau Vale was close to an 'Out of this World' experience. The beauty of the island and the warmth and friendliness of the Fijian people alone would have made it worth the trip. Top that off with Tomasi's gourmet cooking and Lapani's exceptional care of us and the gorgeous yard plus sweet 'protector, 'Max the Wonder Dog' --- one could hardly wish for more. We had many special adventures: trips to the near and far islands to picnic and snorkel, which Tomasi arranged, a visit to a native church to hear beautiful, enthusiastic singing, and watching dolphin playfully jumping around our boat. We saw flying fish, the most beautiful coral we've ever seen and spectacular sunrises and sunsets. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the wonderful outdoor shower. What a delight!" [Fran & Art Bates - Lincoln, NE]

"Tom and I found this to be one of the best trips we have ever taken. It wasn't resort-like, but more of a personal, relaxing, remote and friendly atmosphere. We found all the activities and the people very entertaining. The singing at the local church on Sunday was exceptional. What an experience! We also had a wonderful time at the waterfalls, honeymoon island, and the waterslide. The people were the best part of the trip. They are all so friendly. To top off the entire vacation was Tomasi. What a cook, massage therapist, and friend. We never left the house without him. He is quite the tour guide. The house is beautiful. We will definitely be back to enjoy your island once again." [H & T Spade, Morgan Hill, CA]

"We have enjoyed your beautiful home here and Tom has become a dear friend. You are more fortunate than you can possibly imagine to have him as your employee. He put on a beautiful lovo for Richard's 60th birthday, and invited about 20 guests from the Matei community. Perhaps another score of Fijians were involved in the preparation and enjoyed the bountiful "leftovers." Our visit has truly been a memorable experience that we will always cherish. We look forward to a return visit, perhaps in August, 2003 Thanks for everything." [R & J Moore, Fairburn, GA] ?

"Our stay in Marau Vale was a trip to heaven! We have dived all over the world, and without a doubt, Marau Vale was the best place we have ever stayed. I have visited many beautiful botanical gardens, but I never thought I would live in one for a week. The many artifacts you have collected from all over the world and used to decorate Marau Vale, made us feel like we were staying in an exotic museum. Lapani, the groundskeeper, has done a marvelous job of turning your lawn into a botanical garden. When I show pictures of Marau Vale to friends, they comment repeatedly over the beauty of the grounds. Tomasi, the housekeeper and cook, is absolutely tops. The meals were gourmet and custom made at our request. Much to our surprise and pleasure, Tomasi is also a very good massage therapist. Our daily schedule was ideal. They started with either diving or hiking to a beautiful waterfall in the morning. In the afternoon we came home to a marvelous massage. In the evening we ate gourmet meals. Marau Vale is the closest we have ever been to heaven. We were on the Fiji Aggressor for one week before coming to Marau Vale, and I can honestly say that the diving on Taveuni in the Somosomo Straits is much better. Whenever I went for walks, Max the "Wonder Dog" always accompanied me. Everyone in the area knows Max. One night I walked into the Tovotovo restaurant with Max at my side. The locals said, "You are with Max. You must be staying at Bob's place." I recently received an email from a German couple I met at Tovotovo. They said, "We met you with Max the "Wonder Dog." Everyone remembers Max. Thanks very much for making all of the arrangements for a very memorable week in a botanical garden with a gourmet chef/massage therapist." [G. Sharp, Boca Raton FL] ?

"I can't even begin to tell you what a great time we experienced. It was by far the best vacation my family has ever had. No worries from the time we arrived till we left. And as for Tom, that man would be a great asset to anyone. There wasn't anything he couldn't cook or anything he couldn't take care of for us. We would be interested in rescheduling for the same time next year if it's open. Just let me know. [T. Roseberry, Dillon Beach, CA]



 
     
   

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