Need to know
30, including two multi-room villas.
11am; check-in, 2pm, both flexible subject to availability.
Double rooms from $915.20 (FJD1,900), excluding tax at 25 per cent.
Rates include à la carte breakfast, all meals, select non-alcoholic and minibar soft drinks, fruit and a bottle of wine on arrival, laundry service, non-motorised watersports, sunset canapés in the bar, weekly meke performance and cocktail party.
A minimum five-night stay applies from 20 December to 5 January, with a FJ$450 surcharge an adult for New Year’s Eve (FJ$300 for Christmas Eve), including dinner; there's no surcharge for children. To rev up the romance, book a private picnic on the button-cute beach of smaller sister island Vomo Lailai, just two minutes away by boat. Staff will drop you off for a few hours with a gourmet picnic, chilled drinks and a two-way radio. Just call when you want to come 'home' or swim back.
At the hotel
Private-island beaches, Kui Spa and fitness centre, swimming pool, watersports, PADI dive centre, 9-hole golf course, tennis, volleyball and badminton courts, croquet, petanque, gym, gardens, two restaurants, two bars, kids' club, Chiefly Bure with computer, TV, DVD and book library, free WiFi throughout. Expect a new adults-only pool, on the island's more secluded west side, soon. In rooms: CD player, iPod dock, minibar, L'Occitane toiletries, outdoor deck and dining area. The larger Royal Villa and Residence both have cable TV, a DVD player, kitchen and a private pool; the Residence features butler service.
Our favourite rooms
All Vomo's digs are dreamy, with simple mod-Fijian styling, ensuite showers and spa baths. If views are your bag, aim for the lofty, more private Hillside Villas. We like the ocean-hugging Beachfront Villas best though, with some interconnecting options and outdoor dining decks and sunloungers just a sashay from the sea. Families or friends can take their pick from the luxe three-bedroom Royal Villa or four-bedroom Residence, which both boast kitchens and private pools. The 28 standard villas each sleep two adults and two children.
The sleek, spacious outdoor pool is flanked by Vomo's Reef Restaurant and Vuda Bar with inviting contemporary loungers for soaking up sun and sea views, and chic white parasols if you need shade.
Kui Spa has two couples' treatment rooms, outdoor rainshowers and tempting Sodashi treatments carried out by skilled Thai therapists. Facials with marine plants and Himalayan salts, algae and green tea-infused body treatments, head-to-toe massages and mani-pedis round off the indulgent menu, and signature treatments are designed to lull guests into deep relaxation. Packages and in-villa treatments are available too.
Snorkellers should bring a rash shirt to avoid sub-aqua sunburn or scrapes. Landlubbers, pack trainers for island walks or hitting the tennis court.
Transfer costs from main island Viti Levu are extra. Smoking is allowed outdoors only (public areas and room decks). A bed (and meals) for an extra adults is FJ$830 a night.
Welcome. Vomo provides free baby cots for infants; extra beds for older children age four to 12 are covered by their food charge (FJ$260 each a day). Babysitting costs FJ$15 an hour, with a day's notice required, and there's a fab free kids' club.
Vomo welcomes children and manages to blend them seamlessly with adult guests, without diluting the stylish feel of the hotel.
Kids of all ages will love the butter-soft beaches and pool, but you'll need to watch youngsters around water.
Up to two kids can share your villa, or opt for interconnecting Beachfront Villas for older children. The private three-bedroom Royal Villa or four-bedroom Residence are ideal for larger families, with multiple bathrooms, a kitchen and dining areas.
Vomo's five-star, purpose-built, air-conditioned Kids Village caters to juniors of all ages. Open year-round, from 9am to 9pm daily, it’s free and supervised by carers, but children under four must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (or a Baby Butler, available from FJ$11 an hour; one is required for each child under four). The club has a large outdoor play area, with plans afoot for a pool zone in future. Entertaining activities span shell collecting, arts and crafts, coconut-leaf and basket weaving, cooking classes, ball games, sandcastle building, disco and movie nights, Fijian dance and language lessons, storytelling around the bonfire, and much more. Creature features include learning about the island’s turtles and hunting for crabs. The under-4s room sports craft tables, a dressing-up area, a kitchen for cooking classes and outdoor play zone. Both children and their parents are welcome to dine on the shaded Kids Village deck each evening; Vomo doesn’t feel like a resort where children are segregated away, so you’re welcome to join them at any time.
Vomo's Kids Village is guaranteed to entertain juniors of all ages. Elsewhere, children can enjoy swimming, snorkelling, sailing, stand up paddle boarding or kayaking in the pure, turquoise sea, or on land there's walking trails, tennis, badminton, volleyball, croquet and golf. Don't miss fish feeding at the activities bure daily at 10.30am. This is also a private island, with only a few staff vehicles, so kids can roam safely. For indoor entertainment, you'll find TV, DVDs and a computer in the Chiefly Bure lounge. The two larger private residences also come with cable TV and a DVD player. Kui Spa welcomes well-behaved children, too. Kids aged 4–10 can have a ball with Prince and Princess treats, including mini-manicures, pedicures, massages, a combined 'superstar' package, and 'mother and daughter' and 'father and son' packages. The in-house dive centre's Bubble Blowers courses (for 8–12 year olds) give kids a safe introduction to scuba diving.
There's no dedicated kids' pool, but children will enjoy the large main pool, or can take dips in the sea. The two largest villas come with private pools, although they're not fenced.
Vomo's restaurant offers an extensive children's menu, from 11am to 7.30pm, and kids are welcome any time. They can also dine on the shaded deck of the Kids Village (usually around 6pm–7pm), with or without parents, before their evening activities. Highchairs are provided and the team is happy to heat up baby food or milk. Beachfront Villa 16 is near the restaurant, if you're keen to use a baby-monitoring device while you dine, but the resort recommends hiring a babysitter to look after infants in your villa if you're venturing out.
A Baby Butler costs FJ$11 a child an hour, with at least a day’s notice required – ideally request one earlier during high season and school holidays. A minimum booking is one hour, from 9am to 9pm, with one Butler needed for each child under four.
No need to pack
Baby cots, cot bedlinen, highchairs and swimming aids, which are supplied for free.
Vomo provides free baby cots for infants age 2 or under, or extra beds for tots aged 3 or under for FJ$50 a night; food and drink is free. Extra beds and food for children age 4–12 are covered by a FJ$200 a night charge each; over-12s pay the full adult FJ$700 rate. A maximum of two infants or children can share a parent or adult’s room.
The hotel grows organic herbs, vegetables and fruit to serve in its restaurant and has propagated more than 50,000 plants to create native gardens on Vomo. Plastic water bottles are recycled, with proceeds supporting the villages of local staff.