Castaway Island, Fiji - Arrival at the Resort

WOO HOO! We’re In the Top 10 – TripAdvisor Awards 2015

Latest Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2015.

We’re excited to share news of our latest awards from Tripadvisor.

#3 – In the “Top 10 Hotels – Fiji” Category.

#7 – In the “Top 10 Best Family Hotels – Fiji” Category.

TC_2015_downloadable_LL_TMThese awards, based on real traveller reviews, mean the world to the Castaway Family. Vinaka to all who have taken the time to leave a review for us after your stay.

As we say always – it is not what we say about ourselves, but what our guests say about us, which matters most.

Lolomas Xx

Top Hotels of 2015 Best Family Hotels Fiji

Top Hotels of 2015 - Fiji


Top Hotels in Fiji Award - TripAdvisor awards 2014

Top Hotels in Fiji List – We’re in! TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice™ 2014 Winner!

Bula! Bula!

We’re a little excited with some amazing news from the travel review website, TripAdvisor.

2014 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards are as follows….

  • Placed #4 in Top 10 Hotels for Families – Fiji
  • Placed #6 in Top 10 Hotels Overall – Fiji
  • Placed # 16 in Top 25 Hotels for Families – South Pacific

We’ve been voted by real travellers into the “Top Hotels” category as well as the “Top Hotels for Families” list.

Vinaka to all the lovely guests who have taken the time to vote for us. This means so much to our family. We do our absolute best to make your stay perfect 100% of the time and love to receive validation that we’re doing OK.

Lolomas  – The Castaway family.   XX




Top 10 Family Resorts – Fiji – Holidays With Kids Award List – We made it…again!

Thank you Holidays with Kids readers – with your votes, we did it again!

Vinaka to all who voted for our little island resort in the 2013 Top 10 family resorts awards run by the awesome Holiday with Kids magazine.

We’re thrilled to make the top 10 list considering the number of amazing resorts in Fiji that cater for families. Congratulations too, to our (big) sister resort, Outrigger on the Lagoon · Fiji. Outrigger has come in at #4 in the top 10 list.  We find many families combining Outrigger and Castaway for their family holiday. It’s why our heli-combo package does so well to attract families needing a seamless family holiday experience in Fiji. The absolute best of Fiji all in one trip!

A huge VINAKA to our amazing kids club team. They are the reason families enjoy returning to Castaway year after year.

Lolomas – The Castaway Family


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We’re a ‘happy place’…

Recently, the LA Times in the US asked a group of travelers  to describe their happy places – a place which beckons these travelers to ‘lay down their burdens and put their cares at bay’.

Overall in the vote, we came in at #3. Here’s a transcript of the article below. Considering all the places in the world that have the power to make you happy, we’re very excited and very happy (!) to be one.



Fiji’s small Castaway Island makes a magical anniversary


Happy Place: Fiji’s Castaway Island is the scene of a glorious fifth anniversary, with snorkeling and a hypnotic ceiling fan among the highlights.


By Sue Hobart LA Times September 15, 2013

The morning sun shimmers on the swirling strands of the 8-foot cast net as a bare-chested young man, standing knee-deep in the shallows at the edge of the reef, unfurls it like a huge lasso.

I’ve never seen a cast net. I am mesmerized by the kaleidoscope of light sparkling off the net, off the rippling water and then, suddenly, off the scales of hundreds of tiny fish in front of him.


“What is that?” I whisper to my husband, Doug, who has come up behind me.


And so begins my free fall into memories of Fiji.


“Where do you want to go?” asks the travel agent. I don’t know. I’ve never traveled outside the country. “What’s this?” I ask, pointing to an irregular line on a huge wall map of the world. “That’s the international date line.” A grin spreads across my face. “And what’s this?” I ask, pointing to a speck of land below the equator and left of the date line.


Doug stands in front of me at the exit door of the small plane, the air outside heavy with heat, humidity and the sweet smell of the tropics. “Thank you for bringing me here,” he says, kissing me quickly. It is Aug. 8, 1976. We left our Portland, Ore., home on Aug. 6. I thought we would arrive on Aug. 7, our fifth wedding anniversary. Oops.


We take our glasses and half-full bottle of wine and walk down the deserted beach away from the lights of the dining terrace. We chose Castaway Island because we loved its name and because it was then the least developed of all the Fijian resorts.


The ceiling fan in our bura whispers a slow, hypnotic swoosh, swoosh, swoosh. Every bedroom I’ve lived in since has had a ceiling fan. It is the sound that helps me close my eyes and dream.


I love the potato chips, thick and crisp and warm from the oven, a perfect salty complement to our fruity tropical cocktails. I love the accent of our new Aussie friends, also celebrating a wedding anniversary, who sit with us at the small open-air bar.


It takes us an hour and 45 minutes to stroll the shoreline around our island. We see no one until we pass a group ofburas where employees smile, wave and offer us drinks. It is our first foray into the rewards of cultural travel.


Eventually, I am able to settle my face in the water and breathe through the snorkel as I float above the psychedelic array of colorful fish and coral. What took me so long to learn how to swim?


I see a photo of myself on the beach, arms spread wide to embrace the sunset. Ah, so young, so thin. I see Doug, asleep, in the hammock in front of our bura. He hasn’t changed a bit.