5 reasons why Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji is amazing for travel with kids

Fiji’s eco-luxury Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort has long been recognized as having one of the world’s finest and most innovative Kid’s Club programs. Guests enjoy incomparable hospitality brought to life by the adept and endearing long term staff in this iconic resort.

Here are 5 of the best reasons why this experience, set on utopian Savusavu Bay is a one of a kind for our younger folk and their parents alike: 

1) Dedicated nannies. 

Children under six are paired with their own Fijian nanny for your entire stay. This complimentary service spans from 8am until 9pm daily. Heartfelt bonds are formed here naturally. On arrival, kids are met by their nannies and swept away to the children’s own “Bula Kid’s Club”, allowing guests to check-in and absorb the stillness of the surrounds.

Luxurious Oceanfront view by twilight
Luxurious Oceanfront view by twilight, Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji
Fiji Marine Biologist - Johnny Singh
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Marine Biologist, Johnny Singh

2) Kids will learn while having fun.

Kids aged 6 – 12 years can join the “School Under the Sea”. This is curated by the resort’s own Marine Biologist and provides a myriad of fun learning activities based around ocean ecology in the Cousteau tradition. Busy days lead to calm and restful nights. 

JMC PADI Diving
Learning the PADI Open Water SCUBA diving course

3) Teenagers are not forgotten. 

The resort teen program will engage them in an authentic and meaningful way. An abundance of activities cleverly designed around cultural and environmental themes are hosted by entertaining Fijian characters making your teen’s trip unforgettable. Bucket list quality snorkelling and diving are very popular, along with hiking and exploring the surrounds of the lush Island of Vanua Levu.

4) Parents spend meaningful time together. 

A remarkable combination of both family and couple time is easily attainable and plentiful, providing precious flexibility for adults to do as they please either with the kids or as a couple, allowing a deserved rest for everyone. Trips to the resort’s own idyllic private island are a popular family activity, while a romantic dinner for two on the pier end is highly recommended for couples.

5) Multi-generational travel experiences are enhanced. 

All the stress of traveling with kids disappears, and special occasions with three generations flow harmoniously.

Bula Kids Club, Aerial Shot
Bula Club aerial view, Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji

TripAdvisor reports:

Jacquelineo711 wrote this on TripAdvisor in January of 2022: “But that kids club! They would take the kids from 8:30am-9:30pm. Every. Day. They would bath/shower them, dress them, feed them (3 course lunch and dinners!) take them on excursions, swim with them, take them snorkelling (including night snorkelling), night creature hunts on the beach, bonfire on the beach with marshmallows. The list goes on, and on, and on.

Daniel C wrote this on TripAdvisor in January of 2022:  “[The Bula Kid’s Club] includes a beautiful pool and cool waterslide, tennis/volleyball and basketball facilities as well as an amazing tree house all set in the lushest tropical gardens. The buddies have boundless energy and do everything that we as parents are usually too tired to. Every day has a different program that not only entertains but teaches facts about the ocean and Fijian life.

CJB922 wrote this in a TripAdvisor review posted in August of 2019: “Our 7 year old daughter was teamed up with Sereana and enrolled in the School Under Sea program. The program was brilliant with her learning about the marine environment and also doing activities like coral and mangrove planting along with the offsite excursions to learn about the Fijian culture.

Julia H wrote this on TripAdvisor in January of 2021: “The kids club was an absolute kids paradise!

Dining in Fiji Resorts at its very best

“Dining in Fiji Resorts at its very best”

The cuisine at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji’s North features a constantly evolving Modern International menu that will certainly be a highlight of your stay.

Food ought to be one of the main decision points of where you choose to stay while on holiday! One does not need to be a “foodie” to notice the difference between a dish that you only speak over at the table, compared to one that you can’t help but speak about! The quality and care taken with menu planning and sourcing of ingredients re-inforces Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort as one of Fiji’s ultimate destinations for couples and families.

In 2022, the recently reopened resort boasts a brand new and upgraded culinary experience, supremely crafted by Executive Chef, Raymond Lee, and newly hired Assistant Chef, Gerard Marr, under the watchful eye of General Manager, Bartholomew Simpson, seasoned hospitality professional.

“Our ability to hand-select fresh fruit and vegetables from the resort’s own plantation, combined with seafood from surrounding fisheries, allows local produce to shine. This is carefully supplemented from many bespoke suppliers and allows the resort to boast a vibrant and constantly evolving Modern International menu”, said Bartholomew Simpson, General Manager.

TripAdvisor features recent guest testimony:

“The restaurant has the most beautiful sea and pool views one could wish for and the food is truly worth 3 Michelin stars. Every meal is a gustatory experience I have yet to match elsewhere. The presentation and choice of menu is faultless and designed to cater to all tastes. Overall, we have had a most extraordinary if not the best holiday ever.”

“The food is exceptional, not only because of its taste and quality but the fact that it is so well balanced that you can eat 3 courses meal after meal and not feel like you’re over doing it.”

“The food was the highlight of the experience. The ingredients are locally sourced, fresh, and expertly prepared. It was by far the best food we had during our time in Fiji.”

“Everything exceeded our expectations. We all have highly discerned pallets, and I would have to say that I had the best culinary experience that I have had in years.”

“Around our table the cocktails, steaks, and seafood were all gourmets. The hospitality was 5-star.”

ocean front bure floor plan

Tasting plates inspired by French, Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Thai cuisines feature during lunch, adding complexity to the menu, while it remains approachable and not overly rich.
Char Siu Bao, Black Bean Spareribs, Pot Stickers, Savoury Custard & Duck San Choy Bao feature on the Chinese tasting plate in February 2022.

Avocado cradled Yellow-fin Tuna Poke with bitter greens, radish, finger lime and miso glaze certainly caught our attention unexpectedly.

Pan Roasted Duck Breast with Szechuan Pepper, Beetroot Puree, Local Spinach, Toasted Hazelnuts & Jus simply confirmed the fact that we must return soon!

The distinct creamy Soursop Sorbet is unforgettable, and the Papaya Mascarpone Tart with lime syrup and house-made vanilla bean ice-cream was also in the same league.

bure windowview

The dramatic mountain backdrop across the utopian Savusavu Bay is a sight to behold and a true million-dollar view enjoyed from all dining areas. 

Separate Adult dining features in the layout of the resort and throughout our meal in the adult’s only restaurant we were not aware there were children present in the family dining restaurant adjacent to the slightest degree. Fijian nannies most adept in childcare play an integral role here, and the resort staff is amazingly attuned to this subtle capability of providing a refined experience for adults, which distinctly sets it at a caliber above other hotels of its kind.

Pier end dining is highly recommended over dinner, providing an iconic romantic experience under the stars, and surrounded by the coral reef adorned Savusavu Bay. The water below is lit and emanates a gentle blue glow, through which fish school.

In the main bure, candles and gentle flames adorn the tables and the surrounding gardens by evening. The views of the flickering flames light the cooling night and bring a romance and calming comfort to the end of a full day.

Excellent service is purveyed by the friendly and engaging staff. This is a location to die for, offering a peerless menu. All that separates you from what may be the best getaway of your lifetime is securing a booking