Cyclone Evan meant we had to rebook our island holiday twice before ending up on Mana.
Mana may be open and the trees have recovered remarkedly well. But the resort does does have substantial damage and it is ostensibly a old resort. So damage added to age means it does lack \"kerb appeal\" right now.
Some other not so positives....the food & the pools. The food was fair to middling. You won't go hungry, but neither the buffet or the a la carte are going to win awards anytime soon. You also shouldn't be going to Mana if you want to spend a lot of time in or around the pools. The infinity pool is nice, but small. While the main pool is also small and the surrounds are affected by the cyclone.
Now to the good parts....the bure, the beaches, the staff. We stayed in the deluxe ocean view bure and would highly recommend them if you can afford the step up from the island bures. They have been recently renovated, are spacious, are very close to North beach and they are away from the main buildings of the resort. This gives you a great sense of peace and seclusion. The interconnecting bures (501 through 520) are great if you're travelling with friends or family.
North beach is the pick of the beaches for mine. South beach has all the watersport activities and is the arrival / departure side, so it feels a little over exposed. But during our stay, south beach had the calm weather, so we made the 10 min trek to the south side for the kids. If you like snorkelling, it is a real bonus having decent snorkelling straight off both south and north beach. No need to get in a boat etc. I wish I'd done a lot more snorkelling!
We found all of the staff to be excellent. From the house keeping to the restaurant staff (although the drink waiters are a little too keen to keep your wine glass full and encourage you to buy another bottle), to Sunai at Kids Club. Kids Club was very quiet, but our girls had Sunai's undevoted attention and they loved him!
The spa is reasonably priced (so I'm told) and the massages in particular hit the spot. We also really enjoyed the Fijian Meke show one night.
If you have kids and can make the time, visit the island school during their breaks. They welcome hotel guests (and donations which they desperately need) and it is a real eye opener for parents and children alike. Also, go to the local village if your daughter wants to get her hair braided. It will cost about half the price they charge at the spa!
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay! Would we try another island next time? Probably (we initially booked Castaway before Evan ruined that). But we would also be more than happy to go back to Mana and I hope we do sometime in the future!