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Sonasali v's Outrigger Reef

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Sonasali v's Outrigger Reef

Hi

Recently our family of six (including four children aged 7,9,11 & 13) booked our first overseas trip. Initially we booked to stay at the Sonasali Island Resort. That was until we came accross this web site. We have since changed our booking and are now staying at the Outrigger Reef Resort. We would love to hear form anyone with experiences good or bad about either place. We think weve made the right decision by changing accomadation. Lets hope so. We will be travelling late January 2005.

Thanks for any replys.

new zealand
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11. Re: Sonasali v's Outrigger Reef

kimirene

We stayed at both the Sonaisali and Outrigger last March - the Sonaisali is beautiful - the people are lovely and caring and it's a very small warm resort - however we had a bure on the beach and the kids got mozzie bites all over them and it didn't quite feel luxurious, the kids club is fantastic and the girls there really loved our daughter ( there was also a wonderful man there who serenades you as you enter the reception who would watch videoes with her while we had dinner) - however she was the only child in kids club as the resort is full of newly weds and nearly deads - but as she was the one and only the head of recreation took her out sailing - and fishing and to the fire walking at night.

Outrigger is fantastic for families however you could be anywhere in the world ie. Hawaii as you don't get that true Fijian cultural experience that you get from Sonaisali - the staff are rude and our baby son was injured when we were there and needed medical attention and for some bizarre reason our phone was barred and the doctor wasn't due to come to our hotel for another 2 days so we'd have to wait - the staff didn't care were rude and unhelpful on reception in the end we ended up having to go into a primitive (think -rugby changing shed) to see a doctor- if he had needed stitches we would of chartered a helicopter to suva to the private (hygenic) hospital - but the staff in the restaurants were lovely - but you do get the sense that they're clones trained in the Outrigger way - rather than the warm and inviting hospitality that their culture is reknowned for.

Girls at kids club are good - gets a bit repetitive - hotel rooms are excellent - facilities fantastic - but if your only staying there and not interested in cultural experience - it might be cheaper to go to Hawaii Outrigger

Far North Queensalnd
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12. Re: Sonasali v's Outrigger Reef

We have jsut checked out 6 days early on our trip to Sonasali, you did the right thing. The Hotel is lovely, the staff very friendly but the food is SO SO SO bad. The choice is repetative and the cooking is woeful. Anyone anticipating a trip there should ask them if they have changed their cooks, the chef for the fine dining is fine, but the normal buffet, breakfast and lunch menu is limited and the cooking far below Aussie standards.

The pool has a strange surface too, when ever you get your feet on the ground, sides etc it takes the skin off on you.