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“Relax and enjoy an authentic Fijian experience” 5 of 5 stars
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Tambua Sands
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Queen's Highway | PO Box 100, Korolevu, Sigatoka, Viti Levu, Fiji   |  
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Ranked #9 of 10 Hotels in Sigatoka
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
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“Relax and enjoy an authentic Fijian experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

We absolutely loved Tambua Sands. It is so relaxing, peaceful and private. It is perfect for those that are looking for more of a quite, authentic Fijian experience instead of a typical resort style experience. You feel like you are one with nature; the bures are on the beach and the timber shutters let in the sea air and the sea breeze. It is so laid back and relaxing. The views are spectacular and although the coral makes it difficult to swim, it is perfect for fishing and scuba diving. Set in between two villages you can experience the real Fiji.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tevita T, General Manager at Tambua Sands, responded to this review, March 18, 2014
Dear Bellaress,

I was delighted to read that you had an enjoyable stay at Tambua Sands Resort. I also appreciate your highlights regarding our warm Fijian hospitality, peaceful and relaxing atmosphere which is why we are unique to other resorts on the same stretch of Coral Coast location.

I will definitely share your comments to all our staff as we keep on striving to exceed our guests expectations and achieve true quality Fijian experience at the resort.

Thank you for recommending us to other reviewers online. I hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back for another memorable stay in the near future.

Warm Regards,
Tevita Tuidraki
Resort Manager
Tambua Sands Resort
ttuidraki@warwickhotels.com
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

We recently stayed at tambua sands and it was beautiful. It was peaceful, private and pretty much the Fiji experience you'd want from a resort. We had family staying at most of the other resorts ( on the coral coast ) and after spending days at all their resorts we still preferred ours! ( and so did they )
The staff were amazing and very helpful.
Skellys waterfall tour was one of our best experiences and honestly the tour guides made it like that!
The food was decent.
The staff were so helpful whether it was helping us hail down a taxi/bus/transport or tips on things in town they were always there to answer our questions.
We were made to feel very welcome.
Even with unavoidable bad weather towards the trip the staff still tried there best by offering room service to the bures (in the rain) and still providing us with constant updates and answering our questions.
The beach front bures were amazing, the views were good.
Although you couldn't swim in the reef they had kayaks there.
One of the only resorts on the coral coast that doesn't have a road between you and the reef.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Tevita T, General Manager at Tambua Sands, responded to this review, March 2, 2014
Dear Jadeeyb,

Sunny greetings from Tambua Sands Resort and thank you for taking your time to write such a wonderful review. I am delighted to read that you you had a relaxing and enjoyable stay with us.

Thank you for recommending us to other reviewers online. I hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back for another memorable stay in the near future.

Warm Regards,
Tevita Tuidraki
Resort Manager
Tambua Sands Resort
ttuidraki@warwickhotels.com
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

A very good stay at the Tambua Sands. Staff made us feel most welcome and did everything possible to help us celebrate a special occasion.

We were put in a beach bure. Very nice. Cute dogs on the resort.

We had a car which was great and required as we wanted to do some exploring on our own. Otherwise probably was a little remote. But tours and taxis available and I would say majority of guest during our stay did without a car.

Complimentary kayaks and snorkeling gear was great - coral right off the beach. Not the Great barrier reef by any means but still great!

We stayed 2 nights in the Hilton at Denarau after our stay at the Tambua and quite frankly wish we had just stayed on at Tambua Sands.

Food was good. I don't normally eat on resorts but we ate at the hotel 2/3 nights. The mahi mahi was great!

I think we experienced much more of the true fiji on the coral coast than in Denarau. We do plan to visit the Yasawa Islands on our next trip but also love to return to Tambua Sands.

Thank you!

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tevita T, General Manager at Tambua Sands, responded to this review, February 20, 2014
Bula Jcjungledj,

Warm greetings from Tambua Sands Resort and thank you for taking your time to review us on Trip Advisor. We are pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable stay with us and we also appreciate your remarkable and positive feedback regarding the quality of food at the restaurant including the true Fijian experience which I am sure will leave a long lasting memories to your travel diary.

Thank you for recommending our resort to other reviewers and we look forward to welcome you again at the resort soon.

Tropical Regards,
Tevita Tuidraki
Resort Manager
Tambua Sands Resort
ttuidraki@warwickhotels.com
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

I was a bit worried after reading the reviews from people who have visited and stayed here. We were greeted by friendly staff who made us very welcome every day. As for the food that people complained about, what do you expect for $12-15 AUS avg per meal. The Continental breakfast was inclusive and not too shabby considering it was part of our package.
I'd probably avoid the fish, it was a bit bland, but as far as the burgers and salads , chicken goes, not the largest servings, but who's complaining, given it's a resort and they could really charge a lot more.
The room / beachfront bure is simple, yet totally charming. The fan was sufficient and waking up to the sounds of the ocean with the breeze was beautiful. The water was sooo warm and nice to swim in. Although there are rocks, so choose the location carefully where you can avoid them.

Overall, terrific value for what you pay, find a better location and price anywhere in the world, i doubt you'll get better. We even got 25% off booking for 4 days!

As for all the whingers ,get over yourselves, it's beachfront - peaceful and super value, what do you expect for that price, the Taj Mahal??? Seriously!! ( And no i'm not paid by the resort to write this review!)

Room Tip: Ask before you arrive that you're getting a BEACHFRONT Bure, if that's what you paid for. We...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Tevita T, General Manager at Tambua Sands, responded to this review, January 21, 2014
Dear George I,

Sunny greetings from the team at Tambua Sands Resort and we are absolutely thrilled to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed your recent stay with us. We are delighted to read that guests like you who appreciate the effort that all of our staff put into making your stay enjoyable.

Thank you for your outstanding review and for recommending us to other reviewers online. On behalf of the team at Tambua Sands Resort, thank you for staying with us and we look forward to welcome you back for another wonderful holiday in future.

Tropical Regards,
Tevita Tuidraki
Resort Manager
Tambua Sands Resort
ttuidraki@warwickhotels.com
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

We decided to stay at Tambua Sands for a night on our way to Suva for business.
This resort is just delightful. The staff were so lovely. The accommodation was great! The food and drinks were tasty.
But best of all we spent the most glorious afternoon floating around in the sea. So peaceful and rejuvenating - a little slice of heaven!
It is roughly half way between Suva & Nadi and if you don't have transport you are best to purchase any extras you may desire before you get there. But it's location is also one of its' benefits. It's away from the hustle & bustle. Just what we needed! Thankyou!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tevita T, General Manager at Tambua Sands, responded to this review, January 19, 2014
Bula bellbirdy,

A big "BULA" from the Team at Tambua Sands Resort. Thank you for taking your time to provide positive comments on your recent stay with us. We're delighted to hear that you found us to be the peaceful and perfect place to relax and unwind for stopover. Thank you for highlighting our convenient location, accommodation, Food and beverage including your positive comments regarding our dedicated team.

I will definitely share your comments with all our staff and I am sure your feedback will serve as an encouragement to us all, as we strive to continuously improve the qualities of our service to all our guests at the resort. I hope your wonderful experience with us will bring you back for another memorable stay soon.

Warm Regards,
Tevita Tuidraki
Resort Manager
Tambua Sands Resort
ttuidraki@warwickhotels.com
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

Decided to book this resort for a hens party with the bride to be and 2 other bridesmaid, base on reviews on tripadvisor. I've always trusted reviews on tripadvisor, since it's never disappointed me before, but after staying here I'm not so sure anymore....

This is my first ever review and it's simply because the resort was such a horrible experience, I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I didn't warn others about it!!!!

Our first impression when arriving was actually nice with welcome drinks and smiles, but it was all downhill from there.... Apparently after asking if we could bring drinks back to our room after a long flight and taxi ride was NOT ok, unless we brought the cups back to the bar???? Really???anyways, no biggy, we just left the drinks with them. After being showed to our room I realised that it had not been what I booked and there was only 1 double bed and a single, not the double and 2 singles on my confirmation letter. I immediately questioned the guy who had taken us to the room and his response was for me to walk all the way back to reception, to ask them myself and grab the keys for him if it was the wrong room ..... I was annoyed, but walked to reception anyways, since all we wanted to do was shower after our flight and make it to our dinner reservation. After showing reception my printed confirmation and a new set of keys.... I repeated the journey 4 times.... Because ever room did not have enough bedding and apparently it was too much work for them to get the keys and the guest had to do it!!!!

Finally at the very very very end of the resort we found the room with the correct bedding, but wait , our luck didn't stop here.... The room smelt bad even after opening all windows, toilet and bathroom was disgusting, sheets dirty and dead cockroaches!!! Receptions response... Oh that room probably wasn't used for awhile, that's all....

To be honest after that experience we stayed at the resort only for sleeping and avoided eating, drinking or doing anything there!!!!
We ate at the other resorts and the staff was amazing!!! Even with minimal time spent at the resort, all 4 of us still experienced bad service and it ruined a special occasion for the bride to be.


I could continue to go on, but I don't think anyone would want to read such a long review since what I've mentioned was only the
first day!!! Please avoid at all cost, not worth it at all especially when you're there to get away!!!!!

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Tevita T, General Manager at Tambua Sands, responded to this review, January 19, 2014
Dear Linandmik,

Thank you for taking your time to tell us about your recent experience with us.Our sincere apologies that your expectations were not met by our team during your stay with us.
We have noted all your views and constructive comments, but do note that we will address your concerns regarding the rooms and staff. Honestly, our rooms are not new, but they are kept spotlessly clean to a 4 or 5 star standard.

Please be rest assured that we are taking the appropriate measures to address your concerns and prevent any future occurrences.We appreciate you sharing your concerns and it is our hope that you will give us the opportunity to better serve you in the future.

Warm Regards,
Tevita Tuidraki
Resort Manager
Tambua Sands Resort
ttuidraki@warwickhotels.com
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

we were two familes (4 adults 4 Kids) spend a total of 4nights in tambua sands from new years eve. the resort had a decent new years eve party going when we got there, and we didnt waste time in joining the party!, stayed in two beachfront chalets, rooms have good views, but are quite basic, had to follow up a few times for single beds for the kids, everything & everyone is on island time, though the staff are friendly & trying to help. re transportation, because you are a bit far from town, either use travel desk to hire taxi or wait at the main road for taxi/bus, food & drinks pricing were higher than expected, food is satisfactory, breakfast is included but is very ordinary consisting of papaya,banana,cereal,two pieces of toast each which arrives just when you are about to leave the table!,enough facilities to keep you busy though, such as swimming pool, snorkelling, kayak etc. highly recommend is a day trip to nearby Kula eco park (for kids) and Outrigger resort (for adults & kids), dont forget to pack sunscreen,insect repellant,sun hat & pick up water & provisions from any store on the way from the airport, have a great holiday

Room Tip: if you are not fond of walking ask & follow up for chalets closer to the main building
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Tevita T, General Manager at Tambua Sands, responded to this review, January 15, 2014
Bula BMNz,

Thank you for choosing to stay at Tambua Sands Resort and we also appreciate your time taken to review your recent stay with us.

I am delighted to read that overall you had a pleasant stay with us. We have noted your constructive comments as we continue to review and improve on the quality of our services for the comfort of all our future guests.

Our sincere apologies on areas that you have highlighted due to the high occupancy experienced during your stay.

Thank you for recommending us to other reviewers and it is our hope that you will give us the opportunity to better serve you in the future.

Warm Regards,
Tevita Tuidraki
Resort Manager
Tambua Sands Resort
ttuidraki@warwickhotels.com
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Address: Queen's Highway | PO Box 100, Korolevu, Sigatoka, Viti Levu, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Viti Levu > Coral Coast > Sigatoka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Sigatoka
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Sigatoka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Tambua Sands 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on 17 pristine acres on the breathtaking Coral Coast of Fiji, Tambua Sands Beach Resort is a South Pacific escape for the soul. Bathe in the warm South Pacific waters, relax on a white sand beach, and articlee in to our blue lagoon and fresh water pool. Discover a romantic vacation getaway, where you are free to relax, indulge, play, eat, celebrate and fall in love at our spectacular Fiji luxury resort ... more   less 
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