We have just returned from 2 weeks in Fiji and spent 2 nights at Caqalai Island resort, and unfortunately, having read some fantastic reviews on Trip Advisor, were a bit disappointed. There is absolutely no doubting that this is just such a beautiful island, and could be something quite special, but there appears to be a lack of care about the place. Apart from when were were arrived and were shown our bure, and at mealtimes, we rarely saw any of the staff (the dogs were incredibly friendly and lovely though - walking us to and from our bure, walking round the island with us, and sleeping outside (and yes, sometimes inside, I admit it!) our bure at night). The accommodation is very basic, and that is absolutely fine I have no problem with that - the location is just stunning - bure right on beach edge, 'window'(ie wooden - prop open with stick) giving you a waters view, but there is a general feeling of neglect around. The toilet looked like it hadn't had a good scrub for quite sometime, and on our final morning, we had to resort to another toilet further away as the toilet roll ran out, and nobody is around checking or cleaning anything. There is an amazing old bure which was on the waterfront, and due to the storm, now has no floor.....it is just sitting there decaying. It is such a shame as it has one of the old traditional amazing roof's and it looks like it is just going to be left to fall down - it would be so simple to just rebuild it a bit further back and maintain the stunning roof, but no maintenance is happenning. Food was OK when we were there - nothing to rave about though. There was an English girl there when we were there who had been there for two weeks, and when she was the only person staying there for a number of days she pretty much got fried dough plus something else for all her meals, so when we were there the food was an improvement! In a nutshell, this place could be just lovely - simple, but lovely, if some care and maintenance was done. However, our experience was that it was just too overpriced for what you get ($F150 for double bure including meals). It wouldn't take much to improve it - some cleaning, maintenance, care, mossie coils in the dining area etc. We had to leave a day earlier than we planned, as there was no boat available the following day, so made our way to Nananu-i-ra - MacDonalds cottages. We will be returning to MacDonalds in Nananu-i-ra next year, not Caqalai - enough said.
- Also Known As:
- Caqalai Island Hotel Caqelai Island
- Caqalai Island Resort Fiji/Caqelai Island