My husband and I and our two young children aged 11 months and 2.5 years have just returned from a week in Fiji. We spent time at the Outrigger on the Coral Coast and then went via the Heli transfer to Castaway.
Arriving via helicopter was amazing. The Island is pristine, white sandy beaches, crystal clear blue water etc just gorgeous. From the moment the helicopter landed to the time that we left on our boat ride home I was just blown away by the most welcoming, caring beautiful people at the resort. One of the porters "Jeremiah" unclipped my son and carried him from the helicopter and chatted away with him and my son adored him. Jeremiah remembered both my childrens names and greeted them and spoke with them each time we saw him. The lady from reception, Ase was just lovely. She carried my daughter from the helicopter also. She was very helpful and became our babysitter for the children at night - she changed them and even put them to bed for us (she offered) and they were sound asleep with her sitting next to them each night that we returned from dinner - by ourselves!! My husband and I LOVED the fact that we were able to spend the day at the beach or in the pool with the kids and then have our own adult time at dinner, the weekly cocktail party with Fijian dancing etc on our own.
My kids both enjoyed swimming on the Northern side of the beach. My son was particularly keen on the fish that swim right up to your legs and the giant starfish that we found on our final morning. I was concerned about food for my 11 month old before we left but she was well catered for especially at breakfast time. The shop also sells nappies and jars of baby food if required.
We enjoyed the food and thought it was much better quality that the Outrigger - which I might point out is a 5 star resort and I believe Castaway is a 4 star. We didn't try the Sundowner Pizza as our stay was so short but thought that takeaway pizza was a great idea for those with kids, we saw a lot of people heading back to their bures at night with pizza boxes! The food was varied. A la carte and themed buffet. Buffet had plenty of choices of meats and pasta dishes plus vegies and lots of fresh salads and fruit. Drinks service was on Fiji time... but we expected that and there was always water on the table and self serve juice anyway... and again much quicker service than the Outrigger. Quite a number of guests seemed to BYO wine which we will prob do next time as it can be a pit pricey. We chose the meal plan and thought it was great value.
There is plenty to do and see with bushwalks, massage, snorkelling, diving, island hopping, swimming or just lazing and reading a book.There are no phones and no TV's in the bures which for us was FAB! My husband works 14 hours a day and we have constant interruption from phone calls emails etc at home, at Castaway he was actually able to switch off and enjoy some real quality time with our kids - he loved it. There is internet and phones available at reception if need be.
The Bures are clean and nicely decorated and can be screened off to form 2 rooms. The housekeeping staff are lovely and brought colouring in pencils and books for my kids - we mentioned as a passing comment that our son sometimes rolls out of bed... we returned to the room to find they had turned the bed around for him to form a safety rail - without us asking... they were just very attentive and thoughtful.
The location is second to none and the people are just amazing. I would highly recommend it to anyone with children wanting a relaxing break where you can be surrounded by like minded family travellers. We were provided with great service and a great balance of kids time and adult time to ourselves. Are looking into booking again in a few months time... can't wait to go back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Castaway Island, Fiji provides a unique South Pacific experience - a great place to relax, unwind and enjoy life's simple pleasures. Fiji's most popular island resort has guests returning year after year to experience the magic that is "Castaway". The island's 174 acres are covered with lush tropical vegetation, and surrounded by white sand beaches and vibrant coral reefs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Castaway Island Fiji Hotel Qalito Island
- Castaway Island Fiji Qalito
- Castaway Island Resort
- Fiji Castaway Resort
- Castaway Fiji Hotel Island
- Castaway Island Fiji Castaway Island (Qalito)