We stayed at Uprising for 3 days/2 nights as a stop over from Australia to Toronto.
Let me get this out of the way….. THIS REOSRT IS A 3 HOUR DRIVE FROM NADI. That is, if the highway isn’t busy and if, it is not washed out. If you are staying for just a day or 2 you might want to consider flying into Suva then driving to Pacific Harbour. Or pontoon plane or Helicopter right into Pacific Harbour if you can afford to .Dont get me wrong our driver from TTF was amazing, Pawan put up with my endless questions about Fiji with a smile and an answer, but after a 5 hour flight from Sydney who wants to sit in a car for 3 hours.
Now that I have that out of my system, lol The Uprising Resort is everything it is advertised to be. A relaxing getaway, with friendly staff, and a casual atmosphere. Great for diving the near by Bequa Lagoon Shark Dive or the famous soft coral dives.
We arrived late and were greeted by a few of the staff who checked us in and helped us with our luggage. Unfortunately, the kitchen was closed so we were glad we had stopped at a supermarket in Nadi to grab some supplies on the way.
We stayed in Commodore Beachfront Villa 4. It is the furthest away from the man building and Restaurant and for our purpose was perfect. It has no neighbour on 1 side and is very quiet and peaceful. Thankfully the aircon was working great and it was pumping out polar goodness to fight off the thick humidity in no time. After a long adventurous day of flight delays and long drives we were finally here.
The villa is spacious and has a large sitting area complete with couch and desk with a flatscreen TV that swivels between the living room and the bedroom. Very cool indeed! There is small fridge and wet bar area. A large bedroom with a soft comfortable bed and plenty of different lighting options. Im not sure there would be all that much room for storage for family of 4 travelling with a week or ten days worth of clothes but for us it was sufficient. There is a modern safe in the closet very handy for valuables. Also they offer storage in the hotel safe upon request. The bathroom is spacious and has a large tub with shower and a nice large vanity with extra storage. There is a sliding door that leads to a vey cool private outdoor shower. There is also a very handy laundry line to dry your wet gear. Sliding doors lead from both the living room and bedroom onto the patio, where you will find some chairs and a small table.
We woke early and looked out the window to find the view was exactly as expected. Palm trees leading to a sandy beach less than 50 steps to the water with a view of Beqa island in the distance. PERFECT!! We geared up and headed off to the restaurant in search of breakfast. There was a continental breakfast buffet set up and after not having had a real meal since Lunch the day before you would think we would have been willing to eat anything. but eggs with a side of flies is not my idea of a good breakfast. Now I cant fault the resort for this but it can sometimes be a full time job keeping the bugs from eating more of your meal than you. LOL All in all it was just good enough to give us the fuel we needed to head out for the Shark Dive.
Side note: Beqa Adveture divers is Awesome!! I highly recommend them!! I am an OWSI and my wife is AOW. These guys were all about the conservation and they knew exactly what they were doing. Safety is their #1 concern and they don’t mess around. Papa is the man and has trained these sharks over the yeas to act almost like pets. This is by far the best Shark dive experience in the world. We have done shark dives before and this one blew the others away. So many Bull sharks I lost count!
Returning to the hotel around noon, we headed into the restaurant and ordered our traditional after dive meal of burgers and beers. Sitting there in the open air patio with a large Corona in my hand, the breeze blowing through and the palm trees swaying in front of the water it suddenly hit me….. This is why we came here! Paradise! We have been all over the world. Stayed at 5 sand 6 star resorts all way down to back packer hostels in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Been to dozens of Caribbean and south Pacific islands. This is what we have been looking for. Totally relaxed, laidback vibe, in one of the most beautiful mostly natural settings imaginable.
We spent the remainder of the next 2 days lounging in the pool or hanging out on our porch staring out over the water. We went to the arts village for a few hours and enjoyed lunch and shopping. 10 minute walk or $3 dollar cab ride. There were often times when we would have the beach and the Ocean all to ourselves even though the resort was full. I guess most people preferred to hang out by the pool and the bar. At one point some locals grabbed our beach chairs and set up camp on the beach right in front of our villa with a couple of cases of beer. With no prompting or request from us resort security asked them to move down the beach which they did. I only point this out to show that this is a safe resort to those who would be concerned. This is usually not an issue but it kind of took away from the little piece of private paradise vibe I had going at that moment. Lol Otherwise I would have invited them up to the patio for a drink.
Bottom line if you are looking to unplug (there are no phones in the rooms but wifi packages are available for those of you who cannot break free of your leash) and relax this is definitely a good place to do it. Don’t expect 5 star service but the food is good, the drinks are strong, and the people are friendly.
Vinaka vakalevu to all the staff at Uprising. We hope to see you again one day.
- Also Known As:
- Uprising Beach Hotel Pacific Harbour
- Uprising Beach Hotel
- Hotel Uprising Beach
- Uprising Beach Resort Fiji, South Pacific - Pacific Harbour
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stylishly nestled on 2 kilometers of sandy beachfront between tropical palms, Uprising offers adventure, relaxation and sheer natural beauty all in one stunning safe location. Imagine a fun friendly place right on the beach where the young and young-at-heart come to play.Authentic Fijian accommodation options range from traditional thatched beachfront Villas and Bures (cottages) to fun tree-house shared facilities. Choose to relax on the beach or by the pool, and have a beachside massage, or take advantage of the many activities on offer. Scuba dive world famous Beqa Lagoon and experience shark diving and soft coral scuba sights, or head into the mountains for a whitewater rafting trip. Other daily activities include game fishing, jet ski island safari’s, golf, shopping at the Arts Village & Cultural Centre of Pacific Harbour. ... more less
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