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“Bula! Lalati, where the staff knows you name from day one” 5 of 5 stars
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Lalati Resort & Spa
P.O. Box 461, Beqa Island, Fiji   |  
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“Bula! Lalati, where the staff knows you name from day one”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2009

Bula! We visited in late June/early July 2009 and chose Lalati for its size, seclusion and location ﷓-- it met and exceeded our expectations in every aspect. The resort sits at the entrance to Malumu Bay in an idyllic setting and feels very private. It is a small resort with only 8 or so bures and feels very secluded. We had one diver and one snorkeler and Lalati met our needs perfectly. Lalati is not a dive resort but more of a private resort that offers diving. Dive groups were small (max 5 during our trip) and the dive staff was very friendly and handled all of our dive equipment. The diving was phenomenal! The resort also offers boat snorkeling to the outer reef and other nearby reefs. These trips also were outstanding! We did have some boat scheduling issues on a couple of the days, but this hopefully will soon be rectified when their 2nd dive boat is functional.

The Lalati staff was GREAT!! and greeted us by our name from the first day, how’s that for personal service? Special thanks to, Sisa, “Boss” the boat driver, Dick, Joe, Oly, Rai awesome masseuse, and the amazing chef. The food was outstanding, five-star! Every day included posted activities as well as on-request activities and we took full advantage of these including: snorkeling trips, hiking to a mountain ridge behind the resort, fire walking ceremony, kava ceremony (as well as a couple of kava sessions with the staff), wakeboarding, kayaking (to Bat Island, private beaches, snorkeling spots), golfing at Pacific Harbor, some of the other guests took trips to the Shark dive, zip lining and river rafting. The owners Brad and Sue were very responsive to any needs or issues that arose, and we especially enjoyed talking with them about the direction they are taking this amazing resort.

A few things of note: the resort is on a tidal beach, which fluctuated drastically while we were there, and it is not a big, white, sandy beach so keep that in mind if a beach is important to you (there is a beach to the right of the pier and another one a 5 minute kayak across the bay) Also the bures don’t have A/C (which was fine while we were there in June/July, but might be an issue for some at other times of the year.). And dining is communal, which might be a challenge with a certain group dynamic, but you can request meals on your lanai or spring for dinner on the pier. We ate dinner at our bure our last night for a special, romantic touch.

The Lalati is perfect for honeymooners, mixed diving/snorkeling couples (us!), a small dive group or anyone that enjoys a private, quiet, secluded tropical paradise. The people of Fiji are the most friendly, good-natured, beautiful people we have ever experienced on a vacation (they always greeted us with a heartfelt Bula!). The beauty of the land and undersea is truly matched by the beauty of the people. The only things we did not enjoy were the mosquitoes on less windy days, and leaving to come back to reality. Bula!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Algarve/Paris
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2009

After a long trip we finally reached our final destiation at Lalati. Full of expectations of gourmet food and a small well manicured resort in a "sauvage" enviroment we were immediately let down when we came off the jetty and saw oil drums and other rubbish items laying around as well as a dirty looking pool and poor maintained gardens.

The friendly welcome with food massages brought us back into the holiday spirit and after entering our room we were further delighted. Unfortunately the cold/luke warm shower did not and after reporting this to the owner Brad we were told that he would have a good look, but could already tell us that it would not help much (at least another year before it will be solved). So every morning the kettle was on to boil water to shave and showering with goose bumps was guaranteed.

The main reason why we chose Lalati was because they would serve us gourmet food prepared by chefs. We were looking forward to fresh served fish, fruit juices, trying out local dishes and a lot more. For us the meals are the highlight of the day & evening to be enjoyed with (new) friends and family. New friends we made and we enjoyed their company. The food, however, was boring and ill prepared. More serious was that during our second week 80% of the guests were coping with serious stomach problems and precious holiday time was wasted. We were further saddened that the owner would not listen to any of this at all.

The staff was great and tried to please us, but at the end of the day it is the Management that rules and is responsible.

One big positive: the dive masters! Although they have to work under primitive circumstances they are a bliss to the Resort.

Did we have a great holiday? Absolutely yes, because it is what you make out of it. Was it our expected tropical paradise holiday? Absolutely not.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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The Midwest
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2009

First and foremost, the Lalati people and staff were absolutely wonderful. Sisa, Raj, Rai, Olie, Dick, Kule, Lome, Anna and many others made the trip very special and memorable and we thank each and every one of them for all of their hard work and kindness. We also had a great time meeting many of the other guests and left with many new friends from all parts of the world.

We visited Lalati Resort and Spa for our Honeymoon and overall had a good time. If you do decide to visit this resort, stay for more than just a week, it's too long of a trip for a short visit. Flying from Kansas City, it was a very long travel day in order to get to Nadi. We got off the plane and wanted to get to the resort and didn't realize there was a 2.5 hour car ride on a 2 lane, very bumpy road around the island and another 45 minute boat ride to get there.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by the wonderful Lalati people and received delicious smoothie as well as a lovely leg and foot massage…sorry Olie. We also realized we were far away from the nearest shop. With that being said, the resort did a good job providing all sorts of advice and activities to keep its guests busy…many of which for a “small fee.” (An inside joke amongst the fellow guests of the week). Kayaking, snorkeling, volleyball, kava drinking and hiking are just some of the activities one may partake in. If you do go to Fiji, we recommend being scuba certified.

Again, all of the workers of the resort were wonderful and made the trip great. However, there were some aspects of the trip that were unsatisfactory. One of the main reasons we chose this resort was the high praise of the food. While the food was good, it was nothing what we were expecting and mediocre at best. We were expecting more native dishes with fresh seafood and juices and got more of an Americanized menu. The management of Lalati was a bit sketchy. They preached all week how our stay was all about us and making us happy but instead made us feel quite the opposite. We never knew if we were being treated or charged. There was also an obvious tension around the resort when the owners were present. There are only 3 meals a day, the drinks are ok, and it’s located in a very remote area. There is no nearby beach as well. Bring your bug spray as well.


We have recommended Fiji to all our family and friends. Overall, we enjoyed our stay at Lalati because we are the type of people that can look past all of the negatives and have a good time. If you can’t look past these things, we would suggest you look to another resort.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2009

We asked South Seas Adventures to arrange a relaxing diving vacation for us at a small resort in Fiji. We found not only a place to relax with terrific diving, but a "home away from home." The staff at Lalati is the defining feature of this amazing resort. Snuggled into a bay on a lush tropical isle, the resort hums because of its staff, most of whom live in the local villages. They were warm, welcoming, friendly, lighthearted, and always ready to meet our needs. The diving and the dive staff was outstanding. The reefs exploded with soft and hard corals in rainbows of color as well as with anemonefish, lionfish, batfish, anthias, groupers, reef shark, and ribbon and garden eels, just to mention a few. There was always a new dive site to explore- even after 14 dives. The food, always delicious, was quite an experience- especially the desserts, and the accomodations were spacious, clean and very comfortable. We relaxed with multiple massages and after lunch naps. Because of the resort's intimacy we found new friends among the other travelers, as well as the owners, Brad and Susan. We waved our goodbyes as the staff sang a Fijian farewell song, and we felt we had found a second home.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2009

GO TO LALATI! My only complaint is that we had to leave.

Let me start out by saying, if you want the amenities of the Plaza Hotel in NYC, you shouldn't come to Fiji. Spare yourself the 10 hour flight from LAX. Anyone who can find complaints about this resort are either "nit-picking" or spoiled well beyond the "average or above-average" tourist.

Upon ariving at the Lalati pier, we were greeted with delicious fruit drinks, a gorgeous lei, while the staff (who we got to know very well and honestly we miss them now) took our bags to our bure (bungalow) while we got a foot massage. Brad and Susan (the owners/managers) are exceptionally personable and a pleasure to be around. I could listen to Brad tell stories all day.

THE STAFF WILL DO ANYTHING TO PLEASE YOU! Literally. One staffmember, named Sisa, was talking to us about coconuts, and asked us if we wanted a brown or green coconut. I asked "which one tastes better" and he replied "the green ones" so we said we wanted a green coconut... and Sisa climbed a tree and picked 5 green coconuts for us. He brought us a brown coconut, to compare and sure enough, the green tasted better!

The dive staff is incredible. The reefs in close proximety to Lalati are so breathetaking and etherworldly. The best diving of my life! You will never be disapointed after a dive even with a shore dive there's incredible reefs and sealife. Fantastic Muck dives off the dock, you can see lion fish, shrimp, gobies, Sgt. Majors, and possibly sea horses.

The spa... Oh my goodness. For about $50 USD/ hr you can have one of the greatest massages of your life. The massage therapists, Rai and Oly, are exceptionally skilled and you will leave your tropical massage feeling refreshed, relaxed, and feeling all sorts of euphoric. My wife and I went to the spa almost every day.

The food was suprisingly gourmet. I loved every meal... and my wife's left overs!

Brad said to us when we arrived, "This is your resort" and honestly after a couple of days, it felt like we belonged there. We still talk about the staff there as if they were friends of ours. I can't say enough great things about our honeymoon at Lalati Resort.

Everyone should go there. We chose Fiji because we thought it would be a "once in a lifetime" destination and two days in we were thinking when could we come back.

Hope this helps. I highly recomend this resort to anyone!

-George & Katie

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2009

We spent a week at Lalati, and although we were disappointed with only one day of sunshine all week, we had a fantastic stay. Lalati is right on Beqa Lagoon, a gorgeous inlet surrounded by lush green hills and stunning coral reef. Service was above reproach, food was absolutely delicious, and there was a great variety. Management welcomed us with a coconut water drink and foot massage on arrival!

The diving and snorkeling around Beqa was spectacular, loads of soft coral and tonnes of fishlife. The area is renowned for a shark dive, where the more daring divers can come face to face with bull and tiger sharks! Dive guides are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic to get u in the water. Snorkeling right out front of the resort and kayaking through the inlet were lovely ways to while away the day.

The spa at Lalati was pure indulgence. An hour long massage to soothe aching muscles from a week of diving was a perfect treat to end a fantastic week.

What I enjoyed most about this holiday was the way in which the locals working at the resort and in neighboring Lalati village made us feel like extended family. We were given an open invitation to come back and stay with the villagers some time. Fijians are such lovely people, & it really was the people we met that made this such a brilliant holiday.

Special thanks to the following people for making our stay so memorable: Cesar, Dick, Rai, Sorelli, Jessiah, Joe, Porelli, Brad, Sue and Jordan.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2009

My husband and I stayed at the Lalati for our honeymoon about a month ago, and had a fantastic time. The resort is small (only 10 or so bures) and remote (2.5 hour drive + 30 min boat ride from airport). While it took awhile to get to, it was perfect for a honeymoon. We were fortunate to stay in the honeymoon bure, which has its own courtyard area, complete with hot tub, outdoor shower and lounge area. The staff was amazing -- friendly and very attentive. The food was excellent - we certainly gained back some of the weight we had loss before the wedding! We are not divers but took advantage of the amazing snorkeling right outside of the resort, and also kayaked a few days.

One note -- definitely remember to bring bug spray! We were in a hurry packing before we left and forgot this, which we regretted.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: P.O. Box 461, Beqa Island, Fiji
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Location: Fiji > Beqa Island
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Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 4 hotels in Beqa Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Award winning all inclusive resort. Lalati Resort & Spa sits on the edge of a protected bay in Beqa Lagoon, with world class snorkeling and diving just steps outside your door. Standard Cottages, Deluxe Villas, Premium Deluxe Honeymoon Villas and Luxury Honeymoon Suites offer comfort in a Fijian-style elegance and full amenities. Kayak, trek, snorkel, scuba dive, surf, wakeboard, tube ride, SUPs, zipline, village safaris, and the famous firewalkers, all within easy reach. It's where you find the Soul of Fiji! ... more   less 
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