I just got back from a fantastic week on RCI. From the moment I arrived on the island I was an islander - I even got dressed up in traditional costume to welcome a night trip!. The staff were so friendly, but Rico was the man. This is dedication for you - he had 3 days off while I was there, but was always doing something 'just to help out'. He made my stay, along with Nelson, Tuks, Fraser, Phillip, Lex, David, Seb, Roko and all the guys and girls. They are all so happy, maybe a bit happy for 6am when I'm trying to sleep, but I wasn't needing much energy.
If you're expecting a 5 star resort then this is not what your looking for. If you want a holiday where you can relax if you want, or you can mingle and meet others, or you can do lots of different activities then this is the place for you. Lazy Mondays and Islander Friday's are the best as there are no 'invaders'. Invaders are the day trippers that come for the day and the fantastic show. Even when they arrive you can find yourself a nice little spot up the beach away from it all or you can join in the turtle viewing, crab racing, snorkelling, etc. The food is wonderful - a lovo everytime there is a day trip, plus simple food when there isn't we had hamburgers, curries, and my favourite was a spinach and coconut cream dish that I will try to recreate at home, recipe please kitchen staff? Don't forget to let them know if you have any food allergies as they will cater to your every need, and if you don;t like something let them know. I hate curry so they whipped me up a quick stir fry.
I went on a dive and had a great time, Sharon held my hand the whole time as I was a bit nervous being only my 2nd dive, my first was in hawai'i and this was jusst as great. Saw a couple of reef sharks. Captain Fraser always knows te good spots :).
I made some great new friends with other travellers. It didn;t matter that I was travelling alone, we did everything together, even a few of us went to Liti's house on the mainland and went to church with her. Wonderful experience - do it if you can.
Staff were always cleaning, ok so it's not luxury but it's amusing having a bucket shower and it's clean. I stayed in the Bure Lai Lai, and it was so cute, perfect for a single traveller, or two friends who want separate rooms could stay in the two across from each other. They are a bit close to the main area though, which means no early nights as the music is on until the generator goes off at midnight, and early mornings when the staff get up to clean the toilets. My one suggestion would be to move them (haha) failing that I would get the staff to turn the music down if no one is dancing. Sometimes we couldn't just sit and talk as it was too loud. Most times it didn't matter though as no one really wanted to go to bed before the generator went off as we were hanging with our new friends and drinking Kava if we wanted.
I was a bit worried about the fact that I was booked in to RCI for my whole stay (except my first night in Nadi) and I wouldn' t be able to do any tours. Maureen emailed me a lot to answer all my questions and reassured me, but once I got to the island I didn;t want to leave - so I didn't (well except for church). I thought about doing a day trip to another island, but why leave home when you've got it on your doorstep? The water may not be as clear on the beach as other islands in the Yasawas, but there are some nice spots on the island and the pool is great too.
I'm already planning my trip back in December/January and this time I'll be staying for longer. I cried my eyes out when it came time to leave - well actually from the moment I woke up that morning - I really felt like I belonged there and that I wasn't meant to be coming home. I've travelled a lot and NEVER experienced being so welcomed. Graham - I have 6 weeks please let's work out a way for a kids club or me to do something. I'd love to come and stay/work there. I'll do it for FREE!!!!
Lastly, I say go with an open mind. Let yourself experience traditional Fijian life. You'll meet some new friends and see the best fire dancers in Fiji. I miss everyone and I C U baby.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Robinson Crusoe Island recreates that perfect tropical island rhythm, where you'll experience the beautiful Fijian customs, culture and cuisine. A secluded Fiji Beach Resort with very affordable Fiji Island Accommodation.Truly a paradise, complete with an incredible assortment of free activities for you to enjoy. Live the life with fantastic Fijian traditions like fire and knife dance shows, basket making, dancing under the stars, bonfires, and kava ceremonies - and take in even more of the incredible local culture via the freshest of island feasts. So much to do! You don't want to forget the majestic beauty of the ocean, so hit the water with free snorkelling and sea kayaking, take a jet ski tour or head for the exciting water park. You're on holiday so you need to get pampered! Treat yourself to the onsite Nautilus Spa. Get cultural and learn to make coconut jewellery or pick up island dancing or why not cast out a line for some amazing sports fishing. Fancy a few rounds of golf? Get your game up on the world class scenic Natadola Golf Course. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Robinson Crusoe Island Hotel Nadi