The two days we had at Takalana Bay Retreat were supposed to have been the highlight of our two weeks in the Pacific. This was the one place I had insisted we go. What could be better than to see the dolphins and stay at a relaxed place with such raving reviews. We arrived early evening on the last day of October .... and was well received by Jay (who by the way was very quick in answering our emails and making sure we had the right directions to get there). Sophie and Fraser are indeed great hosts and the retreat does stand high with a great view of the surroundings And the food is great (although I now wonder what the hygiene conditions are in the kitchen).
The fact is just after dinner we noticed the retreat cat quite agitated and we followed the movement and the gaze and sure enough we saw the rat climbing the inside roof beam just over our bed ... it disappeared from view and of course we almost packed up and left .... but this was 9 at night and quite a distance from Suva ... Sophie was not surprised we had seen a rat and suggested we make sure the cat stays around ... so we tucked ourselves under the mosquito net and made sure the cat was comfy on the bed next to us and survived the first night .... next morning sure enough quite a few rat droppings around the room, on a couple of beds and even over our mosquito net.
We insisted that something had to be done while we went off to see the dolphins. Rat poison was put in our room including next to our bed .... and during dinner my wife fixed her eyes on the ceiling insisting that we should leave if the rat appeared again. Luckily when the rat did appear I was the only one to see as she had left the room for a while. We survived the first night under the mosquito net so my reasoning was not to tell her that the rat was still around (after all it is not as if it had anywhere else to go) and tuck ourselves once again under the mosquito net and leave next morning as early as possible. And this is what we did. The rat poison next to our bed was gone in the morning which is probably a hopeful sign for the next guests coming their way.
However dreamy, however well received, I can only remember the lack of importance regarding this major issue by our hosts which makes me conclude that indeed rats are supposed to be part of the experience.
I for one refuse to go to a place that has rats.
Perhaps we were just the unlucky ones that experienced this ... I would be curious if any other guests bumped into any of these night creatures.
So we will not be coming back.
- Also Known As:
- Takalana Bay Retreat Hotel Viti Levu
- Takalana Bay Resort Fiji/Viti Levu