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Stoney Creek
Ranked #9 of 49 Viti Levu B&B and Inns
Ottawa
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42 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem, experience real Fiji”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

Our stay was many years ago, before I had a tripadvisor account, but our stay was so memorable that I had to return and review it and thank the owners for their wonderful hospitality.

Since our luggage didn't make it (with all of our sunscreen, bathing suits, snorkel gear, etc) we decided there was no point paying double the price to stay on the beach in Nadi, so we booked at Stoney Creek, inland and well away from Nadi, through the airport concierge.

We left Canada in -15 celsius weather and arrived to +36 celsius weather in Fiji. When we arrived at the front desk, the owner saw us coming and opened up two ice cold Fiji water bottles for us as we checked in. At that moment, I think it was the best water I have ever tasted in my life - a nice little touch.

When we were there, the hotel was almost empty so I think we must have got a free upgrade to a beautiful room overlooking the sleeping giant. We decided to hit the pool in our clothes because it was so hot, and while we were there a server came over and brought us two complimentary smoothies made with chunks of fresh fruit. Oh my god was it ever good - probably the freshest pineapple I've ever experienced, and so refreshing. These little unexpected pleasantries are what helped to make our experience so memorable.

We went hiking along the dirt road towards the Sleeping Giant mountain and it was an amazing experience. We saw so many locals walking up the road going about their daily business. Most of them spoke no English but were always quick to offer an exuberant "Bula!" Some of them said "Stoney Creek", proving that we were not hiding the fact that we were tourists. It was such a nice authentic experience, though we burnt to a crisp.

The owners were very helpful in communicating with the airport for us to try to sort out the luggage situation, and even offered us some supplies in the meantime (too late for the sunscreen though!)

We stayed in three places in Fiji, and although the outer islands are the most visually stunning, the personal touch and the authenticity of Stoney Creek made it the stand-out.

Thanks, we hope to return someday!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Coolangatta, Australia
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

Bula magic in the mountains !!! Wananavu !!! we have stayed here 6 times , 3 of them in just 1 of our trips because Mich invited us to their Christmas Lovo which was superb ! we always stay a few days on arrival & 5-7 before departing , which is a very sad affair . Our first trip was with the son & he was treated like a king . We have never had a problem with Michelle , Gary or any of the staff !!! Nor any bugs ? We love this place because it's a safe,trustworthy,friendly place ! one of our joys is catching the local buses , we have been all around Fiji @ all different times of the year on them & we have never had a cabbie complain or not want to take or pick us up , they need our $$$ & we normally give them a liitle more , we actually had the same driver 3 times in 1 day on our last trip . accom & meals have always been superb , the beer the coldest & cheapest in Fiji . Its all smiles , fun & good memeries from the minute you arrive . ask Mich tif you can read a poem that we wrote 4 The Stoney Creek Crew ? Its all about the people , the place, the hospitality & of course all of Michelles 4 (or 3) legged babies !!! Vinaka Vaka Levu , Sota Tale , again this year , Yaz & Waz from Oz(& Bodhi Cat) of course XX

Room Tip: we have stayed in them all but we prefer bure 2
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

It seems our experience at Stoney Creek was exceptional, but we were treated very poorly. It began when we arrived. The manager (Michelle) insisted we didn't have a reservation; we had to dig out our confirmation email (from her!) before she believed us - and even then she tried to talk us into a different room from the one we had booked. It seemed to us that they were closed for the season. (The lights were off, there were no other guests, the restaurant was closed, etc., etc.) But rather than confess that and apologize for the mistake (and perhaps offer us a discount or free drink), she blamed the error on her father's death. I certainly have some sympathy for that, but to use it to guilt out your guests and excuse your errors is unprofessional at best.

Note that they accept only cash and insist on payment on check-in. (They were the only place to do this out of about 20 places we stayed in New Caledonia, Vanuatu, and Fiji.)

The private bure itself was fine - basically a Western cabin rather than a bure, but plenty big for two (with a separate living room). It included a jacuzzi that didn't work; they said they'd fix it, but didn't - no apology or discount for that either.

When we checked out, we had one incidental to pay for - $4.50 for a beer. I had a $10 bill, but they had no change. That's pretty bizarre in itself for a cash-only establishment. But, again, instead of simply comping the beer, they insisted I drive a staff member to a shop down the road so that he could get some change! Unbelievable.

We, clearly, will never go back, which is a shame, since the facilities and location are quite nice.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Suva, Fiji
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

This was the second time I've stayed at Stoney Creek. I find it such a comfortable setting, the staff are friendly and very accommodating. It's a great spot from which to visit the local mud bath and hot springs and the garden of the sleeping giant. The food is tasty and reasonably priced and our room was sweet and spotless. I also loved the happy family of dogs and cats.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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SYDNEY
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

This was our second time at Stoney Creek. It is the perfect location when coming into or out of Nadi. Just 15 minutes from the airport - up in the hills away from the tourists, noise and traffic of Nadi. Beautiful views over the sleeping giant and surrounding mountains. This is a great place for kids. Two room bures have plenty of space for a family of 5. The kids love the pool, the dogs, the cats and the frogs. Michelle and Gary are delightful hosts and treat our family like part of theirs. Anytime you need to stay in Nadi look at this as an option - sure beats the sterile hotels of the tourist areas.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Milltown, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 11, 2012

This was our first trip to Fiji and we stayed at Stoney Creek our last two nights, after having stayed a few nights on the Yasawa Islands.

The resort is peaceful and relaxing, so probably not for the party crowd (unless you bring your own party). We had a great time there as the employees and the owners could not have been more friendly and accommodating. The food was great and really reasonably priced, the room was nice and clean, and the resident animals were cute and friendly but not overbearing. The owner Gary (his wife Michelle was away) was talkative and friendly, told us about the country, gave us a ride into town one day, and even took us along to a barbecue he was going to with friends! It was an awesome introduction to Fiji and the friendly relaxed lifestyle.

Regarding location, Stoney Creek is in a really interesting setting "in the bush" on a hill off of a dirt road. It is not walking distance to Nadi town, but there are a number of buses that pass down the dirt road, some that continue into town and others you have to transfer from. It was actually very easy and not intimidating the way we thought it might be and we managed to take the bus to and from Stoney Creek into Nadi town. On our way home it was flooded with school children which was actually a nice and funny way to see a little bit into the daily life of the Fijians. On our last morning we took a taxi from Stoney Creek directly to the airport which had been prearranged for us the night before by reception. It was on time and charged exactly what we were quoted; no complaints and no haggling.

All in all the place was a great deal, lots of fun, and has wonderful owners and employees. I highly recommend staying there.

Room Tip: Go for a room with its own bathroom as I don't think the dorms would be as enjoyable. Worth the...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2012

My fiance were due to check in on 2-14-12.I called three times to make sure all was well.So we get there and its problem after problem at the check in finally get checked in we had rude service at the front desk don't understand how that young man has a job in customer service..Get up to our room which is supposed to be a themed suite to find it a mess.Our hot tub was missing a panel ,bed sheets were dirty and there was a herd of elephants above us .By far the worst valentines ever

  • Stayed February 2012
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Property: Stoney Creek
Address: Sabeto Rd. | Sabeto, Viti Levu, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Viti Levu
Amenities:
Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #9 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Viti Levu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Stoney Creek 2*
Number of rooms: 4
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