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!
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- Also Known As:
- Stoney Creek Viti Levu
- Stoney Creek Fiji/Viti Levu