After reading the reviews on this site, I decided to take the bad with the good and book my accomodation at Geckos. I was unsure of what to expect but right from the minute we arrived, the staff made us feel welcome. Everyone made the effort to get to know us by name and were always happy to help with anything from personal laundry to booking tours for us.
The rooms were lovely and looked just like the pictures on their website. The grounds were also beautiful and encompass the Kalevu cultural centre of which you can take guided tours or just wander around by yourself and take in the culture of Fiji.
On Friday and Sunday nights, they put on a Polynesian dance show which is free to attend, unlike the big resorts which will set you back as much as $100. We went to the show at the Fijian Shangri-La one night but found the Geckos show to be much more personal and fun.
Its not just the staff and the resort itself either, the other guests staying there were friendly and really contributed to our having a great holiday there. This is because it is a fairly small place, only around 30 or so rooms. We couldnt understand why anyone would pay all that money to stay at the 5 star resorts when you can stay at a lovely little place like Geckos for half the price and then go to the resorts during the day to use their facilities for free anyway!!
Yes, you can go to any resort for free and get a visitor pass and just use all their facilites! Also, you can book beauty treatments, hair braiding and massages in town and they will come to your hotel and its cheaper the what the resorts will charge for the same service.
But then at the end of the day, we went back to our friendly and comfortable hideaway with its fabulous food and delicious cocktails at reasonable prices and either socialised with other guests or watched one of the free hire dvds on offer. Seriously, it's a wonderful place!
Other review were complaining that the only way into town was by taxi. This is not true. The main way people get around in Fiji is by hitchhiking. Expect to pay a dollar or two and any passing car will happily drive you into town. There is also the local bus which costs about $1.50. Just ask the staff for times. If this isn't your style, just wander over the the Shangri-La and catch their shuttle bus! Taxi to the nearest town will set you back $10 Fijian which is only about $5 anyway.
Simply put, if all you want to do is lay around a pool and do resort type things then this is not the place for you but if you want a decent place to sleep, great food, friendly staff and a place to call base camp while you head out and experience Fiji during the days, Geckos has all you need. Both thumbs up from us!!!!
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Orbitz, Travelocity, Priceline, Hotwire, Expedia, Hotels.com, Agoda and TripOnline SA so you can book your Gecko's Resort reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Gecko`s Hotel Sigatoka
- Gecko's Resort Fiji/Sigatoka