As a young Canadian Couple (28 & 29 yrs.) we travelled a long way to visit Fiji! The Outrigger is a wonderful hotel, and we had a great time despite 7 1/2 out of 10 days of rain!! Read the reviews here, as we did, but go with an open mind as you will make your own experience! We can only offer our opinions and advice; as every experience will be a different one! Here's what we thought:
Rainy season in Fiji means it rains. Alot. Not for an hour or two, but for the whole day. So if you're going for some sun, don't book in January! There is not much to do in the rain, in-room movies are expensive (as much in the resort is!) and there are not alot of tv channels...so unless you are "happy Honeymooners", be aware that you might be trapped in your room!)
The resort is a five star, so therefore it IS expensive! Picking up the phone costs $2.50 FJ whether it's a local call or you're calling across seas. 10 minutes of internet costs $15 FJ. Food and drink is very expensive, but also very good and the service is wonderful (although some "Westerners" may not be able to aclimatize to "Fijitime"!!)...although our travel guides warned us not to tip, being restaurant managers we could only stand to do this for one dinner, then felt terrible and started tipping for good service as we normally would at home. The staff seemed to appreciate this, and we soon learned from a local that the staff is payed very poorly, and depend on thier tips- so please tip if you recieve good service! The staff, I will repeat, is wonderful and so friendly! Maybe its forced, but hey, it worked for us!! A good tip we got from this site before we left was to walk 200 feet (right) down the beach to eat at the cafes and bars to save some cash, if you're finding the resort too expensive! But budget some money to eat at the Ivi restaurant because it was amazing! we ate there on our last night and when the waiter found out it was our last night at the resort the staff serenaded us at our table (it wasn't corny or embarassing, but beautiful and sad!)...
The Bebe spa was anouther amazing experience! I saved money and had the "Bebe Polish" 2 hour treatment and it was worth every penny!! No other 5 star spa can compare to the view from your room in the spa: Ladies (and men!) go to the spa: it's worth the exorbitant prices! (and not any more expensive than any other luxury spa!)
Yes, the pool was crowded in January, and you had to wake early to get a "good" spot, but even in the afternoon we always found somewhere to sit, even if we had to walk 10 extra feet to get in the pool!
Pizza at the Sundowner IS good, and worth the price! The breakfast buffet it expensive but great, if not- buy a pineapple at the market down the beach!
A warning to the younger, party-types ( which we are, sometimes!): The resort is beautiful, but quite isolated from any "scene"...there is little to no night-life at the resort, so if that's what you want we'd suggest one of the smaller "backpacker" islands like Robinson Crusoe or Beachcomber...unless you can make your own fun!
Speaking of the tours, Robinson Crusoe is worth it! It's not as "picturesque" as the brochures suggest, but the entertainment is worth it! It's maybe a little corny, but if you can take a cheesy "congo-line" of tourists and some bad jokes it's still pretty fun! The buffet is good, "real" food, and the male fire dancers are worth the $89 FJ, ladies! The snorkelling is average, but hey: It's free!
We rented a scooter and drove to Natadola Beach (about 45 minutes)...that was a great way to travel (a ex-patriate Canadian rents them from a hut down the beach by the the cafes and beach bar)...Natadola Beach was what I pictured Fijian beaches to look like (the Hotel's wasn't!) and we had it pretty much to ourselves: just politely tell the one or two kids selling things that you're not interested and they'll leave you alone (though I did get a very pretty coconut shell bracelet for $5 FJ - yeah, I know, I'm a sucker!)...
Sigatoka is busy and a little overwhealming at first, but close by, and you can buy much cheaper booze there to put in your room fridge!
By the way, we stayed in a "Deluxe Oceanview" room and we thought it was great. A little damp, but hey- you're in the tropics! Nicely decorated, and we LOVED our Tue'lai butler service!!! We thought the canepes (hours d'ourves to fellow Canadians) were small but lovely and the champange was a fabulous touch! Also you get free Fiji water (yes, the kind celebrities drink!) every night, so don't ever buy it at the resort: You can get it for like a buck or two in Sigatoka or slightly more at the neighboring market...
So overall, a beatiful, if expensive resort that can still be enjoyed on a budget...but beware the rainy season! Fijians are friendly people who WILL bring your drink, and it will be worth waiting for! If you're able to chill out and go with the flow, you'll have agreat vacation!
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- Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort Sigatoka
- Outrigger Resort Sigatoka
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