If you want a total relaxation and do nothing else, this is one place to be. We had a great time and children did not want to leave. So let us put down first things first.
The Hotel - A five star resort. Very neat, clean and well kept rooms of very decent size. Reasonably large pool and a coral lagoon. The beach will be a disappointment for those looking for surf (don’t come here) but a heaven for snorkelling and kayaking.
Getting there - Resort is about 10min from the little township of Sigatoka. Overall allow about an hour and a half to get there from the Airport at Nadi. There are plenty of Taxis at the airport. Check the price before you get in. Should cost about F$ (Fiji Dollars) 90. Taxis are mostly old and rickety with no air conditioning but will do the job. There are buses too. But we were told that these take quite a hike before they reach the resort. Alternately you may arrange with the resort for your transport. You may pay about F$20-30more but you will get an air conditioned vehicle.
Rooms - We had a deluxe ocean view room which we got as free upgrade (expect these when hotel has low occupancy) at the top level. Room had great ocean view, a balcony, two queen size beds, and a decent size clean and tidy bath room. Room also had a good sized flat screen LCD TV with a games console and fast internet (which we did not use). Daily house keeping was excellent and the room came with a Butler (Talai)! - more of that later. There are other room types including garden view rooms (on levels bellow - cheaper) and Bures (bungalows – more expensive). If you like a little bit more room, your own space and a bit of isolation Bures may be good. But except for those few ocean view Bures (quite expensive) there is not much of a view in others except for the surrounding garden (which of course is well maintained and very green and colourful).
Food – Mostly not bad but very expensive. A good sit down buffet dinner may cost around F$ 60+ per person. Some of these usually have cultural shows which is a bonus. Our room service club sandwich on the day we arrived cost F$30! Breakfast had a decent hot and continental spread and costs about F$34 per head. There are children’s menus. If you are staying for more than 4 days check about children (12yrs and under) eat free deal. They have meal deals also but take care before purchasing one as you may be stuck with some restaurants only and excluded from some menu items.
Restaurants - There are four places to eat. The Vale Ni Kana is the largest and open for buffet breakfast, a la carte lunch and themed dinners. Food is quite good here. Do not forget to try the freshly made fruit juice (pineapple and ginger was our favourite) at breakfast. Themed dinners are pricy but some have native dances which are quite lively and good.
Baravi is with the pool bar. Except for the Mongolian Barbeque, every other meal here turned out to be an expensive disappointment. What ever you do, do not try Asian food prepared here. The chef does not have the foggiest idea of how to make them. For snacks, sandwiches or ice cream by the pool, this is OK.
Sundowner Bar is by the lagoon. This place is probably the best value for money here. There is great wood fired pizza. Each F$25 and more than enough for two. They also have light lunches. Not much of a selection but if you stuff yourself up at breakfast (which is recommended!), then for about F$14, this is the way to go.
Ivi Restaurant is the last one. Does not allow children so we did not go there. Appears very formal and sit down multi course dinners.
There is also an adults only bar up at the Bebe Spa. Bebe Spa is also an adult’s only location.
Service - Mostly very good but things go missing at times (specially when busy). Part of the meal order we placed at Bravai while at the pool did not turn up until reminded. Things tend to happen in Fijian Time (i.e. slow) but since you are also not in a hurry to go back to work in down town Manhattan, relax and enjoy. Talai butler service was not much. But our butler was a delightful man and arrived every afternoon with complementary Champaign, drinks for kids and canapés – a fine touch after a long day at the beach and before dinner! Staff generally is wonderful. Fijians appear to be very friendly. On the day you leave (or the day before), let your waiter in the restaurant where you take your last meal know that you will be leaving and see what happens!
Things to do – Do nothing and relax is the name of the game here. You can laze by the big pool. There is a shallow children’s area which is good even for toddlers (under supervision of course). The lagoon was only available during the two hours of high tide for kayaking and snorkelling. Both activities are complementary, highly recommended but need to register before to get the gear if you are in there when the hotel is busy. Corals aren’t much but shallow lagoon is great if you have young children.
There is a good Eco Park across the road. Worth a visit. Hotel has arranged visits but you can cross the road and go there yourself.
If you have not done this before, try the village tour. You get to visit a nearby village and participate in a welcoming “Kava” ceremony. Great experience. Don’t expect to see them in mud huts with thatched roof dressed in native costume though!
Check with reception for the weekly activity sheet.
Cultural Shows – There are Polynesian dances, Fire dancing and traditional Fijian Meke dancing as part of the themed dinners at Vale Ni Kana restaurant. If you do not mind the price it is a good experience (after all you are on holidays!). The fire dancing part is done outside, so if you are not keen to dine there on the day, you can still watch it. It is quite good. We did not go to the fire walking show. We never though it would be worthwhile for the asking price. Every evening there is the fire lighting ceremony and a Kava ceremony. These are done by hotel staff dressed in traditional costume and seeing it once may be good enough.
Other - Bottled water at the resort is very expensive. The night bed turn in service left us several complementary bottles every day. May not happen in all rooms we suspect. Do not forget to buy a stock at Nadi or Sigatoka on your way. Taxi driver will be happy to take you to shops. Hotel water seems to be very much all right (and presumably is what is served in their restaurants). Alternately you can boil using the kettle in your room and chill in a bottle in the in room fridge.
It costs abut F$20 for a return Taxi trip to Sigatoka. Souvenir prices here and at the resort had little difference. So if you have no plans to buy big or have no need to re-stock up your water and other odd items (or liquor!) do not waste time. Eateries here are of local standard and best left for the locals.
Hotel has a 3% surcharge if you pay by Credit Card. They also add F$5 as Sigatoka hospital fund. If you wish to pay cash, there is an ANZ cash machine (ATM) at the lower floor (below the reception) which might allow you cash withdrawal from your home account in F$. Note that daily limit is F$1000.00.
Overall, we had a wonderful time. Hope you do too.
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