My new husband and I stayed at the Outrigger for 10 nights in September 2009 and had a truly wonderful time.
We had been to Fiji before, so were used to 'Fiji' time and the local hospitality, and had a fair idea of what to expect, but the Outrigger experience far outshone our previous trip (the Warwick).
STAFF & SERVICE - The staff at the Outrigger are extremely friendly, and provide exceptional service. There can be a little bit of 'Fiji time' delay at the bar, but we quickly found the staff members who were prompt and friendly, and they worked out how often we wanted to order drinks (which to be fair, was probably a bit more than the norm!). My husband soon became known by the Fiji version of his name, with staff rarely having to ask what name and room to charge our food and beverages to.
All staff were very knowledgeable about the whole resort, and very helpful. They were also more than willing to make up the numbers in activities, and to keep an eye on any little kids that were about.
FOOD - The food has to be mentioned as a great feature of the resort. Many of our Australian, pan-Asian and European favorites are available at the restaurants, with a few local touches (everybody should order the poolside Mahi-Mahi fish and chips - SOOO much better than any fish and chips you'll get in Aus). The quality of the produce was excellent, with a lot of variety between the restaurants.
The buffet restaurant (the VNK) had a different theme every night, and the seafood, Indian (Sugar and Spice theme), Lovo (in ground cooking, like a Hungi) and Polynesian evenings were all great (Lovo and Polynesian were island nights, so there was a Meke show (singing/dancing) and Polynesian show (singing/ hula style dancing and fire walking). *it should be noted that on our previous trip to Fiji we had to pay additional costs for these types of show, but they are included in the buffet price at the Outrigger.
The VNK also hosted breakfast, which my husband LOVED as he could have a custom omelette every day, or cut to order tropical fruit plus all the usual breakfast options (toasts and pastries, cereals and fruits, bacon, eggs etc - lots of choice).
The IVI restaurant (award winning) was not included in the meal plan (which didn't bother us, as this was an adults only restaurant and we certainly got our value with the meal plan which included the buffet breakfast, two course lunch and two course dinner daily), which meant it was quieter and more intimate. Exceptional quality fine dining at this venue.
No one seems to know about the adults only bar up at the day spa, which is a shame but was great for us! The KaloKalo bar sits at the highest point of the mountain / hill and you get a great view of the day spa and resort below, as well as the lagoon and coastline, not to mention any storms rolling in and the helicopter (joy flights and transfers - not a lot of traffic, but impressive to watch them buzz in and out every few days). This bar has the premium import beers and a great tapas menu.
SPA - we did a 3 hour couples treatment at the spa which worked out at around $500 Aussie, so was actually really good value compared to home! Treatment included (for both, simultaneously in our own room) foot scrub/rub, coconut wrap, facial and Fijian warm coconut oil massage as well as a couples bath in a coconut milk treatment while enjoying chocolate dipped tropical fruit and a glass of champagne! Highlight of this would have to be that our shower and bath were on an open air deck that overlooked the resort - we were too high to be seen and there were one way curtains available for more privacy or if it was windy.
ROOMS - our room was lovely, with an ocean view, king bed, bath/shower, private balcony and butler service (champagne and canapés every evening, plus he'll make any restaurant bookings that you want etc). Rooms have been refurbed in the last few years. The room was always cleaned beautifully and a bonus was that all the power points were Aussie 240Volt so you can take your normal phone and ipod chargers etc.
SINGLES / COUPLES / FAMILIES - before we arrived a friend advised us that the hotel was very 'coupley' and should be perfect for our honeymoon. We had however forgotten about school holidays when the hotel does get a bit overrun with families. Having said that, the families didn't bother us (just the inevitable screaming kid on the plane...) as there were some adults only areas to escape to, and kids are funny to watch building sand castles etc. There were a few retirees and older couples about the place who were nice to chat to, and plenty of young newlyweds who pretty much kept to themselves!
NIGHTLIFE - There is a late night bar with singers / band plus all the restaurants stay open fairly late, but we personally didn't like when the smokers hung out at the cocktail bar, so stayed at the restaurants or ordered room service wine (which is not any more expensive!!). We weren't after a 'nightclub' style venue as we are quite happy to sit and chat over a wine, or watch a movie, but if you want a dance type nightclub the Outrigger might not be for you.
BEACH - lets be honest - if you're an Aussie, none of the beaches on the Fiji Coral Coast are great as they're not surf / swimming beaches and the sand is coral and shell grit. We did however spend part of every day on the beach (Outrigger is on a lagoon, so it's shallow, but you can snorkel and kayak at high tide - Warwick does have a better beach for snorkelling but it too is not Aussie standard) getting some sun and drinking cocktails. If you want reefs and swimming, take a day trip to an off shore island.
OTHER - We didn't do much in the way of sightseeing and other activities as we'd done all that on our previous trip, but this was all available at the travel desk.
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- Also Known As:
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- Outrigger Lagoon Fiji
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- Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort Sigatoka
- Outrigger Resort Sigatoka
- Outrigger Sigatoka
- Fiji Outrigger
- Fiji Lagoon Outrigger
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