My husband, 2 sons (then aged 6 and 10) and I stayed at the Hideaway resort for 8 nights in May 2007. This was our second stay, the first being 12 nights in December 05/January 06.
Both times were terrific. The staff were friendly, obliging and just generally great. During our first stay our son celebrated his 9th birthday and I organised a cake through reception with 24 hours notice. At the appointed time we assembled in the dining room and to our pleasant surprise 5 or 6 staff members came out singing 'happy birthday' as they brought the cake out. It also tasted delicious.
We were at the resort on Christmas Day 2005 and can't praise the staff enough for the wonderful effort they put in. The morning started at 8.30am when we were serenaded by carollers (staff members?) walking through the gardens singing carols. We were lazing around the pool at luchtime when Santa arrived on horseback down the beach! He then proceeded to walk around the pool area giving out iceblocks. "Santa" must have been boiling hot in that outfit but everyone loved it.
For dinner that night we partook in the buffett. It was wonderful - more food than I have ever seen in my life. And the room was so beautifully decorated. Top marks for that.
We returned for a second visit in May 2007, during a very unusual downturn in tourism in Fiji due to a coup that had happened a few months before. Most hotels were only at about 1/3 of their usual occupancy rate for that time of year, but Hideaway seemed to be pretty full, so I guess that says something.
Hideaway is the sort of place where you can do as much or as little as you like. As there are no TVs in the rooms it's possible to completely swicth off and completely relax. There is a movie shown most nights in the conference room, straight after the kids movie, which starts at about 6pm. For the more energetic there is water aerobics in the pool daily at 11am.
My kids loved the kids club activities, which included coconut painting, volleyball, marine exploration, ice cream eating competitions and visits to local villages. They also enjoyed just spending time in the pool, particularly on the waterslide.
On our first visit we stayed in a frangipani bure, which was spacious and contained 1 double (or queen?) bed and 2 single beds. For our second visit we booked the same style of room but were unexpectedly upgraded for free to an ocean view room upon check in. It was fabulous - a huge queen (or king?) bed, a single bed, a couch, writing table and heaps of room. Both rooms had big bathrooms, with the ocean view room having a huge shower. The rooms also contained bar fridges so we were able to stock up on drinks, cheese and other snacks at the nearby town of Sigatoka.
We went and checked out other resorts in the area during our visits and were very happy to come back to the Hideaway each time. The other hotels were too big and many of them were built like standard hotels with blocks of rooms on top of each other. What sets the Hideaway apart is the fact that the rooms are semi-detached buildings so that you have only one close neighbour. The buildings are separated by lovely gardens so that you have lots of privacy.
The only thing I would change about the Hideaway, and that applies to just about all hotels really, is that smoking should be banned, if not completely then at the very least around the pool area. There's nothing worse than having to move locations when sitting near the pool because of the selfish individuals who believe that normal people want to be exposed to their disgusting habit.
We would definitely recommend the Hideaway to anyone visiting the coral coast in Fiji.
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- Also Known As:
- Fiji Hideaway Resort And Spa
- Fiji Hideaway Hotel Sigatoka
- Rydges Hideaway Hotel
- Rydges Hideaway Sigatoka
- Hideaway Resort Fiji
- Fiji Hideaway Resort & Spa Sigatoka