Just returned on Sunday from our 4th visit to Fiji, our 2nd visit to The Hideaway this time we took our 2 young grandsons, 5 & 2, with us. Some changes have taken place since our last visit in 2012 with additional food outlets dotted around and the addition of the arcade. From the moment we stepped off the bus to the usual greeting to all arriving guests of "Welcome Home" which was very quickly changed to "Welcome Back" as the doorman recognised us we were made to feel as if we had indeed returned home. The Reception staff also recognised us as did a lot of the other staff. Our son, Ben, has Down Syndrome but this doesn't stop him from joining in with as much of the pool activities as he can and he was greeted everywhere he went by many hugs from the ladies and hi 5's and back slaps from the guys. Our 2 grandsons, Maxwell & Hunter were made such a fuss over and responded well to all the staff with Hunter (2) even echoing "Ulla" whenever he was greeted with Bula. Max strode around the place as if he owned it and it was so nice to see both of them so comfortable in a strange environment especially as this was their first time away from mummy and daddy for any more than 2 nights. They both enjoyed going to the movies each evening and Hunter responded very well to Nanny Ester who looked after him each evening for us so we could have dinner. Both the boys loved the evening shows and we were delighted to see Max especially want to go on stage and join in with the dancing etc. We had a Bure with connecting rooms and the view was stunning and we allowed the boys to run and play outside on the grassed area while still being able to sit and keep a close eye on them. The beds were comfortable and I even found the pillows not too bad, pillows usually being a problem with me whenever we travel. The bathrooms, while small, were clean with lovely fresh towels each day. We did have a problem the first day with one of the toilets which stopped flushing. I wandered down to reception and reported it and by the time I walked back to our Bure the maintenance guy was there and it was fixed. We were on the All Inclusive package which works very well for us, we also had on our holiday deal a $500FJD room credit which was very handy, though I have to admit that after a couple of days the size of the portions were getting to the point that we couldn't finish it all, so we started ordering entrée size for our main meal. One thing I will say though regarding the meals, while very delicious and good variety we did find that the food on the whole was a bit rich for us, me especially. Some simpler, not so rich options on the menus would be great. I cannot eat things which have a lot of cream sauces, once in a while is fine, but even on the Al La Carte menu the dishes seemed to be very creamy. Some options like a simple baked dinner would've been nice. On the whole bar service was reasonably quick though at Happy Hour you have to expect it to be a bit longer as it is very busy, there was more bar staff behind the bar at this time so this did help to keep things moving.
Now for those people who seem to want to run The Hideaway, The Coral Coast and sometimes Fiji as a whole, down, let me say this. Fiji is a 3rd world country, if you want to stay at a top notch, fancy dancy resort or island retreat, do your research and find one somewhere else. It clearly states in the travel brochures etc that The Coral Coast is at least a 90 minute drive from Nadi Airport so of course it's not close to night clubs or fancy restaurants etc. The Hideaway is classed as a 3 1/2 star but for us this is fine, it is a small resort but oh so pretty and comfortable, the friendly and extremely happy, obliging staff make one's holiday experience a wonderful time. People should just relax & accept Fiji Time. If you go away wanting to find fault at every turn, you will find it, thus giving you a miserable holiday. Sometimes you just have to look beyond the odd cracked tile or whatever else you may find "wrong" in your room or with the resort and just chill, be happy and make the most of your holiday and stop finding fault with every little thing.
Thank you Fiji Hideaway for making our week's stay a great stay. We felt like we were treated like royalty, our little grandsons were comfortable in their surroundings, loved the staff and Max is still talking about Fiji and how he did this and he did that. A big hi from Ben (and all of us) to Mere, the lovely Adelaide, Jule, Joanna and so many more that I can't remember their names, A big hi to the Play Centre staff from Max and Hunter and big hugs & kisses to Nanny Ester from Hunter. Till we see you all again, and we will be returning sometime after Neil retires next year, maybe not with the 2 grandsons but, then again, you never know.
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