We've just returned from Rydges Hideaway Resort and we had a great holiday. I was travelling with my 3 kids, twins girls aged 6 and an 8 year old boy. We booked our holiday through MyFiji, Hideaway Holidays and Gracie organised the airfares, room and transfers, and meal package, so all I had to do was get us all to the airport on time.
We'd read trip advisor and were prepared for the long drive from the airprt. We arrived around 10.30pm and hadn't eaten since lunch so the little plate of fruit in the room wasn't enough after 12 hours travelling. It looked like the kitchen was closed and it was all too hard to chase up food at that hour.
The room was really big and clean, heaps of room for the 4 of us, and I could read on the verandah after the kids had gone to bed. The Oceanfront Villas are a long walk from the restaurant but we didn't mind that. We had a little animal that visited our room (probably seeking shelter from the rain when I left the door open). It woke me up several times on the second night and security came to help me catch it, unsuccessfully. Reeception organised for us to sleep the rest of the night in the bungalow behind, security helped me carry the kids over, and they found a new villa for us the following day complete with a big basket of fruit. All problems seem to be fixed promptly and with no fuss. There was a tsunami warning 2 days before we got there and the guests said the staff promptly organised all the guests and marched them up the steep hill behind, which they set up with tarps and water. This was in stark contrast to other resorts, where guests waited to be evacuated by buses and boats that never turned up.
The resort itself was fine for our needs; we had plenty to do both at the resort and on day trips. The kids loved the water slide. We loved riding along the beach. Jimmy's horses are very quiet and well cared for. Snorkelling was a bit disappointing (had imagined a more spectacular reef) but it was still worthwhile.The cooking demonstrations were great. The nightly entertainment was really enjoyable; I let the kids stay up late due to the time difference with Sydney. We enjoyed the village walk but there didn't seem to be much going on with the kids club, maybe because it was only NSW school holidays by then. The wet weather activities were a bit disappointing (they just ran a movie for kids club) and I would have been disappointed if we'd had a wet week.
Adult meals were a very high standard (I was on the meal plan, which required the wearing of a very unappealing hospital bracelet) but kids eat free was a bit repetitive and lots of chips. Because adults and kids meals are served 1 hour apart at lunch and 2 hours apart at dinner, we seemed to spend an awful lot of time at the restaurant. Dinner was always an issue; the kids would eat at 5, the movie would start at 6 and inevitably they would rather play than watch it, so by the time I could eat at 7 I had to regularly leave my meal to check up on the kids. They were hungry again by 8.Sometimes it was just easier to pay for the kids meals and have them eat with me (kids meals were pretty cheap anyway). Infact, they really didn't do any activities with the kids club at all and spent most of the holiday with me. I didn't really mind that, we had a great time visiting the eco park (catch a bus; much cheaper), going to Robinson Crusoe Island (crowded tour, great dancing) and on the caves tour (floating down the river in the beautiful Sigatoka valley was the highlight of our trip).
The absolute best thing about this resort though would have to be the staff. Everyone was really good at their jobs and the kids adored Faiyez the chef. It's not just the peacocks like George that made the experience for us, it was the staff in every department; Elanor in the restaurant, Isoah is security, the reception and customer relations who organised another room for us, the porters who were waiting for us 10 minutes early at 4.20 am to take our bags to the bus. This is a well run operation and a good, easy, cost effective (around $900 AUD for all my tours, souveneers, extra food and drinks) and fun holiday.
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- Also Known As:
- Fiji Hideaway Hotel Sigatoka
- Fiji Hideaway Resort And Spa
- Rydges Hideaway Hotel
- Rydges Hideaway Sigatoka
- Hideaway Resort Fiji
- Fiji Hideaway Resort & Spa Sigatoka