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First Landing Beach Resort & Villas
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Lautoka
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 2, 2013

We needed a place to stay overnight while transitting from Matamanaoa to the airport at Nadi. Why our agent chose this place when there was an hotel opposite the entrance to the airport I'll never know!
After a drive through what I can only describe as an oil terminal and industrial estate we arrived at dusk and so it was hard to get an impression of the layout. After a "welcome" drink with our minder waiting for us, we were taken to our beachfront bure. The minder dropped the cases and without a word of explanation left us to it. "Where's the key"? asked my wife and after a little hunt, we found it already placed in a slot on the wall which powered up the air con.
The Bure had an enclosed porch with seating and after a quick hunt in the dark we found a light switch, but the light did not come on, so unless we fancied sitting in the dark, there was no use to be had of the space.
There was another odd feature about our bure. Between the bedroom and bathroom, there was a window which could be seen in the bathroom, revealing the back of the bedhead in the bedroom. There were also two windows in another bedroom wall with venetian style blinds over them, but the windows had been blacked out. These, we worked out, had to connect to the room next door! These kinds of quirky features suggest the owners do not want to invest in improving the room quality, but are happy to more "make do and mend". Big mistake to my mind.
The resort is undergoing some renovation elsewhere at present and the new restaurant in particular looks as if it will be a massive improvement on the current arrangement, which is where we go next.
We asked at the bar and were directed to the restaurant, which to our eyes appeared to be more like an old fashioned English Scout Hut. It seemed a very temporary building with wooden floors and walls, and folding screens at the windows. Those were soon closed to keep out a tropical deluge which made the whole place feel a little more "enclosed!"
And yet, miracles can happen even in such a doubtful environment. We ordered food and drinks and were blown away by the standard of service, and the quality of the food.
Our doubts though returned as we stumbled our way back to the bure. Not due to any excess intake of alcohol you understand, but by the serious lack of decent lighting along our way. It appeared that we were alone in one of three or four beachfront bures, and this made it darker than it might have been.
After settling down to what we hoped might be a peaceful night's sleep, we heard the sound of a bird singing. So close, it must have been in the room or outside, trapped on the enclosed terrace. We weren't able to find it, even though we looked! And then, to add to our sleeplessness, the branches of trees scraped along the roof all night, blown by a strong seasonal wind. While we had just experienced a week of being spoilt at Matamanoa, I don' think our review has made 1st Landing sound worse than it was. Take care with this one. Howvere, I think it's trying to up its game and if the staff are anything to go by, they'll do it.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

Our fith trip to Fiji this place probably beats the 5 Star resorts we have stayed in....not for its frills and flashness but because the staff were super friendy, the meals fantastic and it was small enough to be peaceful but busy enough not to be boring...we had a beach bure and I can recommend Number 319 at the end - right by the water...so pretty and so relaxing!
We caught the local bus a couple of times to Lautoka and into Nadi - cheap! If the bus times dont suit from outside the resort someone would pick you up and take you to the main road ($5) where the buses run frequently.
The Marina next door was handy for the General Store as the Shop at the resort was expensive (sunscreen $55!). There is also another local shop not far up the road for soft drinks etc.
The beach was fine - I think I read a bad review before we left so was prepared for there not to be much of one -but there was nice white sand and the water was beautiul to swim in. In fact the whole place was above my expectations especially considering the Cyclone that did so much damage there just a few weeks before!
Would definatley return...in fact I wish we'd never had to leave!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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7  Thank nails1
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

Had an amazing stay at a beach bure 2nd Jan for a 4 night stay.Staff are such lovely people..Food beautiful..Accomodation was perfect cant wait to go back. The views are stunning..Water sports or trips too do or relax by the pool or beach..Thank you for a perfect relax.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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1  Thank 2012travelbugs
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

We are a family of five (3 boys under 9) we have been to Fiji on various occasions. We decided to book this place as part of a tropical stayover enroute back from skiing in the USA. We knew it wasn't a five star experience but were working to a budget this holiday ....and this place just works! As soon as you arrive you realise you are in for a real Fijian experience. It is a bit like being on one of the outer islands (except you drive past a huge fuel depot to get there...don't fret though it does get better). The restaurant outside has sand floors, there are bures, vegetation is nice..you get the idea, simple with a friendly and authentic vibe. This combo makes you relax instantly. The staff were fabulous and other than one disappointment at check-in where we were shown to a pretty darn average room (#216) which was out the back of the resort (with no outlook to anything) everything was great. We questioned the room and were moved without any issue to an apartment (with washer/dryer a/c and kitchen) and that was terrific for us as a family. The customer does seem to come first here. Now onto the food. The food is great! Inexpensive and truly as good as anywhere. What a bonus! They have a new executive Chef Darren. We went on a cruise that not associated with the hotel and we were told local businessmen like the place for the atmosphere and food. Apparently the chef is the talk of the local town! On the downside a couple of basic improvements like new lounges in the lobby and more pillows on the bed would easily make this place feel a bit more luxurious. Also seems odd the pool service for drinks and food is so hit and miss. Generally I would say just don't expect five star but if you want amazing staff (slow but genuine, always helpful and truly amazing with kids), great food, decent accommodation a really good Fijian atmosphere and all at a reasonable price then stay here. It is a world away from the five stars hotels at Denaru but that is the whole point. From one family that is generally committed to the five star hotel chains wherever we go,,, we say give it a go! It prompted a lot of conversation from us to 'look outside of the box' as to what is on offer other than the chain hotels. We have been to hotels on Denaru and to the Jean Michel Cousteau Resort and Plantation Island previously. All enjoyable but we have never really been tempted back to any of them. However we would happily stopover to First Landing again next year due to its good value and the Fijian vibe. I think that says it all! On a final note make sure you walk around for a sunset drink at the restaurant at the marina (not the cafe). Bula Vinaka!

Room Tip: Choose any bure in the 300 series or a new apartment. Pool villas look worth it also.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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9  Thank Fiona P
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

This little place is definately worth a stay. We started our trip at First Landing as a last minute change and were so happy that we added this destination to our trip.
We stayed in a villa which was just beautiful. Having a private pool was a special experience for the kids. We spent a lot of time in the private garden around the pool.
The resort has beautiful garden and the facilities are great. One of the highlights of the day was sunset cocktails in the restaurant while the band sang. Just magical. Food was good and staff were very attentive, service was great.
There is a marina just next to the resort (the gate is near the spa). You can buy supplies here... food, snacks, ice cream, alcohol. If you have a fridge this is a great little tip to take advantage of. You can then enjoy afternoon happy hour by the pool if you are in a villa.
This is probably not the best place to try snorkeling, Take the complimentary boat out to he island for that activity. We did go out here but it is a fair walk across the coral flats and if you are not confident in the water there is a good chance the ocean surge will push you on to the reef (saw this happen to a couple of girls)
This is not 'Intercontainenta' 5 stars (with all the finery and silver) but 'Fijian 5 star' (with great atmosphere and lovely staff). We'll be back.

Room Tip: Highly recommend the villas is traveling with a family. It is nice for mum and dad to have their own...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank jodier77
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

We only stayed for one night, as we were getting our boat transfer to Waya Island the next morning.

The room was decent. It had air conditioning, which was nice. The bathroom was simple, nothing to write home about. The pillows were VERY flat…i wish i had noticed it earlier and asked for more.

We didn't see much of the resort itself since we checked in around 7pm and left around 9:30am the next day. We hung around the bar that evening…took about 10minutes to get the bartenders attention (Fiji time, i know…). Drinks seemed a little pricey after we got to our final destination the next day and could compare. The gift shop items were VERY expensive. We purchased bug spray and sunblock and they were both too much. Again, we were able to compare prices the next day at our resort and at the convenience store at Vuda Marina. Shoulda held off!

LOTS of flies at this resort, probably because it was during the rainy season and it rains nearly every day. Only a guess. They were a huge nuisance during breakfast, but what can you do.

The staff was very friendly. Not a bad place to stay for a night or two…not sure I would stay longer…I think I would explore my options if we were to stay here for an extended period of time.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 19, 2013 via mobile

I didn't stay at the resort, but I did eat in there restaurant and I can truly say the meals are reasonably priced and of very high standard .. When I go back to Fiji I will be definatley staying at First Landing Redort .. Staff are very friendly

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Address: Vuda Point Road | Vuda Point, Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji
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Location: Fiji > Viti Levu > Lautoka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Lautoka
Price Range: $93 - $308 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — First Landing Beach Resort & Villas 3.5*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our first guests arrived 3,500 years ago and liked the place so much, they stayed ...According to local legend, the first Fijians arrived around 1500 BC, landing on the beach at First Landing. Today, you too can discover and enjoy this intimate, authentic Fijian resort, ideally located only 25 minutes away from Nadi and 35 minutes from Denarau Island, for your Fiji holiday. The resort has easy access to the nearby Mamanuca Islands, by boat from the resort’s new jetty or adjacent Vuda Yacht Marina daily. The resort is nestled amidst magnificent tropical gardens, majestic palms and massive rain trees, just 15 minutes by road from Nadi Airport, and blessed with one of the only white sand beaches in the Nadi area. The beach faces due west, giving breathtaking sunsets across the nearby islands. We are a small, owner-operated resort, featuring a range of accommodation options from Fijian style Bures to our two bedroom, luxurious, self-catering Royal Villa or Garden Villas, each situated in their own enclosed tropical garden with a full sized pool. We also have a lively bar and popular beachside restaurant. We pride ourselves on personal attention to our guests, and the genuine hospitality of our staff will ensure your stay is a memorable one. First Landing Beach Resort is the perfect location for a destination stay in Fiji, in combination with an outer island resort or cruise or a short stop-over in Fiji due to our location. Come and learn about the fascinating history, culture and natural heritage of this very special place.First Landing Beach Resort is famous for our true Bula Pride and Spirit. ... more   less 
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