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Anchorage Beach Resort
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Lautoka
Reviewed March 24, 2014

no nice welcome no cold drink on arrival and no help to carry our luggage to our rooms , which were down a very steep hill . We stayed in the garden view rooms and they were better than expected , quite nice with air con and telly and spacious. Resort itself is very small only 1 place to eat at , an empty activities board and food was ok , not much of a selection . The beach is disgusting i wouldn't even call it a beach , boats come in and out picking up and delivering goods to the islands. Staff are very slow and don't seem chirpy , There was one male worker who works in the restaurant during lunch and he was super nice , happy chap :). The pool was nice too however the pool bar was being used as a storage place it was filthy . I stayed here with 8 of my other family members and we will probably never stay here again . It was very boring , no music no activities ..nothing just a pool they need more entertainment

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 14, 2014

the resort was in need of a bit of TLC, the room was comfortable and well air conditioned. Unfortunately we had no hot water for showers and there was an electric switch hanging off the wall. But saying that we didn't pay top prices. The view from the room was great. The staff were wonderful, after only one day they knew our names, room number and our favourite drink. It is a great place to chill out, and catch up on the reading. We found the meals OK but it would have been nice to have just a sandwich on offer at lunch time. We were probably unlucky in a way that the place was practically empty. we were in our room by 8 o'clock most nights as there was nothing to keep us in the bar area. Maybe in busy times there is some entertainment on offer. The day trip to Beachcomber was worth doing but the trip to Denerau was a bit too long though not bad value for the money.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank gilld969
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Resort M, Manager at Anchorage Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2014

Bula Gill,
Thanks for posting your review. We are glad that you found relaxation at the Anchorage and that you enjoyed the Beachcomber Day Trip. We have taken on board some of your feedback about entertainment and lunch menu items. The kitchen will always be happy to make non menu items for guests on request even if it is a simple thing like a sandwich.
Vinaka

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Reviewed March 13, 2014

From the moment we arrived until the time we left (five days) the entire experience was first class. Staff were incredibly friendly, helpful, and so easy to communicate with. The Ocean View room was clean and comfortable and well located near the bar and swimming pool. Food was to a high standard, great variety, and very reasonably priced....definitely value-for-money. Day-trip to Beachcomber was the highlight and we highly recommend taking the journey. A great place if you're looking to spend a relaxing "bula-time" in Fiji: we'll definitely be back and are recommending this establishment to our friends. Thanks to the team at Anchorage !.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Dave J
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Resort M, Manager at Anchorage Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2014

Bula Dave
Thanks for a great review. We are happy to hear that the Anchorage has met your expectations and we look forward to seeing you and some of your friends back.
Rgds

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Reviewed March 13, 2014

Absolutely amazing place. Only let down the beach is poor. The staff are super friendly the food is amazing and they do everything to make your stay the best possible. Would I go back. In a heartbeat. The room was amazing. I loved my stay here.

Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
1  Thank Lewis P
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Resort M, Manager at Anchorage Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2014

Greetings Mr Lewis Payne
Thank you for posting a wonderful review and we look forward to seeing you again if you return to this special part of the world.
Vinaka

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Reviewed February 19, 2014

We got a Scoopon deal and stayed for eight nights in one of the upper level Ocean View Spa rooms. The view from our balcony was fantastic, looking out over the trees to the ocean and I loved having a pre-dinner drink out there and just taking in the view. We also overlooked the pool but the rooms are well insulated and noise wasn't a problem. The staff at the restaurant and pool area were great, very friendly and helpful, particularly Clive. The meals were not at the standard we are used to however, and we made a point to go down to First Landing Resort twice to enjoy some fantastic meals down there. One night the Anchorage staff organised a crab race and auctioned off 20 crabs to guests for the race. The prize money was split between the first three placements and it got all the guests talking to each other. The resort has a very friendly atmosphere which I think encourages guests to talk and interact with each other.
The main part of our room was nice and clean and the king size bed was very comfy. The bathroom was not clean with mould around the shower base and bathroom basins. The aircon was great, though the filters were filthy so we gave them a good rinse out in the spa bath (which is the only time we used the spa).
The resort pool was nice and clean and the deck chairs next to the pool, overlooking the ocean are great. The free WiFi in the restaurant reaches these chairs so it was nice to dabble on the internet while lying in the shade. They don't provide beach towels though so you would be best to bring your own. The trip to Beachcombers was fun and the snorkelling out there was pretty good. Lunch on the island was good too but if you didn't go snorkelling there wasn't much to do but sit in the shade and wait for the return trip. We did hire a car for a couple of days which allowed us to go out and explore a bit more as the hotel is along way from the road. Taxis are cheap though with $5 getting a couple down to First Landing for dinner. We rang a local car company and they delivered and picked up from the resort. The shuttle the hotel runs to Nadi and Lautoka were great too.
So it is a mixed review I give this resort. I think it does really well in being comfortable, friendly and providing great service. It does need management to ensure the rooms are more thoroughly cleaned and if they could improve the meals it could be great.

Room Tip: The ocean view spa rooms are great but there is a steep set of stairs to get to the upper level. Ask...
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 13, 2014 via mobile

With 30 other wedding crashers we arrived for our daughters elopment....extra staff where on board...for a week we where all very well looked after...yes the resort is a little run down & could be addressed with some investment by the owners...
The wedding its self was wonderful.......definety not for the "princess" bride...but as a super inexpensive "destination wedding" with lots of fun the anchorage has alot to offer..simple menu choice, venue hire (tastefully decorated as ws the wedding buru) hairdressers & makeup in your room...a band that didnt let up all night.. & staff that joined in with celebrations, laughing and singing made it a wonderful occassion..
Special mention to 'Carole' who relaxed the bride & groom ( & many others) with her great
massages during our stay...Buma,Mere& all the staff at the restarant & bar. Nothing was a prolbem to them. Wished they all worn name tags so i could mention them all. The cleaning staff where lovely polite people..(these ladies work so hard.management should consider upgrading the equipment they use to improve the standards around the resort...
Thank you to everyone at anchorage resort...your service..advise....taxi driving.reception was all wonderful .for anyone without theirs noses to higb in tbe sky...its a great place
Thank you
Baz n Toni Rolles

  • Stayed: February 2014
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

Only stayed one night at the Anchorage Beach resort. We were upgraded from a mountain few room to our own private villa, which was lovely. Staff were friendly, and very helpful with picking up suitcases. It was raining heavily the entire time we were there, so one staff member offered to drive me from reception to the restaurant, which I appreciated as I would have gotten saturated otherwise. The internet was free and worked really well!

I found the main things that let the resort down a bit were the food and the beach (or complete lack thereof). Overall it was a perfect stay for one night before returning to Australia but I probably would not spend significantly longer at the hotel.

Room Tip: Could not fault the villa with own spa!
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank Saritatravels_12
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Address: Vuda Point, Lautoka, Viti Levu 0000, Fiji
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Location: Fiji > Viti Levu > Lautoka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Lautoka
Price Range: $60 - $152 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Anchorage Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Experience the best of Fiji by staying at the Anchorage Beach Resort on mainland Fiji, perfect for couples or the whole family. The Anchorage beach resort will provide the perfect launching pad to experience the wonders of the Mamanuca islands. We are often the choice for many travelers first or last night on the mainland when proximity to the international airport is an absolute must. From here you are in reach of some of the best surf and crystal clear snorkeling Fiji has on offer and various mainland excursions and activities.We are an intimate hillside boutique resort with its own secluded palm fringe beach, set amidst lush tropical gardens with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, nearby mountains and uninhabited islands in the distance. Join us for a truly relaxing tropical getaway.Do as much, or as little, as you please. Relax and unwind on the beach and by the pool. Wander through our tropical gardens. Take an afternoon nap on a hammock. Learn the local culture from our friendly Fijian staff. Indulge in delicious meals. Or embark on a variety of excursions available from the resort jetty. Our comfortable rooms are set in a tranquil environment - just meters from the beach or in the gardens providing the magical backdrop for the most amazing sunrises and the majestic sunsets.Our resort's super convenient location provides one of our most important benefits. We are located only 20 minutes from the Nadi International Airport , 10 minutes from the Sugar City of Lautoka and 2 minutes from the historical Visesei Village. ... more   less 
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