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Uprising Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Pacific Harbour
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 7, 2008

We were four girls travelling on low budget, and we found The Uprising Beach Resort very suitable. Very nice, cheap food in the restaurant and both the dorm and the bures were very nice and clean. Hot water in the showers, clean sheets and towels, excellent service and very friendly staff. The beach is wonderful and they've got loads of activities - many of them free.The volleyball field is the best i've seen in all of Fiji. Suva is only 40 minutes away and worth a visit.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 5, 2008

Having spent 12 weeks touring New Zealand we were looking forward to a leisurely break in Fiji. I had read some reports about the Uprising resort on Trip advisor and it sounded great but too good to be true.

We arrived about 5pm and were picked by the Uprising mini bus that we had arranged through the resort ($130 Fijian each way). It was a 3-hour journey through some really bad roads, it was raining and dark which made it worse. We registered and were then shown to our Beach front bure, we were really surprised and pleased when we saw how big it was, it had a double bed and 2 singles, settee and coffee table plus sink, fridge and cupboards and wardrobes.

As it was now about 8:30 we decided to get something to eat before unpacking. The restaurant was not very busy which surprised us, the food was good, staff excellent and very reasonably priced.

In the morning I woke early and looked out the window, the sea was about 30 mtrs away and flat calm, it was beautiful. I couldn’t wait get in, so I unpacked my snorkelling gear and went for a swim. The sea was crystal clear and warm, but because of the sandy bottom there was not a lot of fish life. The beach was clean and sandy stretching 2 km down to the next resort.

During our 13 night stay at the Uprising, we got to know the staff including the owner Rene and Alfie the manager. We found out through one of the staff that Rene was born and raised in Fiji . When he was young he mixed with the locals and promised that when he was older he would build a resort and give them all jobs and that’s exactly what he has done. The staff are really happy and relaxed here (not like some of the other resorts in Fiji).

You may see the Uprising rugby team training on the beach in the morning, they have 3 teams which are very good. We got to know the barman James, he told us that he was the mastermind behind Team 3. On Saturday mornings you can go to and watch the teams play on the local pitch (transport provided free), it’s great fun to watch and you can cheer on the staff you’ve got to know. Well, team 3 lost all their games and we never saw James again (I wonder why?)

MESSAGE for TEAM 3 – You need a new mastermind!!!!

I cannot praise the Uprising resort highly enough. If you want great value for money, great accommodation, excellent location and friendly staff, this is the place for you.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank mcgpat
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Reviewed April 25, 2008

My wife and I stayed at Uprising from Apr 22 - Apr 25 as the last stop of a two stop Fiji trip (first stop was Nanuya Island Resort, also excellent). We stayed in a Beachfront Bure, $180 FJD per night, and ate at the restaurant for all meals. Our main attraction to staying at Uprising was the activities they offered, especially the Horse Riding for my wife. Interest was free via the two computers in Reception, which was a added bonus.

In a nutshell, we were very pleased with everything.

The room was extremely large, clean and comfortable. It came with a double bed and a single bed, and I believe you could arrange for other beds if required. The room did not have air conditioning, which we knew in advance, and had a fan as expected. The bathroom and shower are both outside of the room, which we found a bit awkward.

The food was excellent all around, albeit maybe a tad pricey (similar to any other restaurant though). We had the included breakfast each day, which was just toast, muffin, juice and some fruit. The last day we decided to order breakfast which was excellent. Lunch and Dinner was ordered off the all day menu, and Dinner also had a few specials to choose from. Food was your typical Steak/Chicken/Lamb dishes and Seafood, with the pleasant addition of Pizza (excellent) and Pasta. Great food all around and we had no complaints.

The resort grounds were kept extremely clean and were arranged nicely. The pool was small, but adequate, and the beach was nice. The 6 Beachfront Bures and 6 Garden Bures were accessed via a single pathway, and the Dormitory was far behind accessed near the Reception area.

We decided to make the most of our small time at Uprising and signed up for Horse Riding on the beach, an Island Jet Ski Tour, and Massages.

The Horse Riding was great. Very calm and decent value for money ($15 FJD pp and it lasted just over an hour). The Horses were also kept extremely well fed / groomed, which is something we have been concerned about in past vacations.

The Island Jet Ski Tour was a half day tour which took us out on a guided tour to Yanuca Island Marine Reserve to snorkel, something I really enjoy. Everything required was provided, including lunch, towels, snorkel gear, etc... The jet ski's were fairly new and in perfect working order. At $177 FJD pp for twin share it was expensive, however we were still happy with the overall value.

The Massages were done in house, and were $30 FJD for 30 minutes Head / Neck / Shoulder, and $50 FJD for 1 hour full body. Decent pricing and we were happy with the service.

The only downside to this resort would have to be the location, or rather, the distance from Nadi. It takes approximately 2.5 hours from Nadi to Pacific Harbour, and takes you on some fairly winding, bumpy roads. By the end of the journey each way we were worn out.

Overall we had a great stay and would recommend the resort to those who wish to do some activities, and refuse to stay at the big resorts.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank mcarthurc
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Reviewed April 4, 2008

I highly recommend this spot for those travellers who want to mix and mingle with everyday Fijians in lovely surroundings with plenty to do.

Uprising is owned and staffed by locals who are all friendly and very helpful. It also serves as a gathering point for the wider community with many people coming out from Suva and surrounds to use the facilities, especially on public holidays.

A new addition to the resort is a massage therapist and her team. Ever so nice, to get a neck and shoulder massage with a view of the islands off the beach!

While there we also did the Luva River trip offered by Rivers Fiji, who are based in Pacific Harbour. This was a fabulous trip, perhaps made better by the fact that there were only us two as guests that day! The scenery is beautiful and the village people very welcoming and the guides were excellent. Certainly something I would like to do again.

We had a lovely time and have gained some good friends we hope to stay in touch with.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Ravtown
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Reviewed March 16, 2008

Uprising was our first stop for our honeymoon in Fiji and a wonderful overall experience. The staff exuded all of the qualities of Fijian hospitality and friendliness - from the servers in the restaurant, to the activity team, to the manager (Alfie?). The manager in particular went above and beyond what was necessary and provided us with excellent customer service.
We stayed in a beachfront bure and it was very comfortable and spacious. I especially loved the shower! One drawback was the lack of air conditioning in our room. Due to the humidity all of our clothes and linens felt damp. (FYI – it rained every day we were there, apparently this is the wet side of the Island)
The food in the restaurant was consistently good and the menu always had nice options.
The location is excellent. It was central enough to do any activity we were interested in - Shark Diving, Arts Village, visit to Suva, village tour, etc. One thing that we thought could be improved is the addition of some evening activities. The days are beautiful and action packed but once it gets dark there really isn't much to do.
The resort itself is very picturesque, the buildings, the landscaping, the pool, and the gorgeous ocean front views.
And all this at a GREAT price. In fact, we really didn’t appreciate just how good it was until we stayed at other resorts in Fiji.
In summary we thought that Uprising was an excellent value. We would definitely go back and would recommend it without hesitation.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 26, 2008

We stayed here for a couple of nights - and wished we had booked for longer. Arriving late at night after a long cab journey in pouring rain, we were pleasantly greeted and swiftly processed to our rooms.

The rooms are phenomonal! We stayed in a beach front bure, and the quality is incredible. Lovely beds, very well maintained gardens, excellent seating areas. Great outdoors shower - made you feel you were participating in a Timotei advert with all the plants around you and the sky above. I cannot rate the value for money highly enough for these rooms. Had a great night sleep. Our experience here contrasted with the couple of days we had on Beqa, where the rooms were nowhere near as good, for the same price.

The grounds and surroundings are excellent and very well maintained. Lovely atmosphere at night with the torches lit along the pathways.

Funky bar / restaurant area - maybe a little overpriced, but not disastrously so and certainly on a par with other resorts in the area. However, food was excellent - great breakfasts and very fast and friendly service.

The resort had the service well balanced between friendliness but not too overbearing.

Lots of variety with the water sports - again seemed a little pricey. We went horse riding along the beach - excellent ride and reasonable price.

The resort is also very close to Aqua Trek divers (about 5-10mins drive away) who do the famous shark diving experiences. If you're a qualified diver, this is well recommended!

The only complaints I would have is 1) that the transfer booked back to the airport was the worst drive of my life - a very dangerous driver and a car that broke down on the way, nessescitating us to hitch a lift to departures. However, this was an external cab company that they booked, rather than their own driver, so may not have had much control on this. Wherever possible though, book this in advance and ask for the hotel's bus if it's available!
2) Their online booking process is a bit suspect - we found that online it was saying no vacancies, but there were plenty when we emailed / called to book. Lesson here - contact the resort directly, they were very helpful on email.

All in all, I cannot recommend this highly enough. It's a beautiful place and great fun to stay at.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 12, 2008

It is trully a wonderful place to see and to hangout. I am a resident of Pacific Harbour and i now reside in L.A. The resort is off the hook and the staff are great. They will always try to help you out best they can. I look forward to going over for a holiday just to see how things have improved.
Nothing beats a yummy cocktail and a lie in the sun at Uprising Beach Resort...Good job Rene....

Stayed: November 2007
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Address: Beach Rd, Pacific Harbour, Viti Levu, Fiji
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Location: Fiji > Viti Levu > Coral Coast > Pacific Harbour
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Pacific Harbour
Price Range: $72 - $138 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Uprising Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stylishly nestled on 2 kilometers of sandy beachfront between tropical palms, Uprising offers adventure, relaxation and sheer natural beauty all in one stunning safe location. Imagine a fun friendly place right on the beach where the young and young-at-heart come to play.Authentic Fijian accommodation options range from traditional thatched beachfront Villas and Bures (cottages) to fun tree-house shared facilities. Choose to relax on the beach or by the pool, and have a beachside massage, or take advantage of the many activities on offer. Scuba dive world famous Beqa Lagoon and experience shark diving and soft coral scuba sights, or head into the mountains for a whitewater rafting trip. Other daily activities include game fishing, jet ski island safari’s, golf, shopping at the Arts Village & Cultural Centre of Pacific Harbour. ... more   less 
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