I spent a lovely week at Lalati Resort just before Christmas. It is a perfect resort if you're looking for somewhere quiet with personal service and authentic touches. If you're looking for a large western resort, you'll likely be happier sticking to a resort on the main island. The jungles are extremely green and lush, and there's a reason for that. I was extremely lucky; I had blue skies during most of my trip. However, when there was rain, it was intense!
Getting to the resort couldn't have been any easier. A driver met me on the far side of the baggage carousels at the Nadi airport and delivered me directly to the dock where the resort boat picked me up. The driver was very friendly and kind enough to provide me with an introduction to Fijian history and to answer my questions regarding the local flora and fauna. He made the 2.5 h drive go by extremely quickly. Plus, the scenery is beautiful!
The bures are large with high ceilings and very consistent with the price point. All of the beam joints are bound using dyed coconut fibres, giving the buildings a traditional feel - even if they are built to modern standards. The resort staff decorates with fresh flowers from the resort property, which is a nice touch.
I found the food at the resort excellent; I was lucky enough to arrive in time for Monday curry night. Every morning at breakfast, you're presented with a menu with three options for lunch and dinner. I'm vegetarian, and although there is only one vegetarian option, I enjoyed every meal. The veggie strudel was particularly good. There is a hot breakfast every morning, but I stuck to the fresh fruit (some from resort grounds) and muffins.
The spa is basic, but I think that it is good value. I ended up with a bit of a sunburn, and the wrap and facial that Mere gave me soothed my skin.
I had the pleasure of going out on two activities with Nellie: the waterfall hike and a snorkel. The waterfall hike was well worth braving the heat and humidity for, and I enjoyed the views along the way as much as the waterfall itself. The snorkel site had a wide variety of corals and reef fish, and Nellie even pointed out a hawksbill turtle. That was one of the trip highlights! I also put the brand new SUP to good use; there is a beautiful reef across the water from the resort.
Jessiah and Sabine, who run the dive shop and activities, are both a lot of fun to spend time with at happy hour. Sabine took me for a pool dive and is one of the most patient people that I have ever met. Even though I'm not a diver, you could see how much pride they took in providing people with dives that suited their level and interests. Sue and Mark, the general mangers, both go a long way out of their way to ensure that every guest's needs are met. The remainder of the staff is super friendly and very kind.
In short, I would highly recommend this resort to people who are looking for some time to unwind in a casual setting surrounded by beautiful scenery and great staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Award winning all inclusive resort. Lalati Resort & Spa sits on the edge of a protected bay in Beqa Lagoon, with world class snorkeling and diving just steps outside your door. Standard Cottages, Deluxe Villas, Premium Deluxe Honeymoon Villas and Superior Honeymoon Suites offer comfort in a Fijian-style elegance and full amenities. Kayak, trek, snorkel, scuba dive, surf, wakeboard, tube ride, SUPs, zipline, village safaris, and the famous firewalkers, all within easy reach. It's where you find the Soul of Fiji! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Lalati Resort And Spa
- Lalati Hotel Beqa Island
- Lalati Resort All Inclusive