Arriving at the Raddison after a early arrival due to Air Pac we where accomodated into a room with our 3 children, this was very much appreicated. Straight to the pool and this is where we lost our children each day, the water slide kept them busy, while we relaxed by the pool - nearly every staff we passed daily sang out 'BULA' and with a big smile. Buffet breakfast daily was pleasant and friendly great service - they loved the kids - selection was nice, fresh, limited but certainly good enough to have daily. Order a coffee made by , Jim who is the barista its good coffee and the 'artwork' on the milk just was special.
Kids club is $20FJD per child per day and additonal $10 per meal lunch & dinner if you want the full day 9 - 10pm its $40FJD. Kids club looks unintersting, but the staff are lovely and they take the kids frog hunting, shell collecting etc - the night time is fun as the kids are involved in the torch lighting cermony around the resort and they dance at the bar in front of the adults.
Staff here are fantastic, typical Fiji style - casual, friendly and all run on Fiji time - so lose your expectation that things are going to happen fast and prompt but will get done.
THINGS TO DO 1...check out other hotels in the resort area
2...Go out to the islands, we went to Castaway - just beautiful
3...Take a trip to Nadi - supermarkets interesting ! go to fruit market and get fruit & veg so cheap! Not much in Nadi but a few hour visit is ok - get there via public bus approx 40mins and $2 or take a taxi $10FJD and takes 10-15mins.
4...Take the Bula Bus to the Port and look at shops etc, not much to buy or look at but they do have good quality fake POLO ralph tops about $20 FJD each - better quality than Phuket. Lots of mens clothes to buy not much for women or kids here.
5.. Dine at CHEF's resturant at the port, just fantastic dining experience, good value, food quality very good, staff great - we ate at many places and I found this to be the best!
Travel tips for you if traveling with kids as we did age 9,7,6...
1. Take as much snacks type food with you - supermarket at port and other is sooooooooo expensive - its crazy. take things like, lollies, choc, bars, jelly, chips, popcorn etc and even cordial or juice poppers too.
If you accomodation has kitchen facitlies, take meal make types of things such as tomatoe sauce for pastas, or taco's, pasta, rice, fajatia wraps, tinned fruits, tinned tuna etc if you want to dine in for a change. you can pick up imported meat from the port supermarket which is from NZ or Aust. Diary food expensive. Cheese, youghurt so you can buy small quanity if you need or bring from Aust if you can with flight times.
2. Pack dishwashing tabs, laundry 'omo' and take some stain remover for kids tops that get covered in icecream! take ziplock bags if you want to take sandwiches or snacks or anything you need, good for storing camera and ipod in at the beach so they don't get wet too! and some disposable "glad" plastic containers
3.$$$ of Wine is crazy ie: bottle of Pink in Aust $11 here its $25 at the port bottle shop - no other type of mixer drinks only one type of vodka & orange $3.00 fjd - guys are ok - Fiji beer is $3- $8 FJD for corona and other mixer drinks too cheap for them - so if you want a drink take duty free and buy the mixer. Take a small plastic bottle so you can premix and then pour at the pool, bring some grog with you for sure. Drinks at the resorts are up there if you want to have a few ie: $6+ FJDper beer and wine a glass can be $11 FJD - cocktails range from $13 - $21 FJD each (avg cost $AUD $14 each). Take what you can if you want to economise.
4. Take sunscreen as its price here is just crazy!
5. In house videos are $20 each - so make sure you bring your DVD's if you resort has it bring them - there is a video store at the port if you need and price is ok - or bring your own DVD portable player if you have kids who need time out in front of the telly.
Girls - if you are looking to shop well you will be disappointed, unless traditional FIJI stuff is what you are after then you will be ok, but not really any thing to buy - so this could be a good - more to spend on massage and facials!
Enjoy your holiday experience .
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fiji's newest luxury beach front Resort offers a myriad of resort facilities nestled around lagoon swimming pools and lush tropical gardens combined with warm genuine Fijian hospitality. 270 luxuriously appointed and spacious guestrooms & suites combined with a contemporary and unique Fijian blend. Choose either a Guest Room or 1 & 2 Bedroom Suites with views of the Gardens, Lagoon or Ocean. Indulge in 5 lagoon swimming pools (one exclusively for Adults), Jacuzzis, Harmony Spa or free non motorised water sports. ... more less
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