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Shangri-La's Fijian Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Yanuca Island
Melbourne
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Shangri-La, better then i expected.”
Reviewed May 25, 2008

Shangri la fiji, is absoloutley stunning, the bad things about the food and everything else is NOT TRUE. You are greeted by fijian musicians and offered free drinks at the reception. The staff will always greet you with Bula, and are always willing to help. The rooms are smaller then they seem but the sheets are clean, and they can chnage the sheets everyday if you wish. You can snorkel and kayak for free for 1 and a half hours, and the lagoon pool and beach is great. I suggest to eat a buffet breakfeast at the Lagoon Terrace as the food is great, and not bad like everyone else is saying.

I suggest you book into the firewalking ceremony, it is absoloutley a great night, with fire dancers and traditional fijian dances. Also do the day trip, its called the magical tour. You go to a stunning beach, ride horses, boogy board, snorkel and relax.

Most of the time you can just kickback by the pool and beach, and order food from wondering waiters to your beach and pool chairs. ( the cocktails are great)

Overall the resort is excellent, i would advise it for familys, dont be put off with all the bad things that people say, cause its not true.

  • Liked — The great and friendly staff
  • Disliked — Its to big
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
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Melbourne
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed May 19, 2008

Young families who can't afford 5 star resorts,then this is the place for you!.
Bus trip to Resort- Fine
Arrival-Staff genuinely pleased to see us and very helpful.
Room- Ocean family room, wonderful view.Lovely and clean (maybe a tiny bit of mould in shower.but nothing serious at all),comfy beds (huge).L shaped couch made into beds for 2 of our boys and a roll out bed for our third child (ages 5,7 and 10).No musty smells.Toothbrushes,toothpaste,shower cap moisturiser,shampoo and cond, replenished everyday if required.Dressing gowns supplied.
They are pretty spot on with charges and didn't make any mistakes with ours, but check it daily on your tv or go and ask for a printout.
Alot of walking from Ocean side,but it was a nice walk (you just had to do it several times a day).
Food-We prepaid for 9 dinners for my husband and i which i'm glad we did because the food prices are exorbitant. Kids enjoyed buffet (especially desserts).We did get a bit sick of buffet,so ate at Takali (chinese,very expensive) but quite nice and beach bar and grill $29.00F for a hamburger and chips.As previously stated snack foods are the biggest rip off,so i would suggest going to Sigatoka and stocking up or bringing what you can from home.$6.50F for a stubby of beer.
Staff-The girls who cleaned our room and made our beds were fantastic and very discreet. A +++.
Kids club- Our kids went at night and loved it.The girls who do it at night are just gorgeous and the kids loved them.(gave them a nice tip at the end of the hol).
Don't know whether this is true or not but we were told that their wages are terrible,so towards the end we tipped a few staff members.
Highly recommend Natadola beach tour (expensive but worth it,we thought).When you do this you get a 15 min free banana boat ride,which our older 2 kids loved.Otherwise it is about $29.00F for 15 mins.
Pools- we were closer to the coral pool (smaller) but our kids actually preferred this to the big one (Lagoon i think).All the pools are great.
Overall we had a fantastic 10 days,we have come home so relaxed,the kids loved it.I had no expectations before we left (didn't want to be disappointed) and have come away thinking that i would love to go again.
I actually thought the cocktails were yummy $16.00F.
I also only heard positive things about the babysitters.
Make sure you go to a village and join in the kava ceremony,i will remember this fondly(the locals are so welcoming and just gorgeous).
massage $80F for one hour,down near sea sports centre,very nice. New Chi spa is very expensive.
Bus back to Airport fine also.
Get ready to say Bula alot and relax and enjoy

  • Liked — Cleanliness
  • Disliked — expense
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
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5 Thank my3sonsMelbourne
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Victoria
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed May 18, 2008

Just back from ten days of holiday bliss. If you are looking for a holiday for parents and children then this is the place for you. My 2 children aged 4 and 6 never wanted to leave the kids club, so many activities, so many friends and excellent friendly staff.

We stayed in the lagoon wing and whilst the room was adequite with the fold out bed out it made access to the balcony difficult. No smells like previous reviews and housekeeping where teriffic making my kids day with the arrangment of teddy's on the bed and the floral arrangement. The lagoon wing is where i would recommend families stay as it is closest to the pool, kids club and restaurant.

Had no problem with the meals, we arranged a dinner package with the travel agent and saved a heap of money doing so. My only gripe about the resort is that drinks and snacks are terribly overpriced. To combat this we took food over with us and my wife found a shop in the village next to the resort which had snacks and drinks for a fraction of the price. I don't mind being charged a little bit extra but felt the resort charged well beyond that.

Went on a tour organised by the kids club to a local school, village, Sigatoka, Kula Ecopark and local hospital which I can thoroughly recommend. The local hospital was a real eye opener, there is a program where $5fj is put on your bill to go towards the facilities at the hospital which I recommend you do.

Was very sad to leave and so was the staff, you really get to know them if you take the time to talk to them and immerse yourself in their culture.

We will be back

  • Liked — Kids Club
  • Disliked — Overpriced snacks and drinks
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
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7 Thank bigfootVictoria
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Sydney
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 17, 2008

My wife and I reacently stayed at the shangri la Fiji for six days.
Positives:
Kalevu Restaurant-Very nice.
The Gym, Golf and Spa Facilities...excellent.
The Chapel--Where our Friends were married.Gorgeous design and setting.
The Fire Dancers at the reception; 10/10.

Dissapointments: The Inescapeable wailing and screaming of childeren.This is a FAMILY resort.....Be warned.
Shangrila's description of a "pristine"environment was highly contestable.
Really bad cocktails and mixed drinks, all made with "berri" pasteurised juices at premium prices...No mojitos, or anyone who was prepared to try making one.
No pool use after Sunset-Hello! We Are On Holidays In Fiji!
Powderd Milk in the rooms-or buy real milk for 5F$ a small jug.
No mini bar.
General State of Disrepair.
Dirty Laundry bag outside our room as what seemed like a permanent fixture.
Bad food. (Other than Kalevu restaurant -- if you must stay here book to eat at kalevu every night). Horribly abused meat, fish, poultry and vegetables will have you missing home in no time.

Overall,
We would rather have saved our money.

Thanks for listening,
Mike.

  • Liked — King size bed.
  • Disliked — The food.
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Mike71Sydney
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QLD
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Reviewed May 2, 2008

We stayed at this resort for a wedding and with all 17 people giving the same feedback through the stay, we thought it best to share these experiences and ideas with others who may be about to spend their hard earned money.

When we arrived at the resort (own expense...there is no courtesy pick-up) we were welcomed with Fijian musicians and a much needed cold fruit juice. Reception staff awcknowledged us enough to ensure they had our credit card details and we had our key.

Almost all of us were scattered in different areas of the 110 acre property and, we must admit, the room was the only thing we were reasonably happy with. Although, ensuring your room was cleaned each day was a challenge and if so, it was usually done at about 5pm when we wanted to shower.

Food was terribly over-priced for what it was. We quickly became anxious about meal times when a simple hamburger was a disaster at FJ$32...with an over-cooked patty and half a slice of tomato. If they couldn't get that right we dreaded trying anything else! And cocktails...well if you expect these on your island holiday...forget it! They were by far the worst we have had at any holiday destination. Booking a table for a wedding reception was impossible too. The Bride and Groom were informed that if they did not want to pay several thousands of dollars for a function set-up then they would have to risk getting a table for 17 people because booking a restaurant was not possible.

All of us felt as though we needed to be nice to the staff so, we would get some degree of reasonable service and most things appeared to be a hassle! We were also charged FJ$5 for the hospital fund without being informed...it just appeared on the bill. While we were all used to this type of thing we were unhappy with the sneakiness of it.

And, if you are used to some activities being included in your price, particularly non-motorised, you can forget about that. The first 30 mins is free for snorkelling and anything over and other than that is charged. Oh, by the way, don't bring cash here. Everything is charged to your room.

If you are looking for some basic grocery items head into Sigatoka which is a 10 mins cab ride and is much cheaper than the resort store. Although, don't expect staff to tell you there is a supermarket anywhere nearby!

After a week here, we can safely say for a relaxing Fijian holiday or a wedding destination head directly to Denarau Island and not Shangri-La's Fijian Resort.

  • Liked — Checking out!
  • Disliked — Checking in!
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
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Thank dk_qld
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sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed May 1, 2008

We have just returned from a very sunny relaxing family holiday, which was a great relief as I was a little concerned after reading some of the more recent reviews!! Myself, my husband & children age 17, 14 & 10 had an ocean view family room, which was fine, no musty smell, no mouldy bathroom! & best of all beautifully made up every day, the ladies picked up & folded any clothes the kids had left on the floor! & prettily arranged cosmetics in the bathroom!. All the staff are very friendly & nothing is too much trouble for them. On the night we arrived we were greeted with warm smiles & everything was thoroughly explained to us
We did a day trip to South Sea Island which I can highly recomend. The snorkling in front of our hotel room was ok, but nothing compared to the Island!. I would recomend reef shoes for the hotel

The resort itself is beautifully maintained for which is after all a 4 star ,not a 5 star hotel. we ate at all the restaurants & would recomend the Takali for breakfast as it isn't so busy. It is also a good idea to book the restaurants for dinner.My only critisism would be the cost of food. It is quite expensive & the quality while ok, doesn't warrent what they charge, but then again you are in a resort, so relax & enjoy!!

  • Liked — clean, beautifully made up everyday, close to water
  • Disliked — quite a way from some things
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
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2 Thank jlcreeley
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New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed April 28, 2008

My wife and I wanted a special holiday with the families of our son and his wife (two sons 5 and 2) and daughter and her husband (two sons 11 and 7) to celebrate our reaching 70. We chose Shangri-La's Fijian resort because it offered good child care activities for our grandsons and the possibility of a rest for our hard working children and spouses.
As it turned out our boys were quite happy spending time with us in the pool, snorkelling, and on the kayaks. They were busy from dawn till dusk and no trouble to entertain.
We enjoyed the food from the various restaurants. The breakfasts were superb and by eating the leftovers from the boys' lunches we easily bridged the gaps between breakfast and dinner in the evening.
Our 3 rooms on the ground floor of the Lagoon Wing were well placed for access to food, shops, the lagoon and the lagoon pool. With 10 of us we were able to spread out over the lawn for evening drinks and games. Each room was comfortable though a little cramped when the fold out bed was set up and 2 of our grandsons had to share one of these. We had expected to have single beds for the boys but many of the larger rooms with two single beds were unoccupied for refurbishment which maybe explains why we missed out.
The staff were very friendly and always obliging. It was satisfying to think that by being there we were helping to keep them in jobs that they do very well.
We all felt that the resort had provided an outstanding setting for our special family holiday.

  • Liked — Very comfortable, soundproof and well air conditioned.
  • Disliked — Fold out bed not ideal for two boys to share and cramped the room when down.
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
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4 Thank TerryNewZealand
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Property: Shangri-La's Fijian Resort & Spa
Address: Viti Levu, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Viti Levu > Coral Coast > Yanuca Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Yanuca Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Shangri-La's Fijian Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 442
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The resort is exclusively located on the beautiful 109-acre private Yanuca Island with its pure white sandy beach and crystal clear, coral rich seas of the exotic Fiji Islands. Only 45 minutes from Nadi International Airport, the island is connected from the mainland by a causeway.A traditional Fijian village is the inspiration behind the layout of the 442-room resort. Every guest room, suite and bure features a private balcony with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean or the resort’s lagoon. Unlimited wired broadband Internet access is complimentary in all rooms. The Resort offers a range of activities, including water sports, scuba diving and golf, and a popular Kid's Club. A wide range of dining options are available, from Pacific Rim fine dining to informal fun dining at the poolside. Cultural shows highlight Fijian lovo, meke and firewalking rituals, South Pacific and Fijian Fire dancers.CHI, The Spa is a secluded spa village set away from the main resort, and provides the privacy and luxury of the largest Spa villas in Fiji. Four Oceanview and two Rainforest treatment villas feature relaxation areas overlooking either the Pacific Ocean or an exotic rainforest, with private garden patios, outdoor bath tubs, herbal steam room and outdoor showers. ... more   less 
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