I booked this hotel and holiday purely to join my extended family who had already booked, so my choice of this place did not occur due to my usual perusal of internet reviews. After booking and checking other visitors feedback I began to find so many negative reviews of this place that my expectations were diminished.
Upon arriving we were prepared for an average experience.
Every day our group of 7 (adults and teenagers) were amazed that people found things to dislike about the place. This place is Mother Nature's paradise! I do like gorgeous interior design in luxury hotels and tend to veer towards stylish looking interiors in rooms and hotels, but was so happy with so many other more important things about this place that it has moved into my top spot for vacation destinations. The rooms are spacious with a heavenly bed. Ample storage for your clothes with a wardrobe in the bathroom area and the private balcony (lagoon view) does look out over the lagoon. (not just a glimpse, every room has sweeping views) The bedrooms have lovely wooden dark floors, white fresh bed linen (no daggy tropical coloured musty bedspread) and a plain pale linen curtain with sheer and blockout) The bathroom has lovely glass lit shelves and a freestanding wooden storage tiered shelf for extra toiletries. The toilet has it's own opaque door in the bathroom so others can have privacy. It also has an empty medium fridge if you want to take your own supplies. The private balcony meant that you can open the door wide and enjoy the air (also has a sliding screen if needed but we found no mosquitoes or flies during our stay) or pump up the aircon for a blast of crisp cold air when feeling hot.
Tip to save money and hassle: you don't have to drink bottled water. All 7 of us drank the tap water (just chill it in the fridge) and none of us got sick, so don't freak out about buying expensive bottled water if you don't want to bother.
Pros for me were: the delicious WARM water in the lagoon and pool.( average 30degrees at all times). I really dislike cold water (26 degrees and under), because to me it feels unpleasant, similar to a cold shower or bath. I really want to swim when I go to hot destinations, but if it's not warm enough, I find it torturous. Here I could wade in and out of this liquid paradise and enjoy either a vigorous swim or just a floating peaceful snorkel looking at the tropical fish. We would perch ourselves on one of the lounges under a shady tree or shelters and just look out over the water. From this spot was everything I could possibly want on a holiday. Water activities: free kayaks, paddleboards, catamarans, plus organised arranged activites(volleyball etc), food and drink to purchase from the little open air shops dotted around the pool.(coffee, cocktails, champagne, beer, smoothies, icecream, sorbets).
Then there were the drop dead views from every restaurant in the evenings with amazing sunsets and the sight and sound of lapping water at your feet. (tip: get an outside table if you can, but don't be grumpy if it doesn't happen every night as we all have to share with other guests)The food is on average about $38FJ per main dish, plus add on your cocktails, dessert etc and it can add up but to me I felt like the premium view that I was seeing made the meal worth every penny. My highlight dinner was an outside table at Takali restaurant. Delicious pan-asian food.
I also loved the way everything is open air with pleasant warm temperatures and gentle breezes. I'm not a fan of inside freezing airconditioned places when you are in a pleasant warm place which require you to take jumpers just to sit in the places.
Staff are gentle and kind and expect to be treated the same way.
Go to the adult breakfast place if you can. Its views and peacefulness are divine.
I just loved the whole trip and thought for the price they charge, this place is outstanding.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Shangri-La`s Fijian Hotel Yanuca Island
- Fiji Shangri La Resort
- Shangri La Fijian Resort
- Shangri Las Fijian Resort
- Shangri Las Fijian Hotel
- Fiji Shangri La Hotel
- Fiji La Shangri
- Fijian La Resort Shangri
- Fiji La Resort Shangri
- Shangri-La's Fijian Resort & Spa Fiji/Yanuca Island