I was at the Shangri-la Fijian resort for 3 nights before going to Malolo Island. I read every single review before I booked this resort and I hope this review helps many others. If your flying from Sydney, then its best to get to Fiji by Pacific Blue as it saves u an overnight stay at the airport (which u have to do if flying Qantas) and it arrives at about 12 noon so by the time u arrive at the resort its still early.
ACCOMMODATION: When my partner and I first arrived and driven to our room (the resort is quite large), my first impression is that the resort is very retro and not the most modern, but this feeling soon leaves u once u are settled in and it becomes a feeling of home. We stayed in a Deluxe family room ( Number 472), this room is great for either a family or couple who wants to be away from the main pool as there is another pool right outside our balcony door ( we were on the ground floor) so we could literally walk out the back door into the pool. It is a much quieter pool then the main one, but with that said, it’s also a distance to walk to the main restaurants so little kids might find that hard. The room is also close to the adults only pool. The shower was great with it being quite powerful and large, and the rooms were a nice size but then that could be because we had the deluxe family room for only us two. It was also very clean and modern too.
FOOD: We found the food reasonably priced, try and get your breakfasts included in your deal as that saves u. We ate mostly at the Beach Bar and grill which was more relaxed atmosphere with salads , burgers ($FJ16), steaks ($FJ20) etc and right on the beach. We finished the holiday at the Kalevu restaurant which is more upmarket but still reasonably priced about $FJ40. We ate out of the resort once at “Geckos” this is another resort across the road, I recommend u go there just for a change, I had the salt and pepper mud crap for $FJ40 and it was fantastic, there is also a show on while u eat every night, u can catch a cab there ( 5 min max ) or walk ( 10 min, but can be a little freaky at night) and Geckos supplies you with a free transfer bus back. You can get the number from Shangri-la reception. I heard that there is another restaurant nearby called “tomloos” which is where locals also go and eat, but we didn’t get a chance to try it. All up with our stay, we only spent $FJ500 for all meals/ drinks for both of us for the 3 nights and we ate well but hardly bought alcohol.
DRINKS: We took our own alcohol on our trip which we bought from duty free and we stopped at a supermarket on the way to the resort and stocked up on bottled water. The restaurants are BYO but you are charged a corkage that ranges from $FJ10 - $15.
Beer duty free cost $FJ8 for 6 cans, while the resort sells them for $FJ5 each. But we enjoyed the freedom of our own alcohol as we would be able to sit on our balcony with a glass of wine and read. There is also a mini supermarket in the resort that sells beer, wine, chips and chocolate for the late nite cravings which is still a little expensive but convenient.
ACTIVITIES: We weren’t sure how this worked til the 3rd day when we realised that there are black boards around the resort ( usually around the main pool) that lists the activities but u have to book for most of them. We recommend the Village bike tour where you ride to a village and given a tour on how they live and the culture, this is an eye opener, also there are a few ladies that sell some arts and craft there which u get at a much cheaper price then the resort. I also recommend u check out the Wedding chapel on the resort, its one of the best tranquil views; u can stay there for hours. The beach is good and u can snorkel, kayak and swim but obviously this is all within high tide. There is also a man selling Kava which u should try, he is the only person we tipped as he would have paid for it all himself, we didn’t tip anyone else as we were told that it is not encouraged. There is are many souvenir shops on the resort, the shop for children was reasonably priced, but the wooden craft stores were expensive, we bought a small wooden kava bowl for $FJ150, but then when we went into Nadi they were cheaper but not as nice. So it’s a matter of buying it there or risking it if u plan on heading into the city…either way make sure they stamp the receipt that the wood has been treated for customs at the airport.
The service at the resort was friendly but u have to realise that its on Fiji time, which is a little slower then what u are used to. We had no problem with check-out, our account was spot on, the Fijian people are so friendly and with the kids club, u hardly can feel the kids around the resort especially if u are hanging by the adult pool. We enjoyed our stay but I admit I enjoyed the island atmosphere more, its more intimate and u have more of a Fijian feel, whereas at this resort, u know ur in Fiji and its paradise, but its got the resort feel u would get anywhere, also I think this resort is a great choice for families rather then couples. Hope it helped!
- 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