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Shangri-La's Fijian Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Yanuca Island
Sydney
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Great place....hope this advice helps!!!”
Reviewed September 16, 2006

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!

  • Liked — The room was clean and spacious
  • Disliked — The tv would stuff up every now and then ( not that we watched it much)
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
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LONDON, ENGLAND
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed September 12, 2006

Well I don't really know where to start. We stayed at the Shangri La for the first 11 days of our honeymoon and it could not have got off to a better start. We stayed in an Executive Suite which gave us fantastic views of the beach, night and day. Having flown from London Heathrow, after 30+ hours travelling to be greeted at 11pm at night with extremely warm smiles was a great welcome. All the satff were nothing but friendly and helpful and could not do enough for us - it is true how quickly you start saying Bula to everyone you pass!!! We had 2 dinners in the Cabana - you can book these prior to arrival with a very helpful guy called Cecil. I did not find food and drink prices over the top - but then I have to say I live in London / England where the average price for a bottle of beer is £2.50 and a bottle of wine £15-20 upwards - so for us Brits don't worry about the comments about the food and wine - like us you will prob find it normal.
We would defiantely advise a trip to the Takali Bar in the evening where you are sure to be greeted by Nemani and the rest of the staff who we had a number of great evenings with.
Thank you all for making our honeymoon amazing and I wouls strongly recomment people making the trip.

One more comment - we were actually right at the far end of the Coral coast wing - next to where there is some building work taking place...we hardly heard a sound from them the whole time we were in Fiji.....

  • Liked — Staff, Resort, Sunrise, Sunset, Beach and Relaxing,
  • Tips/Secrets — Book the private Cabana dinner for 2 - great personal service and you feel important!!!!!
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed September 9, 2006

Simply the best place to take young children (18 months and 4yrs). We had a fantastic time and will definitely go back. The kids ‘stay and eat free’ deal was great. Babysitters were excellent. Everyone had a brilliant holiday.

  • Liked — The overall experience
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — embrace the fijian culture
  • Stayed January 2006, traveled with family
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2006

We have been to the Shangri-La at least ten times and while it is please to see the improvement in the faciltiies, it is disappointing to find the standards available in the restaurants have deteriorated significantly.

We were particularly with the top restaurant, the Kalevu, had reduced the size of the food portions and quality and that the wine list was ridiculously priced. The lowest price Sauvignon Blanc's were at least twice the cost of a main meal and five times their retail price. This felt like a rip-off.

For a holiday resort that for many years we had considered like our second home we find this disappointing and distressing.

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Melbourne AUSTRALIA
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Reviewed August 10, 2006

Stayed in Shangrila/Fijian for 5 days with my husband and a couple of friends.. Upon arrival we were greeted by friendly staff and refreshments. The food's beautiful and all yummy (tried all the Restaurants in the Resort and we loved all their food). Loved the Yanuca Sunrise ! Resort activities are awesome as well - we can't complain. Resort staff are all very friendly from the day we arrived until the day we left. We had such a wonderful time that we are thinking of coming back.

  • Liked — Hardly spend time in the Room - always swimming/sunbaking/activities
  • Disliked — Heard that they're changing their Restaurant Food concept to Chinese - would be a bad move I think as we came to Fiji to experience different cuisine - There's already a lot of Chinese Restaurants from where we came from.
  • Tips/Secrets — Don't be out-off with the almost 1 hour travelling time fr the Airport to the Resort - its worth it.
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2006

We spent the first few days of our honeymoon at the Fijian. Our room was updated with nice amenities and we found the island very beautiful. Be aware that the beaches are not the best. The food was just Ok. After many meals we were able to find a few favorites but also many disappointments. This resort is flooded with children, not the best place for honeymooners.

Fiji is beautiful and the staff was very friendly. We would probably find other accommodations if we are to return to Fiji.

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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed July 24, 2006

i know i stayed a while ago but i have just found this site, so i have to stop poor unwitting travelers from having the holiday i did.

the hotel gave us a nice welcome with drinks etc. we were then shown to our rooms v out of date (think 80s) with v low cielings that could make u feel claustrophobic. we did have a nice sea view though.
unfortunately on the first day we decided to look at the huge pools, not a god idea as 100s of children! (3-13)we then tried out the adult pool, unfortunately it said you had to be over 16, my child was 15(but looks younger) and we were asked to move, so it was gud we had the sea view in the end.
the hotel is on its own island and after trying the hotel food (which was appaling.. and made me scared of becoming ill due to the fact it was never hot) we decided to go outside for restaurants, this was a bad idea as there were few, most had just as bad food as the hotel, and the staff at the desk could give us no good restaurants to go to.

overall leaving us hungry and annoyed, not a good end to a holiday.

  • Liked — the sea view, we were right on the beach
  • Disliked — the rooms, and the food
  • Stayed January 2005, traveled with family
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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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