We decided to break up our flight from Sydney to LA by stopping Fiji for 4 nights, to recover from our vacation. I really wanted a place on a real beach, with a view of something other than other tourists. This is why I did not want to be anywhere near the nightmarish tourist trap of Port Denarau. Most of the main island of Fiji is surrounded by a coral which makes the beach conditions less than perfect, but I was mainly interested in enjoying the view and snorkeling, so this was not an issue. The long beach in front of Crusoe's is extremely shallow during low tide, but the perfect depth for snorkeling/light swimming when the tide is in. Much of the coral had been damaged during a cyclone a few months prior to our visit, but I still found it to be an excellent area to explore. They also offer a glass-bottom boat trip.
The seaside bure is very spacious and comfortable, with an amazing view from the front porch. The staff there was very friendly, especially Alice, who was absolutely wonderful and charming. I enjoyed the afternoon happy hour at the poolside bar, overlooking the sea. The breakfast was good, as well as the the other meals. Given its isolated location, you are limited in dining options, which was never an issue for us (no one goes to Fiji for the food). There is one other resort about a 15 minute walk through the village or along the beach, but it was always empty when we dropped by (including the restaurant). There is a small village shop/minimart in the village, close to the beach. They offer various handicrafts, snack food, and a few fresh food options in their mini cafe. The people in the village were very friendly, and it is good to support them and the market.
The location, while not close to the airport, is 1/2 way between Nadi and Suva, allowing exploration of both areas. I harbor an intense fear and loathing of driving and renting cars on holiday, but I bit the bullet for this one, as the resort is in the middle of nowhere and I did not want to be at the mercy of the hotel shuttle or island buses. The good news is that the main island road is not very heavily traveled, so it is not a very harrowing drive. It is very scenic and easy two hour drive along the coast, passing through numerous villages.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled amongst lush tropical gardens and fronting a palm-fringed sandy beach and stunning lagoon, Crusoe’s Retreat is a friendly, intimate, traditional Fijian resort. Featuring only 29 Fijian-inspired Bures, Crusoe’s truly embodies all that is wonderful about the Fiji Islands: world-famous hospitality, an unhurried pace, fresh island cuisine, lots of complimentary activities, and a dedication to local culture and traditions. Crusoe’s Retreat truly is Fiji. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crusoe`s Retreat Hotel Coral Coast
- Crusoes Retreat Coral Coast
- Crusoes Retreat Hotel
- Crusoe's Retreat Fiji/Coral Coast