I just received an email from an Australian reader who used Moon Fiji on a resort hopping holiday. He found the food and beverage overpriced at some of the places he stayed but enjoyed the accommodations and service at the Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji. The lunches there weren’t too ‘over the top’ in price and the Kulu Bird Park across the highway from the Outrigger was a highlight. “The other big resort that my partner and I like is the Warwick Fiji – we both hate The Naviti Resort and not that fond of the Sheraton Fiji Resort.” However, he says that when he heads back to the Sigatoka area he’ll probably stay at the Bedarra Inn as he liked the feel of the place and the people. While on the Coral Coast, my reader dropped into Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort for lunch and found it overpriced and underwhelming.
In the Mamanuca Group, Amunuca Island Resort was so bad it was almost rewarding. According to him, Amunuca has many problems. “We found our way around the barbed-wire fence a couple of times to try and find a better meal at Tokoriki Island Resort – better atmosphere but no improvement on quality of food. It would be nice if Amunuca could be bulldozed – it was a wonderful beach to visit before any development! And I believe the seaweed on the beaches at Tokoriki and Amunuca (that gets raked around dawn) is because of too much development and sewage seeping into the ocean. When I first went to Tokoriki in 1993 and 1994 there was no seaweed on the beaches.”
My reader has heard only good things about Castaway Island Resort. “On my last visit there I had the best salt & pepper calamari I’ve ever had (not a dish you would normally rave about, or indeed be memorable). As you say, the Kids Club is excellent (and the wood-fired pizzas keep the costs down for parents). I had an excellent dive there (Gotham City with the myriad batfish). On one visit a staff member had died that afternoon and the rest of the resort staff went about their friendly business as normal and waited until all guests were bedded down. Around 1 am they had a private, teary ceremony on the beach (not the main one) before the body was taken back to the mainland by boat. I think around 60 percent of Castaway guests are ‘repeats’, which as you say means booking way in advance. Treasure Island Resort is just a backup in case Castaway is fully booked.”
“At the end of the trip we stayed at The Terraces on Denarau Island. We actually loved this place – the kids called it ‘home’ after ‘resort-land’. We shopped at the marina and found the supermarket reasonably priced (especially the alcohol!). Our kitchen was fine to cook in, lounge room spacious, two bedrooms, and I read a book on the balcony taking the odd break to watch the hapless golfers whack the little white ball into the water. As much fun as snorkelling! Did a round of all the Denarau resorts and, again, paid far too much for lunch. But of all the Denarau properties, I liked the Radisson Resort Fiji the best – a better price, good pool, and not all ‘rip off’ for food and beverage (the pizza outlet for the kids etc).”