Wailoaloa Beach (aka Newtown) is a hidden gem in the Nadi tourist market. I first came here in 1999, when there were a handful of places to stay, aiming at backpackers/budget travellers, including three beach-front properties, whose bars and restaurants were the centre of the social life.
Now, there are tarmac roads to the beach, the local shop is three times the size and there are 7 or 8 hotels along the beach-front, all with bars and restaurants. The area remains a backpacker haven but there are some newer properties offering more luxurious features. Traveller's Beach has expanded somewhat and now boasts a small swimming pool with (very) small spa-pool. Our "budget" en-suite double, in the extension across the road - actually, a double bed plus single, with fan, fridge, kettle and sink - was clean, spacious and well-ventilated, well worth the FJ$60 (about £20, US$30). The back door opened on to a grassy area, with laundry sinks and clothes-line. I had also booked an air-con room, for my cousin from the UK, for his first night in Fiji. When the receptionist showed me the room, it wasn't quite ready (not unreasonable at 11am) - had been cleaned, but needed towels, etc. By the time we returned from the airport at 2pm, he had been upgraded to a beach-front room at no extra charge. He was delighted with the room, and indeed with the hotel. After 4 weeks of similar-quality accommodation in Oz and NZ, he thought the FJ$70 room price was a bargain. (Incidentally, unless you are a total water-baby, the beachfront room is not worth the extra - next to the pool, so noisy in the morning, and smaller than the other rooms). The staff were exceedingly helpful. This place is not just for the backpackers!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Travellers Beach Resort is a fun and tropical place for budget backpackers and alternative travellers to stay in Nadi. Located on the best strip of Wailoaloa Beach, we offer a fun-loving beach experience with simple clean rooms, delicious meals, and lot of adventure options to enjoy Fiji!Travellers Beach Resort offers pure friendly island-style hospitality. This is a place with traditional island charm and a tropical fun-loving Fiji way of life. It is the oldest and most established property in Nadi Bay overlooking the majestic Mamanuca Islands with the stunning Sleeping Giant Range as a backdrop. We offer a wide range of accommodation with, Ocean wing rooms, Beach front rooms, Ocean view rooms, Mountain view rooms, Family rooms and backpacker dorms. Our restaurant and bar offers excellent affordable meals, Sunset cocktails, icy cold beers and a full bar selection. The poolside dining area offer picture perfect views and incredible sunsets. We have live music, entertainment, a pool challenges and traditional kava ceremonies nightly. There is a large screen TV in the bar area for latest sports, news and movies. This is a place to soak in the island atmosphere and meet the locals. There is also plenty of hammocks and beach loungers to enjoy the tropical sunshine :)Travellers Beach Resort is the closest beach location to the Nadi International Airport. The 'Newtown Beach' neighbourhood is Fiji's best budget traveller base. There is a cluster of cafes, restaurants and other budget resorts around us. Local buses run by few times a day for trips to town and around. Awesome Adventures, Fiji Experience, The North Fiji Backpacker Project and all the main trip operators offer a free pick up from our office. Taxi rides to the airport or town take 10 minutes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Travellers Beach Resort Fiji/Nadi