We stayed here because we found a fantastic rate on hotels.co.nz (about $83 NZ including breakfast), and we were looking for a hotel that was close to the airport and had an airport shuttle, as we arrived into Nadi on AirPacific at around 11pm.
Prior to coming, I emailed to check that an airport shuttle could be there to pick us up, and also enquired regarding the schedule for buses departing for Pacific Harbour the next day. To my disappointment, I found out that they do not normally operate the shuttle for flights after 10pm, and I was also asked to contact the bus company directly regarding schedules. At this point in time, I was not expecting much with regards to customer service, however, my experience once I got to Fiji and talked to staff in person was quite different.
Our flight into Nadi ended up arriving at midnight, an hour late. A positive aspect to this was that Timothy (or Timocei - I couldn't quite read his name tag) from Novotel waited at the airport for us due to the late arrival and drove us to the Novotel, thus saving us the hassle of trying to get a taxi (apparantly some Nadi taxi drivers in the past have had a dodgy reputation of overcharging, so ask for a quote first, and check that the meter's running. However, we didn't have any negative experience when we took a taxi from Nadi airport on another occassion).
Upon arrival at the Novotel, I was surprised by the open air lobby, I guess due to the temperatures in Fiji, not many of the hotels or resorts we visited had doors at the entrance, which gave a different "vibe" to most hotels I've been to. We booked in with little hassle, and were pleasantly surprised by a free upgrade to a deluxe room overlooking the golf course. When we enquired about buses for the following day, we were told the times (7.30am and 1pm) of the Coral Sun express bus (which stops by at the resort to pick you up) and whom to contact regarding this the next morning.
Timothy then kindly took our bags to our room, and joked with us about how "cold" it was for them during this time of year, while we were hoping to get to an air conditioned room to cool it down a couple of degrees. It was nice to meet a purser who seemed so sincere, and made us feel a bit more at home by using our names rather than just a title like sir or madam.
The deluxe rooms feel big due to the high ceilings, however, the floor area probably wasn't that big. The rooms looked like they had been done up recently with a modern layout making good use of space which gave an outdoor feel indoors with the use of some wooden blinds where there would normally be a wall, which allowed light through the whole room. The superking size bed was also nice and spacious, and the decor was pleasant.
The following morning we booked our bus and then went to have breakfast. We had a bit of a late breakfast, which may have affected what was on offer. Some of the dishes had lost their appeal (particularly the scrambled egg) as it looked like they had been in the warmers for a while, and some of the more popular dishes were running relatively low. However, there were still a few other items which I had a second round of.
After breakfast we walked around a little bit for about ten minutes, walking by the activities bure with tennis rackets, table tennis bats and some other gear for a couple of other activities, then walked along the perimeter of some of the golf course, coming back towards the pool (which I believe was open 24 hours). On the one hand, the pool is partially shaded by a big tree, making it nice for those wanting to escape the heat a little, however, at this time of year, some of the leaves were falling into the pool.
We didn't have much else to do at the Novotel before our 1pm bus, so we checked out and stored our luggage and took a tour to the garden of the sleeping giant (which we thought was ok, but as we are from NZ we were hoping for a little more, plus because we used a taxi, it cost more for the taxi than it did for the tickets to get into the garden) before returning before 1pm to be picked up by the bus.
Overall, it was an experience that exceeded expectations, partially as expectations were lowered slightly at the start, and we got great value for money due to the cheap deal through hotels.co.nz, the weakened Fiji dollar, as well as the free-upgrade.
If we returned to Fiji and needed a place to stay overnight, we would strongly consider staying at Novotel Nadi again as a comfortable place to either begin or end our time in Fiji.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Novotel Nadi - Managed by Accor ! The exotic Fiji Islands, set in the emerald waters of the South Pacific, is home to the Novotel Nadi. A warm welcome and traditional Fijian hospitality greet tourists and business travellers alike at a hotel where paradise becomes a way of life. Set in 42 acres of tropical gardens in the Namaka Hills, the Novotel Nadi is just a short drive [say, 3 minutes] from Nadi International Airport, served by many major international airlines and 10 minutes from one of Fiji's thriving business districts. It is an ideal base for touring and discovering Fiji's white beaches and crystal seas or marvel at mystical rituals such as "meke", traditional Fijian dancing. Get back to nature and explore the soaring Sleeping Giant mountain or sip a cocktail by the sparkling pool. The Novotel Nadi is based on traditional Fijian architecture and has 127 spacious guestrooms with balcony. Other facilities include same day laundry and babysitting. As soon as you step into Novotel Nadi, leave your cares behind and enjoy warm hospitality and impeccable service. The Novotel Nadi has a wide range of leisure activities for your enjoyment. Take a plunge in the pool, play tennis under the stars on the floodlit court or enjoy a game of golf on the hotels private 9 hole golf course. Indoor games include table tennis and pool. With sweeping mountain views, our 127 spacious guestrooms either have a balcony or patio. Each room has a private bathroom, television, air conditioning, refrigerator,tea and coffee making facilities and connected to high speed broadband internet and in-room wireless. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Nadi Hotel Nadi
- Accor Nadi
- Nadi Novotel
- Fiji Mocambo
- Novotel Nadi Fiji