My partner and I just returned from Outrigger yesterday and I wanted to write a review while it was fresh. We are both in our twenties (he is 28 and I'm 21) and we were amazed every single day. If you're looking for a place to party til 4am - this is not the place for you. If you're looking for somewhere to relax and just forget about life (which is what we wanted) - then you've found the perfect spot. We stayed during the tailend of the cyclone/rainy season. There were a few showers that lasted 15 minutes at the most. It was cloudy most days but it would usually clear up before lunchtime. Rest assured, we returned home with extremely noticeable tans!
The staff were just brilliant, incredibly friendly throughout our stay and always greeted you with 'Bula!'. We stayed in the Deluxe Ocean View room and arrived just in time for our Talai butler service - so lovely after a day in the sun. Our butler was Serameia (unsure of spelling). She was fantastic, friendly and always smiling.
The food was good - it would have been nice to see some Fijian food served at Baravi Bar but they did serve it in the Buffet restaurant, so this was our own fault for not going there. The food was reasonably priced, the same as at home. Everywhere you go there are serenaders, and they are truly beautiful singers. I could sit and listen to them for hours!
The service by the pool was fantastic! We made friends with Aporosa (one of the waiters at Baravi Bar) and could not say enough nice things about him. We made friends with him as he always stopped to chat. We even exchanged emails to keep in touch! We made sure to make our way down to the pool on the day we left to say goodbye to him.
Do not go to Outrigger expecting white sandy beaches. You will be disappointed. If you do want to see this - go to the islands (we went on a daycruise to Castaway Island and fell in love!) However, it is still beautiful to see and the pool makes up for it more than enough. I loved the activities especially the pool and beach volleyball (don't worry if you can't play very well - the staff are like professionals!) I enjoyed buying jewellery from the women who sold arts and crafts, we also brought back a love statue handcrafted by one of the carpenters in the resort. He took the time to explain what each carving represents and it really is beautiful.
BeBe Spa was incredible. From the moment you arrive you are completely relaxed and pampered. We had some tapas at Kaloko Bar and the view is just breathtaking. It was also nice to be in the presence of adults only!
There were only a few cons as there are on any trip.
*It's quite a trip to the airport (2 hours) or Denaru port (1.5 hrs)- but can be cut short by arranging a private car rather than transfer.
* The Sundowner Bar was closed for renovation (obviously this could not helped). This is the bar by the beach. It would have been fantastic to drink cocktails and watch the sunset in the afternoon.
*We woke up the last couple of mornings with bites on our bodies. I'm not sure if it was insects from the door being open or bed bugs (room 625). It was nothing nasty - just a few bites that itched for a bit then you didn't notice them. Nothing nasty but should probably be checked out.
*There were kids everywhere! Fantastic for families, not so much for a young couple.It's hard to eat your dinner when there are kids and babies screaming at the table behind or next to you. However, it is a family friendly resort so obviously that's why. It would be nice if there was a place where it was adults only but still with the casual feel (I realise that there were a few places where people didn't take their kids, but we liked to be in the open by the water).
Other than that - you are truly in paradise! So take it all in and relax on Fiji time!
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- Also Known As:
- Outrigger On The Lagoon Fiji Hotel Sigatoka
- Outrigger Lagoon Fiji
- Outrigger Hotel Sigatoka
- Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort Sigatoka
- Outrigger Resort Sigatoka
- Outrigger Sigatoka
- Fiji Outrigger
- Fiji Lagoon Outrigger
- Sigatoka Outrigger