We spent seven nights at the Outrigger end January/early February and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. We were attending an engagement party in nearby Sigatoka so the location was ideal. Having never been to a Pacific island before, all our expectations were met the minute we arrived at the Outrigger. From the friendly (and loud!) "Bula's" from the guys at the entrance and the bellboys as we arrived, to the most welcome refreshing cool drink and refreshing towels offered as we checked in, to the butlers, waiters and staff everywhere - we were made to feel welcome from the word go.
Our butler, Miri, showed us the beautiful view from the balcony near reception and pointed out our plantation bure below. A walk through the beautiful gardens led us to our bure which was spacious, comfortable and roomy. There was a great shower room with excellent water pressure - always a bonus. We had travelled with friends and they had the bure next door which was very convenient. (Our only little quibble was our mattress which seemed well-worn, with "dips" on either side. Our friends on the other hand had a very comfortable bed, so I guess we drew the short-straw there.)
We had yummy prawn wraps for our first lunch in Vale Ni Kana accompanied by "Fiji Baby (Bitter)" and "Fiji Gold". We were also introduced to "Fiji champagne" - iced water!! That evening we had cocktails followed by really good wood-fired pizzas at the Sundowner Bar, watching the sun setting over the Pacific - magical. The staff here, and at the other restaurants, were all so friendly and warmly welcomed us back each time we returned.
We toured some of the surrounding area with our local friend. The Eco Park nearby is worth the visit. We also visited the shops and markets in Sigatoka - heeding the advice given by previous contributors - and found you just have to be firm with those trying to pester you and avoid eye contact.
The Outrigger's pool was just lovely - especially first thing in the morning and later in the day/evening. There were no schoolchildren as their holidays had just ended, so that was a bonus for those of us who wanted a quieter time.
Food was generally excellent - we particularly enjoyed the seafood buffet at Vale Ni Kana and the pizzas at Sundowner.
There are so many to thank - Miri and Mala our butlers, Josephine in the Takia cafe, Moses, Litia, the lovely "Tiramisu", Mareta, Mere and the wonderful people in the Sundowner Bar - Jim, Adi, Emosi, Marie, Ili, Kalesi, chef Ledua and his assistant - hope we haven't forgotten anyone! It was a touching moment when they all gathered around, along with the musicians, to sing us Isa Lei on our last evening.
Thanks for a great time Outrigger from 'Super Mario' and 'Mrs Mario'. We'd love to come back sometime.
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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