We stayed at The Holiday Club at Fiji Palms for two weeks at end of March beginning of April.
We used the Hotel's taxi service to get from the airport, it was $FJ 180.
The resort is located on the south side of the island in the rainy area, apparently. WE did notice the rain rather more than we expected.The coast nearer to the airport is said to be sunnier. The area seemed far more rural than the airport side of the island. The resort is on a beach, which looked a bit forsaken as there had been a storm and the sea had washed up a lot of debris onto the beach. By the end of our stay the two resorts had manged to clear most of it. We didn't really use the beach except for walking alone.
The unit we had was in the newer block, on the second floor, with a view of the sea. It was a two bed unit, adequately furnished and comfortable, with two bathrooms, and a washer/dryer. The Starter Pack provided was useful, with essential supplies. Charged 25 Fijian dollars to your account. The unit was clean, but there is no maid service daily. The staff were lovely and friendly and welcoming. The grounds were immaculately tendered. The area of the resort is not that large compared to The Pearl resort next door. There was construction of another block of apartments going on whilst we were there. Apart from some noise, it didn't really disturb us greatly. The plot is long and narrow, and I undersatnd that they intend to build yet another two blocks of apartments after this. I feel that that will overwhelm the facilities there then, which are really just about adequate for the current numbers of guests. The pool area is not that large, the sunbeds were not really that comfortable showing signs of wear, unfortunately and there were no sun umbrellas. There are a number of tall palm trees which shade the area though. The bar area offers evening meals, which are priced fairly well, but unfortunately the standard of meals or the menu choice was not really that great which was a shame ,as it is nice to eat locally and meet up with other guests in the resosrt. The bar staff were very friendly and welcoming. We ate at another local resort called The Uprising which was very nice.
The hotel adjoining, The Pearl is a lot bigger and the facilities are a lot more impressive. We had drinks there during the day, they are quite a bit more expensive though. The Pearl hotel are building a large harbour so that cruise ships will be able to dock and presumably use their facilities.
I had liasied with Wendy, the manager by e mail before we went regarding the resorts' facilities, and it was disappointing that I never got to meet her whilst I was there. I saw her twice in the resort but I noticed that she never spoke to the guests or acknowledged their presence at all. We saw her with her husband in the bar on our last evening, entertaining some local guests, and she just ignored us. We both felt that this is very rude and unnecessary as her husband Michael was very friendly.
The trips out on offer were generally quite expensive. We booked our own local taxi to take us to the Kula Eco Park to see the island's animals and reptiles they are trying to preserve. It was a lovely day out. We did n't want to do the trip the resort offerred as it went to other places we did not wish to go and this was cheaper. The resort ask that people refrain from making their own arrangements, presumably because Michael his own taxi business. I think people can make up their own minds as to which services they use and get better value for money. In hindsigt we should have tried to arrange some of the trips we did take, directly with the tour companies as I think they may have been cheaper. The trip up the River to the Fijian Village and waterfall was fantastic, but after we booked it we were asked to pay more as the price had gone up! If you want to do the Beqa Island trip I suggest that you go to the Harbour, which is across the road and book the trip with the tour company directly. It was $FJ 199 from the Fiji Palms and there is no taxi involved. It is an all day trip to the island, you can snorkell in more than two places, but the coral isn't that great really but the little fish which are visible are beautiful. Although we used the resort's trip to Suva on the first Monday. In hindsight we would have got a local taxi to take us really as we eneded up having to wait to return as some of the other hotle guests failed to appear at the chosen return time. The Arts Village up the road, has a good supermarket but the ones in Suva are better to stock up with if you go at th start of your holiday. There is a lovely cafe there which serves home made cakes and gives very generous portions of cake, don't be on a diet when you go! There is a good food shop opposite the hotel entrance, which is a bakery.
We had to catch our retun flight on the Friday morning at 0955 so we decided to make the 2.5 hour journey across the island the day before and stay at a local airport hotel. If you do decide to do this leave early afternoon and enjoy the beautiful local scenery. We left about 4.15pm and it was dark before we arrived at Nadi.
The best and cheapest place we found for nice souvenirs is a large shop called Baravi handicrafts on the Nandi road just past the Warwick Hotel.
Just a word about the journey from England, if you are tempted to go. We went with Korean Air and the two plane journeys via Seoul were about 10 hours each consequtively. We were exhausted by the time we reached Nadi and then we had to face the 2.5 hour car ride to the resort. Going back you have to stop in Seoul for the night, which was a little better, but it is on the other side of the world and worth visiting such a lovely place with such friendly people. If you can afford Business class you will enjoy it more, I am sure.
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