Westin Port Denaru Fiji
Located 15mins drive from Nadi International Airport is Denaru Island and Port Denaru is the upscale resort complex of Fiji that does not require a 2 or 3 hour drive from the Airport and contains a wide range of leisure facilities including a Golf and Tennis Club, Marina, Modest Shopping Centre as well as about half a dozen resorts including the Sheraton, Westin, Hilton, Sofitel and Trendwest.
The Westin’s first impressions are indeed impressive. A typical warm and hearty Fijian welcome is always on offer at the lobby, The open air lobby is one of the best designed I’ve seen since I seen the Arcadia ( now Hilton arcadia Phuket lobby ) when it opened in the late 1980s and merges dark stained timber, water ponds and fire torches at night to indeed create a rather lovely space whilst during the day its very calm, open and airy space.
Where the picture perfect paradise starts to fall apart is when you leave the lobby for your room.
The rooms are housed in two story mini villas, The room décor is heavy on natural timber furniture with exposed beam ceilings creating expansive space. The Bose sound system was a nice surprise but not as half as surprising as the poor TV reception and nearly non existent choice of channels on the 42” Plasma. The empty mini bar was a surprise I expect this in rural China and 3 star places not at a Westin Resort ( If I can afford the room rate here I can afford A $9 coke from the mini bar )
The bathroom that was a real lowlight , Not because it looks like it was constructed by two blind guys who learnt bathroom construction from A Pod Cast but because it was plainly the worst bathroom I have ever seen period. The Shower screen which looked like something from the 1970s recycled was terrible and the wonder shower head with its two outlets does nothing more than pose an injury risk to anyone who is taller than 4ft high and or simulate what happens on a Submarine when it starts to leak. The soaps and shampoos where terrible and in short supply, the novelty green leaf soaps where a joke. Simply Terrible.
The beds where also the worst I had ever slept on and they include once again those cement blocks covered in a sheet frequently found in China. Way too soft actually left me with back ache after the first night. Was not impressed also that we had specifically booked a King and got twin beds instead. My bad back on the second night didn’t keep me awake as much as the mid night construction crew hammering a roof together on a nearby native structure or the collection of gecko’s ( lizzards ) that only make noise when the lights go out and you wish to sleep. The cobwebs on the wall show the cleaning lady was also still learning on the job. Having to ask for a Hair Drier was the final straw....
Food options are limited in the hotel and rather unimpressive. The local Japanese restaurants much renowned lobster dumplings where big on promise but short on delivery, the taste just wasn’t there it could have been anything to be honest. The sushi and sashimi however was good however. As for drinks at all the bars they are terrible, The Cocktails are terrible A Pina Colada is only Pina Colada with Booze. Stick to the Local Brews.
The Hotel does not really have what I would call a beach, Think shore line with black sands at low tide. You need to go off-shore for that typical postcard tropical beach, at the resort Swimming is basically limited to the Hotel Pool which gets very crowded and as good as it looks it nothing as good as found at resorts elsewhere in my view.
The Hotel features a couple of shops none amazing. The Hotel Supermarket is well stocked and not too expensive, there is a constant native arts and crafts market and a couple of other shops selling trinkets and an ice cream bar.
Outside of the Hotel beyond Golf and Tennis there is not a wide variety of things to do. The nearby Town of Nadi is good to fill in a couple of hours of your day sightseeing ( Do not fall for the $50 half day bus tour this is a scam – get a taxi for half that for a 3 hour tour to Nadi and the surrounds. ) Do not expect much you have been warned ( Any sightseeing tour that shows me the new fire station, the old hospital and points out the house where the drivers cousins lives is never going to deliver much lets face it. Who ever decided the best place for a power pole is right in front of the Hindu Temple spoiling every photo that’s taken should be hung from the pole. The Saturday market was mildly interesting but nothing amazing I stress. Go to Asia for this view!!!
Nearer to the Westin on Denaru Island is Port Denaru which is A Marina with a small collection of shops none of them amazing or unique, several bars and restaurants including the Hard Rock Café, A travel agents, post office and supermarket. All Charterboat Cruises and Cruise Ship tenders arrive and depart from here. Indigo is great for Indian food and as long as you avoid the cocktails the beer is cold and not overly priced in any of the bars. The whole place empties out about 11pm so don’t expect any late night raves. Port Denaru is easily accessed via the Bulla Bus which runs continuously from 8am to 11pm for about six dollars for a day pass. This Bus is a better choice than Taxi’s which can be quite scarce from time to time.
The Starwood Folks will have you believe The Westin Denaru this A Jewel in the Pacific. The reality beyond the manicured façade is less than polished when all is considered. The facilities are generally substandard, the rooms simply do not meet what is generally expected from a Westin property. Peer beyond the manicured façade and be prepared to disappointed proceed with caution.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa beautifully reflects Fiji's rich cultural heritage and local style. Offering the finest resort facilities including 246 guestrooms and suites and the award winning Heavenly Spa by Westin, it is a simply stunning resort for your next holiday in the South Pacific. Stay in 1, play in all 3: directly adjacent to The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa are the Sheraton Fiji Resort and the Sheraton Denarau Villas. Within the shared complex, guests can enjoy all facilities including the 12 dining venues, 6 swimming pools and the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club. Starwood Preferred Guest(R) Members receive complimentary in room internet and special dining discounts when booking direct. Book direct today. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa Fiji Hotel Denarau Island
- The Westin Denarau Island Resort And Spa Fiji
- Westin Denarau Island
- Denarau Island Westin