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“Good place to get pissed, not good if you want to do activities”
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The Beachouse
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Suva, Fiji
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Good place to get pissed, not good if you want to do activities”
Reviewed 16 February 2014

I am currently on a work contract in Suva for 6 months, so am obviously keen to explore places for weekend getaways. I chose the Beachouse largely for its breadth of activities on offer. However, I was disappointed as around 75% of the activities you see on the activities board, do not proceed. I am a keen snorkeler so on my first day I rocked up to the meeting point for the 2pm snorkel trip. No staff turned up, and there wasn't any around to ask if the snorkel trip was happening or not. You can only snorkel from the shore when the tide is high.

In addition, there seems to be a group of 'permanent' backpackers or similar staying there. I found them to be a bit 'cliquey'. They always hogged the SUP boards as well, whereas I was keen to have a go out in the surf (and obviously pay for my time).

All in all, I'd only come to the beachouse for two purposes: 1) get drunk 2) relax. If you are looking for activities and to get out and about more, I'd suggest you look elsewhere.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Durham, North Carolina
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

We stayed at the Beachouse for almost 2 weeks and, by the end of the stay, we were almost like family. Our accommodation was comfortable and tastefully decorated. The beach is beautiful and expansive, but only really good for swimming when the tide is in. The food was usually quite good, but a bit limited in variety for longer stays. Also, the communal kitchen for backpackers was sparsely equipped. There are lots of activities, but you sort of have to pipe up and ask for them and they are always happy to indulge. The staff were very friendly and warm. Particularly Andrew, Mattisse and Bruce went out of their way to make us feel welcome and entertained. We will definitely return to this place when we have some time off.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 11 January 2014

We stayed at 6 different accommodations during our 11 day trip in Fiji. The Beachouse was our less favorite mainly due to the staff. It felt as though they didn't want to be there. When asking for their advice they were not helpful and sent us around asking different people only to be returned to the first person. Food was average and during our stay we had to eat their buffet (lovo and curry nights) as the main kitchen was closed. There were no other restaurants/villages close by so we had no other options. I would recommend staying at Uprising Resort if you are traveling in Pacific Harbour.

We signed up to a number of activities, snorkeling trip was ok but nothing compared to the outer islands. We rode a horse along the beach and up a mountain, while this was expensive at $40 pp this was the activity we enjoyed the most.

When I booked, it was supposed to be a Hibiscus room but upon checking-in, we were put in a Travelers Lodge with only a ceiling fan, very hard bed, and outdoor shower. When I asked reception, they said the Hibiscus rooms were fully booked so we can't be moved.

Staff needs to improve for travelers to enjoy their experience more.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

We stayed here recently. The location is great on a beautiful beach, however it is a 2 hour bus ride from Nadi. The individual cabins were clean, but basic with louvered and partially screened windows and a huge ceiling fan. No closet, hangers, dresser or chairs were provided in the unit strictly the double bed and two singles. The private toilet and shower are situated outside the unit framed by a stone wall with tall ginger and other tropical plants. Unfortunately there was a two story dormitory in close proximity which didn't provide is with as much privacy or quiet as some of the other cabins. A continental breakfast and afternoon tea is included and lunch and dinner can be ordered from the menu. Be prepared for a lengthy wait for your meal (sometimes well over 1 hour - FIJI time)The menu could also use some additions as during 5 days, there were many repetitions. The staff is wonderful and friendly and there are many organized trips available daily. Snorkeling was good just off the beach close to the reef and kayaks were provided. Bring your own equipment to save money. PROS: Great place for anyone happy to live out of their backpacks or suitcases for a short while. Very friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Hammocks on the beach and beautiful sunsets. CONS: Bottled water expensive, or you can chance the rainwater. No glasses in the room or ice - you had to ask for them at the bar. Occasional critters in the room looking for food. Bring a clothesline to hang any small items of food which helped. Overall a nice relaxing place with a wide variety of international guests of all ages. If I was under 30, I probably would have given this a higher rating but would prefer a few amenities in the room.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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North Bay, Canada
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

Fantastic resort!!! Stayed here with a travelling high school class for 2 weeks and were treated like gold - it felt like home. The staff go above and beyond to connect with guests and make their stay unforgettable. The food and beverage options are a wide variety of local and international flavours - just delicious! This place had the best vibes - so incredibly laid back and willing to accommodate for your pace - if you wanted to lounge about all day, the hammocks and chill music awaited, or if you wanted to pack a day full of activities - The Beachouse offers it all - from rainforest hikes to surfing to palm weaving to horseback riding. Saw THE MOST BEAUTIFUL sunsets and sunrises of my whole life at this place. Such a beautiful, clean, friendly, welcoming place to stay...and incredibly well priced. Comfortable accommodations range from beautiful guesthouses near the beach front to larger backpacker-style rooms closer to the road. The Beachouse accommodates any and all visits: quiet getaways for two, sports team retreats, exciting adventures, or even weddings! Made great friends here and DEFINITELY intend to return - vinaka vaka levu! Thanks for everything Beachouse!!!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

The Beachouse is a fun friendly place with relaxed vibes and approachable, sociable staff. I stayed there for more than 2 weeks and didn’t want to leave because it felt like home, not to mention the fact that theirs plenty of things to do from walks to waterfalls an horse ridding to surfing and fishing trips. Alternatively you could just chill in one of there hammocks if that’s all too much for you an have a dip in the pool if it gets to hot.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

I stayed at the Beachouse in October with a good friend for a girl's surf trip and we had an amazing time. I live in Fiji and had been searching for a place on Viti Levu that I would want to return to. I found it! The owner, Andrew, goes out of his way to make a personal connection with each and every guest and he comes from an interesting family --I believe 3rd generationj in Fiji. The setting is idyllic--a very nice white sand beach, comfortable bures with hot water (almost unheard of for a backpacker resort), very good food, and beautiful natural decor throughout the resort. The resort can hold quite a few guests but still the staff goes out of their way to know everyone's names. Their boats are top-knotch and Andrew's son Cormack is a very good captain. Also thanks to Ratu, Alanna, Matthis, Semi, Rosa, and Angie for a great trip. Very reasonably priced and I can't wait to return. Vina'a Va'a Levu----Julie on Taveuni

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: The Beachouse
Address: Queens Road, Korolevu, Viti Levu, Fiji
Region: Fiji > Viti Levu > Coral Coast > Korolevu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Korolevu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Beachouse 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Beachouse is one of Fiji's finest budget resorts. It is located on Fiji's famous Coral Coast. Nestled in to 10 acres of pristine gardens with a private beach ... the Beachouse offers you a great Fiji atmosphere without blowing your budget!!The Beachouse caters to international backpacker/travellers as well as having 12 ensuite rooms for those that enjoy the relaxed atmosphere but also want some additional comfort and amenities. All prices include accommodation, light breakfast, afternoon tea, free wifi and use of sea kayaks. The resort has a cafe, bar & swimming pool plus much more.If you don't want to have fun .. don't come!! Hope to see you in Fiji!! ... more   less 
Also Known As:
The Beachouse Hotel Korolevu
The Beachouse Fiji/Coral Coast

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