SHANGRI-LA FIJIAN RESORT November 2005
An absolutely wonderful Resort, on its own little 108 acre island, joined by a short causeway. We went in November 2005 and the resort had 60% occupancy, a very pleasant amount of fellow travelers. Mainly consisting of Aussies and New Zealanders.
.Checking into Reception was smooth sailing and we were taken to our room where I had previously organized for some arrival Canapes
We stayed in a Coral Wing Ocean View room, which had a lovely view overlooking the Reef. There was a superb king size bed, that when you moved your partner didn’t, a beautiful marble bathroom, deep bath, and shower with plenty of amenities. The room was serviced every morning, with turn down in the evenings. The room had a great air-conditioner, mini bar, great safe, and plenty of cupboard space with iron and ironing board, generally, just a terrific size room. We had a lovely balcony, where we were overlooking the Reef and also the Infinity Pool to the right.
The Coral Wing is set the furthest away from Restaurants and main areas of the Resort, but we liked this aspect as it involved a lot of walking.
The Shangri-La has three brilliant swimming pools. The infinity pool is just a picture with the reef as a back drop.
The Takali, adults only pool, is quite big with the Takali Restaurant and Bar to one side—this makes it ideal to get those Cocktails while swimming. All this, with just the murmur of the Adults talking and no children jumping in and screaming around you. Very peaceful if you want to just relax or read that book.
The Lagoon swimming pool is the largest of them all, and is a beautiful design. Plenty of activity and room for all with fish and chips, ice-creams, and drinks adjacent for all to enjoy.
Everything you purchase whether it be drinks, food, or meals all gets sent to the room account and you are given a receipt which you sign after each transaction, which I kept, with the exception of the little convenience store.
What I used to do, is at night just quickly add up my receipts and go to the Reception the next morning and pay my bill, that way every day started with a nil balance—I know it sounds corny but it worked brilliantly, and I knew exactly how much we were spending and this made for a great holiday because there were no little surprises.
If you feel like snorkeling or swimming in the Ocean, this is just behind the Lagoon Pool and is just a beautiful sight.
You have to sign for, and return, your beach towels by the end of the day, or you get charged for them.
The Resort also has its own set of Shops in a circular arcade along with a Prouds Outlet, Photo Printing Shop, General Tourist Shops along with a Tour office and little corner store of sorts (convenience), and all the Saris, Polo Shirts and nic-nacs that you want to buy at your Resort are in this Arcade. They also have a ‘Jack Handicrafts’ store at the Resort which is a very big Company in Fiji. And rest assured, any Wooden products that you purchase and if they are stamped on the back with “treated wood”, then there is no problem bringing them back to Australia. They also pack and post, quite expensive to do so but hey, if you can afford it.
The Staff in general are always very nice and are always saying “Bula” whenever they pass you, with a genuine big smile on their faces.
The Food is typical resort style food with buffet breakfasts and dinners etc. The Takali Restaurant, and Lagoon Restaurant, both do a lovely buffet breakfast. I found these prices to be on par with other Resorts. A buffet breakfast for two was $50FD which brings it back down to about $20AUD each. They also have themed buffet dinners and á la carte meals.
The Kalevue Restaurant (the resorts signature restaurant) is outstanding in every regard. The quality, meals, presentation and service are all definitely 5 star standard. The meals are sensational. Well worth the special night whilst you are away. If they ask you if you want Fiji water, you pay for it, so just say normal water and it is chilled and just as pleasant
So, apart from the Kalevue Restaurant all meals were say 4 star standard, typical resort meals very pleasant, something for everyone, and priced accordingly.
The Beach Bar and Grill served very nice snacks/lunch ranging from $11FD to $18FD
Try to avoid room service they have yet to get this right. If you are starving it wont matter, but don’t expect it to be too exciting. Also guys, take a bottle opener with you, as the rooms do not have these and it took one hour for room service, and he didn’t want to leave it here which meant he wanted to open all the bottles. We persuaded him differently and he came back at 3pm the next afternoon to pick it up.
One night in particular that we will always remember, was the “Seafood Sensation dinner for Two” which is prepared by the Takali Restaurant in your own Private Cabana for two, overlooking the Reef which is spectacular.
For $195FD this includes your own private waiter, the Cabana all to yourselves, a seafood platter which is to die for which includes a whole lobster Mornay, prawns, crabs, salmon steaks, calamari salad, and other beautiful things. Along with a complimentary bottle of Mad Dog Wine, and a complimentary glass of Champagne. This was a beautiful night, fantastic food, and what a holiday memory is all about.
Cocktails at the Resort are $15FD
They also play a game of Rugby next to the Lagoon Pool on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays it is more fun than an actual game with players ranging from 6 – 60 years.
The Shangri-La Resort is a good resort to stay in, just choose your time of year carefully, the higher the season, of course, the more crowded. We had a wonderful holiday here and it was everything we expected.
You come to Fiji to unwind, get a tan, eat, sleep, and just generally be merry.
Everything here is on Fijian time which means that things take a little longer to happen, but if you keep this in mind you will just go with the flow of things.
For those who are planning to get married in the church of the Shangri-La, I have some lovely photos of the Church inside and out.
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