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Reviewed 25 September 2012

I stayed at Beqa Lagoon Resort for 2 weeks in June and a week in September . The staff ,ambience, food and rooms are wonderful . The spa is beautiful. Love Bulou and family! See you next year! And next year I am bringing the whole family.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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2  Thank lori h
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

We traveled to Beqa Lagoon Resort for our honeymoon in Sept 2012. We were so pleased with this resort. The resort is not new or luxurious, but it is cozy, comfy, secluded, romantic, and lush! I can't think of anything to complain about.

Arrival - we arrived from the US into Nadi Airport. There was a 3 hour car ride from Nadi to Pacific Harbor, where we boarded a boat to cross over to Beqa Island. The boat ride was about 45 minutes. The boat arrives by pulling up right to the beach, and you hop out into ankle-calf high water. The staff was on the beach singing to us as a greeting, and we were given floral leis. I loved that there was no formal "check in" process. Instead - the manager greeted us, we were handed a cold drink of citrus juice, and we sat comfortably on the sofa while the manager welcomed us and talked with us about the resort. In the meantime our luggage was taken directly to our room by staff.

Room - we were in a beachfront private bure (#5). The bure was nicely decorated, with plenty of space similar to an efficiency apartment. There was a nice living room space, the bed was a comfortable king size bed w/ mosquito netting draped overhead (but was not needed - was for decoration only). The bathroom was a nicely tiled large shower (plenty of room for two people). There was a mini-fridge & coffee maker in room. The bure's each have their own little space. There was a front deck with a table/chairs and also two separate lounge chairs for sunbathing/relaxing. Off the deck was a air-temp water plunge pool. There was a good size "front yard" with lush tropical plants, and a super cozy hammock for naps among the palm trees. There was a retaining wall along the full front of the yard - so you couldn't walk directly from your front yard to the beach - but we did not find this to be a problem at all. One additional thing I loved is that the 6 bure's closest to the main building, they were like mini-homes. They had a front & back yard, a private walkway up to your entrance (which faced the ocean and not the general common-areas of the resort), and the plant/tree life in between each bure made it feel very private. You could not physically see your neighbors (although you could hear them if they were in-bure at the same time you were).

Food - the food was delicious, freshly prepared, and adequate choices for any palate. I would say the food was gourmet - as it certainly was not prepared from a box. It was all home-made from scratch and the flavor and quality showed. Each morning at breakfast they offer eggs/omelets (made to your liking) and they also offered fruit, cereal, toast, and then on alternating days there would be some form of french toast or pancakes as an additional option. During breakfast you would be offered the day's menu, and you would fill out a slip as to your lunch and dinner selections. There were always at least three choices for each of the afternoon & evening meals - typically a fish entree, meat entree and non-meat (vegetarian) pasta type selection. The staff was very agreeable to leaving a particular ingredient off, or on the side, or working with you for alternate meals if anyone has any allergies/picky food preferences. I consider myself a very picky eater, and the types of foods I will eat is limited - and I had no trouble in selecting meals that I enjoyed. They also offer familiar favorites for children's meals if you are traveling with children (we were not - but I heard another family talking about grilled cheese sandwiches & french fries for their little ones). Dessert is also included for dinner - and it's always a special made treat. (We had chocolate souffle twice - and it was DELICIOUS!). The head chef's name is LaLa - and she has great talent in arranging the menu. We tried some new soups that we had never heard of before - and they were amazing! One note here though - food is served at set times. By your second day there - the staff will know you by name, and when you arrive at the meal times, they were serve you with your pre-selected menu items. You can sit wherever you like in the main building to eat. Either alone or with a group - your preference. If you take an afternoon nap and accidentally sleep past dinner starting time - you will likely be gently woke up by a knock at the door from the housekeeping staff who arrives at your room for nightly turn-down service.

Spa - there is a spa on site, and we enjoyed couples massages on two different days while there. The prices were very reasonable, and the quality of the service was excellent. The spa facility is open-air in a secluded area of the resort and they had many types of services to choose from. They also offer you a free foot massage at the boutique on site for your arrival day.

Dive Shop - the staff that handled the dive shop was (like all the other staff) excellent and their hospitality was superb. They were friendly, helpful, and excellent guides for all of our diving while in Fiji. They handled all of our gear on/off the boat for the whole trip - so all we had to do was show up. The boat leaves at 8am daily (just after breakfast) for 2 tank dives. The dive sites were nice and well suited for any experience level. During surface interval times we were offered cookies & juice/water - and in our instance we had a pod of humpback whales in the area and the captain actually drove the boat around during our surface interval time to get close to the whales and enjoy some breathtaking glimpses of these amazing endangered giants. That alone is an experience I will treasure forever. The flora & fauna that we saw was great! We saw sea turtles, dolphins, white tip sharks, bull sharks, plentiful fish life - colors that were different from any others of the same species I've seen before, and flourishing healthy reefs.

**One bad note in this area - they do have some trouble with the dive boats. Not the staff's fault - it seems the ownership just isn't investing enough into the boats themselves. They have 3 boats they own and while we were there, only one of them was operational - and it involved long rides to/from the dive sites as they literally had to 'baby' the boat and not push her engines at a normal travel speed because the engines would overheat. Considering DIVING is what attracts tourists to visit this resort - I would've expected the dive boats to be new, superbly maintained, and without any issues.

Activities - there are limited other activities. There is some form of activity scheduled by the resort in the afternoon (about 2:45) and again in the evening just before or after dinner. These typically are something related to the local village or the Fiji culture. (I.e. demonstrations, visits to the local village, a walk to the children's school, etc). We found this very enriching, but if you weren't diving and using the afternoon time for a nap - there wasn't much else to do. There are kayaks that you can take out on the water, swimming, shore-diving (although not much to see in the lagoon close to shore), board games, and a selection of books. One thing we elected to do that was available as an excursion, was to go to a small private island for a picnic. This was a highlight of our trip - and I highly recommend this for anyone wanting to enjoy some romantic time completely alone with their hunny. They pack you a lunch/beverages/etc - and they take you by small boat (faster than the dive boat) up to a private island (about 20 min boat ride). They leave you there with your package food/beverages and a plastic table & two chairs & towels. And you stay for about 4 hours (can be more or less if you want - you can tell them the time). The private island was so romantic. The sand is powdery smooth there, and there were really nice shells to collect. The center of the island is lush with trees and there are paths within the trees to cross around the island, or you can walk around the whole perimeter of the shoreline. There is a thatched roof pavilion there for shelter in case of inclement weather, and there was a bathroom type outhouse there (we didn't use it - but nice to know it was there if we needed it). One thing - your out in the middle of the pacific ocean on a small island - it was windy, so if the weather is a little cool - you may want to bring a bag of a change of clothes - especially if you plan on swimming and getting wet).

A few other notes: There are no phones, televisions, or alarm clocks in rooms. There is also no television in use anywhere in the guest areas. This wasn't a problem for us - we loved it - but it is something to consider for some travelers. Internet - there is wi-fi that you can pick up while in the main building but it's not very fast at all, and if you're trying to use it during a time of day where many other guests are hopping online - it will be even slower. Surprisingly - we had great cellular phone service there and had no trouble making calls or texting home to the USA. Incidental expenditures - drinks are fairly priced, as were other items available at the boutique. All added costs are tracked daily via paper receipts - you do not need to carry money (or transfer any money into Fijian dollars) - as you will just give your room # when making a purchase and sign off of the purchase. Do check your receipt thoroughly upon check out as we did find some inadvertent errors (due to some diving that we opted out of that we were otherwise scheduled for) that they were happy to correct for us. The guests should not be tipped - they do not expect it, and prefer for you to just make a cash contribution at the end of your visit to their Christmas fund. There is a box in the main office for you to put money toward their fund. Souveniers are also available at the local village if you take the walk w/ the group over there on the scheduled day. We collected some fantastic souveniers and prices were negotiable. (This you do need to bring cash for). But, if there's anyone that you need to shop for, there were reasonable prices in the Nadi airport while we waited for our flight back to the USA.

I highly recommend this resort to any scuba divers, and any non-divers that will enjoy peaceful relaxing tranquility. I do not recommend this resort to anyone who prefers a party-atmosphere while vacationing.

Room Tip: The beachfront bures were secluded & private. The others were like "duplexes" so not quite as private. There were also bures located amongst a community koi-pond area. These were very nice and private as well - but back away from the shoreline in a garden type setting. The koi ponds were nice as well but we preferred the beach front. Private, yet close to everything.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Mystina V
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Reviewed 22 September 2012

If you want to take a great dive vacation, this is the place. There were 12 of us that flew to the resort (going to Fiji takes some time, over 30 hours for us, but worth it). The Dive Masters and boat crew were fantastic, Delana our Dive Master took care of everything. All of our gear was ready for us everyday; they switched everything over for us after every dive. They are very knowledgeable and friendly as any group I have every met. The others like Levi, Su, and every other crew member were helpful and treated us like long time friends. They were always the first in the water and last out. The BEST DIVE experience I’ve ever had.

Deb from the Las Vegas office was visiting the resort while we were there, she upgraded my friends to a beach front Bure at no charge (there was a cancellation). She took care of us and gave us 5 star treatment which went along with the 5 star location. The rooms are spacious and very nice, clean and up to date. I spent some time in our private hammock, in our private yard at our beachfront Bure; it was beautiful, pay the extra money and get a beachfront.

The food was excellent, the staff was great, and these have to be the friendliest people in the world. To sum it up, call Deb at the Vegas office and make a reservation to Beqa, you won't regret it. When you come from the airport they make a short shopping stop, walk to the end of the block to the grocery store and pick up some beer and snacks to take with you. You definitely get fed enough, but just in case you want a snack or drink in your Bure at night

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Tom M
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Reviewed 14 September 2012

I was with a group of 12. Eight of us were scuba divers and we had a better time than the non divers since there isn't a lot for them to do. We were there in September and the weather was cool with lots of rain. We were still able to dive but make sure you take a full wet suit since the water was 77 degrees. Meals are included and you select, at breakfast, what you want for lunch and dinner. The food quality and presentation was excellent. The portions were fine for the average person but if you are a big eater, plan to fill up on rolls. The deserts were also excellent and they made cakes to celebrate birthdays and other events like "500th dive". Once you land in Nadi, it over two hours in a bus or van to drive to the other side of the island. Then it's an hour by boat to the island with the resort. It's the reverse on the return but since they get you to the airport about 1PM, you usually need to rent a day room if your flight departs at night. The optional, extra charge, shark dive was a disappointment. There were thousands of fish but we only had three sharks show up. The boat trip dive sites were very good but the shore diving is poor. The staff was very helpful and fun to be around. Bar prices were reasonable.

Room Tip: Oceanfront rooms aren't worth the extra money. I was very happy with rooms around the koi pond.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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3  Thank John G
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Reviewed 7 September 2012

Stayed here following a conference on the main island. We chose it hoping it would give us an "out of the way" place to relax together and enjoy a quiet island experience. We were not disappointed - convenient yet private location, tropical island setting, fantastic sunsets, engaging staff and management. From the moment we were welcomed to the island by the staff singing a traditional welcome song from the beach, to being farewelled in a similar way, we were impressed by everything we experienced.

The local villagers staff the resort and do a good job - always polite, inquisitive, engaging and discrete. Nothing is too much trouble for them and every request was attended to promptly and efficiently.

Our accommodation (beach front bure) was clean and comfortable and the food was wholesome with a reasonable offering of choices. This is not a 5 star resort but it does provide a good standard of accommodation and meals.

The resort is best known for its diving experiences but there is plenty of other things to do (walking, hiking, swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, spa), or choose to do nothing at all.

Thank you so much for a great weekend - we will return one day.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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