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Reviewed 27 August 2008

We got married @ the Shangri-la in August 2007 plus we had 50 guests from Australia/NZ travel across to stay @ the resort.

Overall it was v.good. Our Wedding co-ordinator (despite some earlier mis-communication) made sure the wedding went off without a hitch. The facilities were excellent and staff friendly.
We did have a bout of food poisoning go through the group which was also reported from other guests @ the resort.

Pros:
- Facilities. Fairly modern. Rooms were of Hotel quality. Internet access (Wireless) was available in some rooms and @ the Lobby. The Ratu Mara reception center where the Reception was held was fantastic.
- Resort layout. Big resort and lots to see. From walk down to Shell Markets to Golf course and of course the Wedding Chapel.
- Beach. A bit of coral but beach was best out of any of the other Coral Coast resorts we saw ie, Outrigger, Naviti and Warwick.
Snorkelling was v.good too.
- Yanuca Island. Even though it was literally a 100m off the coast.
It still had that "seclusion" feel to it.

Cons:
- Size. It was a little too big, too busy for my liking. Around 600 guests there when we were there. I'd go running @ 7am and there would be only the workers walking around. A couple of hours later and there were hundreds of people walking around.
You also needed to queue for breakfast @ peak times.
- Food. The quality was OK but not as good as I expected. Food was fairly pricey too.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with family
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1  Thank LanRef
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Reviewed 17 August 2008

My rating would be a 3.5 star for a FJ$400/n resort. Great location with an island to yourself with great swimming spots. The hotel is older than I am (33yrs) and is in pretty good shape for a hotel of this age. You can see where they are doing it up and points for this. However, the main dissapointment was the food and the lack of variety. - especially as there were 5 restaurants. Food is expensive for what you get. I don't mind paying FJ$40+ for a meal if it is a good quality feed, here the food quality for the cost is below par. The buffet breakfast was the same every morning with no change and the buffet dinner (FJ$49ea) was average at best.

Example of prices: FJ$70 bottle of wine (A$20 at home), FJ$16 for a cocktail, FJ$20-25 for a hamburger, FJ$4.50 for a can of soft drink, FJ$10 for a bowl of wedges/chips, FJ$25-60 for a main meal.

Hotel room was excellent - Lagoon Ground Floor - Couldn't fault it. Clean, cool, reasonably spacious but the bed was awful. It was like sleeping in two hammocks. Time to replace the beds management.

3 pools with one being adults only is an excellent idea. There were a lot of young families (children under 10yo) and the resort seemed to keep them entertained. Being a childless couple, wanting a relaxing holiday, we were not too bothered by the youngies. The man yelling "VOLLEYBALL NOWWWW, FOOTBALL NOWWWWWW" is a huge hit and you will hear the littlies repeating things like "im hungry nowwww, or bedtime nowwwww" very funny....

All resort staff friendly and relaxed which rubs off on you. If the food was improved, then this resort would rate higher. At the end of the day, th eclosest shops are in Sigatoka which is about 10km away, so they have got you.

The resort is huge and well worth a walk around.

We would stay here again, my tip would be,if you are a wine drinker, BYO. If you are a cocktail drinker, expect to be disapointed, if you are a watersports lover, you will love it, if you enjoy good quality food, you will be let down.

Location 4/5
Food/drink quality 2.5/5
Resort Condition 3.5/5
Room condition 3.5/5
Staff 4.5/5
Weather 4.8/5
Value for money 2.5/5
Kid friendly 3.5/5
Couple friendly 3/5
Family friendly 3.5/5

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank btandrmb
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Reviewed 23 July 2008

After reading some of the reviews over the past few months I was stressing that we had made a huge mistake in going to the Shangri La Fijian for our wedding and honeymoon/holiday. We travelled with my 2 boys (17 & 15) for our wedding which was held on Takali beach 2 days after we arrived. The whole day was absolutely perfect. The Fijian's love weddings and went out of their way to ensure our day was all we dreamed it would be. My co-ordinator, Cindy was great to deal with from Australia and she answered all my emails quickly assuring me that all would be ok. Its hard to arrange something so special miles away but Cindy takes away all the worry so all you have to to is turn up. We were told to make sure we had all our original paperwork to take to the registry office ie birth certificates, passports, divorce papers but upon arrival in Sigatoka at the dingy povo registry office we did not have to show any paperwork whatsoever! Whilst in Sigatoka we stocked up on soft drinks and snacks to have in our room along with fresh bread to make a sandwich at lunchtime. We did buy jam and peanut butter but in hindsight you could sneak vegemite etc out of the breakfast venues at the resort. The Takali restaurant is the place to go for breakfast if you want peace and quiet. Most families go to the Lagoon Terrace for breakfast and use the Lagoon pool etc which is great for them but we prefer to be away from all that noise etc. All the eateries are good however expensive. We had our wedding dinner at the Kavelu which was exceptional. The staff went out of their way to ensure we had a memorable evening. We also ate at the Golden Cowrie restaurant which was excellent. The steak was mouthwatering. Most nights we went to the Beach Bar and Grill because the range of food on the menu suited the boys and it was priced well. Overall the food is 'over the top' expensive but nice. We had pre-dinner drinks from our duty free supplies in our room prior to going out to keep the cost down a bit. Back to the wedding...... Cindy arranged for my hair to be done at the resort. ($84 FJD) After explaining what I wanted (should have taken a picture) I ended up with a style totally different from what I had described and consequently pulled it out once I got back to the room. Mala from the Chi Spa came to my room to do my make-up and she re-did my hair how I wanted it which was a relief coz I was wondering how I was going to do it myself. Mala did a brilliant job of my makeup ($90 FJD) as well as the hair which she did not charge for. The bouquet is standard Fijian issue (frangipanis, orchids) but perfect for the occasion even though it has a plastic handle (dont worry its not that bad) The photographer did a fantastic job. We paid for a further 36 photos for $180 FJD which included pre ceremony photos in the room etc of both bride and groom. The standard 36 photos does not allow for this. Our album with all 72 photos in it was delivered 3 days after the wedding to our room along with a CD of all the photos. The girls who cleaned our room daily had fun dressing up our bed with flowers etc for the whole stay as they knew of the wedding and went out of their way to make us feel special every day of our stay. For massages we went and saw Aunty Viri in the 'Grey Hut' which is located over the highway at the end of the causeway. 1 hour is FJD $50 as opposed to $80 FJD at the resort in the beach massage bure located near the lagoon pool. Well worth the 10 minute walk... Overall we had a fantasic time with the only let down being that we had to wait till 3pm to get into our rooms on the day of arrival. Our flight landed at 7am so by the time we got to the resort after a no sleep night flight we were ratty. I recommend you book a room from the night before so you can go have breaky upon arrival then go for a rest if you need to. Saves wasting the day wandering around with no where to put your stuff and just wanting to sleep. If you get a chance go on the Sigatoka River Safari. Its exe but well worth it. You travel on a jet boat (made in NZ) for 40 mins into the interior of Fiji to a remote village to experience Fijian daily life. A great trip finishing off with the boat doing 360's on the way back. The resort's snorkelling trip is worthwhile as is the banana boat ride. Parasailing was not available which was disappointing and only 1 of the 2 jet skis was working. We stayed in the Golden Cowrie wing in an ocean view room which was very modern, clean and well airconditioned. The Golden Cowrie wing is well located and a short walk to everything. In summary the Fijian is an awesome resort with lots to do if you are looking for that or you can just chill out relaxing by the adult pool sipping on cocktails. Feel free to email me at cornwellconsulting@dodo.com.au if you want to know more.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with family
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2  Thank cornwellconsulting
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Reviewed 20 July 2008

On recommendations of our previously local travel agent for a family holiday resort in Fiji, we stayed at the Shangri-La resort.

We have a family of 5, with children of 6, 8 and 9, and so a family friendly location was important to us. We went with the meals package, and weren't disappointed. We all loved the food certainly at breakfast and dinner, although the kids lunch boxes got to be a bit standard / boring for the kids.

We stayed 6.5 days, but I think 9 days would be more the go. Mostly Aussies and Kiwis stayed at this resort, so it doesn't have the same international feel as say a Club Med. The age bracket was 80% young families. There were the odd older couples and the odd group in their teens/20s but not many.

The kids club was fairly good, although we were blessed with a few rainy days which meant that the kids club activities were indoors ... hence our girls (8 and 9 years old) were a bit bored with it. Our youngest (6) thought it was great! It basically works as a morning and/or afternoon event. 9-11:30 and then again from 1-4:30. There is also another round from 7-9 in the evening, near the games room, however we never tried this one. Apparently you can also go for baby sitting for a day at the rate of about $30 per day (= 2 cocktails).

The rooms were very nice and the staff payed at least 2 visits per day (1st to make up the room and 2nd to turn over the beds) so they were very well kept. Everyone was very friendly. The gardens and general surround were very well kept.

The resort does organsied tours and has night shows. We went on the day tour as well as attended the fire walking show. Both I would highly recommend, although the shopping part of the day tour was a waste of time in my opinion.

The beaches, coral snorkeling, sea kayaking were all fun. The resort also has 3 really nice pools, one of which is exclusively adult...and so provided a well earned rest from the sounds of little people. There was a nice 9 hole golf course (greens a little furry), for which a game includes your own private caddie. New experience for me. :-o , a very well equipped gym that looks out over the ocean and two levels of massage facilities. Beach Bure massages as well as the whole spa/massage treatment was available.

From the airport, the resort was about an hour by bus, which in our circumstance, was a far simpler logistical exercise than flying out to a nearby island resort.

Overall, we all really enjoyed our holiday at the Shangri-La.

I hope the above description has provided a good flavour of what to expect from the Shangri-La Fiji. Not perfect, but highly recommended.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled with family
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17  Thank blazerj
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Reviewed 6 July 2008

We were married on Takali beach at the resort in late May. The hardest part was organising a wedding at a place unseen (apart from this website). There was no need to panic however as everything was arranged beautifully. We arrived three days before the wedding and were escorted to the registry office in Sigatoka with some other couples. We found a sign outside the registry office which read "disasters do happen..are you ready" and thought this would be a great photo opportunity. Hair and makeup were arranged by the resort and my hair was fabulous and makeup wonderful. Our guests arrived the day before the wedding and most booked into the resort. All would recommend a wedding at the Shangri-La, mabe more for the more mature couple rather than first time youngsters who want tradition. We met another couple who were celebrating their third anniversary and watched our wedding. They later introduced themselves and told us that they had been married at the same time as us three years previously, that was very nice.
On the down side, the food was expensive and we found that you had to pay the price because there was no alternative. Sometimes we would like to have had a light meal but this option was not really available. The Coral Cafe was good for lunch but we found ourselves going to Gekkos across the road or travelling by Taxi to Tom Lous 5 mins away. Tom Lous was some of the best food I have eaten including restaurants at home. We couldn't believe how cheap it was with a 3 course meal entree, main and dessert for as little as $20 fijian.
Upon arrival at the resort we were upgraded to an ocean view room including a gorgeous bathtub and wonderful space. Our room overlooked the pool.
Some friends and family members went to Sigatoka shopping on the day of the wedding and were harassed by the locals trying to get them to buy from the market. They managed to part with more dollars than they should and were quite put off by the experience. I had been to Fiji previously and learned that you should tell the people that you are a local living in Suva. They may ask you where you live so it is a good idea have an address prepared.
I have read previous reviews stating that children are a problem at the resort and I am not a child centered person but I found that I was not bothered at all by the little people, their enjoyment was infectious and I think that some are just born to grumble!
Overall, we loved the experience, the people and Fiji and I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who is interested in discovering alternative cultures.
I loved the Fijian and yearn to return.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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4  Thank epark_8
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