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Disappointed with the Outrigger
We spent 8 days at the Outrigger Fiji with our 15 & 13 year old daughters. Sorry to say this but this is a very over-rated resort. 5 star gardens, 3 star rooms and very ordinary but very expensive food. $30F for breakfast whether you sat and ate for 3 hours or had one egg on toast, pizzas that were more like bread dough with topping, pasta that would only fill a 3 year old and alcohol so expensive we thought we were buying shares in the brewery. We can afford to pay for quality dining but baulk at paying for food of this quality. The girls were bored to death; the highlights of the day were (can you believe this) egg throwing and coconut bowling.....PLEASE! The beach was very ordinary and kayaking could only be done for approx 2 hours per day as the water level when the tide went out was too low even for a kayak. Sorry Outrigger, but you won't be seeing this family again. We did not judge the whole of Fiji on the Outrigger however and had a magnificent time the following week on the Mystique Princess run by Blue Lagoon Cruises; they will definitely see us again
Staff make it what it is
My husband and i just returned today from Fiji and spent seven wonderful nights at the Outrigger in a Deluxe Ocean View. We found all the amentites easy to find, the food fantastic, but what makes the holiday complete is the staff. The staff at the Outrigger were brilliant, nothing was to hard. Well done to the recruitment officer for finding staff who sincerely enjoy what they do. We would not hestitate in returning with our children.
Beautiful property if on the expensive side
We stayed 4 nights at the Outrigger in a 1 bedroom suite (with 2 small children). We had requested a ground floor for easy access to the room but on check in, we were told by a very unsympathetic receptionist that the 1 b'room suites don't exist on the ground floor ! End of story.
The resort is beautiful and well maintained. The pool is one of the largest I have seen with a great area pretty much designated for smaller children.
The restaurants offer a variety of different cuisines but it is expensive. Far more expensive than we had anticipated, especially factoring in the drinks as well. The kids menu was very limited and didn't appear to vary much during our stay.
The Kids Club was a disappointment and the staff seemed much more interested in watching the rugby than looking after the kids. There was no toilet for the children either other than the nearby toilets at the pool, which I found odd. This meant our youngest who had just been toilet trained had to go in nappies.
It's worth a walk along the beach towards Sigatoka, as there are cheaper restaurants, taxis and a small grocery store.
Our overall experience was good, but we found the vastness of the resort meant it lost the true Fijian feel.
a beautiful place
we have just come back from the outrigger, as we had gone for our honeymoon. we stayed in the deluxe ociean view room. the grounds were one of the nicest parts of the outrigger as they were kept imaculate 24-7. the pool was lovely and always a nice tempreture. the cocktails were to die for, although at f$14 each we could drink them all day like we wanted to. the beach wasnt like our beach here in au, but it was nice all the same. there was no surf, it was bassically to snorkel and canoe in,which was lovely. the people are nice, i think they are as friendly to you as you are to them. suva is not a nice place, it is dirty and the people try and raught you, i would not recomend anyone to go there. there is a restaraunt and taxi service around the side of the beach of the outrigger, someone had mentioned that in a review here. well we used that advice and it was great. we had pizza and beer for dinner and it was so much cheaper there. the local beer was half the price that they charge in the outrigger. they also have a pool table there. the taxis were also much cheaper, when we hired a car from them it cost f$80 for the day. much cheaper than the hotel. there was also a massage sevice there much cheaper as well as a jewlery stand and hair plaiting woman. we didnt really eat at the hotel, exept the breakfast which was include, the food was very nice though.hope this info will be useful.
Truly 5 star!
My husband and I stayed at the Outrigger Reef Resort in Fiji for 6 nights last year. It truly is a 5 star resort - everything from the friendly service, to the location, views and ambience! Although, the prices for meals are a bit steap! We also enjoyed the number of activities on offer, including the complimentary trip to a Fijian village from Outrigger. All in all, it was a great experience staying there!
A fantastic place!
My husband and I have just returned from a wonderful week at the Outrigger.
I read the reviews before we went and have to say was a little perturbed by some of the remarks made, wondering if we had made right choice. Now, having stayed there, I would like to stress please don't take too much notice of other people's views!!! It really is all relative to your own expectations/budget/circumstances etc.
We stayed in a beachfront bure and it was wonderful! The whole resort is immaculate, the staff incredibly friendly and helpful and the food excellent and not that expensive as some reviewers had complained!! How can F$60 (£20/A$47) for a dinner for two (not each!!) be called expensive?!
I can't understand why people would prefer to eat offsite at a slightly dodgy looking cafe - if you're lucky enough to be holidaying at the Outrigger then stay there and make the most of it!!
We have nothing but praise for the resort and would love to go back. OK, the beach isn't that brilliant (gravelly) and the lagoon very shallow and not particularly good for swimming etc but this is more than made up for by the pool!
All in all, we highly recommend it!
what a great honeymoon~
oh my god... i was very worried as it's under a hotel chain that I've never heard of. but it was fabulous~ and they have the best pizza from a wood-fired oven that I have ever tasted (believe me, I have tried pizza from LA, NYC, Chicago, and Italy...) If you planed to go to Outrigger, try to stay at their Bure. It's worth of every penny~~
Honeymooned at The Outrigger in October
Arrived in Nadi around 4:00pm, and had a wait of about an hour while the other passengers in our coach cleared arrivals. Just under another hour and a half later we arrived at The Outrigger. Warm! The hot humid air hit us as soon as we stepped out of the airconditioned coach. Apparently we'd just missed a torrential rainstorm, and it felt like it.
Check-in was a breeze - we were greeted by a very friendly man who offered us a well-timed cold tropical fruit juice, and stood with us on the third floor balcony at reception as we looked out over the perfectly manicured grounds of the resort, and pointed out places of interest around the resort to us (restaurants and bars)
After finalising check-in and being promised that we'd have a honeymoon present delivered to us at some stage, we found our room. The Outrigger consists of both hotel rooms and bures - in the interests of stretching the money we had left over post-wedding, we'd opted for the slightly cheaper hotel rooms.
Nothing wrong with them at all - a standard hotel room but fairly large, especially the bathroom.
Our room was on the third floor, with a brilliant view from the balcony. Don't bother with the lift in the reception building - far faster to run up and down the stairs, even with suitcase.
Our first night we chose to eat at Sundowner Bar, enjoying Fiji Gold beer and eating wood-fired pizza, while watching a spectacular electrical storm far out to sea.
We tried the buffet breakfast in the main restaurant the first morning, and found it to be a fabulous array of food, but pricey. But hey - it was our honeymoon - we deserved a treat. For FJ$29, we could choose from the overflowing buffet of fruits, cereals, pastries, and the usual hot options, bacon and your choice of eggs from the egg station etc. After enjoying ourselves possibly a fraction too much, we waddled our way to the pool to find a couple of loungers and snooze it off.
Other meals throughout our 10 night stay were taken back at the Sundowner Bar (a favourite), the Pool Bar (OK, another favourite) and the main restaurant a couple of times. We did tend to favour the more casual Sundowner and Pool Bar. Loved the Mongolian BBQ for lunch, and the Pasta Bar for dinner from the open grill at the Pool Bar. You choose the meat / veges / choice of rice or noodles for lunch, and about 6 selections of pastas and sauces for dinner, with a roll and salad... fabulous. A foodie's Mix and Match. Approx FJ$16-18 for the lunch, and FJ$26 for the dinner. On a couple of occasions my husband and I shared the lunch, and it was plenty.
On the advice of other reviews here, we tried the two cafe / bars off-resort, literally a two minute stroll right from the beach. Very very casual, and cheap. Fiji Gold beer half the price of the resort (FJ$3 instead of FJ$6). Meals ranged from less than average, to completely strange, to quite good. The large meat lovers pizza at Le Cafe was darn fine, but I swear it was served to us on a plastic rubbish bin lid! I have a photo as proof :)
Enjoyed the curry of the day, (usually chicken) with the traditional accompaniments. Open for breakfasts too - very basic bacon and eggs, French Toast with golden syrup, and an unusual hotcakes with chocolate icecream (yes, for breakfast).
In between the two cafes outside the resort, was Johnny's Taxis. Very reasonable prices - loads cheaper than using taxis from the resort. Cheap hair-braiding too apparently. The small general store was very basically stocked, and we found some items to be a similar price to the resort store anyway. The only thing we did buy, were bottles of Fiji Gold. (Note: we don't usually drink beer - it was just so hot and Fiji Gold is so very refreshing!)
Taxied into Sigatoka one morning (FJ$18 - this is before we knew about Johnny's Taxis) and looked around. A very friendly chap offered to show us around, and took us into the supermarket so we knew where that was, then suggested we might like to see his stall in the market. Of course we said yes, and after he'd slipped two bracelets onto our wrist we did feel obliged to buy something (small). Yup - it's a scam, and we knowingly fell for it, but it was all good fun! And considering the pittance most people seen to get paid there, we certainly didn't mind.
We'd organised the taxi through Rosie's Tours, the tour desk in the reception area. Good service. Happy to assist with anything.
Other stores and facilities in the reception area were well thought out - the general store, which sold a variety of basic groceries and cold drinks, toiletries and souvenirs. A beach wear store - rather pricey I thought, and another couple of souvenir / jewelery / art stores. If you weren't in the mood to shop around for bargains, you could certainly buy everything you needed at the resort.
Did a few 'touristy' things at Outrigger, the obligatory kava tasting, cooking demonstration, and sulu-tying demonstration. Just like a school camp for grown-ups really!
Weather was fabulous for most of our stay - perfect days, temperatures of late 20s to just on 30 degrees. Rained just once, which we didn't mind at all - had a long lunch in the main restaurant and watch the rain fall outside through the open walls.
On our second to last night, we received our honeymoon gift - two sulus and a bottle of sparkling wine which we enjoying sitting out on our third floor balcony, overlooking the lush greenery of the resort. I'll say it again - it is set in truly beautiful surroundings. Apparently they have around 20 full time gardeners, and it shows. Immaculate.
It's a fabulous large resort - 254 rooms (rooms and bures) in total. With that amount of rooms and guests, you're never going to be alone, but there were some secluded spots on the beach. Apart from the organised activities down on the beach like spear throwing, coconut tossing, the beach did have it's quiet times, especially at low tide when there were no kayaks in the water, and not a lot of people swimming. We did though, and enjoyed it - I recommend wearing aqua shoes in the water though - it can be a bit rocky underfoot.
Early on the Saturday morning, we were shocked and amazed to find our coach driver not adhering to Fiji time - he turned up at about 6:15am, instead of the 6:45 we'd been told! Joined the queues at Nadi airport, about to start our journey home but taking with us great memories of Fiji and the Outrigger resort.
the best hotel on Viti Levu
My favorite hotel of the four we stayed at on Viti Levu, it's a little far from the airport if you're just doing a day or one night and waiting to go to another island, but it's great for families or even honnymooners for 3 or 4 nights. The property is definately 5-star all the way, clean, beautiful, everything you'd expect and nicer than any Outrigger in Hawaii that I've been to. The staff was incredibly friendly and literally bends over backwards to accomidate anything you want. The deluxe bures are very nice and worth the extra cost even for families, but if you have to stay in a room, the ocean view rooms are great but it's a long walk to the pool and restaurants. The food is not expensive at all contrary to what some people say, yes there is cheaper food available but that's like complaining that the Olive Garden is more expensive than McDonald's. It's vacation, live a little! Also, there is a very cool ecopark place on property that you can visit which has some very cool birds that you can check out while you are there, a nice distraction for 2 hours or so one day. The beach is okay but not great because of the reef so don't go there for that reason, but I definately reccomend it if you just want a nice large resort that you don't have to every leave if you don't want to. Beware of a lady named Una who works in the restaurant, we were only going to stay for an hour or so at 6:30pm, and she kept us there and got us really drunk and we didn't leave until about 1:30am!
The Outrigger - My Thoughts
My husband and I have just returned from spending 7 nights at the Outrigger. I read all the reviews thoroughly before and personally I now agree with some comments and disagree with others.
Location: Being on the Coral Coast the resort is at least an hours drive from Nadi, depending on your driver. One trip in to Denerau for a day cruise took us about 1 hour 20 minutes as we stopped at lots of other resorts to pick up passengers; however the trip is scenic and lots of interesting country side to see along the way. The Coral Coast beaches are NOT the white sandy beaches into pristine fish filled waters, like out at the islands. Depending on tides, the beach was not that pleasant, water was warm but very corelly and sharp. During our stay, it was too windy for kayaking and snorkelling on 2 of the 6 days. When the tide was in the swimming was not too bad. We took our own reef shoes and snorkelling gear; not needed, plenty there to use.
The Resort: As described in previous reviews, the resort is beautiful. Very well kept with lovely staff constanting keeping lawns and edges down - always a welcoming "Bula" as you pass them. The pool was fantastic, does get very busy during peak day time hours as there really isn't much else to do. Lots of kids about but this wasn't a problem for us. Reserving of deck chairs is frowned upon but everyone does it, by placing their towels and personal belongings etc on the chairs means that chair is taken and you can not use it. This also wasn't too much of a major as there were plenty of chairs available, some in shade more than others. The gym was good, 4 running machines, various weights and rowing machine etc. However, we felt they were constantly trying to extract money from you. We were working out on the first day and when we had been there a while the friendly attendant asked if we would like a water which we said yes to. He brought over bottled water and as we opened it and started to drink he said we could 'sign' for it later - $4FJI a bottle each! Tennis courts were nice with an automated machine you could hire. General Store was very expensive (I know the US and UK people we spoke to thought it was cheap as they were not paying in NZ currency) We brought a small bottle of diet coke (375ml) and two Paddle Pop icecreams - $8.50FJI. 1 litre of Just Juice was $5.95, Small bottle of sunscreen was $17.95 etc. They had most things you may need to buy if you had forgetten it from home but we tended to stay away if we could help it.
The rooms were okay. Not 5 star rated by any means. Standard bed, television (not much to watch if the weather was bad!) nice bathroom with a shower over bath, and a balcony with a lovely view out to the beach. We had a great room down towards the beach end of the resort, simply 25 metres from the pool. Room 213, if you wanted to request it. Some other Kiwis were up in the main block by the lobby and it was a bit of hike up and down stairs to go to beach or pool.
Food: We purchased a meal plan. Big mistake. The vouchers entitle you to go to certain restaurants for different meals (ie the Sundowner Restaurant at Dinner time) and it is up to you to decide how you use them - which does allow you to be quite flexible, but it was so hot, most of the time we just did not feel like eating when it came to meal times. However, because we had paid for it ($376NZ per person for the 7 day plan which actually gives you 5 full days of breakfast, lunch and dinners) we really felt we needed to use the vouchers up. Also a bit of a trap, the voucher only entitled you to eat certain things at each restaurant i.e. the last night we were there we had our final voucher of pasta at the Pasta Bar and we really DID NOT feel like pasta at all! Of course you can order and pay for other things but it seemed to take away the whole reason of purchasing the plan in the first place. At the end of the holiday we added up the value of each of the meals we had eaten and we ended up saving approx $22 each. But on saying that, there were times we would have easily skipped a meal and had a bowl of fries at the pool or not eaten at all. I will never purchase a meal again. Drinks were reasonably priced (except the cocktails which were ridiculously expensive - around $14 - $16.50 for a standard cocktail) Fiji Beer was $6 a bottle, Diet Coke $4.
Activities: These were quite fun, everyday an agenda was posted for what was happening. usually 6.30am started with a power walk along the beach, 10am something like Coconut throwing Competition, 11am Pool Aerobics etc etc. I entered the spear throwing comp and won a day trip out to MaloMalo Island. Fantastic - if you get a chance do this one. The boat is a bit small and people got sea sick on the way home but the island was fabulous. Another day I won another event and got a free cocktail. The staff make these events lots of fun and easy to do.
Over all impression: We enjoyed it but found the 7 nights a bit long. Luckily we had some good books and enjoyed just lazing back and sitting in the sun. Not too much to do there and there is NO night time entertainment so if you are young and want to party up, this is NOT the place. The most exciting entertainment is a 3 piece fijian band playing fijian love songs which is very relaxing and easy to listen to. Personally, I don't think I will ever return to Outrigger as I have now 'been there done that'. Some people really seemed to love it so it is simply personal choice on what you are wanting to achieve from the holiday. After going out to the island for the day trip, I will definitley go that way next time. The beaches are much better, the water clearer and not subject to tides etc. I am happy if you want to email any questions.
warrick resoert wedding
My fiance and I are getting married in may at the warrick resort, has anyone had a wedding there and could they tell me how the ceremony goes?
We purchased the dynamic wedding package.
RE: RE: warrick resoert wedding
My wife and I had ours at the Outrigger Lagoon-deluxe wedding pk, it's very traditional with the option to read your own vowes, have a minister or justice of the peace, most likely have a small village church group/choir sing for you which is really great, opt for a real wedding cake because I seen another couple get married a few days later and got fruitcake with icing on it from not asking or knowing. there flowers are beautiful, use lots of them and maybe even bring your own bottle of Don Perignon, I know I did for 2 of them at 520 fiji each you will not regret....
Also, make quick friends with your wedding coordinator he/she will make everything go as smooth as you want it to, just ask lots of questions and remember that most of them don't get paid very much
* great tips for people who make your life easier* also book a photographer, they are expensive, I think mine was like 400 fiji and then extra for more rolls of film, but if you want to know what I did, I gave the guy my 35mm camera with Black and white advantix film and he took those along with what I paid for and didn't charge me in the end for the black and white, came out great !! look around and figure out best places to take your pictures when your there, also if your at a resort - pick a time when people are starting to eat dinner or you will be walking through a crowd of swimsuits like I seen 1 couple do around a 3 o'clock wedding.
hope you have fun !! and congratulations.
RE: warrick resoert wedding
We spent a week at the Warrick. It is first class. They have a suberb seafood restaurant right on the water. Nice beach. Other fun places are the orchid farm, the zoo, Robinson Crusoe Island, river rafting. We do not suggest that you go on the jet ski safari (several hours) because you will both be so sunburnt that you won't want to touch each other at night for a couple days. Have fun, Doug & Iris