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Can anyone recommend any good resorts in Fiji for a holiday for two. Money is no object, so a 6 Star or above would be best.

I've had a chance for a short break with Mrs Gumnut.

I'd appreciate if folk answered who have actually stayed in a resort there.

I hear there are some political yin yangs going on over there, but isn't there everywhere.

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Why would you go all the way to Fiji when a 20 minute seaplane will drop you off at Orpheus Island Resort? Even do a good local rate for a fellow member.

Either way have a great holiday!!

G

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Why would you go all the way to Fiji when a 20 minute seaplane will drop you off at Orpheus Island Resort? Even do a good local rate for a fellow member.

Either way have a great holiday!!

G

P.S book direct
Its a problem living in paradise. In fact I plan a month or so in NZ as I've never been there and thought as I'd gone that far may as well see Fiji with Mrs G. My next have to be there job is for the Darwin Show in July, so if I piss off for a while it means I won't have to lay off one of my workers.

Thanks for the advice re online

gg

gg

have a look at

http://www.warwickfiji.com/

Warwick always look after me in the South Pacific...:D:D

Ahh I'm starting to miss Vila..;)
Thanks mate, it looks ideal. Is it really as good as they say in the testimonials?

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I emigrated to Australia from the UK in '83 and took my time coming out via California, Hawaii, and Fiji. In the latter I stayed in Nadi but took day trips to Beachcomber and Treasure Islands; both were places I would have loved to have stayed on for longer.

If you're looking for something exciting then don't bother; but if, like me, you want to get away from it all, either of those, or probably any of the others that I didn't visit, will be great. But then again, who knows what changes there have been in the last quarter century?
 
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Its a problem living in paradise. In fact I plan a month or so in NZ as I've never been there and thought as I'd gone that far may as well see Fiji with Mrs G. My next have to be there job is for the Darwin Show in July, so if I piss off for a while it means I won't have to lay off one of my workers.

Thanks for the advice re online

gg



Thanks mate, it looks ideal. Is it really as good as they say in the testimonials?

gg
yep I reckon it is, you're a fair way from Nadi but if your misses is hot and you just want some special time together and money's no problem, it's a perfect spot. Also you can hire a car to get around as well. Take an unlocked GSM 900 mhz phone and pick up a Digicel Flex (prepaid sim) and you can have a local number and get some good off peak rates back to Oz.

Also give the resort a call to get more info I haven't been there since the floods. If you stay at a Warwick resort join their Warwick Club and get discounts for future holidays in Fiji and Vanuatu.
I'm a bit biased, this mob have looked after me well and plus have given me free booze.

The South Pacific is a different culture and island time is "island time" be prepared for anything but the people are fantastic.

I'm sure you can get a suitable Virgin/Pacific Blue connection from TVL to NAN. I'm quite partial to doing a couple of sectors on a B737 ;)
 

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gg, if you're going to NZ, pack your winter woollies. Suggest go to Christchurch, hire a car and drive through the middle of the South Island, stay at The Hermitage at Mt Cook, then drive through to Lake Wakatipu (Queenstown). Heaps of top accommodation. Autumn colours on the trees are magnificent.
Then return to Christchurch via Dunedin on the coast road.
 
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gg, if you're going to NZ, pack your winter woollies. Suggest go to Christchurch, hire a car and drive through the middle of the South Island, stay at The Hermitage at Mt Cook, then drive through to Lake Wakatipu (Queenstown). Heaps of top accommodation. Autumn colours on the trees are magnificent.
Then return to Christchurch via Dunedin on the coast road.
Thanks Julia,

Actually planning a motorbike trip through the South Island, and will take your advice.

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GG an alternative would be going to Fiji on a Cruise ship, ive been a few times, good way to go I reckons .....

Im not sure a Motorcycle trip through NZs south Island is so wise in winter ..... But Julias suggested route would be good .... cruising again another good way to go can go through all the sounds etc ...

Happy holidays :)
 
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GG an alternative would be going to Fiji on a Cruise ship, ive been a few times, good way to go I reckons .....

Im not sure a Motorcycle trip through NZs south Island is so wise in winter ..... But Julias suggested route would be good .... cruising again another good way to go can go through all the sounds etc ...

Happy holidays :)
thanks NC.

Mrs G is not a good sailor, hates boats, cruising.

I take your point about the weather and bikeriding.

thanks again mate.

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Ugggh, would never again do a South Pacific cruise trip from Australia. Another couple and we were seriously comtemplating hiring a helicopter to take us away.........

Fiji - now, a Blue Lagoon cruise is just what you want. We also did one of these and you travel, usually overnight, to idyllic crystal blue lagoons and caves, to swim, snorkel, sun bathe and eat during the day. Heaven! It is not your classic boat trip.

The beaches (and resorts - Sheraton?) around Nadi are black volcanic; you have to get to the islands to get the white sand, if that is important to you.

As far as resorts go, I think I would avoid the Coral Coast, we stayed there for a week and the weather was miserable, but offshore on the Islands at the same time, the weather was brilliant. We have stayed at Mana Island, which if you go out of school holidays should be great. Musket Cove - an adult resort - avoid - customer service was terrible, and they dont tell you the tides means that for a good 6 hours there is no water!

Avoid the trendy islands like Plantation and the like; and use tripadvisor.com for some upmarket suggestions.

Love Fiji!
 

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Expedia reviews are sometimes worthwhile:

http://www.expedia.co.nz/5Star-Fiji-Hotels.s50-0-d6023598.Travel-Guide-Filter-Hotels

I've been to Fiji a couple of times and have stayed at the Sheraton for a couple of days, but it's on Denarau Island, which isn't really an island. I recommend getting away from the mainland to to Yasawas, where I stayed for a couple of weeks, but at a no frills resort on Nakula Island.

I did boat past Yasawa Island Resort, and it looked pretty bloody good.
I think Mana is in the Yasawa group too. There is also a resort island behind Mana which is supposed to be Adult only and exclusive. The Blue Lagoon cruise tours the islands in the Movie 'Blue Lagoon'.
 

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I think Mana is in the Yasawa group too. There is also a resort island behind Mana which is supposed to be Adult only and exclusive. The Blue Lagoon cruise tours the islands in the Movie 'Blue Lagoon'.
Went to Mana and I thought it was in the Mamanuca Group (spelling?) There was a nice resort there which looked great but my scruffy hair prevented me from entering. Also went to Beachcomber which is really for backpackers and not up to GGs standard I feel, but awesome fun. Most fun island resort I have been to anywhere.
 

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Ugggh, would never again do a South Pacific cruise trip from Australia. Another couple and we were seriously comtemplating hiring a helicopter to take us away.........
Really, Prospector? We've been thinking of doing one of these - on Princess Line, not the Pacific Sun type ones. What did you so dislike about it?
 

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Hi Julia
I think if you go for the expensive cruise liner then it would be better; our cabin was 1 level below convict level. :eek:
I think also if you go with a group of people, as opposed to a couple you would have more fun at the shows, the Casino, and meals. We realised that we just like to go to a place and stay there, rather than spend a couple of days at sea, arrive for a day, then have to leave again that night. Also, because we travelled in convict class, you had to disembark in that order too - we were always the last off the boat which cut into the 1 day off shore. And when we got back to Sydney we had to wait an extra 2 hours to get off because of the way they do customs. So we would be watching people getting off and we just had to wait and wait.

One thing I found very creepy was when standing near the barrier, I felt an almost irrestible sensation of being pulled into the water! :eek:

I remember one day, the 'highlight' was seeing this large island - uninhabited. We dont go in for large boozy meals (they are always serving food btw) but I guess we needed more action. They also dont tell you it is verrrry windy on deck when the ship is moving. Also, the least bit of a sway and you can fall out of the pool!

Having said all that, I know people who just love their cruises. My brother included. But I think this is one time where you really get what you pay for. Dont go cheap!

I think they scuttled our boat - the Oriana, a couple of months later.
 
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If your going to cruise.. take my advise get a suite if you can't afford one don't bother going.

Our first cruise was on the old Pacific star only 10 suites on the top deck with fantastic service. the in room bar was free and topped up every day. also hot canape's served to your room late afternoon.


Also as prospector said by having a suite you get priority transfers. No waiting in line to get off at the ports, just wander down and go to the front of the line.

GG Have stayed at the Warwick last yr after upgrading from its sister resort the Naviti? i think it was. THis resort is at best 4 star what bothered us is that it is one of the "All Inclusive" resorts all meals and all booze included this entice a lot of yobbo's pissed out of therebrains on cheap local beer and spirits. I took my family and it wasn't a place id take children again ok for drunken bucks parties. A bit like Blackpool is now.

You can't go past the Sheraton.

As far as the unrest we were advised by locals sty in the resorts or only venture out in organised parties or larger groups. Yes you run the risk of the usual tourist rip offs but you dont run the risk of wandering down the wrong street while locals aregetting themselves agitated.

It seems a number of locals don't want the tourists there but rely on the tourist dollar. I dont think they realise without tourists the economy and their lifestyle dies anyway.

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If your going to cruise.. take my advise get a suite if you can't afford one don't bother going.

Our first cruise was on the old Pacific star only 10 suites on the top deck with fantastic service. the in room bar was free and topped up every day. also hot canape's served to your room late afternoon.


Also as prospector said by having a suite you get priority transfers. No waiting in line to get off at the ports, just wander down and go to the front of the line.

GG Have stayed at the Warwick last yr after upgrading from its sister resort the Naviti? i think it was. THis resort is at best 4 star what bothered us is that it is one of the "All Inclusive" resorts all meals and all booze included this entice a lot of yobbo's pissed out of therebrains on cheap local beer and spirits. I took my family and it wasn't a place id take children again ok for drunken bucks parties. A bit like Blackpool is now.

You can't go past the Sheraton.

As far as the unrest we were advised by locals sty in the resorts or only venture out in organised parties or larger groups. Yes you run the risk of the usual tourist rip offs but you dont run the risk of wandering down the wrong street while locals aregetting themselves agitated.

It seems a number of locals don't want the tourists there but rely on the tourist dollar. I dont think they realise without tourists the economy and their lifestyle dies anyway.

UBIQUE
Mrs gumnut won't cruise so thats out.

I take your point about the Warwick and the free booze. I noted that on their website and thought it might attract pisspots.

Quo fas mate

Good info everyone , thanks

gg
 
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