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Crusoe's Retreat

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We wanted to book dive package and extend our stay by 2 more days. The email communication was a bit slow for my liking (fiji time mode) and trying to sort out the payment was little painful. Not as easy as when you just want to book the stay so you can easily click the book button. But when you arrive you'll understand what fiji time means. We were greeted at the airport by Crusoes staff member and the transfer to the resort was smooth. Little over two hours. At the resort we were offered welcome drink and immediately felt we were treated as royalty. All the staff were amazing. Friendly and caring. They took the luggage to our bure for us. They showed us around. The accommodation was ok exactly as it is described on their website. The breakfast is basic but you can upgrade to cooked one for extra charge (2 eggs+3 mini sausages+2 hash browns for less than FJD10). Dinners FJD34-40. Buffet dinner (Lovo and Mongolian) is FJD50 but its all you can eat. Delicious and worth the money. You can also prepay meal plans (lunch+dinner) but we opted out because we were happy with snacks we brought. The bar staff was friendly and chatty and made us some yummy coctails at resonable prices. The swimming pool and the area around was cleaned daily. Gardens were well looked after. They are in the middle of building a new restaurant by the sea and jacuzzi by the swimming pool to add a little extra for the customers. Free cayak and snorkelling equipment. The dive shop on site is well equipped. Everything is brand new. Dive crew was awesome and looked after us well. They showed us around their local favourite spots. Both boats are comfortable. We also visited Beqa Lagoon which was one of the best dives we have ever done. So much fish and beautiful soft corals. We also upgraded to famous Bull sharks dives. Its run by different company and you have to organise the ride to the place(extra cost). Incredible trip with amazing and educated staff members. We took part in kava night inside the resort and it was nice to learn about their traditions and how its all made. We also attended cooking class and learnt how to husk and open a coconut and how to make famous Kokonda dish. Overall it was marvelous holiday thanks to all the staff who were going above and beyond to make us happy. Would recommend to all people who do wish to enjoy Fiji as it really is (ordinary homey feel) and not through 5star resort with exaggerative requirements.

We absolutely loved our stay at Crusoe’s. It is truly a magical place. The setting is paradise and the staff welcomes you like family. We enjoyed excellent food, drinks, snorkeling, beach combing, lounging by the pool, a few spectacular afternoon thunder showers, amazing sunsets and very reasonably priced massages in the spa. The spacious Bures (cottages) are situated for maximum privacy and thoughtfully appointed with extra comfy beds and linens, large bath/shower area, lots of great water pressure in the showers. We slept so well! Nice little patio to enjoy your morning coffe or an afternoon/evening refreshment and watch the birds. The grounds are lovingly maintained and full of flowers, trees and walking paths. On the grounds is Dive Crusoe, a PADI certified dive shop, and what a bonus! The staff are fantastic, welcoming and really know the area. Went for several dive/snorkel trips out to the reef and saw Moray eel, reef sharks, leopard ray, octopus and corals of every color. They will accommodate any comfort/ability level and are all about safety and providing a top notch experience. Crusoe’s is also adjacent to a village, where most of the staff come from. Prepare to be treated to some traditional dance, storytelling, crafts and song, maybe even a Kava ceremony. Participate as much or as little as you like. We couldn’t recommend Crusoe's Retreat enough. A perfect blend of resort, adventure, relaxation, privacy and planned activities will make for a a unique and spectacular holiday.

We enjoyed our spacious Bure with views of the lush garden of flowers and trees overlooking the Pacific and the Coral Coast Reef. Lots of things to do from walking the beach to kayaking and many other choices. The activities are always lots of fun! We found Crusoe's Retreat tranquil and relaxing. All of the staff and incredible and make you feel welcome. I give then 12 Stars! The food was amazing! Fresh papaya and pineapple, the Lovo Pit is a must! Love the Mongolian BBQ! We made many new friends and hope to see them again.

Words cannot express the beauty, peacefulness and friends made at this wonderful part of the world. We traveled to a paradise that was so relaxing. Chilled out, fished, swam the warm fish filled seas, relaxed then fished and swam again, plus ate wonderful food. The chef cooked our fish we caught YUM!! We met so many oh so friendly people as they say we arrived as a guest then left as friends/family. The villagers and staff all call out "Bula" and are such genuine people with such a welcoming smile each day.... Vinaka from Sam and Dianne

I spent 3 days at the resort over Christmas. The positives - quiet, peaceful, gorgeous location, stunning views. The negatives - the food, the staff, the run down bure. I notice looking back on tripadviser that people have been complaining about the food for years so clearly there is no intention of doing anything about it. LImited (sometimes no) choices - Christmas Eve was a buffet (no other option) with several meats and salads, nothing special. Christmas Day lunch was basically the leftovers from the night before, no other option. Given the resort´s location, unless you have a car and are prepared to go some distance, there are no other options for eating. Most of the staff seemed disinterested and the bure I was in was poorly maintained and looked in desperate need of reburbishment. The massage was wonderful and so well priced.

We arrived after having one week in a fancy 4/5* resort. We had a chalk and cheese moment when we first arrived. Crusoe's is very rustic - think you have to go with the flow. It's like you are staying with a big lovely family - I liked that. Awesome place if you just want to relax, not see anyone ie a Retreat Would recommend a car - its good to have a drive up and down the coast. You can pop into any hotels for food & drinks... The bures with no air-con were a bit of a challenge, so go for one with air-con it will make all the difference. The staff are lovely, entertainment was hilarious, something else! We met some really funny people round the bar - Happy hour was great. Get a massage, really good and very reasonable. The snorkeling was fab and beach seemed to be all for you - not commercial, you are just a Cast-away. Great for young couples/on a budget - but the option on the upgraded room would be my strongest tip. Food was acceptable. On the whole - fond memories, made you chill away from the modern world. Fiji itself is a great place and you feel so welcome and sad to leave "Bula"

Beautiful friendly Fijian staff. Lots of fun free activities and experiences such as snorkeling, kayaking, learn to speak Fijian, weaving and more... mostly inclusive. Great location, right next to a real Fijian village and beautiful reef and beach. The dive on-site center, is awesome! Had my very first dive, which turned into a shark dive, as I seen two sharks. The meals were mainly nice, except the breakfast, that could of been a little better. The sea-view bewer was a bit below my expectation, but was suffice. More like 3 star than 3.5. Apparently they are doing some upgrades soon, which will be good for them. Nice and intimate, not too busy. Good to be away from the typical 5 star touristy Australianised resorts. There were a good mix of cultures staying at the retreat.. English, American, Fijian and Australian. Staff 5/5 activities 5/5, meals 3.5/5, accommodation 3/5. Overall 4/5.

Absolutely magic location. Resort saved by the beautiful,caring staff. The rooms are so below par. Shocking beds and decor. Everything needs an upgrade. The restaurants food is ordinary and overpriced.

I stayed here with my husband and 2 friends for a week in May 2017. We had a lovely week and the setting of the hotel and the simple bures are great for relaxation, not to mention the very friendly staff. The resort is run by local staff from the next door village giving it a very authentic and Fijian feel which we loved. They were all very friendly and we enjoyed the daily activities. The food was a bit hit and miss but overall fine. The swimming pool was a great respite from the heat and the free snorkels etc were great to discover the nearby reefs. Would recommend the village trip. Please be aware this resort is fairly far from any other shops etc, so if you don't have a car you may feel a bit stuck like we did. We did pay the hotel staff for taxi services and felt a little overcharged at times. After a month backpacking this was a little piece for paradise and we had a great time.

We chose Crusoes for something a bit special & I had always wanted to go to Fiji. Its exactly the island paradise I was hoping for. The good thing was it wasnt crowed & full of people like the bigger resorts. We stayed in Bure no 4 just up from the little beach (depending on the tide) We slept to the sound of the ocean not far away. The outdoor rock shower was a bonus we didnt know about. No TV, no phone just quite. Quite a long way from Nadi airport 3 1/2 hours, we even held up dinner as we were late arriving but plane landed on time. I had arranged for a special dinner for our anniversary. It was outside by the water our waiter Sam really took care of everything it was beautiful. the actual night of our anniversary was their famous mongolian night. Sam didnt want us to miss it so our dinner was arranged for the next night. The mongolian night was the best & we were glad we didnt miss it. We were very spoilt by the band coming over to us & singing while Sam carried a wonderful anniversary cake. We were blown away it was beautiful. So you can do whatever you want you can laze around as we did, drink cocktails by the pool. Go scuba diving, fishing go for day trips, visit the village. do all or do nothing. We would like to go again & visit Suva. We had a day trip to Sigatoka for some shopping, walked the trek to the sand dunes, visited an animal park, visited the local village & welcomed with Kava ceremony (watch that stuff) & bought pottery to take home. As I said Crusoes is quite a way from Nadi so we had to leave 4.00am to get our flight back to Brisbane, Australia. We had mixed weather & a storm but it was fun & most of all relaxing.

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Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool

Crusoe's Retreat places you within a 15-minute drive of Vunanui Bay and Namatakula Beach. This 28-room, 3.5-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a private beach, an outdoor pool, and free self parking. Waidroka Bay Dock and Kula Eco Park are also within a 30-minute drive of this Namanggumanggua hotel.


Dining

Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast, served each morning from 7 AM to 10:30 AM. Enjoy a bite to eat at Crusoes Restaurant, the hotel's onsite restaurant.


Rooms

The 28 accommodations feature balconies or patios and afford space to spread out with sitting areas. Guests can stay connected with WiFi. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Refrigerators, coffee makers, and ceiling fans are other standard amenities.


Property features

Guests staying at Crusoe's Retreat enjoy an outdoor pool, an outdoor tennis court, and WiFi in public areas. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for FJD 170 per person roundtrip. Front-desk staff can assist with concierge services, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this beach hotel include a computer station, laundry facilities, and a garden.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

77.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 374 reviews