Crusoe's Retreat3.5 out of 5.0
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We spent 10 days there recently and after settling in loved every minute of it. Its a little more basic than expected, however the staff helpful and really lovely, the location simply perfect. We took advantage of the dive facilities and had wonderful days with the dive crew. Really professional and very thoughtful guys. Great dive gear and dive boat We found the menu a little basic for our preferences, but upon asking we managed to have some dishes cooked to our taste. i.e simple and basic more local dishes. We would recommended having a car to enable a few sojourns out from the resort as its a little remote. it feels truly authentic and the local villagers are gorgeous. The sunset cruise is wonderful
Drive down a dirt road for about 4km and you come over the hill top to see a fabulous turquoise sea, reef and burns at Crusoe's Retreat. It is isolated but well worth it. We came for lunch and were happy to sit in the open air restaurant with the sea breezes of the Coral Coast trade winds gently cooling us down. A range of choices for lunch and friendly staff who welcomed us with Bula and we even got to explore and see inside one of the deceptively simple bures. This accomodation is lovely- combining the traditional with the modern. Great bathroom/shower areas, four poster bed with netting and air conditioning. Loads of activities every day so scope for all ages. Run on the whole by the Fijian village around the corner. A genuine Fijian experience!
Bula, the Fijian greeting, which was said and received by everyone even strangers on the street. After our first week at Fiji Palms Resort, then we spent four days at Crusoe's Retreat, on the Coral Coast an awesome gem hidden away on a wonderful stretch of beach. You take a dirt road for a little less than a half hour from the main road than all of a sudden there it is. We had a welcoming drum and a fruit drink. We stayed at a Bure that was so cute and it had an outdoor shower with stone walls and you could see the sky and the very dense green tall hillside. There was an indoor shower which we never used. Even though you don't have to spend all day at the Retreat that is all we did It was relaxing just to sit on the sand enjoying the magnificent view or sitting in the hammock on our porch enjoying the magnificent view or relaxing in the bed on our porch enjoying the magnificent view. Get the picture? We had all our meals at the retreat (which we don't usually do) where we would sit with people we met from Australia and New Zealand. There was a fun time after dinner which was fun to participate in. We were there on October 10 which is Fiji Day, their Independence Day. There was a flag raising ceremony, signing of their national anthem, and activities throughout the day. Two special people were Cula and Millie. We wish we had booked a full week there and will the next time. To see more of the Crusoes experience check their website.
We stopped in here for lunch one day while exploring the area- the staff were very welcoming, and food came out quickly. Very tasty! Good drinks menu with several non-alcoholic (but cooling) options. Staff were more than happy to share with us their activities program (of which there seemed many fun active and cultural activities) and facilities, which are open to visitors also. Would return- they seem very friendly and a fun vibe to the resort with music, activities and lots of staff to help.
We stayed at crusoes retreat for 15 nights and enjoyed every minute of it. The staff were so warm and friendly, nothing was ever too much of a problem for them. The activities staff made sure there was plenty to do as Crusoes is in quite a remote location but there was always something fun going on. Jim and Kula made sure of this, through; ping pong, pumpkin cracking, crab racing and much more. There are lots of well organised tours which allow you to experience real Fijian culture and some tours such as the jet skiing were brilliant fun for the adrenaline junkies. Satish was brilliant throughout our stay, he organised all of our tours and his driving was impeccable and kept us safe from the frightening Fijian roads. The last night really showed us how much the Crusoes team really cared about their guests. My girlfriend fell quite ill late in the evening, the security guard, Jon, was very quick to act and made sure she was in safe hands. My girlfriend had to be rushed to the health centre 20 minutes away. Satish drove us without hesitation and stayed with us the whole time. The manager, Ade, also allowed us to stay in the top room as our room was a mess for the last night which showed real kindness. The rooms were very good, maybe needed a little TLC but for us we were more than happy and the views are truly beautiful over the coral coast. Overall a really beautiful holiday at Crusoes retreat. We met some amazing friends and enjoyed every minute. We miss you all. It's not goodbye as we'll be back, see you later,
I booked a single night here on my way back to Nadi from Levuka as a halfway point. It's a challenging spot to get to on public transit but the bus driver dropped me off at the turn off on the main road and I walked about 2km towards the resort before someone was driving by and gave me a ride the rest of the way. The bure's here have been around for sometime and the facility is very well run. Great hospitality and food is wonderful. Not to mention it's very convenient to have a small reef right there. The king sized bed is a double and twin together in the same frame. You are isolated aside from one other resort and the local village and someone will be trying to sell you something almost all the time. Walking down the beach a local was offering massage and horse back riding. In the lobby I had another local approach me to offer to book shopping tours. Meals are served in the main kitchen and you don't have many other options for eating unless you brought food along. Drinks are definitely at resort prices. The entire staff is super friendly and welcoming which was a nice change from the place I stayed the two nights before. It was a great spot for the one night and especially with a significantly discounted room rate off a third party website. Enjoyed the experience and would consider staying here again for a few nights if the dive shop was operational and the discounted room rate was available.
My wife and I enjoyed a week here in August 2017 from Sunday night thru to Saturday staying at No. 5 ‘Deluxe SeaSide Bure’. We bought a package from Spacifica Travel that included flights from Brisbane to Nandi, transfers to and from the resort from Nandi (about 2 hours 45 mins drive), and three meals a day including afternoon tea for around $3,700AU. In summary, everything went smoothly with regards to the package deal and we were very happy with the result. We enjoyed a great quiet stay even though it rained for 4 days. The tropical weather meant that it was rather humid and low clouds often covered the mountain peaks. The Rooms. We upgraded our package to the Deluxe SeaSide Bure which are larger than the other rooms plus have a large balcony with large relaxing day bed and hammock. Although that are not that much closer to the beach unless you are no. 1 or 2 Bure. So, if you upgrade to these rooms do it for the extra space and day bed rather than the view as the ocean views are equally as good from just about any room. The Staff. Most of the staff are from the local village and are excellent. Very respectful and always smiling and willing to help. They will always be there for you no matter what your needs are. The Resort The resort is designed to fit in with the surroundings and dose that very well. Its not in need of anything and will meet all expectations as described. If you want to stay a Australian style 5 star hotel go to the Warwick just down the road. If you want to stay in a Fiji Style 6 star hotel this is it. Nothing was missed or not up to our expectations. The Food The food is adequate. It’s also rather expensive if you convert it back to AUD. Take my advice and buy the meal plan. It’s way cheaper. Just remember is local staff even in the kitchen so no sues chef’s here. But as I said the food is OK. You go for the experience not the class. Currency The best tip I can give you is to make sure you take Fiji Money with you. My wife was smart enough to work this out before we left so we didn’t have to convert any money over there. You don’t have to worry you just pay FD for everything in the towns. The current conversion was around 1.6 Au to Fiji $ so in Australia we got $160FD for every $100AUD. At the resort, there is no cash transactions anywhere except for at the reception so its your cards for everything or they charge it to your room. At the reception, they will change your money but they do dollar for dollar so you lose $60AUD for every $100AUD you convert so it’s not economical. Tours You can go for a trip to Suva or Sigatoka that’s always an experience. It’s really a day trip by the time you leave at 9:00am you’ll be back in time for dinner. We hired a taxi and driver for $160 a day and he drove us there and waited and drove us back. Also, any other places we wanted to go he took us. It’s about the best value or you can catch the bus but that’s on Fiji time so I wouldn’t trust it. Conclusion Its well worth the trip. Just to relax and do very little and enjoy the crystal clear water. We have no regrets and will go back again next year I expect. Vinaka.
We stayed here for 5 nights in an Ocean Front Bure. The Bure isn't luxury but is very comfortable. The windows are covered in fly wire and airflow is controlled by wooden louvers. It was great, getting breezes the whole time and listening to the sea rolling in. The staff are very friendly and the food was always plentiful and tasty. The only problem was that as there was a large group, nearly all the evening meals were buffet. On the 2 night's that we had a la carte the food was really good. Even though this place is off the beaten track, it's well worth a stay if you want to relax.
We (couple with a 12-year-old) stayed here in June. The location is very removed from pretty much anything except the sound of the waves - it's very much a place to retreat, read a good book, and relax. The staff are great, especialy Ana in the restaurant and Satish who single-handedly runs the tour office. If there's a tour to do on Viti Levu, Satish'll get it booked for you, and probably drive you there himself! The resort has certainly seen better days, and it could do with some investment and repairs. And do pay attention to the 'Retreat' in the title - there really isn't a lot to do around the place. The reef is a long way out to sea, and the lagoon bteween it and the beach is shallow. Not the best snorkelling in Fiji. The dive center is now closed, and the resort equipment (sun loiungers and kayaks) could do with a good clean! However, if you're driving around Viti Levu and need a place off the beaten track to stop and relax for a couple of days, then this is certainly good option. THere's definitely a charm to Crusoe's that you can't find elsewhere.
Located about 3kms off Queens Rd, and 2.5 hours from Nadi, the drive in alone is spectacular. Weaving up through the mountains you are then greeted by amazing views of the coral coast. As you make your way down to the resort, another sign saying Fiji's hidden treasure awaits. And they are not wrong. Lush grounds, mix of traditional bures and std rooms, pool and the turquoise waters, you definitely feel like you are in Fiji. The staff were great and the food was amazing. This is a quite resort and for the price is great value. Snorkelling and canoes at your doorstep or you can walk along the beach to the local village. The sunsets were spectacular. They even put on a bonfire for our group on the final night. If you're looking for a place that is great value ( remember for the price you are not getting 5 star) , very comfortable and spacious bures, peaceful and picturesque location, then this is the place.
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77% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 360 reviews