Crusoe's Retreat3.5 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
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.
I must say for the amount we spent for our stay, which included a bungalow right next to the beach with incredible views as well as all of our meals, I think the value is accurate. It is not luxury, but you are not paying luxury prices, so to expect a luxury experience is in my opinion not fair. It is a beautiful location, the rooms are very charming, and you are truly secluded from it all. We were there in the off season, so there were not many other guests there, which we enjoyed. I LOVED our outdoor shower and how spacious our bungalow was. I also loved that it was its own free-standing unit. We felt we had full privacy. Another high point was our own front porch with large bed-sized couch and hammock. Such a great place to relax. The service was sparse, but as I mentioned it was off season, and when we did interact with the staff, most were very accommodating and friendly. We played a LOT of ping pong, went on one of the best private scuba diving excursions I have ever experienced (we saw three kinds of sharks!), and met some fantastic people. We ended up having dinner with another couple one night and a family another night that we met there. The environment is conducive to this type of thing. Many other activities were offered that we did not participate in but many would likely enjoy, including a visit to the nearby village for a traditional dinner. Overall, it is not perfect. Certain amenities such as WiFi, luxurious linens and towels, perfect service, and outstanding meals (the food was just fine, nothing special) were definitely lacking, but it did not dampen our experience much at all, and you are receiving a fair value for your money. I recommend this place to those looking for an experience slightly more in line to the actual Fijian experience (local food, local staff, imperfect infrastructure), or those looking to have a great and relaxing experience without spending a pretty penny. One last thing I must mention...the SUNSETS were INCREDIBLE.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Crusoes Retreat. We loved the remoteness of the resort. We did hire a car to get around which I think you really need if staying at Crusoes. The bures are basic but comfortable. The gardens are lovely and we loved the laid back approach just write your name down grab a kayak and away you go, no time limits or area limits. We found the food to be lovely. Continental breakfast is ample and a great variety for lunch and dinner. We loved the activities every night. We had a blast and got in with a few other families and had a ball! If you are looking for a 5 star resort dont come here. But if you are looking for an authentic experience where you can get to really know the locals visit the village and play with the village children and let these special people touch your heart you will absolutely love it here. Special shout out to Henry, Joanna, Shaheed and Millie who could not do enough for us. We did arrive as strangers and really left as family!
Let me just start by saying that one word to sum up our stay at Crusoes would be "disappointing". It is a real shame to because this venue came highly recommended by an excellent source. However as much as they tried the resort was just shooting a lot of blanks. We arrived on a Wednesday and were welcomed in the standard way. Shown to our rooms and left to our own devices. The rooms are basic, don't expect luxury, we don't mind this but the dated furniture, dirty shower curtains and the warped mirrors may not be everyone's cup of tea. The power outlet tried to shock me when plugging in my phone and the shower heads were heavily calcified, great water pressure but direction was variable. Outside the grounds are lovely and well maintained, it was a bit frustrating that all of Thursday we had to hear bush cutters and lawn mowers when we were trying to relax. Our room was cleaned but the towels were frayed along the edges and the bedding had holes in it. They didn't clean our room on the second day but by that stage we were stuck inside due to the weather so it wasn't a big deal. The food improved during our stay, the first dinner was dreadful and no one finished it. The second night was a traditional lovo (earth oven cooked) and this was very nice, and the last night we all had the prawns which were amazing. The drinks were very well made, great cocktails and they certainly don't skimp on the spirits which is refreshing, beers are about $10, wine $11.50 and cocktails $18, they do offer a $3 off special during happy hour between 5-6pm at the poolside bar. The meal plan is $69/day for adults and half price for kids. The meal plan doesn't include a cooked breakfast, the continental is a good range and the fresh fruit is good but some bacon and eggs will set you back around $12. Morning and afternoon tea is provided but that not really my bag. Lunch on the meal plan is one course, between $15 -$20 and it's a fairly decent range of sandwiches, etc. Dinner is two courses, the soups are excellent and the kokoda (fresh fish in coconut milk) is also well made. The choice of mains is beef, chicken or seafood, as I said earlier these got better as the week went on and the price of each ran between $30-$50. The lovo was $47.50/person. You pay for your deserts and you pay for your drinks. So all in all the meal plan doesn't offer that much of a savings. With the Fiji experience one expects a friendly and helpful staff. And there were a few who met our expectations. I am happy to mention the Activities Manager Anerau, Restaurant Staff Ana, and Bar Staff Joey and Shaheed, all of these people went above and beyond and are very deserving of praise. We were not here during peak period and as such the activities were very limited. They do have a dive office and boats but this was not active during our stay. Rumor was that this was being sold and wouldn't be active for a while. Kayaking and snorkeling are available and it's ok, there are nicer areas to snorkel along the Coral Coast. Some major negatives for me were: 1) During my daughters first spa treatment, the manageress decided that it was ok to let a group of potential clients in to look around which really freaked her out and was completely unacceptable, no one asked us if it was ok. This was a treat from me to her, a bit of pampering but it was ruined by an intrusion that I am glad I wasn't there for because I would have made quite a scene. 2) Often during the day we couldn't find any staff. When asking for a drink or some food, we were told by the front desk staff to either wait or to go down to the pool bar and find someone. This was both rude and inconsiderate and if you are trying to build a successful business, having enough staff on hand would be the first thing to get right. 3) Lastly the kitchen has set hours and if you miss those opening then you miss out. The kids don't get dinner until 6pm, but as you parents would know and hungry child does not care for time and when we asked for some food at 5:30pm on our first night we were told that the meal plan wouldn't cover it and we had to pay for their food which of course we did, but this is poor form in my opinion. It has all the makings of a great resort, great location, good amenities and great people keen to work there, but it is clear to see that the owner is not putting a lot of money back into the business which is a crying shame. There is a TripAdvisor award hanging in the office, but I don't know how old this is, times have changed. If you not fussy about the quality of your stay then this is an ideal option, but if you are looking for an authentic fiji experience, then there are other places that give you more bang for your buck. I would love to see some improvement here but as it stands, we won't be going back and we won't be recommending this place in a hurry.
I been with my girlfriend in crusoe's retreat. Is a beautiful resort. The free breakfast is soooo good! The room very confortable and clean. The staff always smiling and taking care of us. I definitely recommend this resort.
If you like your tropical resorts to be shiny new, with sophisticated décor, gourmet meals and air con and TVs in the rooms (and are prepared to pay for them) then Crusoe’s Retreat is not for you. This is quite an old resort (built in 1960s) and showing its age and the tropical climate, with little sign that the NZ owners are spending much of their profits on maintenance, let alone improvements. However, although the rooms and facilities are fairly simple, they’re adequate and clean, and staff (mostly from the two neighbouring villages) are friendly and keen to help. There’s a pool and nice little beach with coral for snorkelling, and the team arranges activities for the guests during the day and evening. Musicians from the neighbouring villages also entertain with Fijian and other songs, and the resort staff join in at times. When I was there the guests (mostly Australians) seemed to be enjoying themselves, even when it rained. Disappointingly,the on-site dive operation has closed down (annoyingly not mentioned on the resort’s website) so it’s necessary to go to the Beqa Adventure Divers in Pacific Harbour – FJD50 each way in a taxi
Nice rooms, tasty food but limited selection. Staff very handy and friendly. Nice quiet place.Nice views. Typical local village at the side of the Resort. Music and singing by a local band, every meal and activities, very enjoyable. Not fancy but very enjoyable.
My wife and I came here on our Honeymoon. Whilst she has written her own review I felt it was important for me to share my experience. The staff were fantastic and really made the stay great. My wife and I don't like anything fancy and the resort suited us well. We had the Deluxe Seaside Bure which I highly recommend. The safe didn't work and the inside shower looked less than welcoming, but the deck next to the Beach and outside private shower more than made up for it. We will be returning, tho perhaps not for an entire week this time. If you look for things that a wrong with the resort you do not need to look hard, but if you take Crusoe's Retreat for what it is you will find a piece for paradise.
Hello, I come from Canada, traveled with my wife and we went to Australia, then Vanuatu and Fiji at the end. Crusoe's Retreat made us regret our stay in Port Vila. The best thing about Crusoe's Retreat was to spend our days at the next hotel's ocean terasse and their chique resto/bar and pool up the path. Wellesley resort Fiji, they have a beach! Dirty room, infested with ants, everywhere, all the time. Resort with NO BEACH and no wi-fi in rooms. The main focus of this hotel is put on pool area, with terasse and mini-bar. Very poor. No attention and no maintenance is put on the beach and the area. Bad vision for a fijian resort. Poor service, everybody seemed tired and lack of professionalism. Fake smile and fake attention. We've been told not to eat at villagers, their food would make us sick. Guess what; hotel food made us sick on day 2. We arrived 1 minute late at breakfast. It wasn't possible to have a cofee and fruits for free anymore. The resort is very remote from anything. Their is no public transport at the resort so we had to use hotel transport for everything. Very very expensive. Ex: 1- trip to closest ATM/Grocerie/Stores = 1hour, $65aud 2- day trip to Suva, 2 persons = $175.00aud 3- day trip to suva, 4 person = $350.00aud 4- ride to closest main road = 20mins, $16.00aud For a resort that had not much to offert, I find it slightly pretencious. The management was invisible...
This retreat was exactly as we expected with the exception of the maintenance and apparent cost saving actions taken by management. Power went out/turned off in the early morning, verandahs, decks and other exposed wood structures had rot and were not safe to walk on. The connection to the village was amazing. We enjoyed the many opportunities to visit and interact, learn from the villagers. The staff were always there to help, talk about their traditions and give advice on how to travel around and what to see. Whilst this was the perfect holiday experience for me, providing a real experience and understanding of the culture of Fiji through the link to the village, this is not the retreat for creature comforts, or a cheap holiday. The seclusion of the resort means travelling to see or do anything will cost, the management prefer that you spend your money at the retreat and food is quite expensive, with no option to self cater.
- Free continental breakfast
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
- Outdoor pool
Crusoe's Retreat places you within a 15-minute drive of Rivers Fiji and Vunanui Bay. This 28-room, 3.5-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a private beach, an outdoor pool, and free self parking. Namatakula Beach is also within a 15-minute drive.
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.
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.
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.
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77% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 351 reviews