Crusoe's Retreat3.5 out of 5.0
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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.
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
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