Crusoe's Retreat3.5 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
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.
I have been here many times ever since I was a child. My last visit was 10 years ago and I can say that things have improved over the years. The rooms are basically the same, with new furniture and bathroom fit out (in the last few years it looks like). There we a number of activities put on and there were things included such as use of snorkelling gear if you did not bring your own and some kayaks. The pool was cool - lovely to cool off in and in the afternoon not in the heat of the sun and feeling like a bath tub. The staff were all very good. Breakfast was included, but eggs and hot meals are extra. Afternoon tea was also included. The prices of the restaurant were ok for Fiji, you can pay a lot more for very similar food. There is a reasonably priced food plan if you don't have a car or leave the resort. If you are after a nice resort (note the word Resort, this is a Resort, not a Hotel calling itself a Resort) without air conditioning, but with a good ceiling fan and trade winds that blow through the wooden louvers at night with a gentle breeze to cool you, then this is it. There are no TV's in the rooms, I don't know why you would want it, just look at the views that all rooms have. There is wifi or you need to purchase it. The rooms have a small fridge for keeping your drinks etc cool. They have a small band playing at night and during happy hour at the bar.
While the resort itself is very good with facilities like spacious and comfortable rooms (with double showers), swimming pool, long beach with fresh sea water, the location of the resort is far away from the Nadi International Airport. Also, there are no shops and restaurants close by, and one has to entirely depend upon the food made available by the Resort, which was not fresh, and really bad. The cost of the food supplied was over the top. The Resort is quiet and family friendly. though. The staff was cordial and excellent. I would not recommend this Resort to anyone, especially people with the kids as they will get bored too quick and also because of its far away location.
Crusoe's Retreat is a great small resort located about 1.5 hours from Nadi Airport. It is quiet, although it is family friendly. Food as pretty good. They can cater for vegans, but you need to contact them before you arrive to discuss. Resort is located along the Coral Coast and it is easy to take day trips into Suva, or river tours etc.
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.
- 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 366 reviews