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Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort: where you’re part of the family


Genuine tears flow as I leave Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort. I can’t believe how emotional I’m feeling as I’ve only been here for two nights but I don’t want to leave!

 

It’s my first ever visit to Fiji and I am blown away by the genuine love and warmth of the Fijian people who are calling me their family! The cynic in me would usually find this slightly creepy/over the top. However the sincerity in these beautiful people is heartfelt. 

 

 

The Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort is a sprawling 16 hectare resort built to resemble a typical Fijian village. The grounds are a vast tropical wonderland that rolls down to the shores of a reef fringed lagoon and at first the size and space is a little overwhelming but it doesn’t take long to get your bearings and start to fully appreciate this lush five star beachside resort. 

 

And there’s a lot to appreciate: five restaurants and bars, a tropical swimming lagoon, activity centre, kids clubs, boutiques and gift shops, a fitness centre, tennis courts, private beach, golf training facility and the amazing Bebe Spa.

 

 

There are 207 rooms and suites in addition to 43 traditional bures (thatched roofed bungalows). I am in a bure and have timed my arrival to perfection as I’m immediately greeted by my very own ‘talai’ (butler) who serves me a glass of champagne with some delicious canapes. This is definitely my kind of place! 

 

The Bure itself is quintessential Fijian style complete with the geometric tapa-lined ceiling. Frangipani petals are sprinkled on my fresh white linen dressed king sized bed and yes…there is a kettle for my morning cuppa. A small veranda with a hammock swing outside completes the picture.

 

The Fijian family friendliness starts as soon as you drive into the resort where guards at the entrance  bellow a deafening welcome ‘Bula’.

 

But the warm welcome continues for one and all. The kids club and the nanny service gives parents the opportunity to relax and enjoy the resort knowing that the littlies are being smothered in Fijian family friendliness! However with five adult-only areas to choose from parents, singles and child free couples alike also have plenty of options. Whilst there were lots of junior guests you hardly ever saw them, or perhaps more importantly heard them! 

 

You are spoilt for choice in the food and drink department with four restaurants and five bars. Great buffet brekky in the Vale ni Kana restaurant with loads of fresh tropical fruit sliced on the spot by a smily staff member, an egg station and an  Aussie standard latte. In the evening, watch the sunset from the Sundowner Bar and Grill and settle in for a perfectly cooked steak while being serenaded by the resident musos.

 

You must treat yourself to the  signature award winning Ivi restaurant (named after a 100 year old towering ivi-tree) where you will be indulging in the food of Fiji’s best chef Priya. It costs a little extra but well worth it.  I recommend  the sizzling crepe suzette cooked at your table. Masterpiece!

 

After dinner head to the Vakavanua lounge and try a coconut vodka or a local rum – you will soon find yourself joining in with the singing.  All Fijians sing - very well and at any opportunity. You will be serenaded on arrival, departure and for birthdays, anniversaries etc. You simply cannot be unhappy here - there must be something in the kava!

 

And just when you thought you couldn’t be happier, there’s Bebe spa (Fijian for butterfly). This is a heavenly sanctuary at the very top of the resort with breathtaking views over the ocean.  With eight treatment rooms featuring private balconies and open air showers they offer a huge range of face, body and massage treatments that will have you feeling and looking as heavenly as the view. The amazing Kalo kalo bar is up here so if you’re partial to an apres pampering champas this is the place to be.

 

VERDICT 

Love the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort and hard to pick my favourite thing. 

Was it the Bula bellowing, the Kalo Kalo, the spa, all of the above? It just has to be the welcome to the family by the Fijian staff.

 

Jenny was a guest of Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort and Castaway Island. Click here for current seasonal packages. 

 

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Written by: Jenny Rowland
Published: 13 May 2019

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