Gecko’s Resort in Fiji

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Updated: December 9, 2020

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Review of Gecko's Resort in Fiji

Gecko’s Resort – Modest, serviceable, accessible, and affordable, with few guests.

Directly opposite the entrance to the opulent Shangri-La Resort, Gecko’s can hold its head high among midrange options. The décor and facilities are similar to a motel, with spacious and clean rooms that face the garden and are distant from the main road. Bonuses are the Boutique and Handicrafts store onsite with bicycle rental (and flat roads in both directions), as well as a decent pool and small playground. The resort is also part of the Kalevua Cultural Centre.

Gecko’s Resort – The Basics

  • Location: Along the Coral Coast on the southwestern edge of the main island, Viti Levu. About 60 km from Nadi and the airport, and 11 km to the pleasant regional center of Sigatoka.
  • Guests: Most likely to be those on a budget, especially if traveling by car.
  • Beach: The nearest beach is 1 km away at the Shangri-La Resort opposite. The public is entitled to enter the resort to eat there and no one will stop non-guests from using the beach. Otherwise, catch a bus (30 minutes) to Sunset Strip, via Sigatoka, and get off at the Outrigger Resort.
  • Views: Of the garden between the rooms.
  • WiFi: Available free in the lobby and restaurant/bar area, but there’s a surcharge in the rooms.
  • Parking: Plenty of free and secure parking at the entrance.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (679) 652 0200
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: geckosresort.com

Gecko’s Resort – Amenities

  • Pool: An adequate size and with so few guests, it’s quiet. Sail cloth provides shade.
  • Spa: The spa offers a selection of massages and treaments.
  • Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of modest hotel.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.

Gecko’s Resort – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: A humble café offers well-priced meals alongside the pool. Also Fire & Dance shows on weekends. The bar is inviting and has a pool table.
  • Breakfast: Included in some rates, depending on how the room is booked.
  • Room Service: No room service.

Gecko’s Resort – Rooms

  • Room Types: Studio Unit
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms, but permitted in the gardens.
  • Best Room: All rooms are the same inside. Each can sleep 3 on a Queen and a single bed. Ask for a quieter room in a corner of the block. Some Studio Units can be combined to sleep up to 6 guests.

Gecko’s Resort – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars

  • Across the road, and about 1 km along the causeway, the Shangri-La Resort has 6 places to eat, where meals are delicious but prices high. These include:
  • Takali Terrace – Seaside, buffet dinners, evening entertainment, and congenial bar.
  • Beach Bar & Grill – Stunning setting for steaks, pizza, and Fijian food.
  • Golden Cowrie Restaurant & Lounge – Classy and seaside, specializing in Italian cuisine.
  • Connect Café – At the start of the causeway to the Shangri-La. Modest layout and affordable burgers, pizzas, and wraps.
  • Otherwise, catch a bus or taxi to Sigatoka, with a range of simple cafés and takeaway shops.

Nearby Market or Grocery

  • A well-stocked general store is on-site and another is in the Shangri-La Resort, 1 km away. Otherwise, head to Sigatoka.

Local Transport

  • Intercity buses between Suva and Nadi pass by every hour or so. More regular local buses (and unmetered taxis) head to Sigatoka, 11 km away.

Gecko’s Resort – The Hotel

Gecko's is located opposite the Shangrila Resort.

Gecko’s is easy to find: just opposite the imposing entrance to the Shangri-La Resort, about 60 km from Nadi.

Covered swimming pool is adequate.

The pool is more than adequate given that the resort is rarely full. With no trees, the sail cloth covering is welcome.

Rest bure by the pool is welcoming.

In the middle of the lawns is a rest bure (bungalow) alongside the pool.

Onsite shop sells handicrafts and rents bicycles.

A shop offers handicrafts and bicycle rentals.

Onsite store has decent products for sale.

The shop also sells basic supplies and colorful souvenirs.

Rooms are in the back and away from the road noise.

All rooms face inwards, away from the main road.

Common verandas lack privacy and can get noisy.

Rooms don’t have private patios, so they could get noisy.

Spacious studios are simple and feature 2 beds.

All rooms are the same inside and come with extra single beds.

Thatched huts of Kalevua Cultural Centre.

The resort is part of the Kalevua Cultural Centre, a collection of thatched huts around some large gardens.

Cultural centre displays are not maintained.

Unfortunately, the displays inside the huts around the culture centre suffer from a lack of maintenance.

Some cultural centre displays are informative.

Some of the displays are more interesting than others, and are labeled.

Connect Cafe nearby offers good meals.

On the other side of the highway, adjacent to the causeway to the Shangri-La Resort, Connect Café offers a range of affordable and tasty meals.

Takali Terrace is within the Shangrila Resort.

Takali Terrace is one of many restaurants within the 5-star Shangri-La Resort about 1 km away.

Golden Cowrie Restaurant at the Shangrila Resort is classy.

Also at the Shangri-La Resort, the Golden Cowrie Restaurant is chic, specializes in Italian, and has a lounge bar attached.

Shangrila Resort's beach is open to the public.

The superb beach at the Shangri-La Resort is, like all beaches in Fiji, open to the public.

Sigatoka regional centre is well-connected through buses.

The regional center of Sigatoka is only 11 km away, and has buses along the south coast as far as Suva and Nadi.

Sigatoka town is clean and friendly.

Compared to many other Fijian towns, Sigatoka is pleasingly clean, quiet, and friendly.

Well-connected Sigatoka town is located by the Sigatoke river.

Easily accessible by bus or taxi from Gecko’s, Sigatoka is based along the river of the same name.

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