Fiji Gecko’s Resort

Updated: June 30, 2018

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

Directly opposite the entrance to the opulent Shangri-La Resort, Gecko’s can hold its head high among mid-range options. The décor and facilities are similar to a motel, with spacious and clean rooms that face the garden, so they’re 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 playground (albeit tiny). The resort is also part of the Kalevua Cultural Centre, no doubt worthwhile once, but now disappointingly lacklustre from a severe absence of maintenance.

Gecko’s Resort – The Basics

  • Location: Along the Coral Coast on the southwestern edge of the main island, Viti Levu. About 58km from Nadi and the airport, and 11km to the pleasant regional centre of Sigatoka.
  • Guests: Most likely to be those on a budget, especially if travelling by car.
  • Beach: The nearest beach is 1km away at the Shangri-La Resort opposite. The public are 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.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Available free in the lobby and restaurant/bar area, but a surcharge in the rooms.
  • Parking: Plenty of free and secure parking at the entrance.
  • Phone: (679) 652 0200
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: www.geckoresort.com
  • How To Book: Booking.com will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UKUSAFrançaisDeutschNederlands.

Gecko’s Resort – Amenities

  • Pool: An adequate size and with so few guests, it’s quiet. Sail cloth provides shade.
  • Spa: Gecko’s Day Spa offers little more than massages, and staff are not always around.
  • 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: Not expected or provided.

Gecko’s Resort – Rooms

  • Room Types: Only offers Studio Units.
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms, but permitted in the gardens.
  • Best Room: All rooms are the same inside. Ask for a quieter room in a corner of the block.

Gecko’s Resort – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Across the road, and about 1km (15-minute walk) 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, specialising in Italian cuisine.
  • Connect Café (980 5251) – 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.
  • Market or Grocery: A well-stocked general store is onsite, and another is in the Shangri-La Resort, 1km 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, 11km 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 Shangrila Resort, about 58km 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 onsite offers handicrafts and bicycle rentals.

Onsite store has decent products for sale.

The shop also sells basic supplies and colourful 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 verandas, so they could be noisy.

Spacious studios are simple and feature 2 beds.

All rooms are the same inside, and contain an extra single bed.

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 severely from a lack of maintenance.

Some cultural centre displays are informative.

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

Connect Cafe nearby offers good meals.

On the other side of the highway, adjacent to the causeway to the Shangrila 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 five-star Shangrila Resort, about 1km away.

Golden Cowrie Restaurant at the Shangrila Resort is classy.

Also at the Shangrila Resort, the Golden Cowrie Restaurant is chic – specialising in Italian, with a lounge bar attached.

Shangrila Resort's beach is open to the public.

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

Sigatoka regional centre is well-connected through buses.

The regional centre of Sigatoka is only 11km 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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