Fiji Hotel Aquarius on the Beach

Updated: June 23, 2018

Aquarius on the Beach – Small, friendly, convenient, but overdue for modernisation.

This decent mid-range option is along the main drag in Wailoaloa Beach, squeezed between some swanky suites and a backpacker lodge. With only a handful of rooms, staff are personable and the setting is pleasant, but the general beach area is disappointingly grey and scruffy. Overlooking the sparkling pool, the ground floor café is welcoming, with themed nights that are noisy enough to affect sleep. The rooms are colourful but undersized, and screaming out for some updating; everything seems to be circa 1985. Some face the sea, with views partially blocked by the café and palms, others face the main street, and a few are too close to the lobby. But the selling points are the central position flanked by numerous eateries and bars, and free Wi-Fi (sadly, very rare in Fiji).

Aquarius on the Beach – The Basics

  • Location: 17 Wasawasa Road, in the middle of the short strip along Wailoaloa Beach, on the main island of Viti Levu. About 6km from downtown Nadi and 8km from the airport.
  • Guests: All ages, but the area mostly attracts young crowds.
  • Beach: Like all of Wailoaloa, the beach is grey, gritty and dirty, with uncollected flotsam along the sand. But the sea is calm for swimming and kayaking, and the area lovely for views and walks.
  • Views: Only a few rooms have sea views, which are distant and partially blocked, while others face the main street and courtyard entrance area.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Free Wi-Fi is offered, with no limits, which is a rarity.
  • Parking: Very limited spaces, but management can provide free secure parking close by.
  • Phone: (679) 672 6000
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: https://www.aquariusfiji.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.

Aquarius on the Beach – Amenities

  • Pool: The inviting pool is between the restaurant and beach. Enough lounge chairs and shade.
  • Spa: The Beach Spa is modest, but decent enough for a massage or manicure.
  • Fitness Center: Not expected or provided in a resort of this standard.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.
  • Activities: Free kayak hire.

Aquarius on the Beach – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: The restaurant is between the lobby and pool. It offers Fijian and western food, with a different theme most nights (e.g. Polynesian and Indian), sometimes with dancing and live music. The set-priced two- or three-course meals are good value.
  • Lounge/Bar: The bar alongside the restaurant offers the usual array of cocktails and beers, and the chance to sample local kava (a strong alcoholic drink).
  • Breakfast: A simple breakfast, which can include 1 cooked item, is included, while other dishes can be purchased.
  • Room Service: Not provided.

Aquarius on the Beach – Rooms

  • Room Types: Ocean View Rooms • Deluxe, Standard and Budget Rooms.
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not allowed inside the hotel building, but permitted in outdoor areas.
  • Best Room: The Ocean View Rooms face the sea and are the quietest option. They’re not much larger than the other rooms but do have a largish balcony – although sea views are obstructed.

Aquarius on the Beach – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Travellers Beach Café (672 3322) – perennially popular for backpackers searching for great value and a great vibe. Next door to the hotel. 1-minute walk.
  • Bitu Café – attached to the above café, offering sandwiches and shakes. 1-minute walk.
  • Ghostship Bar & Grill – in the Smugglers Cove resort, 100m down the road. Classy with modern cuisine, and seaside seating. 1-minute walk.
  • Awesome Grill – terrible name but friendly place. Alfresco setting for burgers, pastas and salads. Bring your own booze. At the crossroads to the beach, 300m away. 5-minute walk.
  • Grace Kitchen – in the tiny shopping centre opposite the Awesome Grill. It’s Korean, so expect plenty of noodles, rice and dumplings. 6-minute drive.
  • Market or Grocery: A ‘superette’ is in the undersized shopping centre, opposite the Awesome Grill.

Local Transport

    Most tourists use taxis, but find one with a meter. Also, public buses and minibuses head to downtown Nadi every 15-30 minutes, via the shops and cafés on Queens Road.

Aquarius on the Beach – The Hotel

Hotel Aquarius is located in the popular Wailoaloa area.

The hotel faces the beach at Wailoaloa, a popular area and virtually a suburb of Nadi.

Good location of Aquarius Hotel

The Aquarius is midway along the main strip at Wailoaloa beach and surrounded by places to eat and drink.

Small private beach at Hotel Aquarius.

Between the restaurant and sea is a small patch of private beach, with a few lounge chairs.

Swimming pool beside the restaurant.

The pool sparkles and is overlooked by the restaurant.

Value-for-money meals at in-house restaurant.

The hotel restaurant offers the usual array of traditional and western food, and hosts themed nights, with good-value set-priced meals.

Clean private beach at hotel.

The hotel’s patch of private sand is cleaner than the public beach and offers some shade.

Amazing sunsets at Wailoaloa beach.

One of the attractions of the Wailoaloa area is the amazing sunsets.

Unmaintained general beach area.

One disappointment about the general beach area is that plenty of rubbish and wood is washed up on shore, with little or no effort to remove it.

Small balconies with minimal privacy.

The Deluxe and Standard Rooms have balconies that look more or less into another balcony, offering minimal privacy.

Colourful but small Ocean View rooms.

The Ocean View Rooms are colourful and clean, but also small.

Comfortable rooms with expected facilities.

All rooms offer the sort of facilities expected in a motel, with the bonus of an overhead fan (as well as air-con) and free Wi-Fi.

Obstructed views from Ocean View rooms.

Vistas from the Ocean View Rooms are obstructed by hotel buildings and palm trees.

Decent-sized balconies of Ocean View rooms.

The balcony in the Ocean View Rooms is a decent size.

Excellent food at nearby Awesome Grill restaurant.

Within a short walk of the hotel, at the crossroads into Wailoaloa, the Awesome Grill offers excellent food with an indoor or open-air setting.

Wholesome meals at Travellers Beach Cafe.

Always popular is the Travellers Beach Café, next to the Aquarius resort. For a backpacker lodge, the meals are surprisingly wholesome, and pleasingly affordable.

Tiny shopping centre opposite the Awesome Grill.

Opposite the Awesome Grill, at the crossroads into Wailoaloa, a tiny shopping centre houses a mini-market, bottle shop and the Grace Kitchen Korean restaurant.

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