Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa

Updated: July 5, 2018

Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa – Unparalleled opulence with unique island setting.

Scattered around an accessible private island, this truly extraordinary resort is vast enough for guests to need maps and staff to use buggies. The Lagoon Wing is a likeably dusty-brown-and-white 3-level block facing a manicured lawn of swaying palms and a distant beach dotted with kayaks and lounge chairs. These rooms are surprisingly undersized, however, and the modern Fijian art is a little tasteless, but the balcony/veranda is sizeable. A multitude of better options are available including suites and bures (bungalows). In the far-off adults-only section, accommodation is in similar blocks or separate bures, while the bar, restaurant, spa and Infinity pool are also child-free. The beach in the family section is flawless, but rocky and less appealing in the adults-only section of the island. Adding to the attractions are the masses of activities, including a golf course and water-sports (some for free). On an island accessible along a 100m-long causeway, the resort is isolated, but with so many bistros, bars and boutiques onsite few guests seem to care.

Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa – The Basics

  • Location: On Yanuca, a private island, attached to the coastal highway by a 100m-long causeway, on the main island of Viti Levu. About 55km from downtown Nadi, 60km from the airport, and 12km from Sigatoka, a pleasant regional centre.
  • Guests: Obviously for those with money to spare, but also caters exceptionally well for families. Those who don’t want to share their holiday with someone else’s kids are also welcome.
  • Beach: Perfect beach in the family section; less appealing in the adults-only part.
  • Views: Almost all rooms have views of the sea, although at a distance, with finer vistas on the upper floors.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Available free throughout, although may not work in remote almost-jungle-like sections of the island.
  • Parking: Plenty of secure parking for free near the lobby.
  • Nice Perks: Mobile check-in, and separate check-in at the adults-only section.
  • Phone: (679) 652 0155
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: http://www.shangri-la.com/yanucaisland/fijianresort/
  • Booking.com will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UKUSAFrançaisDeutschNederlands.

Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa – Amenities

  • Pool: 3 pools. 1 for families, with splash areas for the younger ones; another smaller pool attached to a separate wing; and a 3rd, with Infinity edges, is strictly adults only.
  • Spa: Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La is sophisticated and pricey. In an elegant setting, it uses Fijian-made lotions and traditional techniques.
  • Fitness Center: The Health Club is fairly modest but decent enough.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.
  • Activities: Games room with ping pong and snooker tables. Free non-motorized water-sports and bicycle hire. Flood-lit tennis courts, golf course, mini-golf, putting greens, basketball court and petanque,

Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants:
  • Beach Bar & Grill – stunning setting facing the beach and pool. Seafood, steaks and pizzas. The best place to try Fijian food.
  • Golden Cowrie Restaurant & Lounge – classy harbourside position with seating inside and out. Specialises in Italian food. Adults only for breakfast, but all welcome for dinner.
  • Lagoon Terrace Restaurant – themed buffets most nights and watch-the-cook sizzle sections. Family-friendly, with a separate children’s area. Buffet breakfast. Not open for lunch.
  • Takali Terrace – romantic and seaside. All-day dining, specialising in Asian food. Buffets some nights.
  • Lounges/Bars:
  • Bilo Bar – ideal for pre-dinner cocktails, wines and sunsets. Happy hours and late closing.
  • Black Marlin Bar – live music or DJs every night. Happening place with happy hours. From 5pm to late.
  • Breakfast: Pleasingly and, unusually, a vast buffet breakfast is included in all rates.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours, but depends how far the room is from the kitchen.

Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa – Rooms

  • Room Types: Yanuca Lagoon Deluxe (and Grand Deluxe) Rooms • Yanuca Lagoon Terrace (and Grand Deluxe) Rooms • Ocean Deluxe (and Grand Deluxe) Rooms • Reef Deluxe (and Grand Deluxe) Rooms • Ocean Terrace Rooms • Yanuca Lagoon Suites • Yanuca Lagoon Bures (bungalow) • Reef Bures • Reef Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not allowed in the rooms or restaurants/bars, but permitted elsewhere.
  • Best Room: The oh-so stylish Reef Suite radiates a loveable ambience. The rooms are so spacious and the views so stupendous, while the marble bathroom and extended balcony add to the allure.
  • For families: Most rooms can squeeze in at least 1 extra single bed, and many rooms have connecting doors. Families are actively encouraged with activities, free children’s meals and packaged deals.

Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Only 2 modest cafés are within walking distance:
  • Connect Café (980 5251) – at the start of the causeway along the main road. Modest and friendly for cheapish burgers, pizzas and wraps.
  • Gecko’s Restaurant – in the low-key resort of the same name just across the road from the Connect Café. Affordable, with a bar and Fire & Dance shows on weekends. 14-minute walk.
  • Market or Grocery: A minimart, bottle shop and plenty of boutiques are within the hotel complex, and a well-stocked general store is at the Gecko’s Resort, just across the road from the causeway. Otherwise, the regional centre of Sigatoka has plenty of supplies. It is 20 minutes by local bus; quicker by taxi.

Local Transport

    The entrance is just off the coastal highway between Suva and Nadi, with buses every hour or so going in both directions. More regular buses (and unmetered taxis) head to the pleasant town of Sigatoka, about 12km away.

Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa – The Hotel

The resort is located on a private island just off the mainland.

The resort is based on a private island, barely 100m from the mainland across a causeway.

Resort has many varieties of rooms with most away from the sea.

All sorts of rooms are available, with many some distance from the sea.

Room blocks have good views of the amazing gardens.

Most rooms are in three-level blocks facing the immaculate gardens dotted with palms.

Children have a big and shaded playground to play in.

The children’s playground is substantial and shady; far better than at most other resorts on Fiji.

Island features an adults-only section.

One section of the island, up to 1km from the lobby, is for adults only.

Adults-only pool has amazing sea views.

The lovely adults-only pool faces the ocean.

Large main pool has a separate splash area for kids.

The main pool is elongated, with shallow splash areas for the younger ones.

The main pool has ample shade and fantastic sea views.

The main pool is alongside the sea, and offers plenty of shade.

Resort has multiple swimming pools in different areas.

A second pool is closer to a separate wing.

The beach is excellent and very popular.

The beach is excellent, with white sands, calm waters and shady palms.

Shallow waters are popular for kayaking and water sports.

The waters are always shallow so ideal for kayaking and water sports.

Adults-only beach section is unappealing.

The beach at the adults-only section of the island is not as appealing.

Takali Terrace restaurant is popilar for it themed buffet nights.

The Takali Terrace Restaurant offers themed buffets some nights.

Buffet breakfast at Lagoon Terrace restaurant is excellent.

The substantial buffet breakfast, which is included in the rates, is served at the Lagoon Terrace Restaurant.

Lagoon Terrace restaurant is very family-friendly.

With buffets and a separate children’s section, the Lagoon Terrace Restaurant is ideal for families.

Affordable western food is available at Connect Cafe nearby.

At the start of the causeway from the main road, the Connect Café serves affordable western food.

Good Italian food is offered at Golden Cowrie restaurant.

Specialising in Italian food, the Golden Cowrie Restaurant has seating inside and out.

Golden Cowrie restaurant is spacious and can seat indoors and outdoors.

The Golden Cowrie Restaurant has plenty of seating and a modern décor.

Golden Cowrie restaurant features a lounge with ocean views.

Adjoining the Golden Cowrie Restaurant is a lounge with views of the harbour.

Lagoon Wing rooms are small with funk art.

Rooms in the Lagoon Wing are small, and the art may not be to everyone’s taste.

Lagoon Wing rooms feature big furniture in cramped rooms.

The furniture in the Lagoon Wing rooms makes them seem cramped.

Most room balconies and verandas face the gardens.

Most rooms face the gardens, with balconies or verandas offers glimpses of the ocean.

General store at Gecko's Resort nearby is well-stocked and affordable.

In Gecko’s Resort, just over the road from the start of the causeway, is a well-stocked general store with affordable prices.

Sigatoka is a quiet and likeable town.

Only 12km from the resort, and easily accessible by bus or taxi, Sigatoka is a likeable regional town.

Sigatoka is located by the river of the same name.

Sigatoka is nicely located along the namesake river.

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