Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa in Fiji

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Updated: December 10, 2020

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Review of Shangri-La's Fijian Resort & Spa in Fiji

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

Scattered around an accessible private island, this truly extraordinary resort is vast enough for guests to need maps and the staff to use buggies. The Lagoon Wing is a likably dusty-brown-and-white three-level block facing a manicured lawn with swaying palms and a distant beach dotted with kayaks and lounge chairs. These rooms are compact but the balconies/patios are sizable. Several better options are available including suites and bures (bungalows). In the far-off adults-only section, accommodations are in similar blocks or separate bures, and the bar, restaurant, spa, and infinity pool are also child-free. The beach in the family section is flawless. Adding to the attractions are the endless activities, including a golf course and water sports (some for free). On an island accessible along a short causeway, the resort is isolated, but with so many bistros, bars, and boutiques, 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 55 km from downtown Nadi, 60 km from the airport, and 12 km from Sigatoka, a pleasant regional center.
  • Guests: Obviously for those with money to spare, but also caters exceptionally well to 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 views from the upper floors.
  • WiFi: Available free throughout, although may not work in the 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.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (679) 652 0155
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: shangri-la.com

Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa – Amenities

  • Pool: Three pools. One for families, with splash areas for the younger ones; another smaller pool attached to a separate wing; and a third infinity pool 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 pool 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 harborside position with seating inside and out. Specializes in Italian food. Adults only for breakfast, but all are 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 specializing in Asian food. Buffets on 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 5 pm to late.
  • Breakfast: Surprisingly, a vast buffet breakfast is included in all rates.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours, but depends on how far the room is from the kitchen.

Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa – Rooms

  • Room Types: Yanuca Lagoon Deluxe (and Grand Deluxe) Room • Yanuca Lagoon Terrace (and Grand Deluxe) Room • Ocean Deluxe (and Grand Deluxe) Room • Reef Deluxe (and Grand Deluxe) Room • Ocean Terrace Room • Yanuca Lagoon Suite • Yanuca Lagoon Bure (bungalow) • Reef Bure • Reef Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not allowed in the rooms or restaurants/bars, but permitted elsewhere.
  • Best Room: The oh-so stylish Reef Suites radiates a lovable ambience. The rooms are so spacious and the views so stupendous, and the marble bathrooms and extended balconies 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?

Best Nearby Restaurant & Bar

    Only 1 modest café is within walking distance:

  • Gecko’s Restaurant – In the low-key resort of the same name. Affordable, with a bar and Fire & Dance shows on weekends.

Nearby 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 center 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 in both directions. More regular buses (and unmetered taxis) head to the pleasant town of Sigatoka, about 12 km 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 3-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 1 km 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.

It 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 sand, calm water, and shady palms.

Shallow waters are popular for kayaking and water sports.

The water is always shallow, so it’s 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 on some nights.

Buffet breakfast at Lagoon Terrace restaurant is excellent.

A 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.

Good Italian food is offered at Golden Cowrie restaurant.

Specializing 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 harbor.

Lagoon Wing rooms are small with funk art.

Rooms in the Lagoon Wing are compact and feature colorful art.

Lagoon Wing rooms feature big furniture in cramped rooms.

The Lagoon Wing rooms are well-furnished.

Most room balconies and verandas face the gardens.

Most rooms face the gardens, with balconies or patios offering glimpses of the ocean.

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

In Gecko’s Resort, just across 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 12 km from the resort and easily accessible by bus or taxi, Sigatoka is a likable regional town.

Sigatoka is located by the river of the same name.

Sigatoka is nicely located along the namesake river.

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