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/
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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
- 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.
- 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.
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
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