Updated: July 7, 2018
Smugglers Cove Beach Resort – Unpretentious and convenient, popular but noisy.
Squeezed between the ritzy suites at its sister resort (the Ramada) and a backpacker lodge, this mid-range hotel is certainly better than most. All rooms are spacious and comfortable, with some Fijian crafts along the walls, but the furniture looks dated. Rooms in the main building with the lobby have a tropical feel and some boast perfect sea views from a tiny balcony, although they may suffer from the noisy café/bar below. But almost all rooms in the other building alongside face a neighbouring hotel. The pool is close to the bar and gets overcrowded, but features an interesting design, while the beach is grey and fairly unappealing. The key attraction is the location: halfway along the main strip at Wailoaloa Beach, and surrounded by places to eat, drink and shop.
Smugglers Cove Beach Resort – The Basics
- Location: Along Wasawasa Road, the only street in Wailoaloa Beach, on the main island of Viti Levu. About 8km from the airport and 6km from downtown Nadi.
- Guests: Overwhelmingly popular with young travellers, especially those in groups.
- Beach: Faces the sea. The entire beach along Wailoaloa is unappealing for swimming or sunbathing, but certainly delightful for walks and sunsets. Also, shallow for kayaking.
- Views: Only a handful of rooms face the sea, while a few overlook neighbouring hotels, or the village or mountains (both of which are not unattractive).
- Wi-Fi Internet: Available to anyone in the lobby, bar and restaurant area in the main building. Costs are reasonable for access in the rooms, but won’t work in the adjacent building.
- Parking: Ask management about secure free parking nearby.
- Nice Perks: Free rental of kayaks, and complimentary transfers to the airport.
- Phone: (679) 672 6578
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: https://www.smugglersbeachfiji.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: UK • USA • Français • Deutsch • Nederlands.
Smugglers Cove Beach Resort – Amenities
- Pool: Smallish, often crowded, and always noisy.
- Spa: The large and modern Island Surf Beauty & Spa provides pedicures, facials and waxing, among other treatments, with the traditional bobo massage a speciality.
- Fitness Center: Guests can use the gym at the sister resort, the Ramada Suites next door, with permission.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at this mid-range resort.
Smugglers Cove Beach Resort – Food and Drink
- Restaurants & Bars:
- Ghostship Bar & Grill – surprisingly classy, it’s spread between the lobby and beach, with seats in the bar, beside the pool, and metres from the sea. All-day dining and often live music. International selection includes Italian, Indian, Chinese and Fijian.
- Cove Café – in the adjacent building, but still part of the hotel. For coffee, pastries and sandwiches, but meals come from the Ghostship Bar & Grill next door. Popular beach club vibe, with lounge chairs facing the sea.
- Breakfast: An unexciting continental breakfast may be included in the rates, but often is not. It’s not worth paying extra for.
- Room Service: Available during restaurant hours, ie about 10.30am to 9pm
Smugglers Cove Beach Resort – Rooms
- Room Types: Deluxe Premium Rooms • Oceanfront Balcony Rooms • 1 Family Suite. Unusually, it also offers beds in mixed and female-only dormitories and 1 wheelchair-friendly Room.
- Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not permitted in any rooms or public areas, but allowed elsewhere.
- Best Room: Enhanced by the Fijian décor, the Oceanfront Balcony Rooms feature a more tropical feel than the Deluxe Rooms. The sea views are divine, although these rooms can suffer from the fairly constant noise from the pool, café and bar below.
Smugglers Cove Beach Resort – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
- Aquarius on the Beach Restaurant – Fijian and western food, with a different theme most nights, sometimes with dancing and live music. Set-priced meals are good value. About 50m up the street. 1-minute walk.
- Travellers Beach Café – in the Bamboo backpacker lodge at the northern end of the street, 100m away. Vast menu and a quality expected of an upmarket resort. 2-minute walk.
- Bitu Café – attached to the above café. Sandwiches and shakes in a pleasant open-air setting.
- Beach Escape Chinese Restaurant (951 5244) – unpretentious and unwelcoming, but authentic and tasty. Up Bavari Road, an easy-to-find side-street, about 150m away. 2-minute walk.
- Awesome Grill – friendly, alfresco setting for burgers, pastas and salads. Bring your own booze. At the crossroads to the beach strip, about 250m away. 4-minute walk.
- Market or Grocery: A well-stocked mini-market is at the shopping centre at the junction leading into Wailoaloa, opposite the Awesome Grill.
Most tourists use taxis, but find (or order) one with a meter. Public buses and minibuses head to downtown Nadi every 15-30 minutes, via the shops and cafés along Queens Road.
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