Updated: July 9, 2018
The Uprising Beach Resort – Affordable, serene, with lovely beachfront setting, but a little remote.
This award-winning resort has grown steadily upmarket over recent years. While still offering dormitories in the ‘Treehouse’ (made of wood, not perched in a tree), most accommodation is now in bures (bungalows) and villas. All of these are separated and secluded, with a high thatched roof, kitchenette and outdoor rain shower, and face the sea or lush tropical gardens and billiard-table lawns. The bures have no air-con or TV, and are a bit dark inside, but otherwise comfortable and spacious. The villas are more modern, with a separate lounge area and double doors leading to an extensive veranda. The narrow sandy beach is part of a picturesque bay with alluring islets, and plenty of activities are offered. The resort is ecologically aware and community minded, with mangrove redevelopment programs in which guests can become involved. It does feel isolated, but a cluster of charming cafés is only about 1km away.
The Uprising Beach Resort – The Basics
- Location: At the far eastern end of the coastal highway at Pacific Harbour, midway along the southern coast of the main island, Viti Levu. The first resort if coming from Suva. About 50 minutes by bus from Suva, and 80 minutes from the international airport at Nausori.
- Guests: Caters more for younger crowds, although families are welcome.
- Beach: Decent, with calm waters, clean sand and extensive views down the bay.
- Views: About half the bungalows and villas overlook the gardens and/or lawns, while the rest face the sea, about 30m away, but humps of sand may affect direct views.
- Wi-Fi Internet: Free throughout the resort for all guests.
- Parking: Plenty of space at the lobby for free.
- Phone: (679) 345 2200
- Email: [email protected]resort.com
- Website: https://uprisingbeachresort.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.
The Uprising Beach Resort – Amenities
- Pool: A decent size and facing the sea.
- Spa: 2 tables on the beach are set up for massages, but nothing more is offered.
- Fitness Center: The Uprising Fitness Center faces a rugby field, about 100m from the lobby. The revered Fijian Rugby 7s team train there, and all stayed at the resort before winning gold at the 2016 Olympics.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at this mid-range resort.
- Activities: Plenty on offer including snorkelling, bonfires, boat trips, beach volleyball, ping pong and snooker. Free use of kayaks and paddleboards.
The Uprising Beach Resort – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: The Uprising Restaurant is half indoors and out. It offers buffets with a Fijian and Indo-Fijian flavour, seafood specialties, lunchtime specials and live music on weekends.
- Bar: The Main Bar is inside the restaurant, while the Beach Bar provides cocktails, happy hours and live bands on the sand. Only open Thursdays to Sundays.
- Breakfast: Included in all rates and served in the pleasant café facing the pool and sea.
- Room Service: Available 24 hours for drinks; during restaurant hours (7am to 9.30pm) for meals.
The Uprising Beach Resort – Rooms
- Room Types: Commodore Deluxe Villas • Classic Standard Bures (bungalows) • 20-bed Tree House Dormitory • 8-bed Mini Dormitory
- Smoking Rooms: Not allowed inside the rooms, but permitted on verandas.
- Best Room: The Commodore Deluxe Villas with Ocean Views offer serenity, seclusion and superb views of the sea, which can be as little as 30m away.
- For families: Each room has a sofa that converts into a single bed. Kids’ menus are available.
The Uprising Beach Resort – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
- Beach Bum Burgers – along the hotel access road and in a family home. Tasty and affordable burgers, seafood and salads.
- In the Arts Village, about 1km west along the main road, several wonderful cafés face a large lily pond:
- Oasis Restaurant (354 0617) – modestly claims to offer the ‘best coffee in town’. A favourite among locals for burgers and pizzas. The first along the pond-side path. 4-minute drive.
- Baka Blues Café (345 0041) – mostly outdoor seating, with a dark and dingy bar inside. Barbeques, Cajun food and live music nightly, which can be heard from adjoining cafés. 4-minute drive.
- Water’s Edge (345 0145) – spacious pond-side decking, with permanent specials (try the seafood curries) luring clientele from the other cafés along the path. 4-minute drive.
- Skinny Bean Café (358 9869) – about 50m from the pond. Funky and family-friendly, with plenty of vegetarian options. 4-minute drive.
- Market or Grocery: In the Arts Village, about 1km to the west, is a minimart, post office and bank.
The resort entrance is 200m from the coastal highway along which buses head every hour or so to Suva and Nadi. There are also a few taxis about; best ordered from the hotel lobby.
The Uprising Beach Resort – The Hotel
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