Uprising Beach Resort in Fiji

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Updated: December 10, 2020

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Review of Uprising Beach Resort in Fiji

Uprising Beach Resort – Affordable, serene, with a lovely beachfront setting.

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 high thatched roofs, kitchenettes, and outdoor rain showers, and face the sea or lush tropical gardens and billiard-table lawns. The bures have no air-con or TV, but are comfortable and spacious. The villas are more modern, with separate living areas and double doors leading to extensive patios. 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.

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 to younger crowds, although families are welcome.
  • Beach: Decent, with calm water, 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.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Free throughout the resort for all guests.
  • Parking: Plenty of space at the lobby for free.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (679) 345 2200
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: uprisingbeachresort.com/

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 midrange resort.
  • Activities: Plenty on offer including snorkeling, bonfires, boat trips, beach volleyball, ping pong, and pool. Free use of kayaks and paddleboards.

The Uprising Beach Resort – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: The Uprising Restaurant is half indoors and half out. It offers buffets with Fijian and Indo-Fijian flavors, seafood specialties, lunchtime specials, and live music on weekends.
  • Bars: The Main Bar is inside the restaurant, while the Beach Bar offers 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 (7 am to 9.30 pm) for meals.

The Uprising Beach Resort – Rooms

  • Room Types: Commodore Deluxe Villa • Classic Standard Bure (bungalows) • 20-bed Tree House Dormitory • 8-bed Mini Dormitory
  • Smoking Rooms: Not allowed inside the rooms, but permitted on patios.
  • 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?

Best 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 1 km west along the main road, several wonderful cafés face a large lily pond:

  • Oasis Restaurant – modestly claims to offer the ‘best coffee in town’. A favorite among locals for burgers and pizzas. The first along the pond-side path.
  • Baka Blues Café – Mostly outdoor seating, with a dark and dingy bar inside. Barbecues, Cajun food, and live music nightly, which can be heard from adjoining cafés.
  • Water’s Edge – Large pond-side deck, with permanent specials (try the seafood curries) luring clientele from the other cafés along the path.
  • Skinny Bean Café – About 50m from the pond. Funky and family-friendly, with plenty of vegetarian options.

Nearby Market or Grocery

  • In the Arts Village, about 1 km to the west, is a minimart, post office, and bank.

Local Transport

  • 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

Substantial pool with wooden deck is very appealing.

The pool is a decent size, with a wooden deck, tables, and umbrellas adding to the appeal.

Undeveloped Pacific Harbour beach is the closest public beach to Suva.

Pacific Harbour is the closest beach to Suva. With stretches open to the public, it remains remarkably undeveloped in places.

The resort has a tropical vibe with palms, sand and hammocks.

The Uprising exudes a genuine tropical holiday vibe, with plenty of trees, hammocks, and sandy places.

Onsite Beach Bar offers excellent drinks and views.

The Beach Bar at the resort is excellent: on the sand, with a thatched roof and happy hours.

Beach Bar often features live music by a local band.

A local band often performs at the Beach Bar.

Onsite restaurant offer decent meals in a pleasant atmosphere.

The Uprising Restaurant is simple but pleasant, with a decent range of meals.

Onsite restaurant and bar look very traditional and pleasing.

The restaurant/bar in the resort features an appealing traditional design.

Cocktails during Happy Hours are always popular.

Cocktails are always popular, especially during happy hours.

The gym and rugby field are frequently used by the Rugby 7s team.

The gym is about 100m away and faces a rugby field. It’s used by the medal-winning Rugby 7s team.

The bures offer reasonable space and privacy.

The bures (bungalows) are separated and reasonably secluded.

Bures feature a very traditional and pleasing design.

The bures feature a traditional design, with thatched roofs, polished walls, and dark wooden porches.

Bures have plenty of space, light and air.

The bures are very spacious, with plenty of windows offering light and ventilation.

Bures contain kitchenette and lounge area.

Each bure contains a kitchenette and separate lounge area.

Wooden porches of bures are a good place to relax.

The wooden porches of the bures face the sea, gardens, and/or lawns.

Modern Villas feature traditional design as well.

The more modern villas still maintain some traditional design.

The large villas have lots of windows.

The villas are large, with plenty of windows.

Outdoor rain showers are a highlight in all the villas.

All villas feature outdoor rain showers.

Villas feature a lounge area and a kitchenette.

The villas come with lounge areas and decent kitchens.

Villas feature sliding doors which let in light but hamper privacy.

Sliding doors in the villas allow plenty of light, but do affect privacy.

Arts Village features beautiful cafes and shops.

The Arts Village is a collection of cafés, shops, and other tourist facilities clustered around a large lily pond about 1 km from the resort.

There are many lovely cafes at Arts Village.

Several cafés line the pond at the Arts Village, providing a lovely setting.

Oasis Restaurant is located in the Arts Village about 1km from the resort.

The Oasis Restaurant is the first in a row of cafés alongside the pond in the Arts Village.

Baka Blues Café at Arts Village serves good food.

Close by, the Baka Blues Café offers burgers, barbecues, and the blues.

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