Fiji Uprising Beach Resort

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]esort.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: UKUSAFrançaisDeutschNederlands.

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.

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 wooden decking, 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 a thatched roof, polished walls and dark wooden porch.

Bures have plenty of space, light and air.

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

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 an outdoor rain shower.

Villas feature a lounge area and a kitchenette.

The villas contain a lounge area and decent kitchen.

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 1km 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.

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.

In the Arts Village, the Baka Blues Café offers burgers, barbeques and the blues.

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