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]risingbeachresort.com
- 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.
- 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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