Wailoaloa Beach Resort in Fiji

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Updated: December 10, 2020

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Review of Wailoaloa Beach Resort in Fiji

Wailoaloa Beach Resort – Cozy, Fijian-style, and ideal for budget-minded families.

With immaculate tropical gardens and billiard-table lawns, this low-key resort is more spacious, welcoming, and tranquil than many others at the beachside strip of Wailoaloa. The comfortable rooms face the gardens and could suffer from some noise. The surprisingly spacious villas in attractive two-level blocks at the back are considerably better. All villas sleep up to six very easily and feature large kitchens and balconies/patios, making them ideal for groups and families. The pool is sparkling blue and shady, with a tiny section for the youngsters. There’s also a modest playground and an open-air bar with a pool table. The minor disadvantages are the distance from downtown Wailoaloa and proximity to the airport, with thunderous jets occasionally passing by overhead.

Wailoaloa Beach Resort – The Basics

  • Location: Along Newtown Road, the access road to Wailoaloa Beach, on the main island of Viti Levu. About 10 minutes on foot to the beach, 1.5 km to Queens Road for numerous restaurants and shops by public bus, 5 km from downtown Nadi, and 7 km from the airport.
  • Guests: Caters to all but focuses on families. Guests are more likely to be Fijian than foreign.
  • Beach: Wailoaloa Beach is about 800m away. The sand is gray and often gritty, but the views are excellent, and prolonged beachside walks are popular.
  • Views: All rooms face the gardens and lawns, while the villas and studios front a gravel carpark with some lawn.
  • WiFi: Included free in public areas, but not available in rooms (even for a cost) unless close to the lobby.
  • Nice Perks: Free transfers to/from the airport.
  • Parking: Plenty of secure free parking at the back.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (679) 6722 6633
  • Email: reservations@wailoaloabeachresortfiji.com
  • Website: wailoaloabeachresortfiji.com

Wailoaloa Beach Resort – Amenities

  • Pool: A good size, with plenty of shade, and a little section for children.
  • Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at a resort of this standard.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.

Wailoaloa Beach Resort – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: A modest café, primarily for guests, serves some traditional dishes, as well as the usual selection of Western food. Guests can also eat around the pool deck.
  • Breakfast: A decent buffet breakfast is included, but not for those in villas and studios as they have kitchens for self-catering.
  • Room Service: Available from the restaurant during opening hours – 7-10 am, 12-2 pm and 6-10 pm.

Wailoaloa Beach Resort – Rooms

  • Room Types: 3-bed Dormitory • Poolside Standard Room (with fan or air-con) • Deluxe Room • Self-Contained Studio • Family Self-Contained Villa
  • Smoking Rooms: Not permitted in any rooms or near eating/drinking areas, but allowed elsewhere.
  • Best Room: The Family Self-Contained Villas are really rooms (not separate villas/bungalows) in the quieter block at the back. They are huge, easily fitting a family of 6. Other guests may prefer the Self-Contained Studios, also with kitchens; best are those on the second floor with balconies.

Wailoaloa Beach Resort – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars

  • Awesome Grill – Large and friendly, for burgers, pastas, and salads. Bring your own booze.
  • Grace Kitchen – In the same premises as Awesome Grill. It’s Korean, so expect noodles, rice, dumplings, and more noodles.
  • Travellers Beach Café – In a backpacker lodge, but popular with everyone for surprisingly delectable food at pleasingly affordable prices. Along the Wailoaloa strip, about 800m away.
  • Aquarius on the Beach – For Fijian and western food, with a different theme most nights (e.g. Polynesian and Indian), sometimes with dancing and live music. The set-priced 2 or 3-course meals are good value. Just down from the Travellers Beach Café.
  • Sitar – Worth the walk (1.5 km), or short bus trip, to the crossroads along Queens Road, for classy Indian and Thai.

Local Transport

  • At the crossroads into Wailoaloa beach, next to the Grace Kitchen restaurant, is a well-stocked minimart.

Local Transport

  • Most tourists use taxis, but find one with a meter. Public buses and minibuses pass the hotel on the way to Wailoaloa Beach and downtown Nadi every 15-30 minutes via the shops and cafés on Queens Road.

Wailoaloa Beach Resort – The Hotel

The resort is located on the road leading to Wailoaloa beach.

The resort is easy to find along the road leading into Wailoaloa from Queens Road, the main thoroughfare between the airport and Nadi.

The resort is very spacious with big grounds and villas.

There is so much space, especially in and around the villas and studios at the back of the grounds.

Attractive Villa blocks face the lawns.

The villas, which are really just rooms, are in attractive blocks facing the lawns.

The pool is big and guests can enjoy food and drinks on the deck.

The pool is a decent size, with enough shade and seating. Meals and drinks can also be served on the pool deck from the café.

The main pool has a splash area for kids.

A shady splash area for the youngsters is attached to the main pool.

Resort is within walking distance of the unappealing Wailoaloa beach.

The resort is about 800m from Wailoaloa beach. The sand is gray and, often, gritty, but is great for walks.

Wailoaloa Beach is popular for its sunsets.

One attraction of Wailoaloa beach is the sunsets.

Breakfast in the outdoor cafe among the gardens is an experience.

With lush gardens and an outdoor café area where breakfast is served, this resort is far more spacious than similar ones at Wailoaloa.

The onsite cafe is modest and quiet.

Although open to the public, the modest café is mainly for guests, so it’s always quiet.

The cafe is by the pool.

The café overlooks the pool.

The Games room has a battered snooker table.

Attached to the lobby is a modest games room with a pool table.

The bar is located toward the front of the hotel.

Trying to attract passing trade, the bar is attached to the games room and far closer to the street-side playground than the pool.

Surprisingly the resort also features a small playground.

The playground is small and surprisng as most resorts of this standard, and even some of the more upmarket ones, don’t provide any facilities for children.

Standard Rooms face the pool and tend to be noisy.

The Standard Rooms are in a one-level block facing the pool.

Standard Rooms feature windows that open up to the gardens at the back.

The Standard Rooms are better than the outside suggests, and windows facing the quiet gardens at the back add so much more light.

Villas are huge and feature 3-4 double beds.

The villas are astoundingly large, with room for 3 or 4 double beds.

Villas are large with kitchens and space for up to 8 people.

The villas can easily fit in up to 6 people and come with kitchens.

Awesome Grill serves great food in a great atmosphere.

About 500m down the road towards Wailoaloa is the Awesome Grill. A lovely ambience, with a wide range of burgers, salads, and pastas in air-conditioned comfort or alfresco-style seating.

Travellers Beach Cafe closeby serves the best meals in the area.

Arguably the best meals in the region are at Travellers Beach Café, part of a backpacker lodge. It’s along the Wailoaloa strip, about 800m from the hotel.

Grace Kitchen Korean restaurant is within walking distance.

Opposite the Awesome Grill, a small shopping center has a bottle shop and a minimart.

At juntion of Queens Road are Sitar Restaurant and Burger King.

Worth a walk (about 1.5 km), and also accessible by local bus, the Sitar restaurant is located at the traffic lights at the junction along Queens Road. It is a classy eatery, with an emphasis on Indian and Thai cuisine. Other places to eat, including Burger King, are on other side of the intersection.

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