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TravelPod Member ReviewsGecko's Resort Sigatoka
They charge 3.5% extra for using credit card which is not on the website we used to books conditions. We told them we wanted to pay in cash, and they were fine with this. ATM in Shangri La 15 minute walk away, or in Sigatoka, 10 minute bus journey away.
Now, we booked Uprising Resort in Pacific Harbour 11 months in advance (about the same time we made this booking), but about a week before we were due to arrive Uprising told us they were fully booked so could not stay there on the dates we selected. Gecko were very helpful and agreed to switch dates without charging a cancellation fee and therefore we were still able to stay at both hotels in Fiji. However this change did mean that we could not enjoy the much talked about show on Sunday nights which was a shame and totally the fault of Uprising (not Gecko).
Gecko were always very fast to reply to my emails.
Gecko also arranged taxi transfers at a reasonable price for airport pick up; however we had to cancel these too due to Uprising's error. We did use the taxi from Gecko to get to Denaura Port and this went to plan and did not take very long.
The room was big and clean, although bed a bit smaller than we are used to. DVD provided in the room and a range of classic DVDs to borrow (free) from reception gave us something to do after dinner. We suggest you take two at a time though as about 50% don't work properly.
Unfortunately the walls are very thin and we could hear talking and snoring from next door quite easily.
The hotel is not on the beach, but you can walk to Shangri La in about 15 mins and use beach, pool etc there for free. However when we were there it was quite cold and we should have stayed using the pool at Gecko as it is more protected from the wind.
The grounds at Gecko are great, with a few old style bures to explore with weapons inside, some pictures etc. Just follow the bath by the lily pond and make your way round.
More rewarding than Shangri La was the trip to the Sigatoka dunes. We took a local bus (every 15 mins or so) for about 1 FJD for the 10 minute journey and dropped off outside the gate. Staff theer are very friendly and we did the one hour walk up to a viewpoint, across a sandy dune, along the beach and through the forest (all for about 5 FJD). Very enjoyable.
Then you can get a local bus a further 5 mins to Sigatoka town with loads of food options, market, shops, ATMs and happy atmosphere.
Weather was sunny every day we were here, but not exactly roasting hence did not really go in sea or pool although we dipped our toes in the hotel pool after Sigatoka.
We stocked up on water in Sigatoka for less than 1FJD a bottle before hitting the islands.
At the bottom of the drive to the hotel is a small shop where they sell stuff cheaper than the hotel, but nowhere near as cheap as in town. Staff in this shop very nice. Also here is a tourist train to Sigatoka which goes a couple of days a week (not when we were there).
Laundry prices in hotel were very good at 10 FJD a bag and we made use of this to freshen up.
Food prices not cheap in hotel, but we had a steak at 45 FJD and it was really good. Pasta on other hand is more expensive than UK prices.
On checkout somebody else's food had been added to our bill, but the hotel removed this once we mentioned the error.
The day we arrived we made a restaurant reservation for that evening, however when we turned up at our allotted time, the hotel said they had no record of our booking and thus we had no table so should wait in the bar with no apology. This was annoying, especially after our Uprising experience. At this point of the holiday my wife was saying that she just wants to leave Fiji as it is rubbish and things don't work well, staff are bad etc. Fortunately this was our last bad experience in Fiji and the holiday picked up after this.
Wifi was expensive, whereas at Shangri La it was free, so pop across there for your internet fix.
So my rating of 3.. would be 2 if they hadn't been so helpful with amending the original booking, but then again, it could be higher if they did not mess up our table booking and if they had free wifi. Recommended if you are in the area for a couple of days, but I would not want to spend a whole holiday there.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
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