Well, 15/6/2012 and my family and I are home (wife and daughter aged 2) from a trip to Fiji. Whilst in Fiji we wanted to simply relax and needed to find something that had good child facilites so that our little girl wouldnt be entirely bored. I have broken down the review into a couple of small pieces.
Room: Mediocre. With fresh memories of the Westin in my mind, that was 2007, this room was just plan and boring. The bed was horrible, ripped, unconfortable and the bathroom no different to ours at home. Some people might say 'why would you spend time in there anyway' - well, when you get sick off the food there, you stay in your room alot. Lacking tv channels on their tv, movies also, it just wasnt that good. The cot provided was new, but when folded ouy had a huge contraption underneath the matress forcing our daughter to sleep either side of it. Just uncomfortable.
Service: Generaly speaking, smiling faces, lovely people, more than happy to accomodate attitudes rule the Warwick. Staff there will go that extra mile for you to help you out (mostly in their own time - which probably isnt the 'western way). Some times some staff seemed to get a little flustered if there were a few too many people hassling them out.
Kids Activites: By far and simply put - incredible. They have a whole day (every day) planed out for your kids if they are in the 'Kids Club'. Its literally an 8am - 9pm deal giving your kids back at lunch and dinner time. They do all sorts of activities, tennis, basket making, pool races, everything and its incredible. For those aged under 3 (us) a nanny or adult must be present if you want the child in the kids club.
Food: Hmm.... ok... not much nice to say. Utter Rubbish. :-( And lets just clarify here, my wife and I stayed at the Westin on Denerau in 2007 and that by far was worlds above the Warrick. So, the 'Lovo feast' priced at $55 fijian dollars was the worst i have ever experienced. Over priced, over cooked food - AND - incorrectly and UNDER cooked food gave my wife and a lovely case of sickness. The feast had literally quarted chickens (which looked like they had been steamed, they were tough and filthy, plain rices, vegetable curries, reef fish (no good for pregnant women) and pork that had been cooked for about 20 hours. It was just the most obsurb food i had ever seen. There was nothing good about this meal other than the lovely band playing during the meal. Its just overpriced and gross. We hated it and we just didnt eat anything. Salad were extremely simple, lettuce, tomato and cuecumber and even that had slugs in it. Nothing on offer felt safe. Basically, dont do it.
The next was the Tepanyaki Restuarant - Safest thing ever! Beautiful food, cooked infront of you and by very polite and skilled chefs. We loved this food, but still suffereing from sickness, could barely stomach any of it.
The Italian restuarant also got my tick as it was something you felt you would get in Australia. Just lovely and smooth, no suprises and cooked well.
The Wicked Walu - Utterly shamful. My wife and I were killing for a steak so we ordered a Sirloin and got what looked like a dogs chop. Im not kidding, over cooked, not representing the menu item and with a disgusting salty garlic butter - we almost threw up. Im sorry, its just rubbish. The setting on the other hand was incredible. When we were sitting there we kinda thought to ourselves 'this is how an island holiday should feel'.
Breakfast: Very limited fruit, bananas, some pears, papaya, apple.
Generally: bacon was utterly digusting. It was like a cheap imitation of bacon or something. Eggs = Foul. Cereals the safest bet, but with milk that couldnt be trusted and not stored in a fridge. Pancakes were like rubber basically there didnt seem to be anything organic about them. Very dissapointing. And i hate to mention it, i really do, but compared to the Westin, this was nothing.
Facilities: Not too bad, store there to buy certain things. Activities that the whole family could enjoy were a plenty. We loved them all - including all the dancing.
Overall though - We were happy to leave. We were dissapointed over the amount of money we resorted to paying for this experience and if our time was again, we wouldnt go there. Be careful, honestly, do your research, go with something that feels right to you, because we ignored some of these things and didnt end up enjoying it at all.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfectly positioned along a stretch of golden sand beach and crystal clear lagoons in the heart of Fiji’s Coral Coast, Warwick Fiji is the perfect place to escape the daily woes of life and immerse in tropical bliss with the world’s friendliest people. Warwick Fiji is far enough from the daily hustle and bustle and close enough to still keep in touch. What memories will guests take home from their visit? Perhaps it will be the memory of the most extraordinary tennis game of their life or tying the knot with their soul mate against a spectacular setting sun. Maybe it will be the time spent with family enjoying the many marvels of Warwick Fiji, or perhaps our guest will have hosted a business meeting so epic that it earns rave reviews. Deeply entwined with the beauty and hospitality of the Coral Coast, Warwick Fiji welcomes guests to come make a little history of their own. Stretching over 28 lushly landscaped acres, our elegantly crafted luxury resort provides a rich palette of ex ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Warwick Fiji Hotel Coral Coast
- Warwick Fiji Resort And Spa
- Warwick Fiji Viti Levu
- Warwick Viti Levu
- Fiji Warwick
- Viti Levu Warwick
- The Warwick Fiji Hotel