We love Fiji, it is like a home away from home for us and one of our favourite places to stay is the Outrigger. For those that are heading there or considering heading here for a holiday I thought I would share with you some Outrigger Fiji tips and insights to help make you planning a little easier.
There is nothing like learning from other people’s mistakes, getting an idea of costs, what books out quickly and things you may have not considered packing.
So here it is, Outrigger Fiji Tips and Insights from a family of 5.
There are 6 places to eat, 7 if you count room service.
Vale Ni Kana – is that main place to eat. It is where you go for your buffet breakfasts and themed buffet style dinners. Each night the dinner is cuisine different (Eg. Seafood, Lovo, Mexican etc)
Breakfast – 630am – 1030am
Dinner – 6pm – 930pm
Ivi – Is an adult’s only and more of a formal dining restaurant (the only one with a dress code).
Dinner: From 6pm
Sundowner Bar and Grill is right on the beach and a great place for pre-dinner drinks and watch the sunset before having a woodfire pizzas or grilled beef or seafood dishes.
Lunch: 12noon – 4pm
Dinner – 6pm – 10pm
Baravi Poolside – By day it’s a poolside menu but by night it is a casual place for Contemporary Asian cuisine. The sizzling plates are divine!
Lunch: 111am – 4pm
Dinner – 6pm – 930pm
Kalokalo Bar – is an amazing little restaurant with breathtaking ocean views and delicious Tapas. (You need to take the golf buggy from Reception up there – it’s a 2min buggy ride)
Open: 1pm – 8pm
Adults Only Pool – Vahavu
20m lap pool, 35m free form pool with a spa and swim up bar, its heaven. (Note: This is also one of the wedding reception venues) Vahavu offers contemporary Tapas Menu and more delicious cocktails!
TIP: It is always worth pre-booking dinner, you never know if a big wedding group will be arriving to the resort. Sundowners is always the busiest and books out quick, best to always book at least a day or two (or even three) in advance – especially in peak season.
Baravi Bar (Poolside) 4pm-5pm
Vakavanua Lounge (Next to Vale Ni Kana) 9pm-10pm
Tip: Cocktail menus differ from bar to bar, so you are certainly spoilt for choice! Cocktails are delicious but they are around $20 AUD per drink.
Kids club is free for kids over 3. You just need to register them on arrival.
Little Riggers – 3-7yrs
Beach Riggers – 8-12yrs
Times: 10-12noon, 2-4pm, 6-930pm
TIP- At 12noon the kids can be escorted over to Vale Ni Kana where they can have lunch (supervised by kids’ club staff) & nannies. You can pick their meal when you drop them at Kids Club in the morning and can collect your kids between 12-12:30pm from Vale Ni Kana. (Yes, that’s an extra half and hour of ‘you time’)
If your kids are going to the 6-930pm session you can drop them off at 530pm at Vale Ni Kana where they can have dinner with the other kids and kid’s club staff & you get an xtra half and hour of ‘you time’ (alternatively you can drop them at the kids club building at 6pm)
Nanny – Mei Mei
Hours of operation 8am-11pm
Nannies are $22FJD per hour and $20FJD every hour after (min 2hrs)
Alternatively, there are 4 day packages for $350FJD (8hrs a day)
6mth – 2yrs (inclusive) 1 Nanny per child
3yrs – 12yrs (Inclusive) 1 Nanny per 2 children
Max. 2 children per Nanny
The Nanny’s have their own room next door to the kids club. Most of the nannies hang out there with the kids they are caring for so the kids can interact. It is also airconditioned which makes it more comfortable for the little ones adjusting to the humidity. If older siblings are in kids club it’s nice to have them close by for comfort too.
Bebe Day Spa
The Day Spa is an adult only area and across the road from the resort. The Golf Buggys at the front foyer will drive you over for your appointments. Massages are 1-1.5hrs ($180-$290FJD). There are also body scrubs, facials and couple packages.
Tip: Make a booking a few days prior to when you want to go. It does get busy. We like to drop the kids off at kid’s club at 10am. Head up to Bebe day spa & do a 3hr couples package. Get the nanny (Meimei) to cover the 12-2pm kids club break whilst we enjoy an Adults only lunch at the Kalokalo Bar. The nanny can sign the kids back in for the 2-4pm kids club session and by then you will be back at the resort ready to collect the kids for some pool time before, showers & dinner. Happy days!
Guests who’ve booked Deluxe Ocean View rooms, suites or bures can use the Talai Butler service – which includes champagne and canapes every afternoon (juice for the kids) and a turn down service.
The difference between an Ocean View room and a Standard room at the Outrigger is one floor eg. Level 4 instead of level 5.
We always stay in the Bures. They are central to everything and the kids can play on the hammock or grass outside before we head out to the pool, dinner etc.
Activities & Events:
There is so much to do at the Outrigger. Lots of competitions and prizes to be won (cocktail vouchers, day trips/tours etc)! Recreational activities: beach and water volleyball, tennis court, pool aerobics, fitness centre, PADI scuba training, Golf , yoga just to name a few.
- The Fire Walk is on Tuesday’s 530pm
- Kids Club Cultural Parade is on Wednesday 615pm
- The Tour Lighting is done every night. If you want your kids to dress up and join in book in at the activities desk a day or two in advance.
You can get your hair braided at the resort pool side or at the hair salon in the main building on level 2.
Note: Braids $2, corn roll at front $5 & large corn roll braids $10 = (My daughters whole head = $116fj)
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