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Sold out for jun/July hols?

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#1 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 03 January 2013 - 02:47 PM

Hi, wondering if there are any Fiji travel "experts" out there......have been online - several sites, including the resort's website, and it appears that the entire resort is booked out already (!) for the jun/ July holidays...? Does this sound right? Jeez you gotta get in quick!

Any other suggestions? We have done Jean Michel Cousteau which we loved, I just don't really want to do the second flight to the island again...with a 1 yr old. Castaway seemed perfect is it appears there is only a short-ish boat ride from Denarau (sp?).

Has anyone been to the Shangri-la resort .at Yanuca Island? Would you recommend it?


Edited by Lucretia Borgia, 03 January 2013 - 02:48 PM.

#2 Bunsen the feral

Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:03 PM

Sounds about right, we went to Malolo that time last year and only just got in. The friends we traveled with also stayed at Castaway on the same trip and said they preferred Malolo - we certainly loved Malolo for little kids who are too young for the majority of water sports, great kids club, babysitters and the beach bar does happy hour cocktails at the same time as the kids meals are served original.gif

#3 mitchsmum

Posted 03 January 2013 - 05:09 PM

Often need to book 12 months in advance for Castaway.  We booked in July 2012 for August 2013 and it was already heavily booked.  Haven't been there before, so hopefully it lives up to it's reputation.   Noticed that the hotels in Denarau are starting to get booked out for July/August this year already.

#4 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:02 PM

Thanks Bunsen and Mitchsmum....I will make sure I am better prepared next time....will check out Malolo but guess its highly likely that will be booked out too...and here I was thinking how super organised I am planning for June/July holidays now!

Hmmm...might like into Hong Kong.....I might start a HK thread!

#5 mards

Posted 05 January 2013 - 02:29 PM

Castaway is closed till 1APRIL due to cyclone so they have moved everyone that was staying there dec - March to where they can put them - so YES they will be booked out for a long time to come me thinks... !

#6 JRA

Posted 05 January 2013 - 02:36 PM

Yes, the damage is quite extensive to Castaway.

#7 Chookin

Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:19 AM

Hi, we stayed at shangri la twice and loved it, kids had a fab time at kids club and the buffet is to die for. Staff are lovely and couldn't do enough for you. We stayed on the lagoon side in front of pool. Highly recommend it original.gif

#8 Penguin78

Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:48 AM

We booked for July this year, in September last year and missed out on a Beach Bure, we have booked an Island bure.

So it doesn't surprise me that it is booked out. Seems crazy doesn't it???

#9 MrsLexiK

Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:01 AM

QUOTE (Lucretia Borgia @ 03/01/2013, 03:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi, wondering if there are any Fiji travel "experts" out there......have been online - several sites, including the resort's website, and it appears that the entire resort is booked out already (!) for the jun/ July holidays...? Does this sound right? Jeez you gotta get in quick!

Any other suggestions? We have done Jean Michel Cousteau which we loved, I just don't really want to do the second flight to the island again...with a 1 yr old. Castaway seemed perfect is it appears there is only a short-ish boat ride from Denarau (sp?).

Has anyone been to the Shangri-la resort .at Yanuca Island? Would you recommend it?


I don't blame you for not wanting to go on that flight scared the heck out of me. We state at an adults only place on the island but mentioned we would stay where you did if we went back with kids. I also would look into flying in about an hour away to the other airport and drive in. I know this is what the people who were getting married at our hotel did because they couldn't all fit on the tiny plane. I am under the impression it is a bigger plane as well.

#10 IVL

Posted 09 January 2013 - 02:20 PM

You can try Vomo Island, very nice and much smaller than Castaway with more personal service. It has been my favourite place so far, Intercon was also really nice but not an Island.

We got a helicopter direct from Nadi airport, less than 30 mins. YOu can also go by seaplane or speed boat. It only had minor damage from the recent cyclone and is back to normal now.

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