The very charming First Landing Resort, located at Vuda Point just outside of Nadi, is a place we would return to! In terms of family feeling resorts in Fiji, First Landing Resorts comes in tops! This was the smallest and most authentic resort we stayed in during our 2 week stay in Fiji.
Modest timber bures gather around luscious tropical gardens; a relaxed restaurant on the sand, and a fun jetty leading to an island (shaped like a foot from the air). You get awesome views of the sunset in the west, all highlights of First Landing Resort.
First Landing Resort – Fiji Hotel Review
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A fun sized swimming pool with Octopus and Turtle mosaics on the pool floor was winner with the kids (not too deep/ nor big) and the same mosaics with all kinds of sea life around the reception areas was also popular.
When you book a place, it’s always hard to know what you are getting. I would say that we got exactly what the website shows; a slightly dated, but very functional resort that was perfect for our family. For us, practicality is one of the most important considerations when traveling!
We booked a Garden Bure which included a kitchenette and a lounge room! In the sleeping area, curtains separated the kid’s bedroom from the adults. The resort also had self-contained modern apartments with their own pools which were fully booked during our stay, but a tour revealed them to be extremely practical.
This resort was small, and therefore you saw the same guests day after day, which is perfect if you are looking for a cozy family feeling and forming friendships with the other guests. The employees too seemed to genuinely remember and know us (and especially the kids).
During the 5 nights that we stayed, there were probably 4 multi-generational guest groups consisting of babies, kids, parents and grandparents, which made the whole resort feel sincerely family oriented as the grandparents looked after the kids. Click here to find out current availability for your dates and more information First Landing Resort – Lautoka.
As we were self-catering, we didn’t eat in the restaurant frequently, but those meals we did were reasonably priced, and delicious (a typical Fijian fish dish, and a Curry). This is of note because two of the larger resorts we stayed in didn’t offer anything remotely like these dishes on the menu. First Landing Resort is to be commended for serving up a variety of typical Fijian fare.
With families generally taking care of their own kids during the stay, the kids club was quiet with some lovely friendly ladies who were delighted for us to participate in basket making and shell necklace making. Not like the busier kids club, it was very informal and friendly and the kids liked hanging out in the colorful space playing with the toys.
We were looking for an affordable place near the airport, and we got that. Although, we didn’t get much beach time in as the resort is located on a coral reef which is strongly tidal, being fully exposed for up to 100m in the morning and evening.
Location wise, the resort is relatively isolated. However, no more so than the rest of the beach resorts we stayed during the rest of our stay in Fiji. As we had a self-catering apartment we needed to travel into Lautoka or Nadi a couple of times for supplies. The front desk was super helpful in getting us a taxi. A couple of times we worked it that we could take brilliant buses that had no windows.
First Landing Resort – Pros /Cons
Pros- Self catering options, very small and personalized hotel, close to Nadi airport.
Cons- Didn’t have a beach, and it is an older style hotel.
Bonus!!! First Landing Resort from the Air
Using A Travel Agent To Book Your Trip – First Landing Resort
When we discovered that writing to hotels directly did not result any savings, and that sometimes booking.com had much cheaper prices than the hotels direct, we ended up talking to Anita Burgess from Burgess Travellers. As mother and frequent traveler Anita was very respectful of our ideas, while gently suggesting some helpful alternatives! Best email to use is firstname.lastname@example.org
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