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We travelled late November so as to coincide with the end on my son’s final exams. Being the start of the rainy season we expected a lot of rain, however while we got the odd shower (mainly at night), the weather was generally pretty good with temperatures around 25-30°c. We also encountered the tail of the trade winds but to be honest, the breeze was quite refreshing.

We chose to stay on the Coral Coast of Fiji at the Hideaway Resort, the only Fijian owned resort. Located approximately 90 minutes from Nadi, we found this 3 ½ star resort exceeded our expectations and was excellent value for money.  The frangipani bure that we stayed in was easily big enough to accommodate us (2 adults & 2 children 15/12yrs) using the usual bedding of 1 king & 1 single bed and adding an additional single rollaway bed. The two showers were a bonus, one an outside shower, especially when we were all getting ready for dinner! The bure was in need of a little TLC however it was large, clean with comfortable beds, safe, aircon, a small fridge and tea & coffee making facilities.

A really good thing about the Hideaway Resort is that you have choices for dining. The main restaurant serving breakfast, lunch & dinner, another dining area specialising in pizza, pasta and Mongolian and snack shack offering burgers, hot chips etc. The buffet breakfasts, which were included in our package, were outstanding offering cereals, fruits, pastries along with the usual hot/cooked selection. As we didn’t want to have big lunches, we took a few snacks foods like crackers & tinned tuna with us for lunch. The resort also has a few shops onsite. The Resort Store was very handy, selling bottled water, convenience items, sunblock etc. Daily activities were available for those wanting to work off the breakfast.

 Penny, I and the children thoroughly enjoyed our family Fiji holiday. It did take us a day or two to unwind and get used to doing things in “Fiji time” but once we slowed down we all decided that we could have quite easily stayed for a few more nights (we stayed for 7 nights). The staff at the resort were awesome. Big smiles, loads of laughs and “Bula” greetings were the daily norm.  We are already planning a return trip to the Hideaway Resort Fiji…that’s a sign of a great holiday!

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