The Uprising Resort offers an authentic Fijian experience with its thatched roofs, open air designs, and decor.
Our plan was to arrive at the resort before sunset. However, the flight into Nadi, Viti Levu ran late (which Fijian Air calls “Fijian time”), stealing away daylight and making travel on the two way road difficult to navigate. Another speed bump was Google Maps prediction was off by over an hour, so we arrived at the resort several hours after sunset.
The drive definitely tainted our expectations of the island. The road in town was covered in litter, the air was so heavy from burning trash that it stung your eyes, stray dogs, horses, and cows along with machete wielding barefooted young men dotted the dark road. The scene and smell made us all want to turn around and go home; We’re sure glad we didn’t!
We were tired and a little nervous, but once checked in with a bonus upgrade, and a bite to eat at the resort’s restaurant, we all slept soundly.
The sunrise greeted us with shades of corals, blues, and vibrant reds, and set the tone for the rest of our stay at The Uprising Beach Resort. This isn’t the typical resort we’ve experienced in our travels so far. Unlike the luxury mega properties on the man-made Denarau Island, this smaller resort gives you an authentic Fijian experience you will never forget.
The resort sits on 2.5 miles (4 Km) white sandy beach that end with a small rock jetty. The rock jetty creates a bit of a barrier to the public who may want to walk the beach, which adds another layer of privacy.
While there were no waves to surf or snorkeling spots at this beach, the water was calm enough to make use of the hotel’s included kayaks. Kayaking was fun, but make sure to get the drain plug for your kayak or you may end up swimming back to shore like me! Excursion to Beqa island, world famous for their shark diving experience, can be book at the hotel and is local.
We enjoyed a few pick-up games of beach volleyball with other resort guests on the court situated between the pool and ocean.
Next to the resort is a rugby field where locals come to watch the games. The Fijian National Boys Rugby team was also staying at the resort while we were there. Each morning we were greeted to an acapella rendition of the Fijian national anthems sung by the team as they started their day from the tree-house dorms.
Beach Bungalows “Burres”
We loved the resorts beachfront burres. With their traditional thatched roofs, outdoor showers, large beachfront patios with deck chairs, and the beautiful ocean just yards away, it was surreal staying in these bungalows! During the day we enjoyed those amazing ocean views. While at night, we would fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean waves gently lapping up the shore.
The Burres are surround by an abundance of foliage to help seclude us from neighbors. The interior of the beach burres are clean but don’t offer a lot of luxuries. There is lots of space, comfortable beds, and sitting areas.
The beach burre the boys stayed in had a twin and “queen” (two twins pushed together.) We had the staff split the queen so that all three boys had their own bed. These rooms do not have air conditioning, but the layout allowed for a cool ocean breeze to flow through the room so it wasn’t missed. The rooms have a small fridge and sink in the room, but the toilet is off the porch on the way to your private outdoor shower.
The outdoor shower was a unique experience. Each Burre and Villa has their own outdoor and very private shower. Inside, is decorated with tropical plants and river rock, a place to set dry clothes and towels, with a locking door.
Two Room Commodore Villas
When we arrived at the resort there was an issue with the room we had booked, so they upgraded us to the two room villa. We were a little apprehensive about it at first because we didn’t know how far it would be from the Boy’s beach burre. However, between the walkie-talkies and the quietness of the resort, we felt comfortable with the accommodations.
They come with separate living room and bedrooms which full open to the large patio. Unlike the burre’s they were air conditioned with Television, attached toilet and indoor bathtub and shower. The room also came with a mini fridge, iron and ironing board, and safe.
Pacific Harbor is a small community with few dining options. The arts village outdoor mall down the road has a few restaurants, a coffee shop, and market. This made the restaurant at the Uprising our go-to spot for Breakfast buffet, lunch, and dinner.
The Uprising kitchen uses fresh, local ingredients and offers a menu with a variety of dishes. Many of the fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs they serve, grow from their own garden. The restaurant has a bar and pool table, offers events from local musicians, and a weekly lovo feast.
Since it is not on the menu, and you need to ask for it the night before, but the chef will go out that morning to the local market and pick up freshly caught sea food to put together an amazing seafood feast. We ordered two! The platter included lobster, crab, octopus, calamari, shrimp, scallops, fresh fish, and ceviche, french fries and salad.
The chef seemed excited to prepare the platter and came out to make sure we were enjoying our meal.
The Lovo feast is Fijian equivalent to the Hawaiian luau, including underground cooking of meats and potatoes, performances, and a whole lot of fire dancing!
The Uprising Resort in Fiji has the right balance of amenities, friendly staff, cleanliness, and luxury. We are so happy we chose this resort because it was far enough away from the city it reflect the unspoiled beauty of the island, its people, and authentic Fijian experiences.