Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji On Queen's Hwy., 3 miles east of Sigatoka, in Korotogo, ?800-688-7444, (679) 650 0044. 207 rooms + 47 bure. Pool; hot tub; fitness room; full-service spa; 2 tennis courts. 3 restaurants; 4 bars.
Other hotels also have a bula greeting, but it is likely that the one here is the most impressive. Though this atmospheric lagoon-side resort no longer has much of a beach, you can kayak, spy board (ride face down on a board with a plastic window for fish-viewing), and snorkel at high tide. And it does have a lovely central pool.
A majority of the accommodations are hotel rooms in 5-story hillside buildings at the rear of the property. They all have balconies, and the upper floor units have spectacular sea views. In the area below, jungle-like landscaping includes 17 varieties of native palm and countless flowers, as well as thatched-roof guest bures and restaurants that evoke the feel of a traditional Fijian village. Rooms in the Reef Wing, a 3-story lagoon-side building, are smaller than their hillside counterparts and better suited to couples than families. Butler service is provided in the bures, which have masi-lined peaked ceilings, and in some of the hotel rooms by the lobby.
Restaurants include an intimate fine-dining space, a large open-air bure buffet dining room, and a pool-side cafe. The exceptional Bebe Spa sits atop a hill and offers a stunning sea view from its treatment rooms and even higher-up Kalo Kalo Bar and tearoom.
You can purchase a package that includes helicoptering from here to a sister resort offshore—Castaway Island Resort--a private island resort on a lush 174-acre island with white sand beaches. Malevu Village owns this resort’s land, and most villagers work here.
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