If you look hard enough on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu you’ll find a select few bungalow resorts offering an escape from the all-inclusive, buffet-serving, cookie-cutter behemoths that have somehow taken up most of the Coral Coast. The Uprising Beach Resort is one of them.
Perfectly positioned bures along the beachfront and larger villas off the sand make up the resort. It is small enough to give you space on the beach, but large enough to offer all the amenities you might need. The food is good and the bar lively. There’s a field on the resort grounds where the Fiji Rugby 7s train and volleyball courts where the local villagers play each evening. They welcome new players, but be aware: they are serious.
The friendliness of the staff is second to none and they can arrange some amazing nearby activities, from shark feeding off Beqa Island to whitewater rafting in the untouched hinterlands.
“It’s not perfect, it’s paradise” is the motto and it sums the whole place up, well, perfectly.
Fiji Airways has flights from Los Angeles and most major airports in Australia and New Zealand to Nadi.
The Uprising Beach Resort is about 2.5 hours from Nadi Airport. Return transfers with the Airport Shuttle Fiji service cost about US$105 a person. Private transfers can also be organised through the resort. The cost is US$80 each way for two to three people.
Beachfront bures start at around US$165 night; villas from US$190. The cheaper bunkhouse option costs about US$30 per person. All include breakfast.