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Stawell, Australia

Geckos Resort well named

Review of Gecko's Resort
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 Jul 2023via mobile
Our family of ten spent a week on Plantation Island Resort. Five had to go back to OZ, so the other five moved to Geckos Resort on the main island for four nights.
Well named, because at night we were well entertained watching geckos successfully stalk the insects that were attracted by the lights.
The Resort is so clean, it nearly squeaked. Immaculate gardens, lawns, outdoor settings. The Resort is nestled in a space surrounded by high hills which are covered in dense tropical vegetation. Bit of a walk to the sea - we didn't go. On the lawn just outside our rooms was the Rest Bure. A generous space with a pitched roof, tiled floor, no walls. Furnished with chairs and a table. Quite delightful for reading, drinking coffee etc.
Food: Excellent. Huge meals. On the last night, I asked which meals were small serves. Waitress suggested that I order off the childrens' menu. Problem solved. I hadn't been able to finish any meals.
Accommodation: Set out like a single level Australian motel. Our rooms were clean, spacious, equipped with hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner, soap, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities - with real milk, bottle of water on arrival. We had to buy more bottled water, as they said they couldn't provide filtered water, and did suggest that we should avoid the tap water. Staff also suggested that we avoid the street food to minimise the risk of a tummy upset.
Rooms cooled with a wall unit. Very effective. Our two rooms were interconnected.
Entertainment: Three nights a week, a visiting troupe of performers come and dance, and twirl fire sticks. People book from other resorts. The first night the staff had over 100 people booked for meals. The performers engaged the audience and got them up on stage. We saw a second performance, - less visitors this time. DVDs to borrow. Player and screen in our rooms. There was a TV room - didn't try it. Bikes to hire, for which you pay a refundable deposit . A rather sad playground, two pools, a pool table, a well stocked boutique, a spa where I had a Pedicure, - very different to home, but just as effective !
Day 1 was spent in a pool, Day 2 was spent fishing - 7 yr old caught his first fish, Son hooked a marlin ( identified by crew) but before he got it to the boat the hook broke !!
Day 3 we hired a van to take us to a Wildlife park. We were greeted by a lady who presented us with a banded Iguana called Kevin, and a Fijian snake ( Boa Constrictor) called Wendy. There were two rescued Red Breasted Musk Parrots - who weren't quite as friendly as Kevin and Wendy. The Musk parrots have similar markings to the Australian King Parrot, but the Musk Parrot is a burgundy red. We walked through displays of shells, coral, tropical fish, Iguanas, and open aviaries of birds. There was a water playground designed for small children. A cafe where we bought a good quality pizza and coffee. The family spent a lot of time on a giant water slide. We were well occupied from 10am to 4 pm.
At Geckos, you go to reception to get a code for WIFI each day. This lasts for 6-8 hours.
When we arrived, there were some families with very young children - babes, toddlers, sub teens. Active teenagers need Plantation Island or similar. Gecko is more for adults who want to zone out, and families with children who need constant supervision.
Espresso coffee, ice creams for sale.

Around the periphery of the enclosure, there were a number of projects in various stages of construction. Looks untidy if you wander out there, but doesn't intrude on the visual pleasure of the resort - i.e. can be ignored !

Staff was wonderful. When we left, lots of hugs and requests to return.

Family holiday at Plantation Island and Geckos Resort was an outstanding success.
Date of stay: July 2023
Room Tip: Time your use of WIFI for best use of the availability.
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 July 2023

We stayed at Gecko's for a two night stop over and had a great time. The room was big, clean and comfortable. The staff were very friendly and helpful and went out of their way to learn all the guests' names. The food at the restaurant was good and there were other options nearby for variety. It is a lovely walk to a nearby beach, which we had all to ourselves. The hotel was very good value for money.

Date of stay: June 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 June 2023

I stayed at Geckos for a week - the Staff and the food 10/10 This was my first time at Geckos, the rooms and grounds were very clean - the negatives, the cleaning staff were very late doing the rooms, I came back from a tour at 6.00pm and they were still in my room. Must have been different ones on my last two days ( one was Fijian holiday) as these were efficient and the rooms were done before lunch. It would be nice to have some lace/netting over the sliding door as there was no privacy if the curtains were open. When closed, it was dark. Another regular visitor said they had a lovely cultural village attached- this a been let go and run down. You cannot walk to the beach, apparently customers were able to walk across the road to the shangri la and use their facilities and beach - but no more. Geckos have a wonderful fire show and dance three times a week. Customers from the Shangri La come over for meals and the show. (But Gecko customers can’t go to the Shangri La) I took a taxi to the beach and it cost me $70 return Fiji .lovely resort for a few days- then maybe another one on the beach.

Date of stay: May 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 October 2022

We are here at the Gecko for the second time the food is of a high standard every meal has been large portions and great flavours. The staff service is exceptional, it's time to get into Fiji time and relax while here at the Gecko. Great value clean and tidy rooms.

Date of stay: September 2022
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Reviewed 8 October 2022 via mobile

This place has everything you need, in a quiet, calm and relaxed environment, and at EXTREMELY reasonable prices! I visited the ShangriLa (opposite) and Outriggers (down the road) for a look and those concrete jungles have nothing on this place. The food and drinks are more reasonably priced too! The staff remember your name and greet you warmly every day. The entertainment at the restaurant 3 days a week is fun and a popular night. Even though they were pretty heavily booked out, we often had the pool to ourselves. It's a perfect place to stop, relax and unwind from the world. Vinaka

Room tip: Stop and relax!
Date of stay: October 2022
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 September 2022

Had an awesome time at Geckos, kids loved it always in the pool and in the bar playing pool.
Even had a massage on the resort which was great. Daughter had braids done onsite. Overall really good stay the staff were extra friendly, never forget your name and to top it off the entertainment and food was top notch. Thanks guys see you again soon😎😎

Date of stay: September 2022
Trip type: Travelled with family
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