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spinkyi
Tauranga, New Zealand

Quiet

4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 Nov 2019
7 nights in pool villa, splash pool lovely way to cool down, a little claustrophobic with high walls surrounding pool, lovely comfy bed and super quiet nights, lovely big pool with plenty of sun beds, the place is looking a bit tired and if you were picky I'm sure you could write a list, the beach is fabulous and the beach deck is a wonderful place to let the world go by, the food is amazing and a good amount of choice, Wellesley you should create medals for your staff, Talitha Scooby and Mereehi are just too much, my wife had a couple of sick days and they went the extra mile !!! It is well worth the 2 hour travel from the airport, loved our stay thanks for everything x
Date of stay: November 2019
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Responded 12 Feb 2020
Bula! We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us. The private pool villas are divine aren't they. Spoilt for choice with these, the shared pool and amazing beach. We'll go and give our staff a pat on the back now :) Do come again!
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Reviewed 10 November 2019

We had an amazing 6 nights in one of the pool villas at the Wellesley!
Such a small and secluded resort with only 16 rooms however it was quiet when we were there with only 4-8 rooms filled the entire time we were there. So peaceful.
The whole pool, beach and 'jungle' surroundings were picturesque and I loved the bright yellow everywhere.
The staff were super friendly and helpful and the food was great, at pretty reasonable prices. Definitely try the fish in the coconut sauce and the lamb curry. The included tropical breakfast was also fantastic and quite filling for the day. We would usually have that then share a lunch meal and have a dinner meal each.

Our room was also great with solid aircon, comfy bed and big tv that we hooked my partner's laptop up to to watch our own movies. Having the pool villa was also ideal for privacy and just going for a dip whenever you like. We did go out to the main pool a few times just for a change of scenery and some wifi signal - which is quite strong around the restaurant area but not in the rooms. We liked this though as it forced us to get off our phones and relax.

A few parts of the resort could probably do with some TLC, especially the bathrooms, as our toilet stopped flushing a few times and there were a few chips and marks on all of the walls. But apart from that, we were very happy with the facilities!

There are quite a few things to do around the resort and the staff are happy to help your organise activities. We went on Discover Fiji's Jewel of Fiji tour which we highly recommend to get you out and exploring for the day.
A few other things you can do is go for a walk down the beach to the next resort, where you will pass a local village on the way. There is also some snorkel sets you can borrow to check out the bit of reef - we saw a couple of Nemos and Dorys.

In terms of airport transfers, we used our one-way free drive to get picked up. Our driver was lovely and the car was well air conditioned. Unfortunately, we had to wait in the car for over an hour for another couple to arrive as their flight was delayed and then had to be squished up in the car for the 2 hour drive. The driver stopped at a supermarket for us on the way though which was great as we picked up some snacks, mixers for our duty free spirits and a few Fiji Gold beers for the week. (They are fine with you having your own drinks in the room.) Once you get to the turn off from the main road it's a bumpy 10 minute drive to the resort. We were considering getting the Nadi bus home however you still need to pay the resort $10 to get to the main road so we decided to avoid any potential bus struggles and may $75FJD each to get a transfer back to the airport (luckily by ourselves this time).

At the end of the week, I paid our bill in cash to avoid the credit card surcharge. To estimate what you might spend, get them to email you a copy of the menu beforehand so you know approx how much cash to bring - and don't forget the 9% tax you need to add onto food!

Overall, our stay at the Wellesley was very enjoyable and relaxing however I would recommend you bring lots of things to do/read/watch if you are staying for a decent amount of time, especially because if it rains you will be stuck inside for a bit. Definitely spring for a pool villa if you can. A great 6 nights away - we will definitely be recommending to family and friends.

Room tip: Room 4 pool villa looked to have a much larger pool area and wifi access so ask for that one if you can.
Date of stay: November 2019
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BrentCoffey, Manager at Wellesley Resort Fiji, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2020

Oh we just love your review! Thanks so much. Great to hear you describing exactly what we envisaged our guests would feel when they stay with us. Can't wait to have you back and visit us again.

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Reviewed 8 November 2019

Bula! We highly recommend the Wellesly resort!

My husband and I stayed there for our honeymoon for three days on our trip from Nadi to Pacific Harbor. The resort looks exactly like the pictures, if not more picturesque and beautiful. Service was excellent and the rooms were clean, cool/AC, and nicely decorated. It truly was paradise.

There are so many things we enjoyed about our stay. What we enjoyed the most was the genuinely warm staff, the personal ride we received to and from the resort from the chief of the nearby village, and the beautiful snorkeling right In front of the Wellesley resort.

All of the staff greeted us by first name and asked us questions, wanting to get to know us personally. They were always nearby to answer questions. The end of our three day stay we knew each of the staff members as if they were a personal friend. We especially enjoyed our talks with Marie and Scooby. Marie And I spoke in length about volunteer opportunities, and helped us donate crayons and coloring books to the local children for their Christmas presents. The chief educated us on life in the village and revealed some details and info about different villages and farming along our drive. We are learning quickly that the people are what make the country great and the Fijian people are a truly charming people!

Beautiful coral presents an array of angel fish, clown fish, sea cucumbers, blue starfish, sea worms, and other tropical fish. We were also lucky enough to find the giant clam we heard about, almost a legend in these parts!

If you would like relaxation, picturesque jungle, and an intimate environment, stay at the Wellesley. Please be mindful you are in the jungle. Expect wildlife, some bugs (bring some repellent), and varying weather. Embrace it, it’s a special place, a once in a lifetime adventure!

Cheers!
Michelle & Josh

Date of stay: November 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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BrentCoffey, Manager at Wellesley Resort Fiji, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2020

Thanks Michelle and Josh for sharing your awesome feedback with us. We really love what you had to say and i think it describes our resort just perfectly.

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Reviewed 5 November 2019 via mobile

Me and my husband stayed at the Wellesley Resort Fiji for three lovely nights. The room was spacious and the bed was super comfy. We were very happy to have some complementary fresh fruits with muesli in the morning, and they have many lunch and dinner options (they also cater for vegans, gluten free and dairy free). They always have a cocktail on special and we definitely liked the Fijian Piña Colada! The resort is very well looked after and looks beautiful how it blends in with the jungle around it. The beach is about a five minute walk and has multiple awesome collections of big oysters and of course coral, great for snorkeling. This resort is very secluded, it's hidden away in a quiet piece of the island where you can just hear nature everywhere you go. If you are looking for a getaway and do some extreme relaxation, this is the place to go!
Also a very big positive is that they really look after you, and this is not just in the resort, but also when you have questions or need something resolved. If we're ever on Fiji once more, we will definitely stay here again!

Date of stay: October 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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BrentCoffey, Manager at Wellesley Resort Fiji, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2020

Lovely to hear that you had a wonderful stay with us. Our Fijian staff really do go above and beyond to ensure you have a wonderfully relaxing stay. Make sure you come back and see us again soon.

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Reviewed 3 November 2019 via mobile

My Husband and I spent 3 weeks at Wellesley Resort and during that time it came to feel like home. The staff are so friendly and helpful. We were picked up at the airport by Naushad who was a great guide on our drive to the hotel. He pointed out things to know, look for and stopped for coffee and some nice photos on our drive.

When we arrived we were greeted by the Manager Mary who during our stay treated us very well and made sure all our needs were taken care of.

My husband became great friends with the hotel handy man and fishing expert Sabir. Sabir showed us where to fish and even fixed our fishing rod when some damage was caused to the reel from all the use it got!

Raj the chef made us great meals and was very willing to make some adjustments to recipes to suit our cravings.

All the staff were great and made us feel safe and at home. The room was lovely. The pool and ocean were amazing for swimming. A great place to stay in Fiji. We can’t wait to go back to our new home again.

Erin and Ben
Toronto, Canada

Date of stay: September 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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BrentCoffey, Manager at Wellesley Resort Fiji, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2020

Hi Erin and Ben. It was great to have you with us for an extended stay. I know the stay enjoyed having you. We look forward to seeing you again one day.

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Reviewed 31 October 2019

Lived up to claim of a secluded place for grown-ups who want to rest and relax. The beach is fantastic with white sand and amazing snorkeling. We loved the sea life (like Finding Nemo!), even surprised by a couple of octopi.
Sadly, weren't able to do as much as we wanted due to rain, and lack of snorkeling gear. This was poorly maintained with only 1 working mask. Other 3 masks were damaged and of limited use. With few available, we were disappointed when gear was kept by guests but not being used, staff just shrugged it off. Ended up having to ask around other guests ourselves.
Loved our room with outside private shower. Lovely with the jungle view. We stayed for 5 nights but never received a change of towels until we asked. Towels don't dry out in a day when it's raining. Not having WiFi in our rooms was a plus, being off the grid was great!
Friendly staff, food was good though nothing amazing. Ran out of fish, prawns and white rum, ruling out a good chunk of the menu for a day or so. Think good family restaurant, rather than fine dining.
Earlier reviews mention inadequate clean water, this has been fixed with 3L provided daily.
We’d go back, but we’d take our own snorkel gear for sure.
Recommendations:
Upgrade snorkel gear and have more - coral reef is the jewel in your crown!
Run a checkout system for gear with say a 90 minute limit
Change towels more often
Cable TV very poor due to low signal, looked like jungle has grown in front of satellite dish?

Date of stay: October 2019
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BrentCoffey, Manager at Wellesley Resort Fiji, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2020

Bula! Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback on your stay at the Wellesley . Your comments are very useful to make sure that we are always meeting guests expectations. Since you stay the resort has brought a lot more snorkel equipment and we have a system in place to make sure that guests aren't 'hoarding' them in in their rooms! I don't think our staff were too keen on pushing for their return at times ;)

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