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Fabulous location, friendly staff, Great food!

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 Feb 2020via mobile
We stayed at the Wellesley for four nights in one of the pool rooms, which was cool, spacious and tastefully decorated. The staff could not have been lovelier. Mary and Talitha spent lots of time getting to know us and ensured our stay was perfect. Big shout out to Scooby in the bar for his good chat and the best shirts, he's an absolute credit to the resort!!! Sabir and the rest of the team work so hard to keep the gardens looking gorgeous too. The food was very tasty, reasonably priced and generous in portions, the Pad Thai was one of the yummiest I've had! We were lucky to come when it was very quiet but with only 15 rooms it's peace and serenity was amazing compared to the noisier resorts down the road. The beach is one of the best I've experienced on my many visits to Fiji, kept clean and weed free and drops off quickly for a good dip. We'll definitely be back and recommend to our friends and family. Thanks so much again! ❤️🇫🇯🏝️😊
Date of stay: February 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thanks for the super review on our island paradise! I can tell that the staff were their usual friendly self and took time to get to know you - you remembered their names ;) We will be sure to pass on your comments to the team. It's a beautiful setting isn't it. We can't wait to welcome you back again.
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Reviewed 3 January 2020 via mobile

The resort has a privileged location in the middle of a nature reserve surrounded by wonderful lush green vegetation and with direct access to a nice beach.

The hotel is however not well maintained and the staff not very attentive. There were big dirty spots and water damage on the walls behind the bar, the outside furniture were not clean and several not in good shape. Our room was not clean, a lot of hair and dirt on the floor, dust on lamps and furniture and even “leftovers” from the previous guests on the toilet seat.

The place doesn’t correspond with the photos that appears on their website or on the booking websites.

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

We appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback on your stay with us. I'm shocked that you state that the room was not up to expectations. I will most definitely share with our housekeeping immediately. I hope you'll consider returning again in the future.

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Reviewed 4 December 2019

We spent three gorgeous nights at the Wellesley Resort at the end of November. The location, the weather, the staff, the accommodation, the food (lots of vegan and gf options available) - all exceeded expectations. It was the perfect, quiet, paradise escape. We spent our days lounging oceanfront or by the pool, consumed heavenly food prepared by the excellent chef Nathan (he even cooked the fish that my partner caught - multiple ways and incredible each time), visited the local village down the beach, and fully relaxed under the loving and hospitable care of Talica and Mereani. Talica checked in with us daily and made sure we were well looked after and Mereani made our meal times a breeze - we felt at home (without having to do anything!). Can't forget to also mention Sabir, he shared many local area and fishing tips with us. We wholeheartedly recommend Wellesley and wish to send immense gratitude to the staff for a memorable and delightful time! Vinaka!!!

Date of stay: November 2019
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BrentCoffey, General Manager at Wellesley Resort Fiji, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2019

Dear Irene, many thanks for your awesome review. We are delighted you had such a lovely time and felt welcomed and looked after! It was a pleasure having you and we hope you will return again in the future. Thanks again for your amazing feedback. Kind regards, Brent

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Reviewed 3 December 2019

Although it’s a 2 hour drive from Nadi airport, this resort is totally worth it! The pool is great and we enjoyed snorkeling at the beach with the new equipment. Scooby and (Aunty) Talitha were excellent hosts, we had a great time at the kava ceremony with some of the other guests. The food was good and the cheeseburger was our fave item on the menu. Definitely the place to go for a relaxing holiday. Jess and Hen

Date of stay: November 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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BrentCoffey, General Manager at Wellesley Resort Fiji, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2019

Dear Jess and Hen, thank you so much for your fantastic review. So delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to your next visit! Kind regards, Brent

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Reviewed 25 November 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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BrentCoffey, Manager at Wellesley Resort Fiji, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 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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