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Reviewed 16 February 2022

Regarding a stay January 22 - In summary: this resort has a lot of potential, but should not be open for guests yet given its current state of disorganisation.

This review should be more harsh but will take the obstacles the owners faced at face value. They told that preparing the resort for the past month was a huge undertaking. Still, given the 'jungle' and disarray the property was in at the start of Dec 2021, more honesty with guests about the state of the resort now is needed.

Pros:
* The beach nearby is beautiful and very private. There is a local village nearby that apparently takes guests for donation-based tours
* The two pool villas are nice if available and offered a lovely private afternoon in the sun
* The grounds are beautiful (there is sporadic scattered rubbish but it seems a lot more clean than what we were told it looked like one month earlier)
* The resort put on fireworks and offered kava over New Year's

Cons - just some examples from our experience:
* Lack of adequate food and drink options - consistently unable to provide things on the menu
* No snacks or food aside from meal times. Food only served at certain times and if you miss these times you're stuck
* Difficulty ordering food (possibly due to language barrier?): the food served was frequently and completely different to what we ordered
* Very limited bar: beers and one wine. Cocktails offered were frankly not good
* We did book the day before arriving, but the resort didn't have our booking on arrival. Staff were able to fix us a room, then immediately gave that room away to another booking rather than reserving us the room they had made available as an appeasement. The listing suggested the resort had a pool available: due to staffing issues it was not ready. Update: looks a lot less murky and green on our departure Jan 1st
* Requested payment for our accommodation which had already made online through Agoda
* They charge 4% for international card payments: the most paid at any other property was 3%
* Pre flight PCR testing is 200 FJD; this is higher than 180 FJD standard rates quoted to us at the start of the trip by airlines and multiple resorts
* The rooms are basic and not all lights are working - otherwise the amenities are ok. There are still ants in the rooms

Perhaps by March this year the resort will be more ready for business but at this stage my partner and I would suggest against staying here. Again, a shame, given its potential as a beautiful spot!

Date of stay: January 2022
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 September 2020 via mobile

This place is beautiful 😍...and is probably underrated because not many locals know about it. The staffs are friendly and food and beverages are reasonably priced. The chef alters your meal according to your taste bud. Also if you are going in groups of 10 or more; they'll even host a 2-course beachside buffet BBQ dinner for just $20pp for the locals. And let me tell you, they went overboard with hosting us...bonfire was fun!
Not only that, but they also have several Vegan options!

Happy Hour is 5pm to 7pm with $5 off all cocktails

Dining area allows access to Wifi Internet and pool time extends till 8pm. They also have couple of books and board games to keep you occupied.

Do try this place!

Date of stay: September 2020
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 March 2020

Easy fast check in. We were met at our car by Sue who lead us immediately to our room.

We stayed in the private pool suite. Room was clean with everything required in there. The private pool and courtyard are an amazing feature and well maintained for the middle of a jungle.

Beautiful untouched and quiet white sand beach with crystal clear waters. Great deck by the beach to lounge and watch the world go by. We had the perfect start to each day by walking along the sands.

The village 50m down the beach is welcoming and Mary gives a good traditional massage in her beach side hut.

Although at first glance the restaurant menu looks rather simple; however every single dish was done to perfection. The chef (Nacanieli) prepares meals with the most brilliant balance of flavours from a simple base. You can taste everything. We were WOW'd by every meal and cannot give him enough compliments.

Scooby gave great friendly service and some awesome conversation.

Only recommendation is that you stock up on insect repellent as the resort is in the middle of a lush nature reserve so the inevitable wildlife is around.

If you are looking for a private couples retreat to escape the world we could not recommend Wellesley highly enough.

Room tip: The pool rooms are closest to the restaurant and facilities.
Date of stay: March 2020
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Reviewed 14 March 2020

This place was simply amazing all around. Where to start? Well I would stay the staff are wonderful, we really connected with them and they played a big part in making our overall stay in Fiji very enjoyable. We really bonded with Mere & Sekove (also known as Mary and Scooby). They were fun and welcoming and friendly and also helped out a lot with regards to the day trips that we planned, helping give good recommendations and organizing logistics. This place really is special for so many reasons. Amazing authentic Fijian vibe, not cheesy or touristy, beautiful property, great people, great location right in the jungle, and great food too. I would recommend renting a car which makes it so much easier to go on adventures. This is a great part of Fiji for adventures, but its also amazing if you want to stay at this beautiful quaint resort with a beautiful beach. I think a lot of the info out there on tourism misrepresents this part of Fiji as not having much to do, there was a ton to do and we explored a lot. The jungle is amazing and snorkeling at the resort and at nearby Beqa island is unreal. Highly recommend this place, i will for sure be back!

Date of stay: March 2020
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Reviewed 10 February 2020 via 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! β€οΈπŸ‡«πŸ‡―πŸοΈπŸ˜Š

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

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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