SPB Trip Planning
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SPB Park Hyatt Sydney
SPB Sydney Opera House
SPB Around Sydney
SPB Flying to/from Uluru
SPB Emu Walk Apartments
SPB Uluru and Kata Tjuta
SPB Park Hyatt Melbourne
SPB Around Melbourne
SPB Flying to Fiji
SPB Hilton Fiji
SPB Snorkeling Trip
SPB Fiji Air Business Class to Los Angeles
SPB Hyatt Regency DFW
After our early morning arrival in Nadi we were whisked away to our home for the next few nights, the Hilton Fiji Resort and Spa. Check in took a little while as there were several folks on our flight checking in at the same time. The large open-air lobby has lots of comfortable seating and is a great place just to sit and relax.
Unsurprisingly our room was not ready, since it was probably not even 7:30 AM at this point. We were given vouchers for breakfast at the restaurant and our luggage was stored for us.
All restaurants on the property are open-air. Nuku is the site of the breakfast buffet and was where we dined the first morning. We were a bit ragged from the overnight flight in economy but still managed to tuck away a good bit of food! Nuku is poolside and some tables also have a beach view. After our breakfast we walked closer to the beach where there are quite a few lounging couches covered by umbrellas. These felt like heaven after the flight and after we got caught up on emails, tweets and all our other social media, at least two of us ended up napping until the friendly associate from the front desk came to tell us our room was ready.
We made the short walk back to the lobby where we and our luggage were loaded into a golf cart for the short journey to our two-bedroom condo. We were glad for the escort because our condo was on the second floor and it was nice to have someone else lug those suitcases upstairs!
Our condo was just up the stairs on the left. When walking in the front door you enter a hallway. To the left is the second bedroom and everything else is to the right.
First you reach the kitchen area. The counter, sink and dishwasher are on the right and a small table and chairs are on the left. Beyond that is the living room.
The living room featured a very wide sofa with matching chair and a flat-screen TV.
Through the sliding glass door was the balcony which had a table and chairs as well as a grill. It also had lovely views of the ocean and a delightful breeze.
Turning back inside beyond the kitchen on the right was the master bedroom, which featured a king bed. Opposite that was the large TV and the built-in entertainment center. There were nightstands on either side of the bed, each with plugs. There were also light switches on each nightstand, which was great as it meant I didn’t have to get out of bed to turn the last of the lights off!
A large wardrobe sat in the corner and the safe was inside. A large ottoman was in the room as well and that worked great as a luggage stand for me.
The large master bath was separated from the bedroom by a sliding door. Inside was a free-standing tub that we did not take advantage of. The shower room and toilet room had a most unusal setup. They were side by side with a wall between them, but a single sliding glass door would cover one side or the other. And even then the door did not slide all the way closed but left about 2 inches uncovered. very odd.
Beside the toilet room was a closet with a washer and dryer. As we were 10 days into our trip at this point we made good use of that! Unfortunately only one of the appliances could be operated at a time which was a little annoying.
Coming back into the kitchen and heading past the front door, you enter the second bedroom. It’s obviously meant to be a child’s bedroom as it is very small. It was so small that my friends ended up using one of the twin beds for luggage and one of my friends bunked on the sofa and shared the master bath with me.
The second bathroom was equally as small with only a shower.
Both showers had toiletries mounted on the wall. It would have been nice to have had additional shelves where we could have put razors and shaving cream.
Peter Thomas Roth skin products were provided, including aloe gel for sunburns.
The property has a number of pools and we made sure to take a dip in all the ones we could find. We were also able to book a snorkel tour through the activities desk. More on that in the next installment. Note that the beach area is not terrific here. The sand is quite nice but there are several meters of mud flats before you actually reach part of the ocean you’d want to play in. We walked down the beach to the next resort and they did have water activities right on the beach, so it’s not too far of a stretch.
Overall this property fit our needs quite well. The second bedroom was quite tight but for our three night stay we made it work. As we spread out it ended up with each person getting her own room. I’m sure my friends appreciated that because by this point in the trip I’d come down with a sinus infection and was coughing quite a bit all night long.