Saturday, February 13, 2010

Our Trip To Outrigger on the Lagoon in Fiji

We decided to have a quick holiday to Fiji last week before Hubby started his new job in HK at the end of this month. We decided to stay at the Outrigger On the Lagoon since it was rated the best resort to stay for families. We invited Grandma and Pop to join us and it was a great trip, albeit a few set backs.

We left on an 11pm flight on Friday which got to Fiji at 5:40am. We barely got any sleep, but at least the kids slept most of the way which meant a quiet flight at least. The sun was about the rise when we got on our bus, but had to wait for a set number of people before we could leave. It seemed like forever before our bus pulled out the parking lot. I slept most of the way to our resort, but boy was I shocked when I found out we were on the bus for 2 hours before we got to Outrigger! And since we got there so early, we were worried that we'll have to wait around before we could get into our rooms. But thank goodness we didn't have to and quickly settled in, cleaned up and went for a buffet breakfast.

View of the resort at the check-in area

The "bure" where we stayed in

Hubby and Boy Wonder chilling on the hammock outside our bure

Pop and the kids having a Tim Tam on their side of the room which is connected to ours

We just stayed within the resort since our 4 short days didn't allow us much time to explore the island. Our days we spent having breakfast, sending the kids to Kids Club or swimming most of the day in the pool, lunch, more swimming, dinner then bed. We went snorkling once and Grandma and Pop took Boy Wonder on the canoe once. Although it didn't seem like much, the kids had a blast and the big kids loved relaxing.

The pool which the kids practically lived in

More fun in the water with Baba

Proof of the fun the kids have everyday. Nachos passed out right after every dinner.

What really set this resort apart from ones we have stayed in the past is their Kids Club. You drop off your kids starting at 10am, register and then pick them up at noon. They have scheduled activities throughout the day. If you want, you can pre order a meal for your kids and they can also have lunch there. Pick up is at 1230. The next session starts at 2pm and runs until 9pm in the evening with a break in the middle as well. You see parents there having a leisurely dinner by themselves without worrying about their kids. They also had a babysitting service which won't break your bank account for parents with babies. The kids loved the field trip they went on with the Kids Club to the Eco Park nearby. They saw iguanas, snakes, peacocks and all sort of other animals. They fed the fish and got to hold the reptiles.

View of Kids Club which was right in front of our bure.

Kids with their tie dye shirts waiting for them to dry. One of the many activities scheduled throughout the day.

Fijian dance performance during dinner

Fire dancing outside after dinner

The food was not really good which was one bad thing about the resort. And the menu was the same everyday. But at least breakfast was okay. I thought how can you mess up breakfast food anyway. And kids ate free for the whole stay. I was sneaky once and ordered the kids meal instead because I didn't want to eat an adult sized lunch. They don't check anyway!

My breakfast every morning. So simple, scrambled eggs on toast. Why don't I make it myself sometimes?

Fiji reminded me of road trips I used to take on the way to Batangas during my diving days. The little road side shops looked almost identical to ones you see on the provincial roads in the Philippines. And the people of Fiji are mostly like Filipinos, all really relaxed and not stressed out or in a hurry. Just like on the t-shirts they sell in their shops, they talk about Fiji time, much like Filipino time. I guess that's why our food always came warm.

When the day came to leave, we checked out and got on our only bus to the airport that day at 2pm. Sure enough it was an almost 2 hour ride to the airport. And of course with our luck, our flight was delayed! We were trapped in the airport for almost 4 hours! By that time I didn't care that the kids were running around like crazy in the waiting area. You could have felt our relief when our plane finally arrived and we could go home.

SO happy to finally get on our plane!

It was good to spend a good few days with Grandma and Pop, Hubby and the kids. We'll definitely go back again someday. And since the kids will be bigger by then, I'd love to stay at other resorts too.

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1 comment:

christao408 said...

That looks like a lovely resort.