Tess Nichol is the Consumer Affairs reporter for the Herald.

Room Check: Fiji's Uprising Beach Resort

Tess Nichol checks in to Fiji’s Uprising Beach Resort.
Uprising Beach Resort is perfect for the adventurous.
Uprising Beach Resort is perfect for the adventurous.

Check-in experience: Friendly, of course - we are in Fiji after all. Staff took our details and then accompanied us to our rooms, refusing to let us carry our own bags.

Room: There are several options at Uprising; the villa we stayed in was spacious and private but a little dark. The flip-around TV/mirror was a bit of a novelty.

Price: It costs $281 for a night in a Commodore Garden View Villa. For backpackers, dorm beds can also be rented for just a fraction of that price.

What's in the neighbourhood? Uprising is a great base for travellers to Fiji who are after some adventure on their holiday. The Pacific Harbour resort is close to river rafting, surfing spots and ziplining, and down the road daily fishing expeditions leave from a neighbouring resort.

Food and drink: Are great. Drinks are reasonably priced, especially beer. The food is sophisticated and general manager James Pridgeon tells us some of the vegetables we're eating have been grown in the resort's own garden.

Growing their own veges is part of Uprising's quest to be as sustainable as possible. The option for travellers to plant trees at the resort to offset their carbon emissions is another initiative to this end.

The bed: Is not as plush as fancier hotels, but adequate.

Bathroom: There are two options for showering in a villa - inside or under the sun. A charming outdoor shower, paved with stone, is a nice place to start the day.

Facilities: A medium-sized pool and health spa facility are available. Sadly I was too slow to book a massage and ran out of time, but at FJD$55 ($39) for a full hour that's got to be one of the best deals for holiday pampering I've ever seen.

Perfect for: Adventurous backpackers on a budget more interested in activities than relaxation.

Would I return? Yes, if I had a full itinerary planned for my Fijian getaway.

- NZ Herald

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