by Judy Koutsky
It’s all about location here. Located near Namatakula Beach and Waidroka Bay Dock, the family can spend the day in the water, playing with the surplus of water sports. However, don’t be surprised if the kids just want to hang by the large outdoor pool. The resort was built in 2007 and each room has a private balcony or patio (great views for the early-morning cups of coffee or evening cocktails for mom and dad).
Rooms are pretty spacious with separate sitting areas (great for families who like to spread out). There’s an onsite restaurant and room service.
Our Editor Loves
- Great location near Namatakula Beach
- Mini-fridges in rooms
- Great outdoor pool and water sports
- Water Sports
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.
Bula! We highly recommend the Wellesly resort!
My husband and I stayed there for our honeymoon for three days on our trip from Nadi to Pacific Harbor. The resort looks exactly like the pictures, if not more picturesque and beautiful. Service was excellent and the rooms were clean, cool/AC, and nicely decorated. It truly was paradise.
There are so many things we enjoyed about our stay. What we enjoyed the most was the genuinely warm staff, the personal ride we received to and from the resort from the chief of the nearby village, and the beautiful snorkeling right In front of the Wellesley resort.
All of the staff greeted us by first name and asked us questions, wanting to get to know us personally. They were always nearby to answer questions. The end of our three day stay we knew each of the staff members as if they were a personal friend. We especially enjoyed our talks with Marie and Scooby. Marie And I spoke in length about volunteer opportunities, and helped us donate crayons and coloring books to the local children for their Christmas presents. The chief educated us on life in the village and revealed some details and info about different villages and farming along our drive. We are learning quickly that the people are what make the country great and the Fijian people are a truly charming people!
Beautiful coral presents an array of angel fish, clown fish, sea cucumbers, blue starfish, sea worms, and other tropical fish. We were also lucky enough to find the giant clam we heard about, almost a legend in these parts!
If you would like relaxation, picturesque jungle, and an intimate environment, stay at the Wellesley. Please be mindful you are in the jungle. Expect wildlife, some bugs (bring some repellent), and varying weather. Embrace it, it’s a special place, a once in a lifetime adventure!
Michelle & Josh