The Wellesley Resort, Fiji Islands

Page 164 of the current edition of Moon Handbooks Fiji mentions a place called Coral Village Resort, which 'has gone downhill in recent years and now has a rundown, abandoned air.' Well, a New Zealand company has recently rebuilt Coral Village and rechristened it The Wellesley Resort.

Rack rates for the 15 rooms at The Wellesley start at F$280 single or double with one bed, F$359 with two beds, or F$379.50 triple. These prices (in Fiji dollars) include a continental breakfast and government tax, but there's a three-night minimum stay. An opening special available until February 28, 2006, reduces the cost to F$139 single or double for a standard fan-cooled room with one bed but no fridge (breakfast F$15 per person extra). All rooms at The Wellesley lack cooking facilities, so guests pay F$65 per person extra for lunch and dinner.

The Wellesley sits in a narrow valley facing one of the Coral Coast's finest beaches. A large swimming pool has been added to the complex, and the new owners have built an access road which avoids a nearby Fijian village. The Wellesley charges a steep F$140 per person for road transfers from Nadi Airport, but you can easily avoid that by taking a public bus to The Warwick Fiji Resort at Korolevu. A taxi from there to the turnoff at Man Friday Road, then another four kilometers down to The Wellesley, should cost around F$10 for the car.

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