Octopus Resort provides a taste of luxury on a budget. If you are looking for a simplistic hideaway juxtaposed by the most incredible Coral Reef, this resort is for you.
Waya Island, Yasawa, Fiji
N.B. This review may seem a little negative but I have tried to offer the most useful and truthful insight possible.
We were due to stay at Octopus Resort for x3 nights, however, this ended up being extended due to unforeseen and extreme circumstances. More on this later!
Paradise Cove, Blue Lagoon and Octopus are all part of the same resort family, so expectations were high. We stayed in a ‘Point Beachfront Suite‘ – one of the top-end room categories Octopus offers. Honestly, it didn’t live up to the hype.
For starters, the outdoor bathroom can hardly be classed as such. It is just an average bathroom with part of the roof missing, similar to the one at Nanuya. The actual room was fine, but that’s it. Structurally, it wasn’t well-built or well-maintained and could do with a refurbishment. The design was pretty dated so although clean, seemed rather musty. Even the sand-removing foot ‘bath’ was sad! In sister resorts, we were treated to miniature stone baths with fresh flowers every day. At Octopus, there are just white plastic buckets (pictured below, the second photo).
When the weather turned, the wind and rain came through the wooden slats. We didn’t need to use the A/C as the sea breeze came through easily enough. The TV didn’t work despite our requests for someone to look at it but there was a functioning safe. Hoorah.
Overall, the ‘suite’ was highly disappointing. On a positive note, the private sun loungers and porch area were nice, providing fabulous ocean views.
Out of the four Fijian resorts we stayed at, the food at Octopus was by far the worst. The breakfast and lunch offering was fine, unremarkable really. But the dinner I honestly struggled with. I’m not going to go into too much detail, as my visit was a while ago now – plenty of time for things to have changed/improved. I hope…
In addition to the poor food quality, the lack of flooring in the restaurant is questionable considering Octopus is a luxury resort. Personally, I don’t want to be barefoot for an a la carte dining experience. Particularly in the evenings – it makes cleaning up for dinner somewhat counterproductive!
Compared to other Fijian islands we visited, the staff here were the least friendly. Perhaps they found that their Manager, Caesar, lacked charisma and compassion and as a result, they simply lost their sense of enthusiasm. We can’t blame them for that!
When things took a turn for the worse (I’ll go into more detail on this another time), the Manager did nothing to ease the fear and panic of the guests. When the mobile phone towers were knocked out by the cyclone, he wouldn’t allow anyone to log onto the insanely expensive Wi-Fi. Not even for a few complimentary minutes to let our loved ones know we were ok.
When we were forced to stay on the island for a few unanticipated days he charged everyone full price for the extra nights, despite knowing that we had all missed flights and lost out on other bookings etc. Considering the high price points and abysmal attitudes, the least the team could have done was fix the TV in our ‘luxury’ room. TV in Fiji is not something you anticipate needing – but you try waiting out a cyclone in a beach-focused resort! We asked multiple times for someone to look into it, but nobody came.
Lastly, he didn’t want anyone to change rooms when we became stranded there. We were staying in one of the best rooms categories as we paid for our whole Fiji trip in advance. By the end of our 6-month jaunt, we weren’t exactly in a position to fork out for additional nights in the not-so-great beachfront room! When we asked nicely he was adamant that we couldn’t downgrade. When asked not so nicely – a day later and a few hundred pounds lighter – he allowed it. The whole encounter added stress to circumstances that were already unfortunate enough, which is a real shame as it hugely tainted my overall impression of Octopus.
Pool: The pool is located next to the restaurant and is pretty standard size-wise and otherwise. It’s also family-friendly. Honestly, the reef is so beautiful I’m sure you’ll spend more time at the ocean!
Beach Area: With soft white sand and crystal clear waters, you really couldn’t ask for more from this beach.
Other: I won’t beat around the bush here. The absolute best thing about Octopus Resort is the coral reef. This Fijian island is fortunate enough to have an incredible reef literally on their doorstep and you can truly spend hours exploring it. It is simply stunning, as are the various species that reside there. Describing it doesn’t do it justice, so delve into the following pictures and see for yourself.
Our time at Octopus Resort was pretty awful from start to finish. The resort’s one redeeming quality is the beach and its breathtaking reef – which also happens to be the only thing they can’t take credit for!
Even before everything went drastically downhill weather-wise, we weren’t happy here. Consequently, we left a terrible guest review in the room the day we were originally due to check out but, as you know, we ended up staying longer. Unfortunately for us, they had already turned over the room in anticipation of our departure… and discovered said review. Oops!
I really do think others will have a different opinion of Octopus Resort, so read a few more reviews before you decided whether to book here or not. It was highly recommended to us back home, plus, a friend that I bumped into on our adventures stated that Octopus was the best island she’d stayed on whilst exploring Fiji. Everything is relative. Not to mention, we had just been spoilt rotten in literal paradise (cove).
That being said, nothing makes up for the food, the General Manager, and obviously the whole cyclone thing… So I stand by my review for now!
I hope that this review hasn’t put you off Fiji entirely, as there are some truly stunning resorts out there. In fact, I’d highly recommend Octopus Resort’s sister properties. You can read full reviews for each of these here: Paradise Cove Resort / Blue Lagoon Beach Resort