Review: Fiji Airways Lounge Nadi Airport

Review: Fiji Airways Lounge Nadi Airport

 

This review of Fiji Airways Lounge at Nadi Airport is of the temporary lounge, while Fiji Airways readies their new Tabua Club Lounge.

Our entrance to the lounge was delayed by a lengthy check-in process, even though we were flying business class. As an experiment, my husband waited in the Economy Class line, and actually got to a check-in agent faster than I did waiting in the business class line, where I waited 20 minutes behind some passengers who were filling out all kinds of forms. I would have expected another check-in agent to handle Business Class passengers given the long wait, but that didn't happen. The business class passengers behind us were just as frustrated.

Normally we wouldn't have had to wait in line as we rarely check a bag, but my son and I had been abroad for over a month and my son and husband had over a week more of travel before heading home, so we had enough luggage that we had to check a bag.

Fiji Airways Business Class: We Waited 20 min. to Check In

 

Visiting Fiji? The best luxury resort by far is Laucala Island, a private island resort that is a 1 hour private flight from Nadi. You'd have access to the Laucala Lounge, a far more private lounge than the Fiji Airways Tabua Club Lounge.

 

Fiji Airways Lounge, Nadi Airport Location, Hours and Access Policy
The Fiji Airways Temporary Tabua Club Lounge is located airside on the ground floor of Nadi Airport, after security. The lounge opens 3 hours before Fiji Airways flights, and closed immediately after we boarded for our evening flight to LAX. Here's who has access:
  • Fiji Airways Business Class passengers (one guest allowed, must be traveling on the same flight)
  • Qantas Business Class passengers (one guest allowed, must be traveling on the same flight)
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold, Platinum, Platinum One and Chairmans Lounge traveling on a Fiji Airways or Qantas flight (one guest allowed, must be traveling on the same flight)
  • Fiji Airways Tabua Club members on a Fiji Airways flight or Fiji Airways codeshare (no free guest allowed)
  • Children under 3 are granted complimentary entry with an adult, but children 3 and over are treated as adult guests.

Fiji Airways Lounge Nadi Airport Review

 

Fiji Airways Lounge, Nadi Airport Amenities
The reception is on the left after entering the lounge, and is where you'll present your boarding pass, and, if you're using Priority Pass, your Priority Pass card.
Reception, Fiji Airways Lounge, Nadi Airport Review
If wanting to access WiFi, you'll need to take a paper slip with the WiFi password. WiFi was quite slow, perhaps due to the number of passengers in the lounge, and I gave up doing anything other than email.
WiFi Password Slips, Fiji Airways Lounge, Nadi Review
The temporary lounge squeezes many armchairs into the one big room, and while this photo was taken after everyone had exited the lounge for our flight, when we arrived the lounge was quite crowded.
Fiji Airways Lounge Seating, Nadi Airport
There's a TV nook, although no one was watching TV for our visit–nearly everyone was on their phone or tablet.
Fiji Airways Lounge TV Nook
At the back of the room is the buffet.
Buffet at Fiji Airways Lounge, Nadi Airport Review
Note that the temporary lounge doesn't have a bathroom inside the lounge; presumably the new lounge will have a bathroom and shower inside the lounge, as the old one did.
Here's a quick YouTube video of the lounge:

 

Fiji Airways Lounge, Nadi Airport Food

There were a decent number of options on the buffet given the small lounge size. Among the more appetizing was the salad, which was quite fresh.

Salad, Fiji Airways Lounge Nadi Review

 

Some pakora with coriander yogurt sauce were available, and the mint and coriander yogurt sauce was tasty.

Pakora, Fiji Airways Lounge Nadi Airport Review

Minted Coriander Yogurt Dip, Fiji Airways Lounge Review, Nadi

 

My husband, who was hungry, had some chicken and rice, which he said was good, for lounge food.

Chicken and Rice, Fiji Airways Nadi Lounge Review

 

Although it didn't look very appetizing, my son had a little of the lasagne, which he liked, although he said our lasagne at home is better and not as greasy.

Lasagne, Fiji Airways Nadi Lounge Review

 

There were also bread rolls, a roasted red pepper soup, and chocolate cake for dessert, that we didn't try.

Roasted Red Pepper Soup, Fiji Airways Lounge, Nadi Review

Bread Rolls

Chocolate Cake and Yellow Cake, Fiji Airways Lounge, Nadi

 

Cold drinks were in refrigerated compartments, and included Fiji Water (naturally), Coca Cola, juices, a cheap New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc (Totara Bay) and Charton Brut sparkling wine.

Chilled Drinks, Fiji Airways Lounge, Nadi Review

Sparkling Wine and Sauvignon Blanc, Fiji Airways Lounge, Nadi

 

Since the espresso machine had the warning “Cleaning Necessary” I didn't see anyone using it. There was some brewed coffee and hot water for tea, with Dilmah tea bags provided.

Coffee Machine Needs Cleaning, Fiji Airways Lounge, Nadi Review

Coffee and Tea, Fiji Airways Lounge, Nadi Review

 

The Verdict

The current Fiji Airways lounge is a temporary lounge in a windowless room, and can get quite crowded, so it's nothing worth getting to Nadi Airport too early for. Apparently Fiji Airways is now providing access, for LAX departing passengers, to the oneworld business class lounge in TBIT at LAX, so the Tabua Lounge is a very far cry from this. I just hope that the new Tabua Club Lounge will have more power outlets, better WiFi, and its own bathroom and shower room.

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