Room Service in Fiji

With so many stunning hotels and resorts to stay in around Fiji’s stunning islands, it can be hard to make a choice. Vacations has this selection to help you make the decision on just where to cast away…

Lovely Likiliku

Fresh from a revamp in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Evan, Likuliku Lagoon Resort Fiji is looking better than ever. Still Fiji’s only over-water bure accommodation; the couples’ only resort continues to set high standards for Fijian properties. Sitting in the Mamanuca Archipelago on Malolo Island, the resort has 45 bures, 10 of which perch over a sheltered lagoon. Thanks to glass-plates in the floors and ladders leading directly into the water, you can snorkel or sit in your bure and watch the underwater world go by. The land-bound bures are just as delightful, some with private plunge pools, but all with a comfortable modern Fijian design. A string of Australian and New Zealand-born chefs have made the sea change and are supplying guests with fresh, local-inspired dishes.

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Easy access to Tokoriki

From home to holiday is now a whole lot faster if you’re staying at Tokoriki Island Resort. The small island in the Mamanuca Group already offers free helicopter, speedboat or seaplane transfers to the mainland for seven-night stays, but now the resort is offering a VIP Express Immigration Service. The package applies for guests arriving into Nadi Airport, with expedited entrance through customs and immigration, baggage collection services and an escort through to resort transfers. Using the express immigration option, along with helicopter or seaplane transfers, you’ll skip wasted time on the mainland and be on the island in a few hours ready to enjoy the many delights this Resort offers.

Ocean greens

Natadola Bay is home to the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, a sprawling resort on the south-western side of Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island. Fly in and head straight to the Resort, where the 35 acres includes a championship golf course, day spa, kids club and 271 rooms. The 18-hole Natadola Bay Golf Course will next year host the Fiji International Tournament, and will do so for five years. The greens look out at the ocean – a view shared by an adults-only infinity pool and the Intercontinental Club infinity pool. There’s also a 105m pool for families. If you’re after a little bit of pampering, beachside cabanas are a special treat for a massage treatment.

 

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Not all luxury accommodation in Fiji is on land. Blue Lagoon Cruises are boutique, sleeping only 68 guests on board the Fiji Princess. The superb itineraries you’ll experience are far from your ordinary ‘cruise’, with the all-Fijian crew just delightful.Cruising only a maximum four hours a day, Blue Lagoon Cruises will have you ashore experiencing all that Fiji is famous for, visiting  secret bays and coves, including their own private beach at Nanuya Lailai. You’ll spend your time snorkelling at colourful reefs, sitting down to a traditional feast with remote island villagers, swimming through sacred caverns and – of course – lazing on the most pristine beaches you can imagine. Every day you’ll wake in a new bay, with new adventures awaiting you. The three itineraries on offer – three, four and seven days – each provide an experience you’ll treasure for life.

Radisson Blu makes a splash
Denarau Island is home to this family-friendly resort, where kids will have as much fun as the adults. Only 20 minutes from Nadi airport, but a world away from the rat race, the resort has a Kids Club for children aged four to 12, babysitting services, four lagoon pools and a white water tunnel slide designed for big and little kids. Head down to the beach for banana boat rides, kayaking, paddle boarding, even jet skis, parasailing and water skis, or hang out at the resort’s lagoon pools, with one just for adults. The two-bedroom suites are great for families, with kitchen, washing machine and dryer facilities included.

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French flair at the Sofitel 
Coconuts, kava, underground cooking and breakfast buffets – all staples on a trip to Fiji, but at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa, you’ll find truffles and fois gras thrown in. With Executive Chef Jean-Marc Ruzzene at the helm, the resort is bringing a touch of French fine dining to Fiji. Expect French classics like freshly baked croissants but also keep an eye out for local flavours, with a commitment to using local produce, and a few resort classics. These aren’t the only changes afoot – renovations post Cyclone Evan will be followed with further changes.
A Royal Fijian sanctuary 
If you’re after a ship-wrecked style romance, this remote boutique island might be the answer. Royal Davui is an exclusive adults-only sanctuary situated in the Beqa Lagoon, 16 villas offer a sense of privacy and intimacy not found in larger resorts. Dine under the towering frame of the Pacific Banyan tree in the heart of the Resort restaurant or take your food outside and enjoy a remote picnic on a private slice of sand. The villa’s private plunge pools and brand new spa cater for those looking just to relax, while adventurous types could try snorkelling, sailing or even go diving which is just a short 30-minute boat trip away from the resort.
Double the fun on Vomo
This luxury resort is divided in two – choose from the main island housing 28 villas and two private residences, or Vomo Lailai (Little Vomo), the smaller island next door, home to a tiny private retreat for those in search of complete privacy. Situated within the Mamanuca Island group, the island’s natural beauty historically made it a retreat for the Fijian Royal Chiefs. Today, with a nursery of 50,000 plants, the resort is dedicated to preserving the lush vegetation. Little ones can enjoy the fun island activities offered in the ‘kids village’ while adults can relax with a spa treatment or recharge with an energising hike to the island’s spectacular viewing points. The resort’s must-do is definitely the weekly Meke and Lovo Night, an evening of traditional song, dance and legends, with kava to keep you going.
Denarau dreams

Step straight off the plane and onto the 1.5 km of private beach at this Denarau Island resort. The Fiji Beach Resort & Spa ticks all the boxes for holidaymakers, with accommodation options from luxury studios to spacious five-bedroom villas looking out over the Pacific. Dining doesn’t mean you need to tear your eyes away from the views, instead gaze at the sunset from the open-air restaurant, try the beachfront Maravu for its South East Asian Cuisine, or make yourself at home with a BBQ on your private terrace. If unwinding is more your thing, the award-winning spa promises instant relaxation. If you can’t fathom leaving the fresh island air simply request your treatment poolside.

 

Dive into paradise 
On a private peninsula stretched over 17 acres of former coconut plantation, Jean Michel Cousteau Resort is built to resemble a Fijian village. Open the door to one of the traditional thatched bures crafted from local timber and feel life start to slow down. Make the most of a complimentary outdoor yoga class for the ultimate renewal. With a focus on sustainability, the resort invites guests to hike through the tropical rainforest, wade through the coral reef at low-tide and even join the resort’s resident Marine Biologist for a night dive or snorkel. Wish to live out the remainder of your life on a deserted island? The resort is currently making plans to develop a small number of private residential units for those who wish to make it permanent.
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Escape the norm at Namale 

Namale Fiji resort overlooks the Kora Sea and is a favourite celebrity hide out. With a focus on exclusivity and service, the resort has three staff to every guest to accommodate your whims. If the three-course lunches and five-course dinners created from fresh Indo-Fijian ingredients aren’t what you’re after, just ask the chef to customise a menu to satisfy your cravings. Also on offer is the resort’s world-class wine collection with vintages and champagnes for that special occasion. If all the food has left you feeling a bit sleepy, wander over to the 10,000 sq foot spa set on the volcanic cliff and shut your eyes for a pamper session; you’ll wake up refreshed and ready for your next meal.

Qamea fantasy
Set among Fiji’s northern islands, Qamea is a winning combination of tropical jungle and white sandy beaches. World-class diving sites are only ten minutes from the island. For those who prefer to stay on top of the water, try the island’s secluded surfing spots. When you’re on Fiji time, a slow-paced body treatment at the resort’s new Jungle Spa will take up the afternoon and a private picnic watching sunset is icing on the cake.
Cultural feast at Yasawa 

Facing west towards the setting sun, Yasawa Island Resort and Spa is hidden away on an island that is home to six villages. The 18 luxury bungalows nestled among the palms are just footsteps away from the pristine clear waters of Blue Lagoon. The chef makes the most of fresh local ingredients – take your meal to the beach, your bure or any spot that takes your fancy under the stars. You’d never need to leave the resort, but exploring the nearby villages is a chance to experience the traditional cultural life of the island.

 

Malolo magic
Catch a seaplane from the airport and be on the remote Malolo Island in as little as 10 minutes. A secluded rustic resort owned by a local family, Malolo offers traditional Fijian hospitality; the staff greeting guests like they’re welcoming them into their own homes. A major revamp has added a relaxed colonial look to the resort, with high vaulted ceilings and white-washed interiors. Only 45 bures are on site, but the resort still caters to everyone. Choose from family rooms for up to seven or couples-only beachfront bures. •