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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.