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Fiji. The little piece of paradise just a three hour flight from NZ. Looking for an easy-as Fiji family holiday? Read on for our top recommendation to satisfy every request.
1. For swimming pools:
Almost all Fiji resorts boast beautiful blue pools, but these two resorts are worth writing home about.
Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island
Executing the perfect balance of parental perks and kid-friendly amenities, the Radisson Blu boast four (yes, four) climate controlled lagoon pools, including an adults-only pool and Fiji’s largest swim up bar. Children get giddy for the water slide and tropical landscape while complimentary WiFi means you can stream Peppa Pig from your pool lounger.
Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa – Denarau Island
Featuring one of the largest lagoon style swimming pools in the South Pacific, the pool at Sofitel Fiji tickles the beachfront, is framed by palms and scattered with beach loungers. Perfect for families, it's large enough for both parents and children to spread out, but safe enough to keep your eyes on pint-sized bathers.
2. For nice beaches:
Mana Island Resort & Spa, Mamanuca Islands
Sandy pathways lead from your patio to the beach, or if you choose a beach front bure (which we wholly recommend) you’ll be inches from shoreline. The water is calm and picturesque, with sun loungers and snorkelling available directly off the beach.
Vomo Island, Mamanuca Islands
One of our top sellers, this private island retreat (and an award-winning one) boasts the most picture-perfect bungalows sitting on the beach. With sand as white as angel hair and sweeping ocean views from the restauran, you eat, sleep, drink and relax with the ocean as your backdrop.
Castaway island Fiji, Mamanuca Islands
This award-winning private island retreat is just a one minute walk from the beach. From the pizza bar to your bedroom, water and reef is always in eye shot.
3. For water sports:
Islands surrounded by ocean, take advantage of the ample water opportunities.
Mana Island Resort & Spa
Take a deep breath because we’re about to list all the water activities available at Mana Island Resort, and boy it's extensive. With a beachfront location, there’s snorkelling directly off the beach, then there’s parasailing, fishing trips, jet ski safaris, shark encounters, kayaking, boat tours - wait we’re not finished - windsurfing, jet skiing, banana boats and diving at Aqua Trek Mana - a PADI Gold Palm Resort dive operation. Phew! Water-phobes need not apply.
4. For dining options on the doorstep:
Less than 10 km from Nadi, Denarau is an upscale resort island accessed via a causeway from the main island of Viti Levu. A man-made sanctuary comprising various integrated hotel resorts, including six world-class resorts, dining options are plentiful. Hotel restaurants aside, it also boasts the Hard Rock Café, Mamas Pizza, Cardo's Steakhouse, an Italian going by the name of Amalfi and Denarau's best Indian, Indigo. And if you’re STILL hungry, New Zealand Natural Ice Cream can be found nearby. And don't miss the Rhum Bar - a great spot for fresh Fijian food, and the kids devour it!
Lomani Wai Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island
Tables here sit in the hotel's actual lagoon pool and kids love dangling their feet in the water.
5. For easy airport transfers:
First off, considerDenarau. The eight integrated hotels are just a 20 minute transfer from Nadi Airport. Alternatively, we recommend Sonaisali Island:
Sonaisali Island: Double Tree Resort by Hilton Hotel
Double Tree is ideally situated on Sonaisali Island, just a 25-minute drive from Nadi International Airport. If you’re coming from the main island of Viti Levu, that’s just a 3-minute boat ride away.
6. For children’s entertainment:
As a general rule, Fijians LOVE children, so you can rest assured your children will be greeted by warm smiles and open arms.
Coral Coast – Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort
The Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort on Viti Levu's Coral Coast flanks the beachfront on the private Yanuca Island. Ideal for kids, it boasts a children’s playground, babysitting services and a kids club which really goes all-out on entertaining little guests. With an extensive range of daily activities and ‘kids eat free’ incentives at the buffet restaurant, as well as movie nights and a kids’ TV room, it’s round the clock fun for both children and parents.
Malolo Lailai Island – Plantation Island Resort
Always raved about as one of the most family friendly resorts in Fiji, Plantation Island features a kid’s club, games room, playground and babysitting. There are ample books and DVDs for children, as well as an indoor play area and outdoor play equipment. Families also love to discover the island on the resort’s complimentary bikes.
7. For genuine Fijian culture:
Two hours east of Nadi you’ll find the Pacific Coast and a bustling hub of cultural attractions. Highlights include the Arts Village where Fijian ‘warriors’ re-enact battles and fire walkers walk over white-hot stones. There are restaurants and bijou stores selling culinary temptations, souvenirs, clothing and crafts. Don’t miss the legendary firewalkers of Beqa Island, no one does it better, and for those in search of nature, there are traditional Fijian village tours by boat and rafting excursions down the Navua River.
Uprising Beach Resort
To take full advantage of the pacific Coast's various highlights, position yourself at the Uprising Beach Resort. The Arts Village is only a 10 minute walk from here and the idyllic beach is at your fingertips. Use free internet at the restaurant during happy hour and plan your cultural excursions for the following day, or you can also book day tours at the resort’s activity booth.
Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, Coral Coast
For eight years the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort (one of Fiji's most popular resorts) has been offering voluntourism projects. From building libraries to computer labs for the local community, pay from NZ$85 per adult and NZ$55 per child to lend a hand.
HOLIDAYING IN FIJI WITH PINT-SIZED TRAVELLERS
Sharma Smith, House of Travel Product suggests:
Ask us about one bedroom/interconnecting rooms or 2 bedroom villas and bures. You may be pleasantly surprised by the minimal price difference.
Purchase a case of bottled water from Duty Free on arrival into Nadi while waiting for luggage to come through.
If you have very young children, bear in mind the outer islands are always a few degrees hotter than the mainland.
Some of the larger resorts like the Sheraton properties in Denarau hire out mountain buggies. Do enquire as it may save you carting your own one over.
Kids menus can be sourced from the properties so don't hesitate to ask your consultant. They can also make enquires about highchairs, cots and kids’ clubs.
Andrea Addison, House of Travel Papamoa suggests:
Rumba restaurant at the Denarua Marina has amazing seafood, great priced drinks and great menu options for kids.
Golf Club in Denarau make huge Pizzas – excellent value for a family meal anytime.
Big Bula fully inflatable waterpark – Denarau – just down the road from Radisson. Good fun for kids and adults!
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