From luxury private islands and intimate boutique hotels, to family resorts and surf stays, Vacations has rounded up some of Fiji’s hottest properties for a taste of tropical bliss.
Fiji’s most unique luxury escape exclusively for couples, Likuliku is the only resort in Fiji with over water bures, each suspended over the lagoon’s stunning reef edge. A magical sanctuary located in the glorious Mamanuca Island group, the resort appears as an ancient village, built in traditional style with an exotic mix of natural materials and modern comforts. Guests can laze in the horizon-edge pool, soak in one of the mini-Jacuzzis, indulge at the Tatadra spa, dine on the exquisite cuisine in Fijiana restaurant, enjoy myriad land and sea pursuits, or simply enjoy watching the sun set from the bar in the middle of the lagoon.
Laucala Island is a place so special that it makes the usual superlatives seem somewhat lacking. A forward-thinking property that is as much about environmental and cultural sensitivity as it is about extreme luxury, Laucala is idyllically set amidst coconut plantations, sandy beaches and lush mountains overlooking turquoise bays. The 25 villas are the ultimate in luxury and glamour while maintaining a traditional Fijian feel and each offers a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor living. If visitors can tear themselves away from the stunning villas, they can also enjoy the resort’s incredible spa, horse stable, water sports, an 18-hole golf course, snorkelling and diving amongst colourful marine life on the coral reef, plus the culinary delights of five restaurants.
The butler did it
Set on the beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by lush tropical gardens Nanuku Fiji is the quintessential South Pacific paradise. Whether you’re seeking a honeymoon destination, a family break or an adventure-packed holiday, this resort delivers. A choice of restaurants and bars, stunning infinity swimming pool, luxurious day spa and a salon complement the plush modern guest rooms which come with a butler to help out with requests. Those could be anything from organising activities including diving, snorkelling, surfing, zip lining, white water rafting and a trek in the forest with a local Fijian ‘Warrior’ to a food safari or an intimate dinner for two.
For an escape away from the fast pace of today’s world, Malolo is a beautiful, rustic resort that is all about relaxation.Owned by a Fijian family, and with a staff who are descendants of villagers who have lived there for centuries, Malolo delivers true Fijian hospitality. The Resort has 46 bures in four different catergories, suitable for everyone from couples to families. Feel yourself slow down as you wean off the mod cons, listening to the sounds of the sea and the sea breeze rustling the palm trees instead of the beep and trill of a phone.
A serene and sophisticated tropical retreat, The Wakaya Club & Spa is surrounded by a protected coral reef, azure lagoons, majestic cliffs and pristine white sand beaches. The small but exceptionally luxurious eco-friendly resort offers palatial accommodation tucked into tropical gardens, fine international cuisine and some of the best scuba diving and snorkelling in Fiji. Private, remote and exclusive, everything from the chilled French champagne upon arrival, the spectacular food, golf, and most water sports including diving is inclusive with only air transfers, dive certification and treatments at the spa extra.
Fiji’s premium surf resort, Namotu Island Resort, is the island closest to seven of Fiji’s most amazing surf breaks, including Cloudbreak. Beyond the breaks, Namotu is a first-class destination for a variety of water sports, and visitors can spend their day in, over and under the water with fishing, snorkelling, diving and stand up paddle surfing. Air-conditioned private bures for two to six people and a six-person villa offer stunning views and provide easy access to the resort’s facilities including the renowned Namotu Bar and beachfront Waqa Bar where drinks are served with a warm Fijian smile.
Tokoriki Island Resort is a luxury boutique retreat where the relaxed and friendly resort atmosphere and contemporary Fijian style merge to create the perfect private accommodation. Located in the lovely Mamanuca Islands and easily accessed from Nadi by helicopter, seaplane, catamaran or speed boat, Tokoriki is the perfect Fiji destination for a child-free island escape. Dine on South Pacific and Asian influenced menus and fine wines at the resort’s award winning restaurants, enjoy the tropical sunsets in your private pool, or laze on your daybed with a cocktail, explore the island on a guided nature walk, dive and snorkel along the stunning reefs, visit the local village, or unwind at the spa.
Hole in one
Luxurious accommodation and a picture-perfect beachfront location on Fiji’s Coral Coast await visitors to the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa. The sprawling resort’s exceptional amenities include an 18-hole championship golf course with greens overlooking the ocean, three swimming pools, kids club, and a variety of exciting culinary experiences, from opulent fine dining to laidback beachside alternatives. If it is pampering and rejuvenation you seek, the secluded Spa InterContinental offers signature treatments with a Fijian twist. There’s also a palm-fringed white sand beach ideal for swimming and snorkelling and relaxing massages in the beachside cabanas.
Royal Davui Island Resort is an exclusive adults-only sanctuary located in Fiji’s spectacular Beqa Lagoon, off the Southern coast of Fiji. With only 16 villas, in-room dining, private plunge pools, and the tranquil Davui day spa, this resort promises a level of luxury and privacy not found in larger resorts. A pristine playground for water lovers, visitors can catamaran, paddle board or sea kayak to the island’s fringing coral reef, and divers will find an underwater paradise just 30-minutes away by boat. Food lovers too will love Royal Davui’s gourmet offerings from a romantic champagne breakfast on a deserted sand bar or a long lunch under an ancient banyan tree, to laid-back picnics on the beach.
Set among Fiji’s northern islands, Qamea’s breathtaking combination of lush tropical jungle and white sand beaches make an ideal setting for those seeking a unique and authentic break without sacrificing the finer things. This intimate adults-only resort welcomes only a limited number of guests at a time to ensure complete privacy and serenity. The reef located just off the resort has been named as one of the best resort snorkel reefs in the world and dive trips are operated to incredible diving sites just ten minutes from the island. Those who prefer their water sports above the waves might prefer Qamea’s great surf spots.
Denarau Island’s idyllic five-star Fiji Beach Resort & Spa is the ultimate in relaxed luxury. Minutes from Nadi airport, you can step straight off the plane into a world of relaxation. Accommodation options range from luxury studios to spacious five-bedroom luxury villas with Pacific Ocean views. Laze by one of the resort’s beautiful pools, watch magical sunsets from beachfront bars, enjoy a choice of fine and casual dining, or make yourself at home with a BBQ on your private terrace. Get active surfing, diving and fishing, or work on your handicap at Denarau’s internationally-renowned championship golf course. If you’d rather rejuvenate and restore, head to the luxurious spa or request a treatment poolside.
Located on the northern-most tip of the exquisite Yasawa Island group, Yasawa Island Resort and Spa is an exclusive luxury resort on one of the most remote and unspoiled islands of Fiji. At Yasawa you’ll find just 18 spacious split-level bungalows metres from a white sand beach and crystal clear waters. Set the scene for romance with a visit to the beachfront Baravi Spa or a private candlelit dinner for two on the beach. The secluded resort also offers access to private beaches, diving, snorkelling, windsurfing and nature walks, or to connect with the island’s ancient culture in nearby local villages, where some of your best memories will be made.
With superb beach frontage and a tranquil tropical garden setting, Radisson Blu Resort Fiji offers the perfect escape for every member of the family. Only 20 minutes from Nadi Airport, the luxurious Denarau resort boasts four lagoon swimming pools (including a family lagoon, shaded children’s pool, and private adults-only relaxation zone) plus a white water tunnel slide that will appeal to young and old. Wile away your days with banana boat rides, kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing and parasailing or visit to the indulgent day spa which also offers spa treatments for kids. One and two-bedroom suites with kitchen and laundry facilities make family holidays a breeze, as does the kids’ club for children aged four to 12.
At the luxurious, eco-sensitive Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji discerning travellers can enjoy a stay on a private island renowned the world over for its dedication to conserving the environment in style. Surrounded by a marine sanctuary abundant with exotic marine life, the opportunity to take part in water-based activities with the full-time marine biologist employed by the resort is one of its biggest drawcards. The resort boasts several pools, including one dedicated to families, day spa, and nannies for children under five, plus sumptuous sustainable dining. In fact, there’s so much to do that the luxury of the resort’s five-star accommodation and idyllic location are almost a bonus.
Covered in lush tropical rainforest and fringed by white sand beaches, colourful coral reefs and waters so blue they look painted, Castaway Island is the Fiji you dream of. Located in Fiji’s Mamanuca Island group and easily accessible from Nadi International Airport, the island resort is a pristine paradise offering comfortable individual thatched bure Fiji accommodation. Take a dip in the deep blue or try scuba diving, snorkelling, water skiing or parasailing. Or perhaps a dip in the swimming pool and the Fijian massage service is more your holiday style. Castaway is renowned for its exceptional service and award-winning resort dining at its four restaurants, so foodies will find themselves right at home here.
A luxury private island with only 28 villas and two private residences, Vomo offers a unique and personal 5-star Fijian experience. The Beachfront and Hillside villas have just been beautifully refurbished with a signature bathroom, new custom-made furnishings and luxuriously-appointed bedrooms. Home to pristine sandy beaches, startlingly blue waters and accommodation that is stylish and sleek in design, the luxurious resort welcomes all guests including families, with children effortlessly integrated into the picture-perfect setting. The resort offers guests 5-star cuisine – with a new kitchen just opened as well as a renovation of The Rocks Bar – the superb Senikai Spa, and a wide range of activities including golf, paddle boarding and extraordinary diving and snorkelling. But perhaps Vomo Island’s most captivating feature is the Hawksbill Turtle Protection Programme that protects the hundreds of turtles hatched on the island until they are old enough to be released into the ocean. •
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Jetstar operates flights three times a week from the Gold Coast and Sydney from four times weekly. jetstar.com
Fiji Airways operate daily flights from most Australian capital cities to Nadi. fijiairways.com.a
Where To Stay
Castaway Island Fiji: castawayfiji.com
Royal Davui Fiji Resort: royaldavui.com
Likuliku Lagoon Resort: likulikulagoon.com
Intercontinental Golf Resort and Spa: fiji.intercontinental.com
Nanuku Fiji: nanukufiji.com
Radisson Blu Resort Fiji: radissonblu.com/resort-fiji
Hilton Fiji Resort & Spa: hiltonfijibeachresort.com
Jean Michel Cousteau Resort: fijiresort.com
Laucala Island: laucala.com
Namotu Island Resort: namotuislandfiji.com
Tokoriki Island Resort: tokoriki.com
Malolo Island: maloloisland.com
The Wakaya Club & Spa: wakaya.com
Yasawa Resort: yasawa.com
Fiji Tourism: fiji.travel