After reading all about Fiji Travel Information, are you ready to start planning your holiday? There’s an option for every type of vacation, in this post, we will share our top recommended hotels and accommodations from our very own experiences.
Most of the vessels depart from Port Denarau Marina, which is why you should pamper yourself a night stay at one of the 5* hotels at Denarau Island. Hilton, Sofitel, The Westin, Sheraton, Radisson Blu and Wyndham are all next to each other along the west coast. This is the place to go for a luxury getaway, where you can experience what Fiji has to offer without going far from the comfort of your own hotel room.
In my opinion, Hilton offers the best pool area. We were attracted by the vibrate atmosphere and sheer size of the pools at first, but soon enough found ourselves sipping a cocktail on one of the sun loungers.
Jack of Fiji is your one stop gift shop, located next to The Westin. I’m not a shopper, but definitely enjoyed browsing through fascinating souvenirs.
Each hotel has their own bars and restaurants. I recommend an evening stroll through Sheraton, Westin and Radisson Blu, not only do they offer the most romantic ambience, you can also stop, grab a drink from the bars and enjoy their live music.
Denarau offers the best location to watch sunset. Take a walk on the beach after dinner and take in the stunning views. Many choose to have their weddings here, not surprised why!
Their beaches are great for water sports, but for the best pristine beaches to swim in as advertised, I recommend getting off the main island, and go to one of these islands below.
I remember our first stay at Mana Island Resort, although rated 4*, it certainly felt like a 5* experience to us. They have all the facilities a resort could offer, pools, bars and restaurants, games room, tennis court, and the most memorable buffet breakfast. The staff here will go the extra mile to please every guest. This resort is great for families and couples, my highly recommended hidden paradise getaway.
Funny enough, my favourite part of the trip is actually the cruise to the island!
The Yasawas Waya Island
We stayed in a shared budget bungalow at Octopus Resort for a couple of nights, their rooms are unique. The first impression for me is the pristine crystal clear water, which makes you want to jump right in. Before we even got off the boat, a welcoming band was waiting on the beach already with delicious fruit punch. What a great start!
Octopus offers one of the best diving and snorkelling sites with amazing visibility. You can get your PADI certificate there, join them and explore one of their 30+ dive sites. If you’re up for it, try swimming with the Manta Rays! Weather wasn’t on our side during our stay unfortunately, but I would definitely go back again if we have the chance.
This resort offers the most activities on an island to keep you entertained in all weather and seasons. I seriously think we didn’t stay long enough. On the nights we were there, they had a crab race, and a night of movies under the stars by the pool. For a list of all other activities, check out their website!
Island Hop if you hold a Bula Pass, but be sure to book accommodation first!
North of Fiji’s capital, is a small island hidden from the rest of the world. This was my most castaway stay in my years of travel. A week of nothing but island life at the beachfront self contained Macdonald’s Cottage.
If this is your chosen type of a holiday, bring books, games and snorkels! Travel with families or friends, the more the merrier, or you’ll be carving ‘Wilson’ before you know it! Stock up on food and drinking water for your entire stay from Lautoka, then enjoy your 2hrs journey to Ellington Wharf, east of Rakiraki for the boat pick up. The cottage can accommodate a large group, with very basic amenities and away from civilisation.
For the first few days, it was very hard to adjust to this remote island life, a short hike over the hill to Hotel Safari Island Lodge became our go to place to see some life. But I have to say, by the end of the week, to my surprise, we didn’t want to leave.
Remote island life has a way to secretly cleanse our souls, without wifi, communications with the outside world, busy schedules on the clock, and fancy modern lifestyle, we somehow became a lot happier and carefree! Could this be the secret to why Fijians are one of the happiest people on Earth?
A week in 5* Shangri-La Fijian Resort marks one of the best holidays I’ve had! We stayed only at the resort for the entire trip, and never even got bored! First thing I have to mention is the buffet breakfast, the sheer size of the selections will make your head spin! With beautiful views from al fresco tables, I could sit there for a while!
They host a range of games and competitions where kids can be entertained by the pool. Apart from the usual 5* facilities, what impresses me the most, is all of their non-motor water sports gears are provided for free, on a first come first serve basis. My favourite is taking the sailing boat for a spin! They teach guests the basics of sailing, but it’s easier said than done, we got stuck floating in circles a couple of times, and had to be rescued. Yup. Better stick with the kayaks or wake boards!
You could borrow a snorkel set, or join a snorkelling tour at a small cost. I somehow floated to the snorkelling reefs while paddle boarding. The tour guide was so nice, he offered me a snorkel set, and even brought me back together with the group. Staff here is very approachable, after only a few days, it feels like they’re friends already.
Restaurants are top notch, I had the best seafood risotto at the Golden Cowrie, and had lots of fun at the Black Marlin Bar. Thursday nights are seafood market nights, indulge in mouth watering seafood and a cocktail! Fire Dance shows are on Friday nights. There’s a salesman/concierge/entertainer that walks around the beach, and tells you all about what the hotel has to offer. The easiest way to make bookings!
For a lazy, hassle free holiday, stay at the Shamgri-La Resort in Fiji! You’ll come back home with glowing skin, promise!
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