After two-plus years of pandemonium, grounded within our national borders, a short flight to a tropical paradise is sure to hit the spot. Luckily for us, the magical South Pacific archipelago of Fiji is ‘Open For Happiness’ so even if you felt like you had 99 problems these last couple of years, you now have 333 picturesque islands where you can melt those stresses away.
Fiji is considered one of the best holiday destinations in the world, and rightly so. That’s in large part thanks to the country’s unmatched hospitality and welcoming culture, its surreal natural beauty, and the many resorts and hotels that can make your stay feel like an absolute dream.
Offering an abundance of unique resorts, you could choose private beaches, luxurious spas, scuba diving, world-class restaurants, sunset cocktails, cultural ceremonies, hiking and more; even all of the above. And so you can get straight down to blissing out, we’ve done the hard work for you rounding up the best resorts in Fiji (all aligned with the Care Fiji Commitment, Fiji's Covid-19 Health and Safety Programme) to make planning your next holiday a breeze.
Here are 14 of the best resorts in Fiji to relax at.
Nanuku Resort Fiji
For unparalleled boutique luxury and authentic culture head to Nanuku Resort Fiji, a private 500-acre tropical beachfront oasis. Arrive to a traditional warrior welcome before travelling via golf cart to be shown around your room (which will be jaw-droppingly gorgeous by the way). Take a dip in your private pool then indulge in a delicious Pacific Rim-inspired meal or get amongst the exciting array of activities. From river kayaking and an exquisite Warrior Cooking Class to a dreamy sunset cruise, an invigorating Indiana Jones-style waterfall hike to an earth-shatteringly good massage and so much more. Nanuku Resort Fiji is all about the details—from the impeccable hospitality to the showcase of local artwork—and it shows. They’re even dedicated to sustainability with a resident Marine Scientist who oversees their mangrove nursery, coral planting programme and other regenerative projects.
Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island
Set on a slice of beachfront paradise Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island is a dream resort for families and family-friendly couples and is a short twenty-minute ride from Nadi International Airport via private shuttle. Built around a fantastic series of heated lagoon-style pools (one of which is adults only) and lush gardens you’ll feel yourself relax as soon as you arrive. While away the hours poolside with a cocktail in hand, get amongst the various watersports on offer while the sprogs have fun at the Blu Bananas children’s club and dine on delicious world cuisine at one of the many on-site restaurants; the Lebanese-inspired Byblos is next level. A stay wouldn’t be complete without a blissful treatment at the gorgeous Harmony Retreat Day Spa made even more rejuvenating with the knowledge that Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island is committed to responsible business. The team actively works with local schools and the community to raise educational standards, assist with teaching programmes, improve water supply and promote healthy living in Fiji.
Another stunning Denarau resort is the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa. Fiji meets France in this mega resort which boasts 298 ocean-facing luxury rooms and suites across 26 acres of lush gardens. With everything to keep kids and teens happy, for adults it’s all about Waitui Beach Club. Waitui is an adults-only paradise with private cabanas, roving poolside refreshments, nightly entertainment and an exclusive bar and grill. Then there’s Bazaar Kitchen and Bar a.k.a. the buffet to end all buffets. With six interactive live cooking stations serving up Fijian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Italian and American cuisine, plus desserts for the gods, hanger doesn’t stand a chance. Fuel up then dance the night away at the brand new on-site Republik nightclub.
Perched on the edge of stunning Savusavu Bay the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is quintessential boutique serenity with just twenty-five bures and a private island. The world-class diving centre makes this resort a must for all dive enthusiasts and there are plenty of other activities on offer too like paddle boarding, snorkelling, a medicine walk and eco-tour, and the all-important blissful massage which utilises pure coconut oil harvested across the bay at a local village. There’s even a tennis court if you fancy putting your swing to the test in a spot of friendly competition against the staff. Wee ones will be entertained for hours at The Bula Club making the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort as spectacular a choice for a family holiday as it is for a romantic luxury vacay.
If you’re looking for a sustainability-minded, wellbeing-focused resort Six Senses Fiji, which opened in April 2022, might just be a bit of you. Located on Malolo Island, the spa, which is set in a lush jungle, is a contemporary take on a traditional Fijian village and offers the opportunity to work with a wellness expert. You’ll be guided through detoxing and meditation as well as cold and hot plunge pools, waterfall showers, herbal sauna, nail bar and more. Even better is the resort’s commitment to reducing its eco-footprint with a desalination plant fully powered by solar energy, a protected beehive area and 100 free-range chooks that roam the grounds producing eggs for the restaurant. The resort’s forested area also shelters 39 critically endangered crested iguanas (with only 5000 left in the world).
The epitome of ‘treat yo' self’, Kokomo Private Island Fiji, located in the Celestial Kadavu island group, is pretty damn luxurious. Guests from Australia and New Zealand have access to the resort’s aviation hangar and luxury transfer lounge at Nadi Airport from where you’ll take a 45-minute seaplane, arriving in style (or you can take the equally baller option of arriving via superyacht). Be sure to snorkel or scuba dive during your stay; the island is surrounded by the world-renowned Great Astrolabe Reef which makes for a stellar underwater world of manta rays, reef sharks, turtles and fish. In addition to all the activities you’d expect at a luxe Fijian resort, you can also choose to do yoga on water pontoons, have a massage on the beach and delight your tastebuds with locally-caught seafood dinners eaten by the sea.
With this many incredible resorts in Fiji, choosing where to go is the ultimate #firstworldproblem and Likuliku Lagoon Resort Fiji is only set to make that decision harder (sorry not sorry). Overwater bungalows are real and you can stay in them—this is not a drill. Oh so ‘Gram-worthy, not to mention stunning, the authentic overwater bungalows at Likuliku’s natural ocean lagoon are next level. Named after calm waters this adults-only spot is the ultimate couple’s getaway. Located on the northeast corner of Malolo Island, the ancient village-style resort fully honours the natural beauty of its surroundings. The on-site Fijiana Restaurant features a mouthwatering array of dishes focused on local seafood and fresh, tropical ingredients.
Tokoriki Island Resort
Voted the #1 hotel in the South Pacific by Trip Advisor in 2021, Tokoriki Island Resort is the stuff dreams are made of. You can access the award-winning, adults-only luxury resort by speedboat or catamaran, but if you’re treating yourself and levelling up the bougee vibes, why not splurge on a helicopter or seaplane? Your home away from home will take the form of a beachfront bure or villa; we recommend nabbing the one with a private pool. Spend your days relaxing with a couple’s pamper or daily massage package, get romantic with a private beach picnic, dine teppanyaki or privately and a la carte with oceanfront views, or get out and adventure paddle boarding, kayaking and scuba diving.
Castaway Island, Fiji
Don’t worry, you won’t have to make fire out of ice skates and befriend a volleyball on this Castaway Island–it’s max holiday vibes here. The 174-acre island, sitting amongst the Mamanuca Islands, is the lush life incarnate with a tropical rainforest, pristine white beaches and a vibrant coral reef. The family-friendly resort is home to all the usual things you can expect from an island getaway plus beach yoga, the opportunity to kayak around the entire island perimeter and cultural activities including dance and a traditional lovo feast (underground oven cooking, somewhat similar to a hangi). You can even go and visit the actual island where the movie Castaway was filmed. Ace.
You’ll find Matamanoa Island Resort amongst Fiji’s Mamanuca Islands, about 30 kilometres west of Nadi International Airport. Perched on a palm-tree covered volcanic cone surrounded by magnificent coral reefs Matamanoa Island Resort is the perfect setting for a holiday. Relax by the infinity pool, play tennis, unwind in the treetop spa, learn palm weaving and go kayaking or scuba diving, or just enjoy a beachside ‘Frangipani Flower’ cocktail with white rum, vodka, banana liqueur, apricot liqueur and orange/mango juice. And while we’re hitting you with a load of bougee accommodation options, which might be your cup of tea after doing some serious lockdown saving, Matamanoa Island Resort, which opened in April 2022, includes some more affordable options as well.
Speaking of the Mamanucas, another gem amongst the islands is Vomo Island Fiji, a 225 picture-perfect acres fringed by long white beaches. With the island’s considerable size, you can choose exactly what kind of stay you’re after, from beachfront and hillside villas to the family retreat. Bring a partner for a romantic getaway or the whole crew for some shared relaxation. When you’re settled in, hike around the island and up to Mt Vomo, take part in the daily VOMOfit workouts and challenges, play a round of golf or head across to adjacent and deserted Vomo Lailai Island for a romantic getaway, a day of snorkelling or, if you’re feeling adventurous, swimming with sharks.
This list is teeming with exclusivity and privacy for your holidays and Royal Davui Island Fiji is no exception. This little (but bloody luxe) island sits in Fiji’s Beqa Lagoon, south of the mainland, and only offers 16 villas and bungalows, each with unique water views, plunge pools, outdoor decks and a true sense of privacy. If there’s a standout activity at this resort, it has to be the Sand Cay beach picnics—a tidal island you can boat to in seven minutes for a remote, romantic picnic with total privacy. Take note that there’s a five-night minimum to stay at the resort so prepare for a week of utter bliss.
Fresh from a refurb you can’t go wrong with a stay at the stunning Sheraton Fiji Golf & Beach Resort. This mainland resort, complete with picturesque waterfront vibes, is just a 20-minute drive from Nadi Airport so you can get straight down to relaxing. Guests have access to the five-star resort integrated with sister properties that include 14 dining venues, six swimming pools, fitness studios, spas, access to boating, a swim-up bar and a golf course. What more could you need for the perfect vacay?
There are apparently 15 different words for ‘heaven’ in the Fijian language with ‘yasawa’ being the first and we’re delighted to confirm that Yasawa Island Resort & Spa is aptly named. With only 18 luxury bungalows tucked away amongst the island’s stunning beauty, it’s also one of the most private getaway spots. Start your stay by experiencing a traditional Kava welcome ceremony, communally making the country’s national drink by crushing the root of the yaqona root. Then partake in the beachfront spa, explore one of the 11 private beaches, swim in the Blue Lagoon Caves, sit down for a private picnic, or visit the nearby village of Bukama and immerse yourself in local culture. It’s truly heaven-sent.
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