After being forced to stay inside our own borders for the last 18 months, Australians can officially travel once more. And what better to do that than with an easy four-hour flight (from Sydney) over to Fiji, the magical South Pacific archipelago made up of 333 picturesque islands. The country is officially open to Australian travellers from December 1.
Fiji is quite rightly considered one of the best holiday destinations in the world. 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.
And for the latter, there’s an abundance of choice all around the country. Resorts that offer every and any kind of relaxation from private beaches, luxurious spas, scuba diving, world-class restaurants, cocktails at the ready, cultural ceremonies, hiking and secluded villas, to just scratch the surface.
Note that while Fiji is reopening for business, and we couldn’t be happier to jet over there, some resorts and hotels will be once again making bookings available at different times over the summer.
Here are 10 of the best places to stay when you next visit Fiji.
Six Senses Fiji
If you’re after a sustainability-minded, wellness-focused resort, then book yourself a luxurious stay at Six Senses Fiji. Located on Malolo Island, the resort is equipped with a traditional Fijian village and lush jungle-inspired spa and a dedicated wellness and spa programme. Whilst you stay, work with a wellness expert, guiding you through detoxing and meditation as you take advantage of cold and hot plunge pools, waterfall showers, herbal sauna, nail bar, etc. But even better are the resort’s actions on reducing its eco-footprint. Firstly, Six Senses and its desalination plant are 100% powered by solar energy. You’ll also find over 100 chooks roaming around and producing eggs for the restaurant and a protected beehive area. Finally, 39 critically endangered crested iguanas are protected in the resort’s forested area (with only 5000 left in the world). Book it here.
Kokomo Private Island
Very much staying in the “treat yo self” range of Fiji hotels, Kokomo Private Island is about as luxe as it gets. If you’re arriving from Australia or New Zealand, guests have access to the resort’s aviation hangar and luxury transfer lounge at Nadi Airport–where you’ll take a 45-minute seaplane and arrive in style to the destination located on the edge of the Celestial Kadavu island group. To paint a picture of luxury–guests can also arrive by private helicopter or by ‘superyacht’ (which is a word we didn’t even know existed). One activity we highly recommend partaking in would be scuba diving or snorkelling, considering the island is surrounded by the world-renowned Great Astrolabe Reef, where you’ll find manta rays, reef sharks, turtles and fish. Other than the usual, you can expect yoga on water pontoons, massages on the beach and locally caught seafood dinners eaten by the sea. Book it here.
Likuliku Lagoon Resort
With an abundance of choice and with any holiday-inducing list like this, you’re looking for something that makes accommodation stand out. Well, how about staying in the country’s only authentic overwater bungalows at Likuliku Lagoon Resort? You know, the ones you’ve always seen in movies and dreamt of staying in. And if it puts your mind at ease, ‘Likuliku’ in the Malolo dialect translates into ‘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 takes full advantage of its site’s natural beauty. This is why the resort’s Fijiana Restaurant is one of the most breathtaking waterfront dining spots in the country, serving up a menu focused on local seafood and fresh, tropical ingredients. Book it here.
Tokoriki Island Resort
Voted the #1 hotel in the South Pacific by Trip Advisor in 2021, Tokoriki is like out of a dream. From the mainland, you can access the award-winning luxury resort like most others by speedboat or by catamaran. But if you’re treating yourself and levelling up to big boujee vibes, why not spruce for the helicopter or seaplane ride? Once there, you’ll stay at a beachfront bure or villa, most with private pools. You can then relax with a couple’s pamper or a 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 with paddle board, kayaking and scuba diving. Oh, and this is a no kids allowed space. Book it here.
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 all glam and max holiday vibes here. The 174-acre island, sitting amongst the Mamanuca Islands, has taken advantage of its rich tropical rainforest, pristine white beaches and vibrant coral reef surroundings for the past 50 years. It’s home to all the usual things you can expect for an island getaway, as well as walking trails, beach yoga and cultural activities like an evening of dance and a traditional lovo feast (underground oven cooking). As well as the chance to go and visit the actual island where the movie Castaway was filmed. Photos are all well and good, but you can check in on the Castaway Island beach via live cam right here to really picture yourself holidaying there. Book it here.
Matamanoa Island Resort
You’ll find Matamanoa Island Resort amongst Fiji’s Manamuca Islands, about 30 kilometres west of Nadi International Airport. The native bush and palm tree-covered volcanic cone island is surrounded by magnificent coral reefs. On it, you can 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. We know we’re hitting you with a lot of boujee accommodation options, and that might be your cup of tea after doing some serious lockdown saving. But Matamanoa Island Resort includes some more affordable options as well. Reopening early 2022, book it here.
Royal Davui Island Resort
This list is teeming with exclusivity and privacy for your holidays–but perhaps no recommendation more so than Royal Davui Island Resort. 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 from 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. Note that there is a five-night minimum to stay at the resort, so you better strap in for a week of pure relaxing bliss. Book it here.
Sheraton Fiji Golf & Beach Resort
It’s not all about private island resorts in Fiji. The mainland also sports some outstanding hotel options–still with plenty of those picturesque waterfront vibes we so sorely crave. Just a 20-minute drive from Nadi Airport, Sheraton Fiji Golf & Beach Resort is also a much easier and less costly transport option. 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? Book it here.
Vomo Island Resort
In the beautiful Mamanucas sits Vomo Island, 225 acres of picture-perfect holiday bliss fringed by long white beaches, and the only resort of its kind in the area. 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 or a day of snorkelling. Book it here.
Yasawa Island Resort & Spa
There are apparently 15 different words for ‘heaven’ in the Fijian language–with ‘yasawa’ being the first. In that case, we can safely say that Yasawa Island Resort & Spa is quite aptly named. And with only 18 luxury bungalows tucked away amongst the island’s stunning beauty, it’s also one of the country’s most private getaway spots. Start off 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. Book it here.
Now you've booked your accomodation, it's time to start planning all the best things to do in Fiji.
Image Credit: Vomo Island Resort, Royal Davui Island Resort, Castaway Island, Kokomo Private Island, Tokoriki Island Resort