Sampling the best of beachfronts, pool bars and suites in Denarau resorts, Fearn Reid from Flight Centre Auckland shares her recommendations for your next Fiji holiday.
Radisson Blu Resort, Denarau
Located 20 minutes from the Airport, this resort is only 5 years old and is the ultimate for families in Denarau. Their Kid’s Club runs for 4-12 year olds with 3 individual sessions a day; night sessions are also available including dinner and torch lighting. Babysitting for children under 4 is also available. The resort is shaped in a U around the pools, gardens and facilities in the middle. All rooms have a balcony or patio, plus the suites have kitchen facilities.
Sheraton Fiji Resort, Denarau
Sheraton Fiji Resort is family friendly and quite spread out. The rooms are spacious, contemporary and modern, each with its own private balcony or patio with views of the gardens or ocean. Guests can enjoy access to the facilities of all of the Sheraton Fiji Resort, Sheraton Denarau Villas, The Westin Denarau and Denarau Golf and Racquet Club when staying in any of the 3 properties.
The Westin Resort, Denarau
This Resort has a very Fijian feel about it. Each room features a Heavenly Bed, 32” LCD TV and private balcony or patio. I would recommend this for couples as it’s quieter than most resorts in Denarau. Request an upstairs room to get a high bure-style ceiling.
Sheraton Denarau Villas
These self contained two and three bedroom Fiji villas are perfect for families. It is set out in a U shape with a lagoon style pool and gardens in the middle, plus a seafront infinity pool with a swim up pool bar for adults only. There is also a supermarket out the front if guests prefer to make their own meals using the facilities in their villa.
Sonaisali Island Resort
Most suited to families or the younger market, this is located 25 minutes from the airport and Nadi town, and then a 3 minute boat ride across an estuary. All of the rooms have ocean views, and the bures still have cane style furniture which give a touch of the island's heritage but which may feel a little bit dated.
Although the resort is on an island, it does not have a white sandy beach. The beach is made of black volcanic sand but the huge resort pool makes up for the lack of picturesque beaches. There is also a swim up pool bar which is part of the central facilities and another bar down one end of the island away from all the rooms. Although you can’t snorkel off the beach at Sonaisali, they have 27 different snorkelling spots nearby that the resort can take guests out to at an additional charge.
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