The Best Places To Stay With Kids In Fiji
Bula! You know the drill—we dream about a tropical island holiday but the thought of dragging the kids and the kitchen sink halfway across the world sounds more like a nightmare. Which is why we are lucky to have the paradise of Fiji on our doorstep (well, a mere 4 hours flight away from Sydney and 5 from Melbourne).
But the big question—where to stay? Should you pick a convenient mainland resort or venture off to the islands? Are you after luxury or rustic comfort? Is a kids club a must? We've done the research for you (gee, that was a tough assignment!) and have come up with ellaslist's top picks for family-friendly resorts in Fiji. We're sure you won't be disappointed.
1. Radisson BLU Resort Fiji
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Out of all the resorts in Fiji, Radisson Blu Fiji gets our prize for one of the most family-friendly places to stay. We love that the resort is situated in Denarau Island, which is a private oasis just 20-minutes drive from Nadi airport. There are four gorgeous pools at the resort, and the largest one even has a swim-up bar. There are two pools perfect for little ones and an adult-only pool when the kids are in kids' club. There is even a fun water slide which kids (and grown-ups!) will love.
The Blu Banana kids club is run by the super-energetic and fun Banana Bunch. Kids from 1-3 years can attend the morning session where they are supervised by their own nanny. Kids 4 years and older can attend the different sessions held throughout the day. There are always arts and crafts in the indoor club room and each day is action-packed with activities - from shell picking on the beach to movies and the nightly torch lighting ceremony.
2. InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa
Luxury for the parents, and plenty to see and do for the kids. The InterContinental is set amongst coconut palms and lush native flora. There's plenty to do, with non-motorised water sports, snorkelling or diving, a spa and an 18-hole golf course all to choose from. There are heaps of onsite dining options, an adults-only infinity pool, and a 105-metre long family activity pool where families can usually be found having hours of fun and relaxation. The kid's club is called Planet Trekkers and operates 3 sessions each day. They really have thought of everything!
3. Malolo Island Resort Fiji
Both kids and parents are sure to rate Malolo up there with the best. The highlight? The fantastic kid's club, Tia's Treehouse. It can be found on the hillside under a giant mango tree, boasting a fully fenced playground, equipment and games, and some of the friendliest staff you'll ever meet. The 'Yanu Yanu' kid's club program is carefully designed and sure to impress, each day based around a different theme including Marine and Natural Environments, Fijian Culture, Coconut Trees, Tradition, Fijian Food and Arts and Crafts.
Typical activities include herbal medicine and endangered species tours, fish feeding, traditional costume making and face painting, Fijian language lessons and visits to the local island primary school and neighbouring islands. The best part? It's FREE for children aged 4-12 years. Located only 25km (16 miles) from Nadi International Airport, Malolo Island Resort can be reached by fast catamaran, private speedboat or seaplane. Read all about our recent trip to Malolo Island here!
4. Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort
At the Outrigger, kids eat free. Talai butlers, traditional bure bungalows, spectacular sunsets and Meimei nannies await you and your family, in a resort that takes care of both kids and parents. There are beaches and water volleyball, table tennis, a tennis court, a decadent Bebe Spa, swimming pools, whirlpool spas, daily Fijian ceremonies and shows, as well as kid's club and teens activities.
The Little Riggers program caters for 3-7-year-olds and the Beach Riggers program caters to 8-12-year-olds, where activities are known for being culturally enriching and make the most of the outdoors. The teen program consists of spear-making, sand dune adventures, hikes, and even a trip to the local Fijian high school! Every age group is truly catered for, including mum and dad: there are 5 adults-only zones! Situated on the beachfront on the mainland's Coral Coast, the resort is one hour from Nadi International Airport.
5. Castaway Island
A pristine private island 4-star resort located in the heart of Fiji’s Mamanuca Island group. Castaway is home to vibrant coloured reefs, lush tropical rainforests and white sand beaches. Kid-friendly highlights include their FREE Kid's Club for ages 3 yrs+, with activities on the agenda including coconut hunting, husking and tasting, sandcastle competitions on the beach, ice-cream eating competitions, torchlight ceremonies with drum-playing, and classic games like Simon Says and Traffic Lights set right on the beach. Kid's club runs from the morning till around 10 pm, so parents can have some much-needed alone time. The Nuku Family Pool is where families can cool down, sun bake, and get a bite to eat including Poke, sushi and other delights.
6. Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort
There's almost TOO much to love about the Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort. First off, all meals are included and served to you alfresco just a few steps away from the shore of Savusavu Bay. There is paddle boarding, snorkelling, hiking, and exploring the island, as well as world-class diving at the Cousteau Dive Centre. The Bula Kid's Club is free throughout your stay and caters for kids aged 0-13 years. Each child under 5 will have their own assigned 'nanny' for their stay, and kids aged 6-12 will be grouped in 5s and assigned a 'buddy'.
The kid's club will: feed your kids, they will play games and music, have fun at the swimming pool with water slide and toddler's pool, play on the jungle gym, trampoline and zip line, get creative at the arts and crafts centre, take part in the 'junior chefs' program and sometimes take short incursions within the resort. Whilst the kids are being well looked after, adults can have a romantic meal, relax by the pool or take part in a Fiji yoga class or have an indulgent massage.
7. Wyndham Hotel Group, Denarau Island
Great value-for-money for families. The Wyndham has everything families need and is only a 15-minute drive from the airport. There's an adult's retreat with swim-up pool bar and spas, a fun Mexican-themed restaurant, babysitting services so parents can duck out to a candlelit dinner on the beach, and a kid's club complete with cubby house, slide and large sandpit. There are also a heap of activities to engage in on Denarau Island, including cruises, white water rafting, scuba diving, the Kula Eco Park full of native flora and fauna, parasailing, water skiing, jet skiing, banana boat rides and wakeboarding. It ticks all the boxes!
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