The Best Places To Stay With Kids In Fiji
By: Phoebe Ackland and Lisa Wolff, ellaslist
Bula! We dream about a tropical island holiday but the thought of dragging the kids and the kitchen sink half way 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 four hours flight away). But the big question is 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
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. On arrival, we were welcomed with drum beats and tropical fruit cocktails. The lobby was airy, open and serene and immediately made us feel that we had escaped the hustle and bustle of city life. Guests can choose from a standard room, one-bedroom or two-bedroom suite. We picked a one-bedroom suite, which was excellent value, especially since it was massive and equipped with a full kitchen. The beach at Denarau is not the best but we didn't even miss it, spending most of our days playing in the resort's four gorgeous pools. 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 the kids (and grown-ups) must have gone on 100 times during our visit.
The staff were absolutely wonderful and wherever we went, we got wide smiles and calls of 'Bulla" (hello in Fijian). 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. Since our kids were quite young we would take them down to the kids club and let them clamber in the wooden cubby house and play in the sandpit. There was always arts and crafts in the indoor club room. Each day was action-packed with activities - from shell picking on the beach to movies and the nightly torch lighting ceremony.
There was a great choice of food at Radisson Blu starting with a scrumptious (and massive) buffet breakfast. There was also a themed buffet dinner most nights which were a true feast and was the perfect spot to enjoy the nightly entertainment. There is also a Thai restaurant and the casual Neptunes where we often enjoyed sunset fish'n'chips by the water. There are also adult-only eating spots in the resort, which is certainly an option, given that babysitting is so cheap (about AUD20 for 3 hours of care). The Radisson Blu often offer excellent family specials which include free kids club, breakfast and other fun activities. Check out their latest deals here.
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, and during your stay you can have fun with non-motorised water sports, snorkelling or diving, indulge at the spa, or play 18-holes of golf. 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. V8 Toyota Landcruisers will pick you up from the airport and drive you the pleasant 45-minute journey to the hotel, with cars fitted with baby and child car seats. 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.
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 is beach 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. Accommodation is in your choice of 'bure' (like a villa), where you can sleep right on the beach, or with spectacular water views. 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 10pm, 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. This resort is renown for making every guest feel like family. You can take a Pacific Island Seaplane or IslandHopper helicopter in daylight hours from Nadi airport to arrive at Castaway in around 10 minutes. South Sea Cruises operate a three times daily ferry service from Denarau Marina to Castaway taking approximately 1.5 hours.
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 zipline, 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. This resort is one of the more expensive family Fiji options but is a popular island choice. The resort is situated 20-minutes drive from Savusavu Airport. Fiji Link and the local airline Island Hoppers have daily 1-hour flights between Nadi and Savusavu. Pacific Island Seaplanes has a private charter service from Nadi direct to the end of the jetty at the resort.
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! Wyndham is situated 20-minutes drive from Nadi airport.
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