Fiji’s renowned for its family-friendly resorts: here’s our pick of the very best it has to offer.
Fiji has long been a family favourite for its sweeping beaches, warm oceans, mind-blowing snorkelling and a friendly culture that makes everyone feel welcome. Adults have the chance to relax, unwind and relish some pampering, while little ones can enjoy themselves at some of the best kids’ clubs in the South Pacific. The only challenge is deciding which luxury property to choose. Take a look at our handpicked list of the best family resorts in Fiji.
Get wild at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort
The five-star Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort is set in 40 acres of spectacular tropical gardens on Fiji’s main island, with some of the best views Fiji has to offer. Right next door, the Kula Wild Adventure Park will delight children with its animal encounters, water slides, rollercoaster zip rail and other exciting activities.
From the moment you check in, your family’s every whim will be catered to by the cheerful Talai butlers (select rooms only) and Meimei nanny service. After enjoying complimentary canapés and champagne in your traditional bure or modern guest suite, you can choose from a vast range of exciting or relaxing family activities.
Take the kids to the tropical pool or the beach for a dip, or get moving with some snorkelling, kayaking, volleyball or paddle boarding. Learn to scuba dive and help preserve this pristine natural environment by participating in some coral planting. See the fire walking and artisan demonstrations for a touch of culture. When it’s time for a snack, a huge range of dining options is sure to please the pickiest of eaters, and, as an added bonus, kids under 12 eat free* during your stay.
While the kids are being entertained with fun educational and cultural activities at the excellent kids’ club, you can do the same by participating in a traditional Kava Ceremony. Alternatively, enjoy a taste of tropical hospitality and sample some cocktails at the swim-up bar.
Enjoy a private family adventure at Shangri-La Yanuca Island
Located on a private island, the idyllic Shangri-La Yanuca Island gained first place in the Top 10 Family Resorts Fiji category in the Holidays with Kids Readers’ Choice Awards 2018. It’s easy to see why: the resort boasts one of the coolest kids’ features imaginable – a fun-filled inflatable water park obstacle course that was originally built for the Survivor Fiji series.
For the grown-ups, the resort offers beautifully appointed suites and bures with ocean views, Fijian décor and private balconies. Once you’re settled in, send the kids off to the exciting Little Chief’s Kids’ Club or take advantage of the babysitting service while you enjoy a beach massage, a spa experience, or an escape to the adults-only area for a cocktail by the infinity pool. Later, join the kids for a swim, splash around in the water park (ages seven and up), or enjoy some snorkelling, water sports, mini golf, basketball, golf or tennis.
After all the excitement, take a leisurely family stroll to through the spellbinding tropical surroundings, or learn about the Fijian culture at the Maraua Cultural Village and the Marine Education Centre.
Unlimited fun at Mana Island Resort & Spa
The secluded Mana Island Resort and Spa boasts its own island in the Mamanuca Islands chain, but there’s a lot more on offer here than just the deserted-island experience. The biggest drawcard for families is the resort’s non-stop roster of exciting activities and events – no matter how long you stay, there’s always something new to try.
After checking into your contemporary, Fijian-inspired bure or suite, the family can head out to experience Fijian culture by participating in local arts and crafts, traditional cooking, bushwalking, or learning mekes and other Polynesian dances. Take advantage of your beautiful surroundings by swimming in the pools or the ocean, or try snorkelling, kayaking, windsurfing and tennis, to name just a few of the activities available.
The Tu Vonu Kids’ Club will entertain and educate your little ones with a range of thoughtful activities, while adults can unwind in one of the four lively bars, including a swim-up bar, or join the locals for a Kava Ceremony.
Nature-lovers rejoice at Naviti Resort
38 acres of pure paradise, the Naviti Resort is perfect for families who want to experience Fiji’s stunning natural beauty. It also has a very popular ‘stay, play and eat’ deal, where up to three children* per family receive complimentary accommodation, kids’ club admission and meals.
Although the resort’s rooms are contemporary, luxurious and comfortable, you won’t want to stay indoors for long. Instead, grab your camera and head to the phenomenal Biausevu Waterfalls, the Sigatoka Sand Dunes and the fun-filled Kula Wild Adventure Park, which has exciting water activities, educational displays and animal encounters.
Parents get a chance to play here too, with a nine-hole golf course and tennis courts, or opt for pure relaxation with a drink at the swim-up bar or some pampering at the day spa. No need to worry about keeping the kids entertained: the kids’ club offers games, educational activities, competitions and art and crafts for the little ones, while older kids can take part in archery, jungle hikes, soccer, golf, tennis and more.
*Free kids’ meals at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort and Naviti Resort are for two children per family (12 years and under) who are sharing a room with their parents.
*Free kids’ meals at the Naviti Resort can also be applied to up to three children under 12 per family, if children occupy their own room. Limited menus apply.
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