UN­DER THE FI­JIAN SUN

As the Fiji re­sort scene con­tin­ues to evolve, we’re walk­ing you through the is­lands’ hottest prop­er­ties for ev­ery taste and bud­get.

Vacations & Travel - - Contents - BY ALENEY DE WIN­TER

As the Fiji re­sort scene con­tin­ues to evolve, we’re walk­ing you through the is­lands’ hottest prop­er­ties for ev­ery taste and bud­get.

With its ex­tra­or­di­nary coral reefs, retina-sear­ing blue la­goons, palm-shaded beaches and laid-back is­land vibe, Fiji and re­sort hol­i­days go to­gether like sand and sea. And while hot new prop­er­ties have sur­faced, old favourites have also been up­graded fol­low­ing stylish makeovers. As the Fiji re­sort scene con­tin­ues to evolve, we’re walk­ing you through the is­lands’ hottest prop­er­ties for ev­ery taste and bud­get.

Viti Levu

Step off the plane into a world of re­lax­ation at De­na­rau Is­land’s idyl­lic five-star Radis­son Blu Re­sort Fiji. Plush wa­ter­front rooms and suites fea­ture pri­vate bal­conies or pa­tios over­look­ing the re­sort’s trop­i­cal gar­dens, la­goon swim­ming pools and 18-hole golf course. Laze by one of the re­sort’s four cli­mate-con­trolled la­goon swim­ming pools and Fiji’s only white­wa­ter tun­nel slide, en­joy one of the six unique restau­rants, which in­clude in-pool din­ing, get ac­tive kayak­ing, pad­dle board­ing, jet ski­ing and para­sail­ing, or work on your golf hand­i­cap. If you’d rather re­ju­ve­nate and re­store, head to the day spa for a mas­sage while the kids en­joy the kids’ club fa­cil­i­ties.

Nes­tled on the pris­tine coast­line of Fiji’s main is­land, Viti Levu, Nanuku Au­berge Re­sort Fiji is a so­phis­ti­cated re­sort where lux­ury, cul­ture and ad­ven­ture meet. Whether you’re seek­ing a hon­ey­moon des­ti­na­tion, a fam­ily break or an ad­ven­ture packed hol­i­day, this lux­u­ri­ous mod­ern re­sort de­liv­ers. There are just 18 Fi­jian-style suites, vil­las and res­i­dences, each of­fer­ing all the com­forts of home to­gether with highly per­son­alised lux­ury ser­vices in­clud­ing but­ler and nanny ser­vices, a va­ri­ety of ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties, a choice of restau­rants and bars and a lux­u­ri­ous day spa along with un­spoilt white sandy beaches, lush for­est and an abun­dance of coral reefs ideal for snorkelling and div­ing. All this makes Nanuku the ul­ti­mate South Pa­cific par­adise.

Lo­cated on the beau­ti­ful and pic­turesque Nata­dola

Bay on Fiji’s main is­land, In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Fiji Golf Re­sort and Spa, in­spired by a tra­di­tional Fi­jian vil­lage, of­fers warm Fi­jian hos­pi­tal­ity and some­thing for ev­ery­one. The lux­u­ri­ous re­sort has an 18-hole cham­pi­onship golf course with greens over­look­ing the ocean, three swim­ming pools, kids club, and plenty of ex­cit­ing culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ences. En­joy non­mo­torised wa­ter­sports, snorkel the palm fringed white sand beach, dive or snorkel among bril­liant coral or just re­lax in the pool. If it is pam­per­ing and re­ju­ve­na­tion you seek, the so­phis­ti­cated Spa In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal of­fers sig­na­ture treat­ments with a Fi­jian twist.

The War­wick Fiji Re­sort & Spa is a great choice for an un­for­get­table hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ence. Lo­cated on a stretch of bril­liant gold sand beach with crystal clear la­goons on Viti Levu’s famed Coral Coast, and nes­tled among acres of lush trop­i­cal gar­dens, the War­wick Fiji pro­vides a rich pal­ette of trop­i­cal and cul­tur­ally re­ward­ing Fi­jian hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ences to suit ev­ery oc­ca­sion – whether ro­mance, re­lax­ation or fam­ily fun. With five restau­rants and seven bars, wa­ter sports, re­ju­ve­nat­ing spa treat­ments and more, from dawn’s first blush to the tan­ger­ine streaks of the Coral Coast sun­sets, each day at War­wick is awash with end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties.

An ex­clu­sive, adults-only, all-in­clu­sive sanc­tu­ary lo­cated on its own se­cluded is­land in Fiji’s spec­tac­u­lar Beqa La­goon, off the south­ern coast of Viti Levu, Royal Davui Is­land Re­sort prom­ises a level of lux­ury and pri­vacy not found in Fiji’s larger re­sorts. With just 16 vil­las, in­clud­ing two stun­ningly re­fur­bished Villa Pool Suites that will be mak­ing their de­but in Au­gust, each boast­ing pri­vate plunge pools. Divers will find a pris­tine un­der­wa­ter play­ground just 30-min­utes away by boat. Ac­tive trav­ellers can also en­joy the use of the is­land’s cata­ma­rans and pad­dle­boards, or sea kayak to the is­land’s fring­ing coral reef. And those with their heart set on ro­mance can in­dulge in a cham­pagne break­fast on a de­serted sand bar, a leisurely lunch un­der an an­cient banyan tree, a cou­ples treat­ment at the spa or a laid-back pri­vate beach pic­nic.

Just 20 min­utes from the Nadi In­ter­na­tional air­port on De­na­rau, the su­perb Hil­ton Fiji Beach Re­sort & Spa awaits.

The luxe beach­front re­sort is a par­adise of sun, sea and sand, with pri­vate beaches and seven swim­ming pools in­clud­ing an in­fin­ity pool and an adults only pool. The plush ac­com­mo­da­tion of­fers floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows and pa­tio doors, per­fect for soaking up the wa­ter views. Take ad­van­tage of the re­sort’s stun­ning wa­ter­front lo­ca­tion with jet ski­ing, fish­ing and wa­ter ski­ing, and the end­less kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties, or

in­dulge in a mas­sage by the sea or choose from an ar­ray of treat­ments at the award-win­ning con­cept spa.

Out­rig­ger Fiji Beach Re­sort is a five-star re­treat on the pic­turesque Coral Coast, just one hour from Nadi air­port, where a re­laxed and gra­cious wel­come awaits in an ex­quis­ite sea­side set­ting rem­i­nis­cent of a Fi­jian vil­lage. Set among forty acres of ex­otic gar­dens on a stun­ning beach­front, guests can en­joy the ser­vices of sig­na­ture VIP Talai but­lers in their tra­di­tional bure bun­ga­lows, and for fam­i­lies, the Meimei nanny ser­vice. Ex­ten­sive on-site fa­cil­i­ties in­clude an enor­mous fresh­wa­ter swim­ming pool, one of the big­gest in the Pa­cific, plus the award-win­ning Bebe Day Spa, a huge range of wa­ter sport ac­tiv­i­ties, free kids club, Fi­jian cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties, en­ter­tain­ment, and a daily kava cer­e­mony.

A warm Fi­jian wel­come awaits on Yanuca Is­land’s lux­u­ri­ous Shangri-La’s Fi­jian Re­sort and Spa. Sit­u­ated on its own pri­vate 44-hectare is­land, it is con­ve­niently con­nected to the main is­land by a cause­way. A dream-like refuge of seren­ity, pri­vacy, and lux­u­ri­ous com­fort, the Shangri-La Fiji Re­sort of­fers guests ac­cess to a pris­tine blue la­goon teem­ing with coral and sea life, white sand beaches and panoramic ocean views. Ac­tiv­i­ties at the re­sort in­clude jet ski­ing, kayak­ing and snorkelling and the in­cred­i­ble Shangri-La Marine Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre – a col­lab­o­ra­tive project with the com­mu­nity – where you can get up close and per­sonal with the reef. A kids’ club and sep­a­rate chil­dren’s pool make the re­sort ideal for fam­i­lies, while its sub­lime Chi Spa is an ideal re­treat for adults seek­ing soli­tude and re­lax­ation.

Ma­manuca Is­lands

Lo­cated in Fiji’s Ma­manuca Is­land group and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble from Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Cast­away Is­land is the Fiji of post­card per­fec­tion, a pris­tine is­land par­adise fringed by white sand beaches, colour­ful coral reefs and star­tlingly blue wa­ters. Cast­away is renowned for its thatched bure Fiji ac­com­mo­da­tion, ex­cep­tional ser­vice, award-win­ning din­ing and wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties. Pad­dle in the warm wa­ters, take a dip in the swim­ming pool or en­joy the Fi­jian mas­sage ser­vice.

Or if you’re more the ad­ven­tur­ous type try scuba div­ing, snorkelling, wa­ter ski­ing or para­sail­ing.

A lux­ury pri­vate is­land par­adise of bone white sands, fish-filled coral reefs, and ham­mocks strung be­tween co­conut palms, five-star Vomo is so dreamy that it boasts a some­bodyp­inch-me vibe. With only 28 vil­las and four ul­tra-luxe pri­vate res­i­dences, each hav­ing just un­der gone sleek and stylish re­fur­bish­ment, you’ll have the is­land al­most to your­self.

With cre­ative din­ing op­tions, the su­perb Senikai Spa, and a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing golf, pad­dle board­ing and ex­tra­or­di­nary div­ing and snorkelling off two spec­tac­u­lar pri­vate is­lands, Vomo has be­come a firm favourite with both dis­cern­ing cou­ples and fam­i­lies. But Vomo Is­land’s most cap­ti­vat­ing fea­ture is its Hawks­bill Tur­tle Pro­tec­tion Pro­gram that sees hun­dreds of tur­tles hatched and cared for on the is­land un­til they are old enough to be re­leased into the ocean.

Lo­cated in the Ma­manuca ar­chi­pel­ago and sur­rounded by golden coral sand beaches, azure seas and fring­ing reef, Malolo Is­land Re­sort is the way the world should be. A long-time favourite with cou­ples and fam­i­lies, Malolo Is­land of­fers quintessen­tial Fi­jian hos­pi­tal­ity and an ex­ten­sive range of ac­tiv­i­ties and fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing snorkelling, wind­surf­ing, pad­dle skis, scuba div­ing, is­land hop­ping and vil­lage tours, fish­ing and more. Guests can en­joy the in­dul­gent spa, two swim­ming pools, gourmet din­ing, a fan­tas­tic free kids club for four to 12-year-olds, plus a Teenage Re­treat. The re­sort also em­ploys an en­vi­ron­men­tal spe­cial­ist to min­imise the re­sort’s im­pact on the ex­tra­or­di­nary na­ture that sur­rounds it, and also im­prove and en­hance the en­vi­ron­ment with a range of ac­tiv­i­ties, pro­grams and ini­tia­tives.

Romantic, adults-only Liku­liku La­goon Re­sort is one of

Fiji’s most unique lux­ury es­capes. The only re­sort in Fiji with over wa­ter bu­res, each sus­pended over the la­goon’s stun­ning reef edge, se­duces vis­i­tors with its in­cred­i­ble lo­ca­tion in the glo­ri­ous Ma­manuca Is­land group and breath­tak­ing vis­tas.

The luxe re­sort is de­signed in the man­ner of an an­cient vil­lage, built in tra­di­tional style with a stylish mix of nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and mod­ern com­forts. Guests can laze in the hori­zon-edge pool, soak in one of the mini-Jacuzzis, in­dulge at the Tatadra spa, dine on ex­quis­ite cui­sine, sub­merse them­selves in mag­i­cal snorkelling ses­sions, take to the jun­gle walks, en­joy a spot of is­land-hop­ping or just kick back and en­joy the sub­lime Fi­jian sun­sets.

Ka­davu Is­land

Fiji’s new­est and most ex­clu­sive pri­vate is­land re­sort, Kokomo Pri­vate Is­land is a place to get lost when you don’t want to be found. An ul­tra lux­u­ri­ous re­treat for fam­i­lies, cou­ples, and lovers of au­then­tic bare­foot ex­pe­ri­ences, Kokomo pro­vides an in­ti­mate hide­away with pearl-white sand, un­spoilt coral reef with just 21 op­u­lent beach vil­las and four hill­top res­i­dences, each fea­tur­ing a lounge, bar, pri­vate deck and in­di­vid­ual in­fin­ity pools. Spend your days be­neath the sea ex­plor­ing a trea­sure chest of kalei­do­scopic coral and marine life with Kokomo’s own PADI 5-star Dive Cen­tre, play­ing above the wa­ter on pad­dle­boards, fish­ing boats, kayaks, wake­boards and wa­ter-skis, be­ing pam­pered with re­lax­ing and ther­a­peu­tic spa treat­ments or in­dulging in world class gourmet cui­sine by the sea.

Vanua Levu

A bou­tique adults only prop­erty lo­cated on a pri­vately owned is­land in the lush trop­i­cal north­ern part of the Fiji Is­lands, Matangi Pri­vate Is­land Re­sort boasts vir­gin trop­i­cal rain­for­est and white sand beaches sur­rounded by pris­tine coral reefs with a huge di­ver­sity of marine life. Each of the tra­di­tional yet lux­u­ri­ous Fi­jian-style bu­res fea­tures air­con­di­tion­ing, a unique out­door stone shower and large sit­ting area. Take to the ocean at renowned scuba sites in­clud­ing the Great White Wall and Noel’s Wall, ex­plore the is­land’s fa­mous Ta­voro Falls or just laze on a day bed by the la­goon pool and en­joy a well de­served pam­per­ing at the spa.

An in­ti­mate adults-only re­sort de­signed for those seek­ing an au­then­tic Fi­jian break with­out sac­ri­fic­ing the finer things, Qamea Re­sort & Spa is nes­tled be­tween lush trop­i­cal jun­gle and white sand beaches in Fiji’s north­ern is­lands. With just sev­en­teen lux­u­ri­ously ap­pointed tra­di­tional Fi­jian style thatched-roof bu­res and beach­front vil­las, this in­ti­mate adults-only re­sort wel­comes only a lim­ited num­ber of guests at a time to en­sure com­plete pri­vacy and seren­ity. The reef lo­cated off the re­sort has been named one of one of the top ten re­sort snorkelling reefs in the world and dive trips are op­er­ated to world-class div­ing sites just ten min­utes away. Those who pre­fer their wa­ter sports above the waves might pre­fer Qamea’s great surf spots or the wide range of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties rang­ing from stand-up pad­dle board­ing, kayak­ing, hik­ing and surf­ing.

A warm wel­come of melo­di­ous Fi­jian song and fresh flower wreaths sets the tone for a stay at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Re­sort Fiji. Lo­cated on 17 lush acres of a for­mer co­conut plan­ta­tion, Jean-Michel Cousteau Re­sort Fiji is sur­rounded

by a marine sanc­tu­ary abun­dant with ex­otic marine life, the op­por­tu­nity to take part in wa­ter-based ac­tiv­i­ties with the full-time marine bi­ol­o­gist em­ployed by the re­sort is one of its big­gest draw­cards. Renowned the world over for its ded­i­cated dive cen­tre – di­rected by the son of scuba-pi­o­neer Jac­ques Cousteau. Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude sail­ing, kayak­ing, stand-up pad­dle board­ing, deep-sea fish­ing, pri­vate pic­nics on the re­sorts pri­vate islet and in­dul­gent pam­per­ing at the beach­side day spa. Fam­i­lies are not for­got­ten with a kids club and a ded­i­cated nanny ser­vice.

Fiji by Sea

If you’d pre­fer some­thing a lit­tle more in­ti­mate, one of the most idyl­lic ways to ex­plore Fiji’s outer is­lands is by small ship.

Blue La­goon Cruises’ Fiji Princess ac­com­mo­dates just 68 pas­sen­gers and sails to some of the most pic­turesque parts of the Ma­manuca and Ya­sawa Is­lands and caters to all ages, from hon­ey­moon­ers to fam­i­lies and ac­tive se­niors. The all-in­clu­sive itin­er­ar­ies mean all ex­cur­sions, ac­tiv­i­ties, meals and en­ter­tain­ment are cov­ered leav­ing you to en­joy re­mote is­land vil­lage vis­its, is­land feasts, swim­ming with manta rays, laz­ing on sandy palm-fringed beaches or swim­ming, snorkelling and div­ing in Fiji’s crystal clear wa­ters.

Cruise around the Ma­manuca and Ya­sawa Is­lands on

Cap­tain Cook Cruises’ Reef En­deav­our to see some of the most beau­ti­ful sights that Fiji has to of­fer. Close in­ter­ac­tion be­tween pas­sen­gers and staff, along with tra­di­tional Fi­jian singing and danc­ing, of­fers cruis­ers an im­mer­sive in­sight into Fi­jian cul­ture. En­joy sub­lime cui­sine and plenty of on board ac­tiv­i­ties while cruis­ing the cobalt seas to de­serted white sand beaches, tra­di­tional vil­lages, spec­tac­u­lar la­goons and mag­i­cal coral reefs filled with colour­ful marine life. •

Pho­tog­ra­phy by var­i­ous es­tab­lish­ments.

Open­ing im­age: Nigh­t­ime view of the pool and ocean at Vomo.

Clock­wise from above: Radis­son Blu Re­sort Fiji; In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Fiji Golf Re­sort and Spa, © Hamilton Lund.

Clock­wise from left: The deluxe plunge pool at Royal Davui Is­land Re­sort; The award-win­ning Wicked Walu Is­land at War­wick Fiji Re­sort & Spa, © Stephen Good­e­nough; Hil­ton Fiji Beach Re­sort & Spa, © Adam Bruz­zone; Out­rig­ger Fiji Beach Re­sort, © Eason Cre­ative Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Clock­wise from left: Malolo Is­land Re­sort panorama; Masima Is­land and Bar at Liku­liku La­goon Re­sort, © Hamilton Lund; Sea kayak­ing off Vomo Is­land, © Robbi Newman; Cast­away Is­land din­ing, © Robbi Newman.

Clock­wise from bot­tom left: Qamea Re­sort & Spa din­ing bure;

Kokomo Pri­vate Is­land lounge ar­eas, and ar­rival views, pho­tos © Nikki To.

Right: Matangi Pri­vate Is­land Re­sort, © Anas­ta­sia Kar­i­o­fyl­lidis.

Above: Off-boat swim­ming with Qamea Re­sort & Spa.

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