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This South Pacific island is the very definition of paradise. You'll see the deepest blue lagoons, lush vegetation and sugar-sand beaches. Close to both Australia and New Zealand, visitors arrive in Nadi, the gateway to Fiji, often after a 10-hour flight from the west coast of the U.S. Cross over the causeway to Denarau Island, which is home to world-class resorts, golf courses and excursions. There are 333 tropical islands here, so you’re sure to find the perfect one for you. Whether you are into adventure sports, want to explore the jungle or simply relax around the pool in between spa treatments, Fiji has it all. Here are our top picks for where to stay in Fiji.
Best Overall: Paradise Cove Resort
This five-star resort on Naukacuvu Island garners fantastic guest reviews and it’s not hard to see why. Choose from a garden bungalow, suite or a villa, which include free room Wi-Fi, air conditioning and ocean views (some even offer private plunge pools or outdoor gardens).
There are three pools to relax around, two of which are in the adults-only “The Cove” section where you’ll also find a poolside bar. If you feel like being a little more energetic, visit the on-site gym or walk down to the beach and choose from a vast selection of watersports, including kayaking, diving, paddle-boarding and snorkeling. You can expect an a la carte breakfast and lunch each day using only the finest natural and local ingredients. For dinner, you’ll be treated to island tunes by the restaurant's band as you dine on baked lobster and fruits grown on the resort.
Best Budget: Tropic of Capricorn
Vacationing in paradise doesn't usually come cheap, but at the Tropic of Capricorn guests can expect budget accommodations located just 10 minutes from the airport (plus the hotel has free airport transfers). You can choose from a shared dormitory, a budget double or a private oceanfront room, all with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Splash around in the outdoor pool, relax and enjoy some Fijian rum in the cocktail lounge or take a stroll along the tropical beach. There is a restaurant at the hostel, but since you are located in the busy resort area of Nadi, you’ll have many bars, restaurants and attractions to choose from.
Best Boutique: Savasi Island Villas
Get away from the real world and find bliss in this stunning locale. There are only seven villas on the property, which gives it an exclusive and private vibe. In the spacious and secluded villas, you’ll find luxury linens, rain-style showers, free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. Step out onto your private deck and cool off in your own plunge pool (some even have an outdoor kitchen and dining area). And, of course, spectacular ocean views are standard. A unique feature of this property is the concept of the traveling feast. You can be served your delicious evening meal in a variety of different locales, including in the comfort of your own villa, The Reef dining room, a secluded cavern next to the water or on a romantic private beach. Expect to sample wild river fern, lobster and the catch of the day. To work up an appetite, try out one of the many daily activities on site, including hiking, kayaking, mud crabbing, snorkeling and stand up paddle-boarding.
Best for Families: Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji
Vacations aren't always as relaxing as they should be if you're a parent. But the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort understands that parents need a break, too, and provides the award-winning Bula club activity center for kids, at no extra cost. Children five-years-old and younger are assigned their own personal nanny, while older children will be in groups of five led by an adult buddy. The program focuses on conservation activities and nature education, as well as learning about traditional Fijian culture. From 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. the club cares for children so that their parents can enjoy all the relaxing amenities on offer including a full-service spa, yoga programs or beach activities. You can also arrange to have a nanny babysit for the night, so you can enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner made with ingredients and herbs grown in the resort's own organic garden. Rooms here are provided in 25 luxury traditional straw huts called bures featuring a private deck with hammocks.
Best Romance: Lomani Island Resort
Fiji is so naturally beautiful that any of the numerous islands hold special romantic appeal, but at the Lomani Island Resort, every detail is catered toward creating a memorable couples' vacation. Lomani is actually Fijian for ‘love’ and whether you arrive for your honeymoon, a destination wedding or special anniversary, this adults-only retreat will help you reconnect with your love in a beachfront bure of your own.
Accommodations feature a private pool, ocean views, private outdoor showers, TV and DVD players with complimentary movies, air conditioning and a mini-fridge. Couples can relax at the beach, pool or on-site spa, or get a little more adventurous by trying out the included ocean water sports. Enjoy a romantic supper at the Flametree, the beachside restaurant serving local fruits and freshly caught seafood such as reef snapper served with coconut lolo.
Best Luxury: Likuliku Lagoon Resort
A totally private and exclusive resort awaits you at Malolo Island in the Mamanuca group of islands. It can be reached from Nadi International Airport by catamaran, speedboat or helicopter. Each of the 45 luxury bures has stunning views of the Likuliku Lagoon. Expect to find a private pool in 18 of the rooms, and all feature a private outdoor shower and courtyard.
You could also choose one of the 10 overwater bures, which have direct access to the ocean. They also feature a bathing platform with lagoon views from the giant oversized bathtub. Expect to receive a daily canape plate with a glass of champagne. You’ll also find coffee and tea making facilities. There's also free Wi-Fi, freshly baked cookies delivered daily and a super comfortable King-sized bed. The resort restaurant presents traditional Fijian dishes and Asian influenced cuisine that can be enjoyed in the main dining area or in a private area by appointment. Two bars serve fine wines and cocktails, but you can also request a champagne picnic lunch to be enjoyed on a private island beach or book a luxurious treatment at the Tatadra spa.
Best Nightlife/Best for Singles: Aquarius On The Beach
Central Nadi is the place to be for nighttime entertainment, with a selection of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. This budget boutique hotel is right in the action located on Wailoaloa Beach and close to Ed’s Bar and Ice Bar, which are both popular spots to party in paradise.
Rooms here are simple, but clean and comfortable and feature a balcony with beach views, air conditioning, an LED TV and free Wi-Fi. There's plenty of on-site activities in the day to keep you busy, including a swimming pool, beach volleyball, sea kayaks and table tennis. Or choose from a huge range of additional excursions available at an extra cost. The on-site restaurant offers three complimentary choices for breakfast each morning.
Best Business: InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa
The island paradise of Fiji may not seem like a business destination but it actually attracts many corporate clients due to its excellent location from Asia, Australia and the U.S.
The 18 holes on the PGA-endorsed golf course provide a luxury location to meet with clients and close that next big business deal. A 24-hour business center provides all the corporate services you’ll need to communicate with your office back home, rent audio visual equipment for meetings and complete reports. Choose from a garden or ocean view room with free wireless, BOSE speakers, air-conditioning and minibar.
After a long day, enjoy your evening meal at the Sanasana restaurant, which features nightly themed buffets. If you have a little downtime, relax in the hotel's spa or pool, or take a walk along the picture-perfect beach and enjoy a stunning island sunset.
Best Eco Lodge: Palmlea Farms
Fiji is home to some of the world's best ecotourism spots where sustainability and respect for the natural environment are paramount. Here at Palmlea Farms, you can unplug from the modern world and get back to nature for a week or two. Set in a working organic farm, on the North shore of Vanua Levu, Palmlea offers guests ocean view villas in the traditional Fijian style, with covered verandahs and private bathrooms. Fresh seafood and ingredients harvested from the on-site farm are featured heavily on the menu, including mangrove island crab.
Relax in the pool, take a dip in the ocean or just grab a good book and spend the day swinging in a hammock.