Fiji Resort Finder

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Fiji Resort Finder
Most travelers to Fiji pick a resort that fits their style, then stay close to "home," taking advantage of its beach, activities, dining, and amenities. Here's how to find the best resort for your interests and needs.
By Gayle Keck, AFAR Contributor
Photo by Ton Koene/age fotostock
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    Resorts for Families
    Fiji's family favorite is Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort on Vanua Levu. Its Bula Club offers nannies to care for kids five and under and a "buddies" program for kids 6–12. Children have their own dining and pool areas, and a wide range of activities to occupy them if the parents are off diving Somosomo Strait. Castaway Island Resort offers in-house babysitters, a playroom, and plenty of water sports. Mana Island Resort and Plantation Island Resort have some of the better children's programs in the Mamanuca Islands, and all major resorts on Viti Levu are family friendly—including upscale Sheraton Denarau Villas.
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    Fiji's Romantic Resorts
    With a secluded, thatched, open-air boudoir with a four-poster bed, the magical Hilltop Sleep-Out Bure at Dolphin Island wraps you in romance. But that's just the beginning—the entire island is yours, with no other guests to interfere, and staff to satisfy your every whim. Many resorts in Fiji provide individual villas known as bures (traditionally, a bure is a wood-and-straw hut), but at Matangi Private Island Resort by Horseshoe Beach, you can stay in your own treehouse. Likuliku Lagoon offers Fiji's first overwater bures, while Tokoriki Island Resort has pool villas that are perfect for watching the sunset. For the ultimate hideaway, Laucala Island has individual compounds with spacious private pools, plus outdoor soaking tubs carved from granite.
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    Luxury Resorts
    The Point, a bilevel villa with two private pools, stunning water views, and a personal butler, is in high demand at Vatulele Resort. Or opt for the 12,000-square foot Vale O estate at Wakaya Club & Spa (a favorite of celebrities), for a cliff-side swimming pool, lighted tennis court, and household staff with private chef. Have the entire island to yourself (aside from staff) on Dolphin Island, where the main bure overlooks a generous infinity pool and design touches include bedside tables upholstered in stingray skin. The 100,000-square foot Hilltop Estate at Laucala Island has a soaring thatched roof and huge, meandering private pool with spectacular views over the entire island; it features a private cook, chauffeur, and nanny.
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    Resorts for Diving and Snorkeling
    Fiji is famous for its brilliant soft coral and abundant reef life, including more than 1,500 species of fish. As you might expect, Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort specializes in diving and SCUBA certification, and often takes divers to one of the country's best sites, the Somosomo Strait. Taveuni Island Resort & Spa puts you close to the famed Rainbow Reef and legendary Great White Wall also in the strait. Qamea Resort and Spa has a number of dive sites less than 10 minutes away, and luxe Matangi Private Island Resort is a favorite with snorkelers who plunge in off of Horseshoe Beach.
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    Resorts to Catch a Wave
    Though Fiji is known for its lagoons, good surf spots do exist—mostly on coral reef breaks. The biggest surf hits June to August, but the cleanest surf is during the wet season, from January through April. Tavarua Island Resort offers world-class surfing, with some of Fiji's most legendary waves (like Cloudbreak) nearby, while SUP fans will have plenty of reef life to explore just offshore. Matanivusi Surf Resort is just a short ride away from four reef breaks. Namotu Island Resort hosts only 25 guests per week, in beachfront bures for two, or a more luxurious villa with its own pool. Just off the island's reef, Namotu Left offers surfing thrills. When the wind kicks up, it's also a favorite of sailboarders and kite surfers.
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    Secluded Resorts
    Fiji's 300-plus islands offer a true opportunity to get away from it all. A selection of private island resorts means it's easy to avoid crowds, as long as you're willing to take a boat, helicopter, or small plane to get there. Laucala Island's villas are so secluded, you have your own golf cart and "Fijian doorbell" (a lale drum) at the front gate. Nukubati Private Island accommodates only seven couples in eco-chic bures, with cuisine based around fresh organic island produce. Or opt for Wadigi Private Island's cliffside villa, incorporating three deluxe suites. The villa comes with your own staff, including two chefs, a hostess, maid, and boat captain, as well as two private beaches.
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    All-Inclusive Resorts
    Since many resorts are so remote, meals are often included in the room rate. But some spots go even further with extra-special amenities. Likuliku provides kayaks and snorkeling gear so you can venture straight from your over-water bure. Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort hosts activities like excursions with a marine biologist and medicine walks to discover beneficial flora. They also have packages that include dives for one adult and spa treatments for a non-diving mate. Laucala Island may be the king of all-inclusives, though. Their base rate includes all food and drink, as well as diving, horseback riding, golf, a spa service, and more.
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    Castaway at Movie Locations
    Fiji's picture-perfect coral atolls and palm-lined sands are popular with Hollywood production companies. The Blue Lagoon, starring Brooke Shields, was shot on Nanuya Levu Island and Turtle Island. Turtle Island Resort specializes in romantic retreats. Parts of the less-successful Return to the Blue Lagoon were filmed on Taveuni Island, where you have many hotel options. One of the most luxe is intimate Taveuni Island Resort. But beware: While Qalito Island is better known as Castaway Island, and boasts the luxurious Castaway Island Resort, all scenes from the Tom Hanks movie Cast Away were actually shot at the smaller and uninhabited Monuriki Island.
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    Where to Tee Off
    On Fiji's main island, Intercontinental Golf Resort & Spa offers play-and-stay packages for the neighboring 18-hole championship course designed by Vijay Singh; they're Fiji's hottest links. The Pearl Resort, also on the main island, offers 18 holes designed by Robert Trent Jones. Further afield, Laucala Island resort is home to an 18-hole championship golf course designed by David McLay-Kidd; spectacular views are included. Nine-hole courses can be found at Wakaya Club and Spa, Vomo Island Resort, Naviti Resort, and Shangri-La Fijian Resort.
    Photo courtesy of InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa/Tourism Fiji
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    Tie the Knot in Paradise
    Fiji is a top destination for tying the knot or renewing vows. You can plan a simple elopement, or go for a traditional Fijian wedding like the one offered at Royal Davui Island Resort, where the bride is carried to meet her groom on a ceremonial platform with a warrior escort. A Fijian choir adds to the festivities. Malolo Island Resort also offers warriors and a choir, while Tokoriki Island Resort adds a pageboy and flower girl in traditional dress. Tadrai Island Resort adds a a tiered cake and a candle-lit dinner for two. Taveuni Palms includes a kava ceremony and champagne toast. Laucala Island Resort, where Elle Macpherson said her vows, can organize weddings in its lovely little white chapel or on the beach.
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