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My favourite place on earth ..

March 15, 2015

Fiji. 

The mere mention of the word makes my heart start racing.

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I first went to Fiji in 2007 when my second daughter was around 8 months old. I wanted a holiday, and hubby suggested it. We went with the 2 kids, and I was pregnant with the 3rd. 10 days of sun, nannies and restaurants on the Coral Coast at the Naviti. It was bliss. And I fell in love.

Since then, we have been back every year, most years twice. I’ve never actually counted, but it is in the vicinity of  15 trips.

I am asked weekly for advice on Fiji, where to go, where to stay, where to eat. And about the biggest appeal of all to me – the nannies.

When planning you have one major decision to start looking.  A holiday on the mainland, or an island holiday? Both have advantages and disadvantages, and in the end it comes down to personal choice and budget – and Fiji caters for everyone.

So where do I recommend?

Denarau:

It is 20 minutes from the airport, and has 7 accommodation options . For me the winner is the Hilton Resort. Good food, great accommodation, and a beautiful pool area. The kids club is modern and the staff fantastic. Denarau resorts are a 5 – 10 minute bus ride from the Port at Denarau – which has more restaurants  and is the departure point for Island trips. A big bonus to Denarau is the Bula Bus circulating between each resort and the port all day up to 11pm at night.

Coral Coast:

Approx 1.5 hour drive from Nadi Airport. For a cheaper all inclusive family resort – The Naviti. Was the place we visited the first 2 or 3 times we went. It’s a fantastic family resort. For the ultimate luxury – The Intercontinental Fiji Resort and Spa. This resort is amazing. Located on the famous Natadola Beach, it houses an 18 hole championship golf course.

Islands:

Now we are talking. White sand, crystal blue waters. There are that many options that it can be very overwhelming. The following are ones I recommend.

Paradise Cove – newer resort, small, superb food, beautiful accommodation.

Sheraton Tokoriki – also a new resort, food was outstanding, staff and accommodation of a high standard. Our last trip we got a helicopter to the island, and the view was breathtaking.

I really enjoyed Mana Island – the beach and kids clubs were the best I’ve seen in Fiji, and it’s a great family option. All islands mentioned above have all inclusive packages which makes holiday budgeting easy.

The real draw for me to Fiji is the nannies. The Fijians LOVE children. I hesitate leaving my kids at home, in Fiji I will hand them over without a backward glance. They will play with the kids, rock the baby for hours, mind them in kids club, and love doing it – for the average price of around FJD 7 per hour. They are the friendliest people on earth and you’ll have the time of your life. I know we do!

Vinaka!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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