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