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Following in their parents' footsteps, on family week children are welcomed in Fiji's exclusive adults-only resorts.

WORDS Sheriden Rhodes

Many of Fiji's most exclusive resorts are adults-only, meaning their luxurious trappings, sprawling bures, pristine waters and impeccable service are off limits for those with children - often until they turn 16. Except, however, for a few precious weeks a year when two of the destination's most luxe and secluded resorts put out the welcome mat, letting little ones run free and allowing resort staff to indulge their passion for family.

Hidden among the palms on a stretch of pristine white beach, facing west towards the setting sun, Yasawa Island Resort is among the most remote and untouched isles of Fiji. There are 18 traditionally thatched, air-conditioned beachfront bures with white stucco walls, featuring the best of barefoot luxury. The resort's two-bedroom Family bure and one bedroom Deluxe bures are most suited to five star families. Each bure has a discreet outdoor shower for a rinse off after a swim, and an expansive deck with daybeds.

The resort's 'Family Weeks' coincide with Australian school holidays and the next time children can stay is December 2012 and the month of January 2013. At this time, a Kids' Club operates for children four to 12 years (kids under five require a nanny or babysitter) involving a daily program of games and entertainment, including water play, fish feeding, crafts, and a sing along, drawn from the traditions of the Fijian people. Being a small boutique resort, meal times are family friendly. International chefs present meals sourced from the freshest, regional ingredients of the day and seafood just plucked from the surrounding waters of Yasawa Island.

Main image: Creating their own footprints along the stunning white sand at Yasawa
Above: Yasawa's restaurant