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FROLICKING IN FIJI

With underwater adventure, daily indulgence and ancient traditions, InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa lures Aussie families to its South Pacific paradise.


WORDS Amelia Hungerford

N atadola Bay stretches out below you, reflecting the South Pacific sun and marked out in high contrast by the aqua break of the coral reef. The pitched roofs of a maze of contemporary-style bures, expertly navigated by a fleet of humming golf buggies, separate the beach from your hillside retreat at Club InterContinental. The view is stunning. The luxury is something else.

At InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, having fun with the kids is just as important as letting mum and dad catch their breath and – finally – relax. From the first greeting of "Bula!" as a string of shells is placed around your neck, to the final luggage-laden buggy trip from the Club plateau to the resort, families will find that no one has to compromise in order to enjoy paradise.

Upon the hilltop, Club InterContinental is the most luxurious part of the 14-hectare InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa complex. The Club has 55 one- and two-bedroom suites and the Itokani butler service on hand. Allow your Itokani to prepare a family-friendly itinerary of ‘In the Know Experiences’ beyond the boundary of the resort or discover what’s available right on your doorstep.

A trip to Fiji is ripe for water sports, no matter how young your little ones. The bay, frosted with a white-sand beach, is sheltered and calm – perfect for a first paddle in the sea. If your youngsters can swim confidently with floaties they’re welcome to join in on snorkelling with Reef Safari and try spotting one of Nemo’s luminescent cousins darting among the ancient coral. There’s plenty to be seen from the glass-bottom boat, too, so not even non-swimmers have to miss out.

Back at the resort, kids can get their feet wet at the family activity pool, a 105-metre oasis-style paradise dotted with fountains, sprinklers and flat-topped toadstools. Dry off with a round of putt putt on the nearby green, a scoop of New Zealand Natural ice-cream and an afternoon in a beachside cabana.

Planet Trekkers is the place for kids to be. You’ll find a packed programme of activities and on Monday and Saturday, Planet Trekkers are invited to join the traditional fire-lighting ceremony at sunset, dressed up in island costume (complete with braids for the girls and black war paint for all) and yelling a resonating rendition of "Bula!" after the conch shell has sounded.

 

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