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5 reasons why families love Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort


A group of familiar faces gathered around us to sing the Fijian farewell song Isa Lei, a tribute for every departing guest. The realisation of leaving this beautiful community, who had welcomed us with open arms, sent tears tumbling down.

There was never a morning without a bellowed ‘Bula!’, an infectious smile or kind conversation, and families are the focus at all times, ensuring parents and their kids are all looked after.

Here are five reasons we fell in love with Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort

1. It has its own Meimeis (nannies)

When Peter Hopgood took over as General Manager in 2009, he noticed the Fijian staff naturally gravitated towards the guest’s babies, giving them cuddles at check in or having a hold whilst parents finish dinner.

What started as a few casual Meimeis from the local village is now a full-fledged service offering dedicated care for families for up to 8 hours a day.

Experienced and caring Meimeis take the kids out for walks around the huge resort grounds, enjoy playdates at the beach and participate in activities at the kids’ club.

Everything from naps and meals to nappy changes are taken care of, so parents can enjoy a romantic meal, snorkel the house reef, catch up on some sleep or indulge at the Bebe Spa – the Fijian Bobo Massage is divine.

2. The food is great

Fiji has stepped up the food game since my last visit to the Coral Coast. The resort offers a variety of tasty options, including grilled Aussie steak and local seafood at Sundowner Deck & Bar by the beach, casual meals with a touch of gourmet at Vahavu Bistro and great children’s options at Asian-inspired Baravi Restaurant including stir fry and noodles.

I’m a sucker for seafood and Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort’s buffet spread is phenomenal with giant platters of oysters, mud crab, tuna sashimi and prawns as well as kids’ menus and a hot grill.

While the kids are happy at Kids’ Club, it’s worth the splurge to dine at award-winning Ivi Restaurant where Kokoda (Fijian Ceviche) is prepared as you wait and mains include Coconut Lime and Chilli-Infused Lobster and Spices of Fiji Rubbed Rack of Lamb or Chocolate Crepe Suzette flambéed tableside.

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort Seafood Buffet

3. It really knows how to accommodate for families

Stylish modern rooms fit families of four in comfort with connecting rooms available to accommodate larger groups. There are also spacious beachfront bures (traditional-style thatched huts) with all the modern comforts. I though the chic modern decor was up to scratch and pleasantly surprised to learn that a complete room refurbishment is soon to start.

All guests, except those in the Resort View-category rooms, receive the services of a Talei Butler. Each day, I returned back to my romantically dimmed bure and greeted by a smiling butler who offered pre-dinner glass of champagne and a sweet treat.

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort Beachfront Bures

4. There’s a wildlife park next door

Should the kids get bored of the resort, Kula Wildlife Park is right next door. Not that they would with tennis courts, a palm-fringed beach, wonderful kids’ club program, huge lagoon pool, fire walking and Fijian Fire Dancing available.

That said, the huge zipline that zigzags through the rainforest canopy combined with exotic animals, water slide and splash park should entice the kids to the great outdoors.

There are iguanas to hold, snakes to pat, turtles to feed and a variety of tropical birds to view.

5. There are opportunities to give back

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort has been pivotal in improving the local Conua Primary School. The school once housed 40 students in a leaky main hall, but through the resort’s volunteer tourism initiative, it has built a central meeting bure, computer lab, kindergarten and library. Today, the school stands at 150 enrolments with the need for more space to accommodate its increasing popularity.

On select days, guests pay FJ$100 per adult or FJ$60 per child for the opportunity to give back and help build two new classrooms for the school. The initiative allows families to experience the ‘real Fiji’ outside of the resort and make a difference.

The tour also includes a picnic lunch at Tuvuni Hill Fort and a gentle hike for views of the lush green Sigatoka Valley.

Forums, reviews, families and friends have all raved about how “faultless” Outrigger Fiji is. I took it with a grain of salt; surely it couldn’t be without a flaw. Besides I had visited the Coral Coast over a decade ago and it was altogether underwhelming.

Kula Wildlife Park Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort

Farewell for now, Fiji

How wrong I was. Perhaps if I had chosen the Outrigger then, I would have come to my senses earlier. It’s a beautiful place to stay, and the staff is the beating heart of the resort. Just be warned that they may bring you to tears when it’s time to leave.

Together we roam‘s Rene Young has travelled to 70 countries. When the Brisbane based blogger is not discovering Brisbane's street art, exploring Queensland or roaming the world with her five-year old son and three-year old daughter, she can be found indulging her love of reality TV.

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