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Raving about Radisson Blu Resort Fiji

On the Fijian resort enclave of Denarau Island there are loads of perfectly manicured, luxe resorts for families, but it is the Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Resort that radiates with kids laughter.

Happy families

There’s good reason families rave about the Radisson Blu and it comes down to ‘The Look’. The rarely used but lethal silent stare we parents have mastered to warn our tiny cherubs to toe the line or suffer a world without WiFi and iPads.

We often pull “The Look” out at the fancier resorts, to keep chatter to a whisper and stifle excited giggles so as not to disrupt the air of opulence. But at the family friendly Radisson Blu Resort Fiji, there is no look. It is replaced with the relaxed gait of parents that are utterly at ease.

Lagoon pool fun

At Fiji’s Radisson Blu, kids are happily seen and heard, their cackles and cheerful squeals pierced the air, usually followed by a large splash as they zip down the waterslide. Easy RnB tunes carry across the huge lagoon pool, interspersed with the occasional beat of the lali or Bula Drum.

Toddlers and babies are seen at the sandy end of the pool or enjoying a splash in the dedicated wet zone. There are plenty of strollers parked by sun lounges where babies nap and mothers thumb through a good book.

As the clock strikes happy hour, the lagoon pool is the place to be as adults make a beeline for the swim up bar and its 2-for-1 espresso martinis. Our kids cotton on quickly and score rainbow slushies, which they sip between underwater handstand competitions with new friends.

Nobody bats an eye at the rumble of activity around the resort and families are content and carefree. When our fingers and toes wrinkle we swap the pool for the deck and its acoustic tunes and picture-perfect sunset.

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Apartment Living

The homely feel extends to our roomy one-bedroom apartment style accommodation. It features a full kitchen so we can lazily eat in, cook a healthy meal or two and save a few pennies.

Our kids share a sofa bed positioned in front of their own flat screen TV. We have our own TV and DVD player, only with a comfy king bed. There’s speedy free WiFi throughout the resort, capable of multiple devices – just like home.

Off the main bedroom is a roomy bathroom complete with deep bath and separate shower. Perhaps the most wonderful thing in the room is a laundry area with washer, dryer and ironing board, so we are able to head home with suitcases filled with clean, pressed clothes.

Exceptionally family friendly, the Radisson Blu caters for every size family with two-bedroom apartments and the ability to combine two one-bedroom apartments together to accommodate larger family groups.

Blu Bananas Kids Club

A kids’ club with a difference, Blu Bananas has a dedicated and secure kids’ clubhouse with its own playground. But besides roll call where every banana is given a nickname the kids hardly spent time in it.

As we sneak off to relax by the adults only pool, we see them off exploring the resort grounds. We bump into them at an egg throwing competition on the beach, playing Crocodile, Crocodile in the pool and joining in on the nightly torch lighting ceremony.

The exceptional kids’ club program allows the grown-ups an opportunity to experience the resort facilities guilt free; have a massage by the pool, hit the gym or enjoy a lovely long meal at the award winning restaurants.

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Getting around with ease

The entire set up of Denarau makes for an easy and worry-free resort holiday. For $8 FJD (free for kids) you can ride unlimited all day on the Bula Bus, which shuttles families to the Golf Club and to the other resorts to enjoy their restaurants and bars. And its just minutes to Port Denarau Marina for day trips that depart for the magical Mamanuca Islands or to access the supermarket, pharmacy, bakery, boutique shops and restaurants.

With luxury resorts sitting shoulder to shoulder, it is easy to explore Denarau on foot. Immaculate walking tracks circle the island. We follow the shoreline and take a nosy at each of the resorts, stopping for a drink at the Sofitel Watui Beach Club and enjoying a divine degustation at the Sheraton’s Fish Bone Restaurant.

Whilst we never wanted to end this stress-free tropical holiday, checking out is as easy as pie. After our final buffet breakfast, there is no early scramble for an international flight, instead we could relax as the airport is only minutes away and the short 3.5 hour flight means we were home that evening, unpacked, bathed and in bed without missing a beat.

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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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