We round up Fiji's newest family hotel, transport and attraction offerings.
With its sunny climate,
fantastic beaches and
brilliant kid-friendly resorts
just a few hours’ flying time
from Australia, Fiji has long
been a favourite with families. But now there
are even more reasons to visit, with new
transport, attractions, hotels and villas offering
an even greater family holiday experience.
South Australians are in for faster flights to Fiji
with Fiji Airways flying directly to Nadi
twice-weekly from Adelaide, from 30 June. To
sweeten the deal, the Mamanuca Express
– Fiji’s premier 24-hour water taxi service,
operating from Port Denarau Marina
throughout the stunning Mamanuca and
Yasawa Islands – allows you to ride in comfort
directly to your island resort whenever you
wish, avoiding the logistical hassle of
A fully renovated Nadi Airport is also on the
horizon, with the final stages set to be
completed by the end of this year.
Nestled on a secluded beach on the western
coast of Viti Levu, the brand-new Fiji Marriott
Resort Momi Bay is now welcoming guests to
its unspoiled corner of island paradise.
Designed to take full advantage of the
picture-perfect setting, the resort is the only
property on Fiji’s mainland to offer overwater
villas, with decks from which guests can dive
directly into the turquoise waters. There are
three large pools and a whirlpool surrounded by
stylish cabanas and loungers, and the Turtles
Kids’ Club provides interactive programmes to
entertain young guests while adults indulge with
a signature treatment at the Quan Spa.
Fiji’s most exclusive new resort, Kokomo
Private Island, is an ultra-luxurious retreat for
families, with accommodation limited to just 21
opulent Beachfront Villas, five Hilltop
Residences and the Owner’s Beachfront
Residence, each featuring massive living
spaces, private decks and individual infinity
pools. There’s plenty to do above and below the
water with Kokomo’s own PADI five-star Dive
Centre, paddleboards, kayaks, wakeboards
and water skis, as well as relaxing and
therapeutic spa treatments for mum and dad.
Parents need not worry about having a little
private time away from the kids, with the hotel’s
Kaji Club offering plenty to keep them amused.
While these new additions are already
welcoming guests, there is more to come with
the much-anticipated opening of Six Senses
Fiji at the end of 2017. The newcomer will boast
a prime location on a magnificent secluded
bay on Malolo Island, known for its idyllic
crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches and
thick tropical forests.
The resort will have 26 spacious pool villas
as well as 66 residential villas and a Six Senses
spa marrying the brand’s signature luxury with
a Fijian feeling of community. Locally inspired
and sustainably sourced food will feature
ingredients gathered from the resort garden,
local farmers, markets and fishermen. The kids
can even get hands-on at ‘Cluckingham
Palace’ – the resort’s chicken coop where they can feed the chooks and collect their eggs
in the morning.
First Landing Resort, already home to the
award-winning Nalamu Nippers Kids’ Club and
boasting fantastic offers – including kids under
16 eating and staying for free – has also
announced its plans to build 14 new familyfriendly
villas by the end of this year.
Plantation Island Resort has long offered the
winning trifecta of location, culture and
comfort. The popular resort – already boasting
a stack of activities and facilities for kids and
teens including paddleboarding, tennis,
incredible snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing
and even coconut tree-climbing – has upped
the holiday ante with the addition of a
brand-new water park. Guests have
unrestricted access to its six action-packed areas including the Action Tower and
innovative spring-free Aqua Trampoline on
Plantation’s bustling beachfront.
If you’re still after more watery thrills and
spills, jump on Viti Levu’s Bula Bus (kids under
12 travel free) and head to Denarau’s Big Bula
Waterpark. The world’s largest inflatable water
park has now expanded to include ‘Fijian Falls', an epic fibreglass and steel water park with
giant water slides, big waves and racing
obstacle courses. Adventurous kids can climb
10-metre-high palm trees and take on the thrill
rides while the little ones can enjoy splashing
about with parents in the family area.
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This article appeared in volume 51 of Holidays with Kids magazine. To subscribe to the latest issue, click here.