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More to see in Fiji

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.

More flights

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 off-peak arrivals.

A fully renovated Nadi Airport is also on the horizon, with the final stages set to be completed by the end of this year.

More hotels

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.

More fun

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.

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