Fiji Luxury Resorts

Sep 11th, 2012, 08:28 AM
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Fiji Luxury Resorts

I'm a regular contributor on the Caribbean Forum but am unfamiliar with the South Pacific so I need help.

Spouse and I are active Seniors (68 & 67) and are considering a 10 to 14 day trip to Fiji for late spring or summer 2013. Budget for accommodations is not a major issue but, if possible, we'd like to keep it in the range of $1,000US to $2,500US per night.

We are seeking a secluded luxury resort, preferably adults only or at least one where that is not overrun with children. We like our creature comforts so well appointed rooms are important as are outstanding service and true gourmet food (we are real "foodies"). Husband likes sailing, snorkeling and golf. Wife enjoys spa treatments, reading on the beach, and just relaxing. We both like hiking, deep sea fishing, sightseeing, exploring and and just doing things "together".

We have looked at Yasawa, Lucala, Katafanga, Turtle Island, Yaukuve and Waykaya. There respective websites make all those properties seem "perfect" but when reading reviews it's difficult to tell if some might be better than others.

In the Caribbean, we are quite familiar with luxury properties, having stayed at upscale places like Caneel Bay, Little Dix Bay, Cap Juluca, Sandy Lane, Petit St. Vincent, Palm Island, Carlise Bay and Four Seasons.

If any of you can give some insight to any of the resorts I mentioned (or recommend a different resort) and perhaps compare the Fiji resorts with the Caribbean resorts I listed it would go a long way toward helping us choose which Fiji resort might be best for us.

Thanks for any help and suggestions you may offer.
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Sep 11th, 2012, 03:38 PM
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Hello,

Your post reminds me of something I often say...have you ever seen a bad hotel picture online??? My husband says that I am getting cynical, but I've traveled enough and read enough that my cynicism is justified.

If your husband wants to golf in Fiji, it will be in Nadi and surrounding area, and I recommend the Westin Denarau because it has a championship golf course, but reflects all of Fiji's cultural heritage and local style with nightly torch lighting, fire walk and dances. But, I would do only about 2 nights there, either coming or going out of Fiji.

As far as the rest of your trip, I suggest the Royal Davui Island Resort, which is a very exclusive adults-only sanctuary in the Outer Islands. It. Is on a private barrier island with open-air restaurant, private beaches, all the water sports you mentioned.


Also, look at Namale in the Northern Fiji Islands, it is adults only and sits between volcanic uplifts and rain forest at the Pacific Ocean. It has 19 private bures and villas overlooking spectacular soft sand beaches and all the waterspouts. Finally, check into the Matatgi Private Island , which has beachfront and treehouse bures and a beachside restaurant.

Best Regards,,
Julia
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Sep 12th, 2012, 05:56 AM
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Thank you for your suggestions. I'll check out the Royal Davui website and I've heard of Namale so that might be an option. Matatgi is new to me so I'll do some more research.

Now I know why "first timers" to the Caribbean often indicate in their posts that they are confused or overwhelmed with the choices.

By the way, you suggestion of spending an extra couple of days in Nadi adds a whole new dimension to the trip.
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Sep 12th, 2012, 03:08 PM
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Hello,

I just came across your post and thought I would offer my 2cents! I used to live and work in Fiji and the description you've given the place you are looking for is the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa.

The resort is the only 5 star luxury destination on Natadola beach- which is one of the most amazing beaches I have ever seen... kilometers of beautiful white sand, the water is an amazing cobalt blue - it looks like a dream. The resort is pretty impressive too- certainly the only one its kind in Fiji, it's pretty much an outer-island experience on the mainland.... with the benefit of a championship golf course right next door (Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course)- it's got a great rep, check it out. They also have an adults only infinity pool and fine-dining adults only seating. I also heard recently their fine dine restaurant won some pretty big awards.

The spa at the resort is incredible too, my mum and I love going- it's more than just an in-and-out massage/facial place, it's a whole experience; relaxation room, wai zone (sauna and ice rooms), spa cuisine, and it goes with out saying- AMAZING treatments.

The resort is also much more secluded than the Westin- which is located on Denarau Island with about 7 or 8 other resorts- where as the InterContinental is about a 40 minute drive from the airport to a whole other destination. Also, if you're looking for beautiful tropical beach and water Denarau isn't the place for you.

If budget isn't an issue I would recommend the resort's Club InterContinental, which is an exclusive section of the resort with personal butler services, plunge pools in the suites, exclusive access to a separate infinity pool and lounge area- a whole range great of benefits.

There's lots of activities in and around the resort too, which provide authentic cultural experiences - the resort has a dedicated concierge to recommend and book these for you. Options are pretty much unlimited, especially since -although it won't feel like it- you'll still be on the mainland, whereas if you were on an island obviously choices are somewhat limited.

I hope this information has been helpful, the resort has always been very forthcoming with information so I'm sure if you got in contact with them they could provide more details than I!


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Sep 13th, 2012, 04:49 AM
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Rain_Forest - Thank you for your suggestion. We envisioned a small intimate resort so hadn't thought about staying at a larger hotel, however, the Intercontinental certainly looks promising since it has many of the amenities and access to activities that interest us. Having easy access to "off-resort" activities and points of interest is appealing and is something that could be lacking at a private island resort. We'll keep it in mind as a possibility.

So many great choices.
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Sep 13th, 2012, 01:43 PM
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No problem! I'm sure you will thoroughly enjoy your holiday, where ever you decide to go! What months were you planning on travelling to Fiji?

If you're interested in finding out more about the InterContinental an old friend of mine actually works there- [email protected] (Jocelyn)- I'm sure she'd be happy to look after you!

Happy travels
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Sep 13th, 2012, 04:40 PM
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We are thinking of traveling in late May/early June or September of 2013.
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Sep 15th, 2012, 02:28 PM
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Hi,

Yes, there are a lot of great choices...glad that you get to make the decision. Fiji is such a warm, friendly place and so gorgeous. You know, you were planning a nice long trip and since you like the idea of a larger resort with all of the off-site amenities AND the idea of the smaller, more intimate resort, have you considered splitting your trip into 2 parts? There are many trips and destinations that I've done that are split into different segments. I work on a lot of Hawaii trips that are Honolulu/Kauai or Kauai/Maui, or a couple of days in Papeete and a few days on Moorea.

Best Regards,
Julia
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Sep 16th, 2012, 08:30 AM
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Julia - we may do just that and get the best of both worlds.
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Oct 3rd, 2012, 01:05 AM
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Check out these luxury resorts:

http://www.amazing-fiji-vacations.co...y-resorts.html

Each year we stay on the upscale Denarau Island of which there are some luxury resorts/hotels. We have our own timeshare there so we don't stay in the actually hotels but a few people we spoke to seemed quite happy.
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Oct 6th, 2012, 01:16 AM
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Tonga_Tonga - Thanks for the link. We also came across a new one (at least for us) called Vomo Island Resort. There are so many good choices it's a tough decision but it's one we are having a good time making.
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Oct 22nd, 2013, 10:43 AM
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This may be too late but have you looked up the newly opened The Remote Resort, Fiji Islands? www.theremoteresort.com
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Oct 22nd, 2013, 11:11 PM
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Wakaya Luxury Private Island Resort

http://www.wakaya.com/resort/welcome-to-wakaya

If it's good enough for a ton of famous people it might be what you're looking for.
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Oct 22nd, 2013, 11:11 PM
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Oh... just checked. this is a year old post that has been bumped
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Nov 23rd, 2013, 08:21 AM
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Roams, where did you end up going and what did you think?
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Nov 24th, 2013, 07:30 AM
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After much research we decided to spend a month in New Zealand instead - turned out to be a great trip - one of the best we've ever taken.

We still might get to Fiji one day but we have a home in the Caribbean with access to some fine beaches and its an easy hop to some great resorts so it was difficult for me (not so much for my spouse) to wrap my head around long travel time for another "beach".

Now planning for summer/fall of 2014 - we'll see.
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