11 Best Hotels in Nadi, Viti Levu

Aquarius Fiji

$ | 17 Wasawasa Rd., Nadi, Fiji

This cozy, quiet option is to jet lag what chicken soup is to the common cold: just sink into a hammock beyond the pool on the gray-sand beach or even into a couch in front of the big TV in the open-plan lounge. While most of the eight private rooms are on the small side, Room 5 is a spacious corner with a great view and a larger bathroom. Each of the clean, air-conditioned dorms shares a bathroom; a couple on a short stay and a budget may want to snag the bunked two-bed one. You won't have to reach far beyond the TV remote for a good meal from the eclectic restaurant (try its Indian fare) or a drink from its bar.

Pros

  • Helpful staff
  • Relaxing atmosphere
  • Close to the airport

Cons

  • Mediocre beach
  • Smallish rooms
17 Wasawasa Rd., Nadi, Fiji
672–6000
hotel Details
8 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiji Sonaisali Island

$$$ | Sonaisali Island, Nadi, Fiji
Situated on its own private island 25 minutes from Nadi airport, Hilton's first DoubleTree Resorts in Fiji boasts 120 well-appointed rooms and 88 beachfront bure (Fijian-style villa) where guests can enjoy stunning views of the South Pacific Ocean from the furnished balconies (terraces on the ground floor). There's a salon and spa, tennis court, 24-hour fitness center, huge free-form pool, and access to numerous tour options; the resort's location puts it within easy traveling distance of both the Coral Coast and Port Denarau, where boats leave for the western islands. For the adventure seekers, scuba diving and horse-riding is offered for all skill levels, and for the golfers, the resort sits half way between the Denarau and Natadola Golf Courses. It's also a place to experience authentic Fiji culture with live music and entertainment, including firewalking and the traditional Fijian "meke" dance.

Pros

  • Location, location, location
  • Comprehensive in-resort activities and facilities
  • Great food sourced from the on-site farm and herb garden

Cons

  • A three-minute boat ride from Viti-Levu
  • Quite a hike to the farthest rooms
Sonaisali Island, Nadi, Fiji
910--3333
hotel Details
208 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa

$$$ | Nadi, Fiji

From the BMW airport-transfer to the ultramodern amenity-loaded rooms, this Hilton property does not compromise. All have DVD players, Playstations (movies and games for rent), flat-screen TVs, stand-alone bathtubs, walk-in showers, Molton Brown bath products, and ocean views. Villas include a living area, kitchen, outdoor BBQ grill, Bose sound system, washer and dryer, and larger bathroom, with two- and three-bedroom versions piling on the square-footage. The deluxe versions of studios and one- and two-bedroom villas are the same but share plunge pools. Equally modern "infinity pools" surround the restaurant, and bar service extends to a string of daybeds just short of the sand. While some find the style of rooms a bit cold, all guests are warmed by Nadi's most polished service. The IKA Kids Club is open daily for children under 13 and offers cooking classes, crafts, and beach games.

Pros

  • Denarau's-best room amenities
  • Great on-site coffee shop

Cons

  • Spa lacking in ambience
  • Rooms lack those Pacific Island touches
Nadi, Fiji
675–6800
hotel Details
189 rooms, 84 villas
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted

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Mercure Hotel

$ | Queens Rd.,, Nadi, Fiji

What you see is what you get at this reliable if impersonal member of the international Accor chain, which isn't half bad. All rooms face the pool area: Superior rooms have double and single beds and a bit of the motor inn feel with parking spaces at their doors while Deluxe rooms are away from the lot and have queen beds and larger bathrooms. Meeting rooms and event services satiate businesspeople, a second pool and newly upgraded playground occupy the kids. The restaurant, which the hotel promotes shamelessly, offers an aspiring but predictable international menu in either a spacious dining room or under gas lamps on a deck.

Pros

  • Professional service
  • Close to nightlife

Cons

  • Impersonal
  • Generic atmosphere
Queens Rd.,, Nadi, Fiji
672–2255
hotel Details
85 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted

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Nadi Bay Resort

$ | Wailoaloa Rd., Nadi, Fiji

For those who associate hostels (or "backpackers") with cordial staff and making fast friends with fellow travelers, this large resort will not disappoint. Its labyrinthine campus includes two pretty pools, two decent restaurants, a movie theater with free screenings, a modest spa, and game room. Live music brings guests together nightly for alcohol-fueled carousing (don't settle for a room near the main restaurant if you plan to sleep before 1 am). The value here is in the clean, air-conditioned dorms: Gardenia overlooks one of the pools and has the best lounge area. Some dorms and guestrooms are cooled by fans, not air-conditioning, and share bathrooms. The number of beds in dorms range from 3 to 10.

Pros

  • Warm staff
  • Party goes late

Cons

  • Party goes late
  • Iffy hot water
Wailoaloa Rd., Nadi, Fiji
672–3599
hotel Details
7 apartments, 38 rooms, 13 dorms
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted

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Radisson Resort Fiji Denarau Island

$$$ | Nadi, Fiji Fodor's Choice

This resort made a big splash when it opened in 2007 with a magnificent rock waterfall as a centerpiece and the wow-factor, too, flows throughout. Guest rooms are spacious and stylish, while suites have full kitchens including all utensils and a large fridge. There's a kids' pool with impressive whitewater tunnel slide, an adults-only pool and, set before the beach, a third lagoon-style pool with a swim-up bar fringed by imported white sand. The four dining spots, one is adult-only, cover a range of cuisines, while Lomani Wai provides one of the most unique dining experiences you'll ever have as you sit at a table in a pool. The dedicated kids club is a bonus as is access to the Denarau Island Golf & Racquet Club. All this creates a less stuffy atmosphere than that of some neighboring resorts.

Pros

  • Spacious rooms with extra amenities
  • Multiple large pool areas
  • Great restaurants

Cons

  • Spa somewhat lacking in ambience
Nadi, Fiji
675–6677
hotel Details
135 rooms, 135 suites
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted

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Sheraton Denarau Villas

$$$$ | Nadi, Fiji

These villas offer resort amenities in a more casual, choose-your-own-adventure atmosphere. Guest rooms, which sleep two, have stereos and mini-refrigerators while the three-person villas are fully self-contained; a lockable outside door allows groups to link the two. Many guests stock up from the coffee shop and general store out front, but neighboring resorts' restaurants, as well as all Sheraton and Westin facilities, are just as easily accessed along the beachfront. There's a large, winding central pool and a beachfront version with swim-up bar and BBQ menu, both of which can be overrun by kids during Aussie school holidays (July and December to mid-January).

Pros

  • Spacious villas
  • Access to Sheraton and Westin facilities

Cons

  • No organized activities on-site
Nadi, Fiji
675–0777
hotel Details
82 villas
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted

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Sheraton Fiji Resort

$$$ | Nadi, Fiji

A complete refurbishment in 2009 has made this Sheraton one of Denarau's best resort options. It has everything from a spa and fitness center to a wedding chapel overlooking the water. There are three pools including a large lagoon-style family-friendly pool, and adults-only pool. The five dining options include the Ports O'Call fine dining, a bar with live music and a gourmet deli. With a kids club and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout, this resort panders to the modern vacationer.

Pros

  • Waterfront dining at Flying Fish Restaurant
  • Comprehensive spa menu

Cons

  • Little too busy when there's a conference on
Nadi, Fiji
675–0777
hotel Details
264 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted

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Smugglers Cove

$ | Wasawasa Rd.,, Nadi, Fiji

"Smugglers" captures the twenty- to fortysomething set with American hotel-style amenities, a large dorm, and a host of facilities. Rooms are clean and sensible, though don't expect a view worth mentioning unless it's from an "Oceanfront Suite." A family suite on the top floor sleeps five and has a full kitchen. A girls-only dorm, a small private dorm, and an extremely tight 34-bed dorm rounds out the sleeping options. The restaurant draws guests from neighboring hotels with its eclectic selection of mostly American and Asian standards; there's a cheaper bar menu. Kayaks and volleyball are available on the hammock-dotted beach, which borders Aquarius Fiji's. Nightowls should be warned that the bar closes at 11.

Pros

  • Well-equipped rooms
  • Good restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Mediocre beach
  • Early-closing bar
Wasawasa Rd.,, Nadi, Fiji
672–6578
hotel Details
39 rooms, 2 suites, 6 dorms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa

$$$ | Nadi, Fiji

From its cavernous lobby to its massive lagoon-style pool, the Sofitel does things big. Standard rooms, while not to the same scale, are well-appointed with a king or two queen beds and particularly stylish bathrooms. Studio suites have Jacuzzis on their balconies and walk-in closets while ultra-exclusive executive and presidential suites also have living areas, refrigerators, and microwaves; presidentials also have a dining area. The Zen-like Elemis spa includes seven bure with dual treatment tables, a steam room, and spa bath, and specializes in hot stone and four-hand massages. Among the dining options, the buffet-style Lagoon restaurant's seafood nights are renowned throughout the island and the V Restaurant is a serious gastronomic affair.

Pros

  • Good dining options
  • Great spa
  • Gallet bath products

Cons

  • Particularly pricey food
  • Accommodation blocks are a little too "high-rise"
Nadi, Fiji
675–1111
hotel Details
296 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted

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Westin Denarau Island

$$$ | Nadi, Fiji

Mood-lighting, dark wood-furnished rooms, and the island's best spa give this resort a sexy if somewhat incongruous feel. The vaguely Asian-inspired lobby leads straight through to a large, comfortable lounge before opening up to a highly styled, bilevel pool area. Rooms are equally fashionable with views from their bowl sink area through to the Westin's incredibly comfortable beds; deluxe rooms have dual sinks and Bose stereos. Tropical Gardenview rooms are in a wing away from the main building, which some guests prefer. Also set apart is the gorgeous spa with its individual treatment thatched-roof bure beside a hot tub spilling into a beautiful lap pool, and a small but well-equipped gym.

Pros

  • One of Fiji's best spas
  • Mature atmosphere
  • Access to Sheraton facilities

Cons

  • Moody decor
  • Mediocre steak house and pasta restaurants
Nadi, Fiji
675–0000
hotel Details
279 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted

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