DoubleTree Resort Sonaisali Island Hotel Review
This hotel is located about 30 minutes from the Nadi International airport. It offers every amenity you would expect from a hotel of the well-respected DoubleTree hotel chain. More importantly, this DoubleTree comes with a taste of Fiji and that is what sets this hotel apart! For our final night in Fiji we ate with our feet on the sand and the sound of waves gently crashing on the shore just meters away from our table.
From the moment you arrive at the DoubleTree’s jetty you know that you are in for a treat; a short 3-minute ferry ride across a channel makes you feel that you are heading off to somewhere special and exclusive.
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Our family stayed in an Ocean View Bure. This was easily the best and most spacious room we stayed in during our entire Fiji stay! What made this room so great? To start with, a large balcony, super high and airy ceilings and a 5 star bathroom. Our room had two king size beds filled with the finest linens and softest mattresses, the type of bed that you fall into and just don’t want to leave.
A large number of the bures were facing the ocean, and the resort was filled with palm trees and bougainvillea. Like many Fiji resorts, there were a couple of options for dining, with the formal restaurant located picturesquely around the pool, and then a beach Bistro.
We were pleased that the DoubleTree offered some local fish (including crab) dishes as well as curries. A couple of the bigger resorts lacked any local style food at all, only offering purely Western style burger, pizza and spaghetti type offerings!
Our kids spotted the Kids Club while we were still on the boat traveling to Sonaisali Island! DoubleTree Resort Sonaisali Island’s kids club was by far the most attractive kids club we saw. It had large spaces, gorgeous play equipment, and views through palm trees across the water. However, we did not participate in the activities though because we were staying just one night. This resort also accommodated our last-minute request for our daughter to take a sunset horse ride down the island to a beach and back again, which was the perfect end to our Fiji holiday.
While the pool areas were spectacular, the majority of the resort overlooked a seawall, with a grey sand beach up one end. We did not do any snorkeling or kayaking to know whether it would be worthwhile (ask before booking if this is important to you). Check here to see current prices for staying at the DoubleTree Resort Sonaisali Island.
DoubleTree Resort Sonaisali – Pros & Cons
Pros- Best room we stayed in; spacious kids club, close to Nadi airport
Cons- Didn’t have a beach.
A Note On Prices! Hotels In Fiji With Kids.
Our accommodation during our Fiji stay ranged between $200FJ and $400 FJ a night for a family of 2 adults and 2 children. This is much more than we would normally pay on our annual holiday! However, this seems to be the going rate for Fiji and when you are traveling with kids you do want hotels of a certain standard!
The Ocean View Bure at the DoubleTree Resort Sonaisali was just under $300 a night placing it right in the middle of the range of places we stayed at. However, the quality of the room was by far the best.
For more general information on Fiji, check out our favorite guidebooks below. Click each book for current prices.
Looking For Something Different? Fiji Resorts For Families.
There are a large number of Western style resorts at Denarau Island (a 20 min drive from Nadi airport and only separated from the mainland by a short bridge). Offered by well-known hotel chains, we imagine (as we have not visited them) they offer a standard very similar to the DoubleTree Resort Sonaisali Island but at a higher price. Also, not with the same feeling of being far away from it all and on your own private island!
Those Resorts in the Denarau Island area that come highly recommended for families include:
Hilton Fiji Resort and Spa – Check here for current prices to stay at the Hilton Fiji Resort and Spa.
Sheraton Denarau Villas – Check here for current prices to stay at the Sheraton Denarau Villas.
Sofitel Fiji Resort – Check here for current prices to stay at the Sofitel Fiji Resort.
Want To Know More About Our Fiji With Kids Experiences?
Fiji with Kids: Should You Do It – After a stunning Fiji holiday filled with palm fringed beaches and turquoise waters we reflect upon the question, “Is Fiji only a destination for those who are seeking a resort experience and kids clubs?”
Fiji Family Friendly Hotels – Our summary of where we stayed and what to look for when booking a Fiji family holiday.
First Landing Resort Lautoka – Another great airport resort.
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