During our time in Fiji it was important for us to stay at family friendly Fiji hotels that would make our stay affordable and memorable!!! In Fiji there are many gorgeous resorts that cater to people’s every whim. These luxury properties include kids clubs and nannies for smaller children. Some have dedicated family pools, or adults only beaches. These resorts will of course fit the category of family friendly Fiji hotels.
For us, our major considerations in “Family Friendly” include:
- Ample sized rooms, or even apartment style hotel.
- Friendly staff and atmosphere (not necessarily a Kids Club, though that is a bonus).
- A kid friendly pool – with some shallow areas – and a kid friendly atmosphere (playing is OK).
- The ability to self cater or choose dining options. We aren’t keen on all inclusive meal plans that give us no option.
- Fun kids activities, like the ability to snorkel from the beach or kayak.
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First Landing Resort – Lautoka – with modest bures and a small resort this place was about as traditional and laid back as a resort can get. We loved taking the bus into Lautoka and the self catering options in some of the bures. They had a great little pool which was awesome for the kids to swim in, and a delicious restaurant. You can read our full review of First Landing resort here.
Mana Island Resort – Mamanunca Island chain. We “ended up” at this resort as they were one of the few that didn’t have obligatory all-inclusive meal plans and what a stunning place it was! We loved that we could walk across the island in 10 minutes, swim in reefs from the beach, and that there was a small village nearby. The bures were well spread out and a stone’s throw from a white sand beach. One of the cheaper island options without going for a “Backpacker” Island.
Grand Pacific Hotel – Suva. When we were planning the trip this was a “must stay” place for us; after all the Queen had stayed there and a number of romantic adventurer novelists like Somerset Maugham. A highlight among the hotels for its class, great pool and beauty. We also loved that we could walk outside and into downtown Suva in about 10 minutes.
We planned our trip using the Fiji Lonely Planet, and as far as we are concerned it remains a wonderful resource for planning, and enjoying your holiday.
The Warrick – Korolevu. This 5-star hotel was recommend by our travel agent because of an excellent family deal that the hotel was offering. One look at the photos and you can see why we jumped at this offer.
DoubleTree by Hilton Resort – Sonaisali Island. A wonderful place to begin or end a trip! With a DoubleTree standard of hotel and the best room we stayed in. You can read our full review DoubleTree Resort Sonaisali Island – Hotel Review
A Note On Prices! Hotels In Fiji With Kids
Our accommodation during our Fiji stay ranged between $200FJ and $400 FJa 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!
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 by Hilton – Sonaisali Island. However they come at a higher price and not 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:
Using A Travel Agent To Book Your Trip – Family Friendly Fiji Hotels
When we discovered that writing to hotels directly did not result any savings, and that sometimes booking.com had much cheaper prices than the hotels direct, we ended up talking to Anita Burgess from Burgess Travellers. As mother and frequent traveler Anita was very respectful of our ideas, while gently suggesting some helpful alternatives! Best email to use is firstname.lastname@example.org
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