Last Updated on May 6, 2020 by Travels with Kids
If you are considering a Fiji family holiday you are going to want to know what is the best Family Resort Fiji.
During our time in Fiji, we stayed in some amazing Fiji family resorts that made our stay both affordable and memorable! These are our list of the best Fiji hotels for families based on our stays in Fiji.
The Fijian Islands are also amazing and we include a list of the best family Island Fiji.
For a bonus, at the end of this post, we give you the low down on the best place to stay in Fiji for a family – and our plans for our next Fiji family holiday!
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What We Looked For In Fiji Family Resorts
There are many Fiji family resorts that cater to families with babies, toddlers, and kids. Most of these amazing kid-friendly resorts have Kids Clubs catering to varying ages, while all have nannies for smaller children. Family resorts in Fiji tend to have dedicated family pools or adults-only areas like pools or beaches.
If the price is no consideration, then it will be easy to find the Best Family Resort Fiji, as there are many luxury properties that will meet your needs.
However, we are a family that travels frequently and as a result, needs to be aware of our budget. When looking through the best Fiji Family resorts we were looking for:
- An affordable place to stay
- 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 general family-friendly area where you can play and splash freely!
- The ability to self-cater or choose your 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.
- An opportunity to meet local people and experience culture.
Where Is The Best Place To Stay In Fiji With Kids
As soon as you start researching the best family resorts in Fiji, you will come up with an interesting question – where is the best place to stay in Fiji with kids?
- Stay on a Fiji Island
Honestly, staying on a Fiji Island is not cheap; however the adage ‘you get what you pay for’ comes into mind. If you like getting away from it all, the feeling of being on a remote island in the middle of the pacific, then you must stay on an Island… more about Fiji Family Islands below
- Stay on the Mainland (Vitu Levu)
If you are interested in staying on the Mainland you will come up with two main areas that are popular
- The Coral Coast.
There are of course other areas, that we stayed in, like Lautoka, Sonaisali Island, and Suva, but the great majority of the best Fiji family resorts are found at Denarau or the Coral Coast.
Denarau resorts are a lot more expensive than the Coral Coast in general and a little more exclusive.
When you are traveling – either as a family or solo – there are really pros and cons to every place. The Fiji Island resorts are truly stunning, but once you are on the island then the meal options can be limited and if you are not keen on beach activities you are quite limited. Some people enjoy the larger resorts on the Coral Coast where you have a chance to leave the resort if you would like a change of scenery. The Coral coast resorts tend to be half the price – or even less – than the Fiji Islands, so it is worth weighing up your options
Fiji – Best Family Resorts
After considerable research, conversations with people, and emailing travel agents, these were the Fiji family resorts we stayed in.
The First Landing Resort made a wonderful first Fiji hotel for our family. With modest bures and a small resort, this place was about as traditional and laid back as a Fiji Family resort can get. We loved taking the bus into Lautoka and the self-catering options in some bures; another day we took the resort shuttle into Nadi for more groceries. You definitely feel like you are away from touristy Fiji when you stay at First Landing Resort & Villas.
They had a great little pool which is small by resort standards, but awesome for the kids to swim in. The beach is tidal, so not suitable for swimming but be sure to take reef shoes for some exploration. Their restaurant was reasonably priced and offered a good range of Indian and Fijian fare.
We used the First Landing Resort as our arrival resort as it was quite close to the Nadi airport; for more info, our First Landing resort review provides more information.
When you are researching the best Fiji family resorts, make sure you look up the Mana Island Resort in the Mamanuca Island chain. It’s gorgeous and we absolutely loved it. We decided on the Mana Island resort because we got a great Fiji family holiday deals. At the time we visited it did not have an obligatory all-inclusive meal plan and that was appealing for us as we like the liberty to choose our Meals.
What a stunning place the Mana Island Resort is! 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. Mana Island Resort is one of the cheaper island options without going for a “Backpacker” Island and certainly is a little faded at times. Please read our full Mana Island resort review.
When you are searching for the best Fiji island resorts for kids, please make sure you also read our honest summaries below.
The Grand Pacific Hotel Suva is not technically a Fiji family resort, but without a doubt, it was one of the most enjoyable places we stayed at while in Fiji. When we were planning the trip the GPH Suva was a “must stay” place for us; after all, the Queen had stayed there and a number of romantic adventurer novelists like Somerset Maugham.
The Grand Pacific Hotel Suva is the highlight among the Fiji hotels for its class, history, and beauty. It also had a nice pool and lovely aspect overlooking Suva Harbour. We also loved that we could walk outside and into downtown Suva in about 10 minutes. This is a real bonus compared to every other hotel on this list, which was all isolated in some way. Our full review of the Grand Pacific Suva explains more.
We don’t normally stay at 5-star resorts, but when our travel agent got us an excellent Fiji family package deal for the Warrick we couldn’t resist. The Warrick is a lovely resort located in Korolevu on the Coral Coast and was recommended by our travel agent because it really was an awesome deal making it the cheapest place we stayed during our time in Fiji.
One look at the photos and you will see why people go WOW when they arrive at the Warrick Resort. It also has a great location about halfway between Suva and Nadi and 30 minutes from Sigatoka.
Make sure you put to get a nanny for the night and head out to the Wicked Walu restaurant for an evening’s dinner as it is listed as the best restaurant in Fiji at the moment! It is adults only, with delicious fresh seafood and is a romantic and gorgeous place to watch the sunset. (Oh, and there is also an Adults-only pool if the family pool gets too hectic for you!)
They have a little man-made bay/lagoon which is perfect for the children to practice water sports like snorkeling, stand up paddleboarding, and kayaking. They have a big kids club and a large activities center with volleyball ping pong tables, billiards and more.
While not as big as the Shangri La resort, Warrick is still a huge resort with four restaurants, shops, a spa, and travel agencies. You don’t need to leave the resort if you don’t want to…though many people actually prefer the Coral Coast to the Fiji islands so that they CAN leave
There is also plenty to do with pools, a spa, snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking, kids club, an activities room, plus different activities every day, such as volleyball, bingo, crab races, traditional Fijian shows, etc.
Which Coral Coast Resorts Are Best For Families
The Warrick is a very popular and stunning and many say it is the Best family resort in Fiji. The Shangri-La, recently renovated is also a gorgeous resort but it also has over 450 rooms which makes it very huge… and that may detract from the experience for many people. For many people, the more modest Fiji Hideaway is a place they return to year after year; having stand-alone bures, a great price tag, and a more laid back feel than the bigger resorts.
The Doubletree Sonaisali Island Resort is a wonderful place to begin or end a Fiji family holiday. Offering “Doubletree” standards, this room was the best that we stayed in during our entire 2-week itinerary in Fiji. You can read our full review DoubleTree Resort Sonaisali Island – Hotel Review
Doubletree Sonaisali Resort is located about 20 minutes from the Nadi International airport, and we understood that it offered a standard of service similar to the popular Denarau area. On the other hand, the Doubletree feels different and unique – it is after all on its very own island, the Sonaisali Island. The boat that takes you to the mainland runs 24 hours a day so you don’t need to feel that you’re stuck.
There are a range of activities on offer including a really excellent night-time fire show and our daughter’s favorite, horse riding. There are two restaurants at the resort; we ate near the beach with the waves crashing on the breakwater while the kids played in the sand.
The rooms are located very close to the beach, and in the evening you can hear the water on the shore. These beach bures had an amazing amount of space and super comfortable beds. Without a doubt, this was the best room that we stayed during our whole time in Fiji.
If and when we go back to Fiji we will definitely stay at the Doubletree Sonaisali Island Resort either upon arrival and departure. We thought it made an excellent Nadi Airport hotel and it is definitely a contender for best family resort Fiji.
How Much Will You Pay – Fiji Family Resorts
We believe we stayed in some of the best family accommodation in Fiji. Our accommodation during our Fiji stays 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 for 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!
Where To Stay In Fiji – Denarau Resorts
There are numerous 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:
How Long Should We Stay In Fiji
If you are looking for a Fiji itinerary 2 weeks plus, then our itinerary included:
- Lautoka 5 nights
- Mana Island 5 nights
- Suva 2 nights
- Coral Coast 4 nights
- Sonaisali Island – 1 night
What Is The Best Family Island Fiji
After we returned from Fiji, I became more aware of Fiji Family Resorts and did lots of research as to which would be the best family island Fiji. Obviously we loved our stay on Mana Island. However, we also met other families who loved their time on Castaway Island and Plantation Island. We also saw some great reviews on Malolo Island. All located in the Mamanunca Islands, we think that one of these should take the award for the Best Family Island Fiji.
Castaway Resort has great beaches and snorkeling and lots of rave reviews but is more expensive than Treasure Island. Ask your travel agent for family holiday deals Fiji to see what kind of deals they can offer you.
Castaway Island resort is geared to families – and so it makes sense that people with kids love traveling here. If you didn’t have kids you might not enjoy it so much, even though there are adults. As expected for a resort vying for the title of Best Fiji Island for Kids, the Castaway resort has an excellent beach and lovely beachfront bures… you can hear the waves lapping on the sand at night. There is also easy snorkeling off the beach, which like our experience on Mana Island is just fantastic for kids to get their confidence. They also have a fantastic kids club and lots of kid-friendly meals like pizza.
Plantation Island Resort
This resort is located on the largish island of Malolo Lailai. It shares the island with two other resorts (Musket Cove and Lomani). I’ve heard Plantation Island likened to a caravan park as it is a very large, family-oriented resort. We like independent eating options, and that is one of the most limiting factors about the Fiji island resorts. Most have obligatory included meal plans. However, Malolo Lailai has several places to eat that are not on the resort, as well as small shops where you can buy groceries.
Treasure Island is a smaller resort than Plantation Island and has a great kids club. Treasure is the only resort on its island so you can walk around the whole island in 10 min or less. The minimum age for the kids club here is 4 years. It is less expensive than Castaway but higher priced than Plantation Island.
Both Treasure Island and Plantation islands are considered to be Fiji’s older but still very popular family orientated resorts which would put you in a great position to choose for any future holidays you may decide to spend in Fiji.
Malolo is also a small personal resort that is described as rustic or understated. It is less crowded than some of the bigger resorts. It also has an optional food plan, and many people find that it works out cheaper and easier to not be locked into this option.
There is a small kids club and you can go snorkeling off the island or to nearby reefs.
Malolo doesn’t necessarily have the white sand, palm-fringed beaches that you associate with a tropical island holiday. So check out the pictures if that kind of Pacific Holiday is what you are looking to share with your kids.
Using a Travel Agent To Book Your Trip – Fiji Family Resorts
When we discovered that writing to hotels directly did not result in any savings and that sometimes booking.com had much cheaper prices than the hotels direct, we ended up talking to Anita Burgess from Burgess Travelers. As a 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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The Verdict – The Best Family Resort Fiji
As you can tell, we found it very hard to narrow down what the best family resort in Fiji was. We really think that there are a number of resorts that could be awarded this title. There are many factors that affect your decision making for looking for the best family resort Fiji. Location (Coral Coast vs Denarau vs an Island) is an important consideration. Budget is another thing that will affect your decision as to what is the best family accommodation in Fiji (yes, included meal plans can affect budgets a lot)! Speaking of budgets do ask your travel agent about family holiday deals Fiji as we saved a lot by doing this. In the end, whatever you decide there are a lot of kid-friendly Fiji resorts and you are likely to have an amazing Fiji Holiday!
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