Want to take the kids to Fiji, but don’t fancy all those planes, boats and automobile island transfers? Fortunately, there are some very family-friendly resorts and hotels in and around Nadi and Suva, the cities where direct flights arrive from Australia.
Just think, within half an hour of touching down the kids could be playing with their new best friends..while you’re busy making sure you don’t miss a spot with the sun cream.
Sonaisali Island Resort Nadi
Five little words that make every stressed out parent on holiday tear up with joy, “Kids club and babysitting service”. It’s just one of many reasons that families flock to the Sonaisali Island Resort Nadi (pictured).
While your little Robinson Crusoe’s are running down their energiser battery on banana boat rides, beach soccer, coconut shot-put, treasure hunts and more, you can relax on the beach with a book, indulge in a spa treatment and clink cocktails at happy hour.
Family nights together are about sunset listening to a band, Fijian feasts, frog racing, limbo, dancing and, if you’re game, a dash of firewalking.
And all just 25 minutes drive from Nadi airport.
Club Fiji Resort, Nadi
Photoshop yourselves into the quintessential postcard background with a holiday in a family beachfront bure (hut) at the Club Fiji Resort.
When the last of the clan wakes up to those ocean views, have a game of beach volleyball, do some coconut tasting, try windsurfing, ride horses on the beach or go fishing (and have your catch BBQd on the beach for dinner) .
There’s a babysitting service, beach massages and lots of hammock time to be savoured. Plus, a kids menu with all the ingedients to keep them quietly satisfied, such as burgers, chips, fish and chips, chicken nuggets and spaghetti.
Capricorn International Hotel, Nadi
If you’re a family with varying tastes after a tropical holiday on a budget, the Capricorn International Hotel Nadi is one to consider.
The Active Spices can partake in games of tennis and squash at the nearby sports club, then cool off in the hotel’s freshwater swimming pool. In fact, the airport is only 5 minutes away so they could run ahead with the luggage.
For those of you who go on holiday specifically to avoid exerting energy, the poolside bar and beauty parlour offering relaxing scalp and back massages are calling your name.
The recently overhauled Novotel Nadi blends luxury with Fijian architecture, and 17 acres of tropical gardens. On top of that, they really ‘get’ what family travel is all about.
The Family & Novotel service includes a big family room with checkout at 5pm on Sundays (works well with Virgin/Air Pacific flights heading home).
The kids stay free, receive a personalised welcome gift and can run wild in play areas designed for different ages. Plus, there’s a babysitting service.
Those sunny days can be filled with pool loitering, golf, tennis and volleyball—and if rain shows up, there’s always a games room and massage table.
Holiday Inn Suva
If you’re looking for a super convenient location by the shores of Suva harbour ie a quick connection on a short internal flight from Nadi airport, the Holiday Inn Suva is right up your coconut tree lined alley.
It’s all about big rooms, bigger smiles and a restaurant serving up all kinds of local and international dishes to satisfy fussy eaters.
There’s a huge freshwater swimming pool, gym, pizza bar (amongst many other bars), great shopping nearby and live entertainment every night.