Be it a honeymoon, family holiday or relaxing escape for two (or more), there’s something magical about experiencing it on a Pacific Island. Perhaps it’s the swaying palms trees and bleach white beaches, those big, warm welcoming smiles, or simply that, “Why do today what we can do tomorrow?!” attitude that soon takes precedence.
Just imagining it all makes us think, “Who cares why?” The important thing is that those dreamy islands are out there waiting for us. Here are four that we’re smitten with…
We are often asked to recommend a destination that is close to Australia, easy to get to and suitable for families. If you live on the East Coast then Fiji fits the bill. There are plenty of flights with Qantas, Air Pacific, Jetstar and Pacific Blue from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. If you can, choose a daytime flight as some airlines have overnight flights which mean an early morning arrival into Fiji and your hotel room might not be ready to check-in to. There’s nothing worse than cranky kids who haven’t slept on the flight who then have to stay awake until 2pm before you can get into your room.
Fiji is a fantastic holiday destination for families, with hotels offering great family friendly accommodation such as self-catering villas or traditional Fijian thatched bures on the beach. An apartment with kitchen facilities is handy for a family, especially with small children if you need to warm bottles or food plus the extra space and separate bedroom and living areas allow space for some quiet time while the kids are resting. The Fijian locals are so good with kids – we love to holiday with our children but sometimes we need a little away time, and a resort with a kids club is a great choice. There are scheduled sessions and activities, and even private babysitting so the grown-ups can have a little private time.
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.