Fiji Life

Calder & Lawson's Orbit Account Manager Stevie Bain enjoyed a week holiday in Fiji in June with her husband. She shares her luxurious experiences:

Fiji is fabulous in June, we had sun every day! Snorkeling, swimming eating and relaxing what more could you ask for? Our trip was perfect!

Rosie Holidays was our airport shuttle provider and they delivered a good service. The only downside is with shared transport you have to wait for other travellers to get their luggage and get on board.We stayed at the Fiji Beach Resort and Spa Managed by the Hilton, at Denarau Island (mainland) for the majority of our stay.  The hotel is very nice with good facilities, especially the pool and restaurants. The rooms are nicely laid out with plenty of space and they are all ocean front which is a bonus! 

Room At Hilton

I would thoroughly recommend trying the Dim Sum at Maravu restaurant which they run daily from 12pm. Food is amazing, plus the beachfront setting is just divine.

The Hilton property probably has the largest expanse of beach area compared to the other properties on Denarau, maybe as they are situated on a peninsular. They offered free Wifi in the restaurants and the coffee shops which is helpful, plus if you are Hilton Honours member you get free Wifi resort wide.  One great thing about the pools at the Hilton is that they are so open, a lot of the other properties in Denarau have gone for lagoon type pools with lots of trees, but this makes finding a sun lounger in the sun a hard task.

 I would recommend eating dinner at Denarau Port for a change of scenery. Lots of restaurants to choose from, a very casual dining experience. Bonefish restaurant (seafood) and Indigo (Indian Cuisine) offer great value for money and they are all BYO wine. You can walk from your resort in Denarau and will take about 15 minutes each way, or you can hail a taxi or get the Bula Bus. The Bula Bus did used to be free bus that circulated all day and night between the resorts and the port, however you have to pay $8 per person per day now for a pass.

If you like Rum I would suggest visiting the Fiji rum tasting room which has opened at the Denarau Golf club. You get to try all their rums for a bargain of $12!

Dinner at Mamacitas (Mexican) located at the Wyndham hotel in Denarau is recommend if you are looking for some fun casual dining in a bustling atmosphere.

We also visited the Raddison Blu and had a tour of the property. It's a huge hotel, really popular with families, but I think not overly suited to couples. They were the quickest with regards to service and cocktails! They also have two happy hours of an evening at two of their bars which is great value for money.

A highlight of our trip was driving down to Natadola bay and staying at the Intercontinental Resort and Spa. This is by far the most beautiful hotel on the mainland. Amazing location, service and rooms. It is about 1 hour drive from Denarau or the airport. Natadola bay is on the list of top beaches in the World and you will see why when you get there, its stunning. You can snorkel off the beach too. Their award winning restaurant  Davo has Fijis No.1 chef  and it will give you the ultimate fine dining experience. We ate there for dinner but to be honest it would be nicer to go for lunch then you can appreciate the view.  The Intercontinental had the best "Coconut" Pino Coladas so these are a must have!   The Golf course is a big draw here, they have just got the contract to hold the PGA tournament for the next 5 years. I think it would be definitely worth the money to upgrade to Club Continental rooms as they feature a private pool, butler service and access to the club pool and cocktail room throughout your stay. 

INtercontinental

 We also went on the number #1day trip in Fiji called the OOLALA cruise which is run by Stork Cruise company. This trip is hosted on a relatively small but new looking boat (takes about 30 people each trip), which only takes about an hour to get to the island (Savala Island). Some of the other cruises take hours, so this fast cruise was favourable to us so we could maximise time on the island. This cruise includes food and alcoholic beverages so very good value, was about $150 Fijian a head. Lunch on the island is BBQ style and really good fun as the crew sing and show you coconut demonstrations and allow you to feed the baby sharks! Snorkels are given out on the boat along with noodles and life jacket if required. You are on the island for about 4 hours before heading back to Denarau. Snorkelling on the island is fun, but if you are a diver it won't blow you away, but is still worthwhile. The island is very tiny, its not a big island, but still a very worthwhile trip. 

Olalala

 Our best day trip was visiting  "Cloud 9". This is a floating bar, lounge area in the middle of RoRo reef. 45 minute speed boat ride from Denarau but only 10 minutes from Mana Island and Muskett Cove.  Cost us about $130 FJD pp and this included 2 x alcoholic beverages and a pizza each.  Really amazing snorkelling (take your own snorkel). They play funky house music during the day and it can get really busy in the afternoon and evenings. If you have children I would suggest going in the morning before the party gets started!   

Snorkelling

 I Cannot wait to go back to Fiji and experience some more of the culture and islands. There is far too much to see you could stay somewhere different every visit!

Written by Stevie Bain at 15:00

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