Paradise doesn’t have to cost the earth, especially not in Fiji. Each the five Fijian hotels below comes with eye-popping views, an Insta-worthy location, a holiday’s worth of distractions – and your bank manager’s approval…
Bounty Island Resort, Mamanuca Islands
Bounty Island Resort believes that heaven should be accessible to all, so you can expect low prices and a friendly welcome, whether you’re here on your Jack Jones, with a gang, or with your family in tow. The resort occupies a pearly patch of the Mamanucas, just a 45-minute trip from the mainland. There’s a pleasingly democratic choice of sleeping options, ranging from budget (but air-conditioned) dormitories to deluxe beachfront rooms and bures, all with easy access to the resort’s white-gold sand beaches and crystalline waters. There’s plenty to do here, besides horizontal lazing: dips in the resort’s freshwater swimming pool, island treks, beach walks, turtle feeding, cultural lessons, tours of the organic garden, and tropical watersports, for starters…
Savusavu Hot Springs, Savusavu
Soak up island life – coloured by local, South Pacific and European influences – at serene Savusavu Hot Springs hotel, in harbourside Savusavu. The closest airport is just 10 minutes away, so it’s easy to hop here (leaving is likely to be a lot more difficult). The views from the hotel are incredible; don’t worry if you find yourself walking around with wide eyes and an open mouth – you won’t be the only one. Facilities to maximise here include the sociable Mahi Bar and striking outdoor swimming pool, which has graceful marlins depicted on its base; there’s also a baby pool, babysitting service, TV room, WiFi and concierge. Waterbabies will feel right at home: Savusavu Hot Springs offers scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing and adventure tours with its trusted partner, Namena Divers.
Smuggle yourselves onto Wailoaloa Beach on Nadi Bay, beloved of honeymooners, view-seeking picnickers and discerning holidaymakers. This friendly resort boasts an eye-poppingly pretty setting and incredible views of the Mamanuca and southern Yasawa Islands. If you’ve never danced on the sand by a fire pit, you can change that with a stay here: the sociable hotel hosts nightly entertainment, including performances by Tai and the Kavaholics, plus Polynesian and Fijian ‘hulas’ with lively fire-dancing shows. Rates here include plenty of extras: Continental buffet breakfast, starring juicy tropical fruits; beach activities; use of the kayaks; a scuba-diving lesson in the pool; a paddleboard lesson; airport transfers, nightly entertainment and more.
Daku Resort, Savusavu
Wake up on a former coconut plantation set in lush tropical gardens at Daku Resort. Rugged mountains loom behind the hotel, hinting at adventurous treks and walks; if that sounds a little too arduous, make a beeline for the ocean instead. There’s plenty of choice in terms of sleeping arrangements, including bures by the pool or self-catering, private-pool-toting villas tucked temptingly in the grounds. Daku Resort encourages guests to immerse themselves in Fijian culture, offering kava ceremonies, on-loan kayaks, musical and cultural performances, snorkelling, volleyball – and week-long retreats, with options such as yoga, art, writing, singing and birdwatching. You can also visit a local village, gawp at hurtling waterfalls on a guided tour, or learn all about how tapa – traditional Fijian barkcloth, used for special ceremonial occasions – is made.
Treasure Island Resort, Mamanuca Islands
You might not find buccaneers and buried gold here, but you will have a stay you’ll treasure, thanks to this tranquil resort’s ravishing location – just 17km from Nadi Airport, occupying azure waters – and soporific sea-sand-and-sunset views. The island’s gems include a buzzing bar, a turtle pond, an iguana and turtle area, a Senikai Spa, a cultural area, a helipad, sunset bures, a swimming pool – and more. (We don’t want to give everything away before you get there.) There are three types of bure to pick from: island, ocean-view, or premium beachfront; you’ll be wowed by whichever one you opt for. The island also has a dizzying choice of options when it comes to food and drink, including all-day dining at Elevuka, barbecued deliciousness at Waitui Grill, a deli and artisan coffee bar, a Teppanyaki grill, a sushi bar and a seafood-barbecue joint. Don’t go home without having a private picnic for two on the island’s sandbar…