Why Fiji as a destination is about to get back on your radar in a very big way

by Noted / 29 March, 2018
In association with Fiji Travel.

The Fiji you thought you knew is no more. The breath-taking beaches are still there, as are the postcard-worthy palm trees. But look beyond the picture-perfect scenery and you’ll see Fiji is an island destination full of culture, adventure, natural wonders and world-class cuisine. How much you choose to dial up each aspect is entirely up to you, but that’s the beauty of Fiji – there’s something there for everyone.

Clock wise from top left: Poolside at the Sheraton, a Fijian dish called Kokoda, The Sheraton Villas and Denarau Golf & Racquet Club .

Live the easy life

Safe to say, you’re heading on holiday because you want to get away from all the stresses of everyday life. With Fiji, you don’t have to wait to set foot over the threshold at your resort to get that sweet moment of relief (although nothing beats that feeling when you do). With direct flights from Wellington, Christchurch and only a mere three-hour flight from Auckland, it makes Fiji one of the breeziest vacation destinations to get to this side of the equator. And if being stress-free is the name of the game, then the Sheraton Denarau is your one-way ticket to bliss. Just choose the type of holiday you want (kid-friendly or adult only) and everything you need is right on your doorstep. Whether your priority is venturing beyond the resort to enjoy swimming, snorkelling and diving in the surrounding islands, or staying closer to home to lap up the deliciously fresh food options, spa treatments and Flying Fish poolside bar, there is something here to cater for every mood or whim. And if you need a change of scenery, the Sheraton is linked to two other five-star resorts (and the nearby Denarau Golf & Racquet Club) which you are free to enjoy at your leisure, with unlimited complimentary roundtrip transfers between all locations.

Clock wise from top left: Snorkeling around VOMO, private deep bathtub in your beachfront retreat, dining at Rocks Bar, dish at VOMO.

Live the luxury life

Sometimes in life all you really need is a holiday that contains a gourmet champagne picnic delivery option while you sun yourself on your very own private island. Head to Vomo Island Resort, nestled amongst the idyllic Mamanuca Islands, and you will find just that – plus, a whole lot more. Arriving by a 15-minute helicopter flight or 1-hour boat ride from Port Denarau, guests will have no shortage of luxury experiences at their fingertips, from a private butler (or baby butler, if you are bringing along your little ones) to under-the-stars bathing tubs, an award-winning spa and a private nine-hole golf course. If total isolation (or romance) is on your mind, the nearby Vomo Lailai island is completely deserted and can be yours for the day if you so choose. Surrounded by sparkling aqua blue waters and Fiji’s trademark sugar white sands, spend a lazy day swimming and picnicking, or tap into your more adventurous side and paddleboard, snorkel or utilise the resort’s glass bottom kayaks. You’ll remain undisturbed until you radio back to the main island to say you’re ready to return to civilisation – or until you notice you’ve run out of champagne (whichever comes first!)

If all of the above appeals, you’ll also love the sound of the nearby Six Senses Fiji luxury resort, located on another Mamanuca Island named Malolo. A refreshing new take on the South Pacific experience, Six Senses will tick every box, whether you’re looking to swim, surf, sail or keep your feet on terra firma. The resort’s Wellness Village presents a yoga pavilion, wet relaxation area and spa treatments which use native medicinal plants.

Clock wise from top left: The Outrigger Beach Resort, dining at The Outrigger, a sunset ceremony at The Outrigger, kids from the local Fijian school.

Live the cultural life

The idyllic Coral Coast on the island of Viti Levu, an hour drive from Nadi, is a bustling hub and the perfect place to immerse in local life. Base yourself at the conveniently located Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort and prepare for full and rewarding days exploring the local villages. Start at Sigatoka markets—and just try not to return daily—to pick up fresh, still-in-the-shell coconut water, local produce and handicrafts. Venture further afield and experience a half day Sigatoka River Safari which includes a jet boat ride and a glimpse into the traditional day-to-day Fiji life in one of the surrounding villages.  Another way to submerge yourself into Fijian life is to get involved in ‘voluntourism’ (the Outrigger runs a reputable program) to help out at a local school. By getting involved in one of their projects, you might find yourself painting a wall or digging a ditch, but you could also find yourself building an entire new classroom or library! Every ounce of time and manpower contributes to a stronger, brighter future for the local community.

Clock wise from top left: Saturday morning traffic at Yasawa, Fijians preparing a lovo (Fijian feast), Snorkelling in the coral reef – photo by @logan_dodds and dining alfresco.

Live the intrepid life

If ‘adventure’ is your middle name, then the Yasawa Islands need to be on your radar. Located just north of the Mamanucas and forbidden from having human footprints touch its shores until the 1950s, your first impression will be of its incredible natural beauty and untouched vibe. As one of the most unspoiled islands in Fiji, you’ll revel in the benefits of a stay at the Yasawa Island Resort. Immerse yourself and explore the surrounding areas by land or sea; go scuba diving on vividly coloured coral reefs, partake in a traditional kava ceremony or simply enjoy taking a dip in the island’s crystal clear waters. Venture further to the Sawa-i-lau Caves made famous by the 1980 film Blue Lagoon and pretend you’re lead actors Brooke Shields or Christopher Atkins as you swim within the lagoon’s hidden chambers, linked to the sea by underwater passages. The day’s activities will surely result in quite an appetite – luckily, the resort’s executive chef will provide the most mouth-watering menus based on the catch of the day of fresh fish, lobster and crab delivered daily from the local village fisherman. ‘Yasawa’ is one of 15 words meaning ‘heaven’ in Fijian, which will give you a fair idea of what’s in store for you here.

For more Fiji inspiration visit Fiji Travel.

 

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