The archipelago of more than 300 jewel-like islands in the South Pacific is the ideal destination for Robinson Crusoe fantasies.
With its sun-drenched coastline, powder-white sands, swaying palm trees, clear turquoise lagoons, lush jungles and vivid coral reefs. Barefoot luxury is a way of life in the most exclusive hotels of Fiji. Adults-only accommodations, world-class cuisine, indulgent spa therapies, sweeping ocean vistas, panoramic sundecks, moonlit dinners on floating pontoons, they have got you covered. Once you have checked in, you will not want to check out!
The BusinessClass.com guide to the Best Hotels in Fiji:
Turtle Island - 9/10
Escape to the distant shores of the famed Blue Lagoon to soak up the pristine setting of this private isle located in Fiji's Yasawa Islands. Unwinding is a breeze in the low-rise, eco-friendly couples retreat, where 14 private wooden thatched-roof villas are silhouetted against pristine turquoise waters and powder-white sand beaches. Expect billowing white curtains and neutral colour schemes to wow you in the classically tropical interiors. Boardwalks through mangroves, horseback rides at sunrise, snorkelling, sailing, scuba diving and swimming are some of the essential elements for a dream vacation on the island.
The extravaganza of delicious culinary delights includes freshly caught seafood and crispy-fresh ingredients from the estate's three-acre organic vegetable garden. Nights are a merry affair with the group dinner parties organised on the silky beach. One of the exclusive and most romantic experiences you can bookmark here is a moonlit dinner on a floating pontoon.
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Wakaya Club & Spa - 9/10
This tropical idyll spread over 2200-acres is surrounded by a protected coral reef, aquamarine lagoons and white sand beaches. Look forward to a taste of authentic Fijian culture and detox with the remote island life at Wakaya Club & Spa. The property spells intimacy all the way, considering that there are just 10 waterfront Fijian bures. Choose from Ocean View Bures, Garden View Bure, Governor's Bure and the Ambassador's Bure. Pacific Rim gourmet fare at the restaurant is abundant in fresh ingredients like locally raised venison, pork, lamb, chicken, Muscovy ducks.
The property features a 9-hole golf course built on a 19th-century copra plantation and promises spectacular views over the scenic Homestead Bay. Fans of watersports can busy themselves with scuba diving and snorkelling, both of which are available a few steps away from the accommodations. The open-air beachfront spa, Breeze, offers a variety of restorative and rejuvenating therapies as well as a water shiatsu/plunge pool. A private picnic on one of the secluded beaches is the stuff of dreams.
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Jean-Michel Cousteau - 9/10
This eco-friendly, private island resort on Fiji's Vanua Levu island is located at a 20-minute drive from Savusavu airport. 17-acres of a former coconut plantation has been decked with natural wood structures and 25 traditional Fijian thatched homes nestled between tropical plants. Oceanfront Bures are best for the views, while the sprawling Presidential Villa caters to the supreme indulgence with its own private infinity pool and whirlpool bath.
The resort's highlight is the Jean-Michel Cousteau Dive Centre, where aspirants can earn PADI certification or participate in snorkel trips, and reef walks with the resident marine biologist. There is sailing, paddle boarding, and kayaking for those inclined towards water sports. Culturally inclined travellers can sign up for village tours, and Fijian medicine walks. The restaurant's exemplary Fijian and Asian cuisine woos gastronomes with garden-fresh ingredients. Dining transforms into a memorable experience during the weekly Fijian lovo feast, where dishes are slow-cooked in banana leaves on a fire pit. Meke dancing and kava-drinking are on the cards daily.
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Yasawa - 9/10
Located on one of the remotest Fijian islands off the coast of the main island of Viti Levu, this all-inclusive resort is 30 minutes by private air transfer from Nadi International Airport. The understated luxury of the 18 traditional, thatched beachfront cabanas is complemented with expansive decks boasting wide-angled ocean views. Deluxe bures are designed with split levels, while the Honeymoon bure is a treat with its outdoor dining area and private pool.
Dining options include an alfresco oceanfront restaurant and the poolside Manasa's Bar. The oceanfront Baravi Spa offers an exhaustive menu of massage treatments, and the signature hot rock therapy using black volcanic pebbles is a must-try. The outdoor activities available for guests are sea kayaking, catamaran boating, diving, game fishing, stand-up paddleboarding, and tennis. Picnics at deserted beaches and village visits to witness traditional make dances are other experiences for the bucket list.
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Likuliku - 9/10
This adults-only luxury resort seeped in traditional Fijian warmth is set beside a turquoise lagoon on Malolo Island, just 25 kilometres from Nadi International Airport. 10 of the 32 over-water bures, made of wood and thatch, have glass floor panels, revealing an array of exotic marine life in the ocean below. Many accommodations are fitted with private plunge pools and outdoor showers. The interiors are replete with wooden carvings, Fijian artwork and traditional motifs.
The menu at Fijiana restaurant features fresh and flavoursome seafood, tropical fruit and produce from the organic garden. Candlelit tables on private decks overlooking the sea can be set up for occasion dining. Outdoor enthusiasts can choose from snorkelling, diving, walking trails, village visits, island-hopping trips and sunset cruises while staying at this exclusive retreat. The resort is home to a small breeding population of the critically endangered Fijian crested iguana. Interested guests have the rare opportunity to meet the reptile and learn about conservation and preservation efforts.
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Royal Davuli - 9/10
This is an adults-only sanctuary located on the ivory-white shores of a private, reef-fringed island in Beqa Lagoon, south of Fiji's main island Viti Levu. Broad-leafed banana trees, vivid heliconia and ancient trees introduce guests to pure barefoot luxury. The spacious villas are designed with contemporary flair and feature Jacuzzi spa baths, louvred roofs, glass doors, sundecks, and plunge pools. Neutral colours provide the perfect backdrop for Fijian native hardwoods and original Pacific artwork.
Book the Premium Plunge Pool Villas for fabulous sunset sea views or the Royal Davui Pool Suite for lagoon views. The Banyan Restaurant & Bar, located under an ancient banyan tree, welcomes guests with tropical and funky vibes and offers a selection of modern Pacific dishes cooked with local, seasonal produce. Live bands play at night. The joys of seclusion are enhanced with a private meal on the Lookout Deck. Views of the ancient island of Beqa, the birthplace of Fiji's ancient demigods, are complimentary.
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Kokomo - 9/10
An all-inclusive paradise with a private beach located on a lush, tropical Fijian Island in Great Astrolabe Reef is a 45-minute trip from Nadi International Airport. The architecture celebrates open spaces and traditional Fijian design with local plantation timbers, natural colours, cotton, linens and hand-crafted statues. Hardwood cinnamon trees have been repurposed as furniture. One-bedroom villas have appealing interiors featuring exposed Fijian ceiling beams, in-ground hot tubs facing floor-to-ceiling windows and private beachfront pools. The spa has a heavenly setting surrounded by tropical flowers.
The poolside restaurant, Kokocabana, serves authentic Fijian cuisine featuring ingredients grown on the 2.2-hectare farm. Sumptuous buffet meals are available at the all-day diner, Beach Shack, and the menu covers a wide variety, from Italian fare and grills to fresh seafood prawns and locally caught mud crabs. Guests can snorkel, dive, fish, surf, sail, kayak, paddleboard, and explore the nearby islands for waterfalls or village tours.
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Tadrai - 9/10
Mamanuca Island's only all-inclusive resort, Tadrai Island Resort, is a tranquil paradise for couples seeking seclusion, privacy and romance. The resort is tucked away at a perfect vantage point to immerse in the beauty of the famous sunset. Each of the 5 ultra-luxe Fijian style villas faces the beach and is elegantly designed in Fijian style with its own private plunge pool and personal butlers.
The menu of Na Vatu Rock Pool Restaurant offers Pacific Rim cuisine, and gourmet picnics can be arranged on the secluded white sandy beaches as well. The Na Vatu Bar is the ideal spot to enjoy sunset cocktails. Active adventures will be spoilt for choice with options like line-fishing, snorkelling, sailing and island excursions. A variety of well-being treatments and beauty therapies await at the Wai Siliva Alfresco Spa.
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Six Senses Fiji - 9/10
This far-flung hideaway on the island of Malolo, part of the Mamanuca archipelago, is located one hour away from Nadi International Airport. Known for its environmentalist endeavours, cooking school, holistic spa and two marinas, the resort has set standards in the hospitality world. Designed to mimic a Fijian village, it is dotted with 24 thatched-roofed pool villas showcasing vaulted ceilings, raintree wood furniture, carved wardrobes and black-and-white prints of Fijian villagers and warriors.
Breakfast and evening cocktails are served in the open thatched-roofed restaurant, Tovolea, while the menu of RaRa is speckled with international specialities. Stone oven-baked pizzas made with fresh garden herbs can be ordered at TeiTei pizzeria. Morning yoga, stand-up paddle-boarding, hikes, wood-carving, spear-making and movies at the open-air cinema keep guests occupied. The Six Senses Spa is known for signature hot lava shell massages, gold-leaf facials and private meditation sessions.
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