Fiji’s Best Family Friendly Resorts
As a parent it’s always a bit daunting booking a holiday with small children, but let us take the headache out of it, here are our best family friendly resort options in Fiji.December 12, 2018
Rebecca MurphyDecember 12, 2018
As a parent it’s always a bit daunting booking a holiday with small children, firstly envisaging packing your carry on with a million types of ridiculous snacks, iPad’s, teddy’s, blankets etc., I feel like my packing is a survival strategy and if I get any sideways looks from other passengers if the kids start to pack it I’ve been known to throw the devil stare straight back.
Breathe. Fiji is a short flight from either Australia or New Zealand, for me this is an instant seller, anything over 4 hours with young children is an absolute no go zone for me. Keep reading, we have partnered with Expedia.com.au to bring you this absolute guide to travelling with children, take your pick of the best resorts to stay with kids, a family friendly guide to Fiji so to speak.
Jean Michel Cousteau resort on Fiji’s other island of Vanua Levu is basically famous for being best on ground for the most blissful family holiday a parent could ever dream of, have you ever heard of having a nanny per child on your holiday? Sound like you?
Imagine having a meal and actually being able to have a conversation with your partner, crazy I know. Jean Michel Cousteau have thought everything through, separate room bungalows, gorgeous little baskets to pack your children’s daily needs in and then like magic a nanny will appear to take your precious babes off on an awesome adventure for the day.
The Bula Club is every child’s dream, slides, fountains, tennis courts, toys, a kitchen to bake cookies, zip line, climbing wall, the list goes on. The resort has an on-site marine biologist, watch from your lounger as they lead your little troops along the beach, learning as they go for guided reef tours. A holiday where they learn about our precious environment, it’s just too good.
Sit back, sip cocktails and enjoy some peace and quiet and feel completely ok with the fact that most of us work so hard to have a holiday and often feel like we haven’t had a chance to enjoy it when you have a young family. Don’t feel guilty; just know that the children will have a better time at kid’s club rather than hassling you for another ice cream whilst you are trying to get through the first chapter of your book that’s been gathering dust for the last three years.
Jean Michel Cousteau is a 50 minute flight from Nadi, an adventure in itself its also a great way to get a birds eye of beautiful Fiji, the island is breathtaking and it’s actually what I think is the real Fiji, Northern Air and Fiji Airways flight direct to Savusavu every day. JMC provides one nanny per child up to five years old and one buddy per five kids aged 6-12.
Take a deeper look at Expedia.com.au, oh and their wine list is the best in all of Fiji, a selling point in itself.
Fiji’s Marriott Resort Momi Bay is a new player to the team, on first impression I think it’s massive, so much room for the kids to burn off the cocoa pop high from the breakfast buffet suits me perfectly. Speaking of the breakfast buffet, it’s awesome, I’m not normally a buffet fan but this is good, the restaurant at Goji Kitchen also rather large in size means you aren’t sitting on top of each other which we all know is a must.
Turtles Club is the onsite kids club, again full of fun things to do for the littlies, daily planned activities, Marriott also offer an exclusive M passport for the kids, basically an incentive to earn stamps as rewards as they enjoy fun and educational activities, again with the learning on holidays, it’s a win for me.
If reclining for parts of the day on a lounger but still having some special family time is part of your holiday plan then hit up Momi Bay Resort, it’s gorgeous. As the resort is fairly new its feels all crispy and fresh and ready to be relaxed in. The adult’s only pool area is crazy good, infinity pool with views out to Cloubreak, Fiji’s famous surf break, it’s blue and more blue water surroundings are out of this world. Natadola is also close by where they host the Fiji Golf International, if your partner likes to smash a few balls around then send them off and enjoy some peace and quiet or head straight to Quan Spa.
The resort itself is about a 50-minute drive from Nadi Airport down the Coral Coast, it’s a pretty drive and pretty easy to find if you are renting you own car. The resort doesn’t offer transfers but shuttles and taxi’s are super easy, the resort can definitely organize on your behalf. A taxi will set you back about FJD $100 one way or if you need a shuttle for the team then this will be in the range of FJD $480 one way, an easy split however if you are travelling with another family.
Momi have a ton of offers online for family getaways, hit them up on Expedia.com.au, take note especially of the family packages with kids dine free options, and access to the Turtles Club, also the M pass option on offer. Soak it up at Momi, a heap of room to move, swim, 3 pools, a great spa and great food.
The Sheraton in Denarau is a super easy option, it’s closer to Nadi airport than the others mentioned so if sweating additional minutes on a flight or in a car is too much to bear then look no further, life is all about maximizing your precious holiday minutes right?
The Sheraton is a bit of an icon actually, it’s been around for a long time and to be honest this is not a bad thing, they kind of have it all covered in terms of experience when taking care of you and your little team. This classic and grand resort is super convenient and has a lay out will feel really family friendly, if you are staying at the Sheraton you also have access to the Westin which is right next door, so it’s kind of like a two for one!
Two huge beachfront properties at your disposal, miles of grass and beach to tire the kids out, so many restaurant options and they totally get it when it comes to dining with children with great menu options and easy early dining to ensure you don’t have tired, ratty and hungry kids at the dinner table.
Again kids club at the Sheraton is fantastic, my children enjoyed a heap of activities on their days here, particularly hide and seek with loads of other kids, I could hear the laughter as I peeked over the top of my lounger feeling rather happy with myself. We rotated the kids in kids club on our stay here, it was also great to have some fun times in the pool with them, looking for crabs on the beach and enjoying some afternoon ice creams in the sun are where really great memories are made.
Breakfast buffets can be a bit of a headache as we all know, again with the Sheraton (which is a sister property to Momi) they have breakfast nailed, a huge restaurant area, heaps of options and if you can believe it, a wall full of donuts, don’t be shy…made fresh all morning long they are so good, perhaps you will burn the calories off in the gym later, perhaps not.
Across the road from the Sheraton is the Denarau Golf Club, again if you like to swing your clubs then utilize the kids club and head over, or if the spa is more your scene then the Heavenly Spa at the Westin is superb. All in all the Sheraton is a super easy option for those that want a hassle free in and out kind of holiday with a heap of things for the kids to do, Big Bula waterpark is also close by, this is 100% a must do with the family. Children under 12 ‘Stay and Play Free’ with super savings on meals at the restaurants within the hotel complex. Head to Expedia.com.au for more info and deals.
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