Suite Life: Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa
The five-star, family friendly Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa is located on Denarau Island overlooking the shores of Nadi Bay and about half a kilometre from Port Denarau Marina, which makes it a perfect base if you’re planning day trips to the outer island.
By Kelly Gabriel | Published #69, Autumn 2017
Why stay here?
The five-star, family friendly Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa is located on Denarau Island overlooking the shores of Nadi Bay and about half a kilometre from Port Denarau Marina, which makes it a perfect base if you’re planning day trips to the outer island. The Opera Suite, spanning 84 square metres, offers guests spectacular oceanfront views and an outdoor balcony to admire them from. Guests staying in the suite are granted complimentary access to the adults-only Waitui Beach Club and a dedicated check-in service.
Rise and shine breakfast time
As this is a very family friendly resort, breakfast can be a little chaotic. I highly recommend joining the Waitui Beach Club where you can enjoy a lovely, quiet outdoor breakfast with beautiful healthy options, great coffee, and friendly Fijian hospitality.
What's for dinner?
The resort has five on-site restaurants, which means there really is something for everyone. Lagoon Restaurant, open for all-day dining, with a separate children’s selection; Salt Restaurant serves up international cuisine in an oceanfront location; for light snacks and café-style breakfasts there is the French café La Parisienne or try the adults-only Waitui Beach Club for a menu of healthy tapas dishes and cocktails at sunset. The signature V Restaurant caters to guests searching for a fine dining experience with a menu that showcases local produce alongside imported delicacies.
While we did not have any spa treatments during our stay, the Mandara Spa offers guests a range of signature treatments that each begin with a floral wash ritual meant to symbolically wash away stresses and prepare you for total relaxation.
The lagoon pool, which stretches the entire length of the resort, is perfect for families with young children. The kids will absolutely love the pool and its waterslides, and The Turtle Club, where activities like hat weaving, face painting and beach treasure jewellery workshops are offered daily.
Could do better
As with many larger resorts, finding a free sun lounger during the school holidays was quite difficult.
I would like an upgrade
The resort has two Imperial Suites. At 106 square metres each, they are the largest and most luxurious accommodation option and feature oceanfront views and a private outdoor terrace with a Jacuzzi.
If you are not travelling with children make sure to join the Waitui Beach Club. It’s a great place to escape and enjoy the quiet pool, sun lounge and delicious restaurant with a poolside bar. If you do have young children, think about visiting outside of peak holiday time, or be prepared for happy chaos.
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Weather to go
Fiji generally maintains year round warm temperatures, however there is a spike in temperature during the wet season between November and March. The cooler dry season occurs between May to September. From late October to early November the weather is dry and warm, and there are less crowds as Fiji is at its most popular during school holidays (July-August, and the Christmas and New Year period).
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