On the 10th August 2014, Natalie Saunders, an Infinity consultant was lucky enough to visit Fiji, which was a great opportunity to experience so many hotels and activities. Below is a review of her trip.
From the moment that we stepped onto Fiji Airways we were on Fiji time. The planes have seatback entertainment, showing 2 movies and serving 1 meal with beer, wines and soft drinks.
Upon arrival we were greeted by our My Time transfers and received our special My Time bags, which included a bottle of water, face wipe and a map.
For more information, please visit our myTime page.
Sheraton Westin, Sheraton Denarau Villas & Sheraton Tokoriki
We spent our 1st night in the Ocean View rooms at the Sheraton Fiji. The rooms are very large (2 Queen beds) with enough room for a rollaway bed. The Feast Restaurant inside the resort has amazing seafood for dinner and a delicious breakfast.
The Sheraton Fiji & Sheraton Denarau Villas are both great for families.
The Sheraton Tokoriki have 101 rooms and is a 45 minute boat ride from the Port with check in at the Sheraton Fiji.
We did a quick inspection of the Westin. They have 264 rooms and are looking to turn 20 rooms into Spa Suites. The renovations for these new room types are due to start in November 2014 and expected to be completed by March 2015.
We continued out to the Yasawas on the Yasawa Flyer (The Yasawa Flyer is a high speed modern catamaran that departs Denarau for Mamanuca and Yasawa destinations).We were lucky enough to have access to the Captain’s Lounge where we received complimentary drinks (including alcohol) and snacks.
It was great to see how the flyer ‘worked’. The boat stops at each of the Islands and you are transported to your resort, along with your luggage, by a little speedboat.
Mantra Ray Bay & Scuba Diving
Our 1st stop at the Yasawas was Manta Ray Bay. The rooms are quite basic. They have bures with double, twin and bunk beds and can sleep up to a family of 4. They also have 1 large dorm room. These room types all have shared facilities.
The Jungle Bures have more space and have their own facilities. Manta Ray are also in the process of building new villas which should be finished by the end of the year which will also be great for families.
One of my FAVOURITE experiences with Awesome Adventures was the scuba diving trip from Manta Ray. It was a great trip for first timers up to more experienced divers.
Waya Lai Lai Resort & Shark Snorkelling
Our 2nd night was spent at Waya lai lai Resort. This is quite a basic Island and is great for backpackers, singles and groups of friends. I wouldn’t recommend this resort for families or older travelers. The resort can sleep up to 70 guests.
We did an amazing shark snorkeling trip from Waya lai lai. It is about a 15 minute boat ride out to the reef and a ½ hour snorkel time.
We were able to do an inspection of the Fiji Princess (A Blue Lagoon Cruise Ship), which I would recommend for couples, mature travelers and smaller families (kids must be over 10 years old).
The lead in room is called Hibiscus and is located on the lower levels of the boat. I would recommend upgrading to the Orchid Deck as you will receive a fruit platter on arrival and a mini bar which is stocked daily.
Nanuya Island Resort
This is a beautiful 3 level coconut resort. I would recommend this to couples and honeymooners.
Safe Landing Resort
We spent our 3rd night at Safe Landing Resort. They offer 4 & 6 bedded bure style dorms. They also have a larger dorm which accommodates about 12 people. The 4 & 6 bedded rooms share 1 bathroom between 2 rooms. The bures have 1 queen bed and 1 single and has its own bathroom with hot water.
Blue Lagoon Resort
This was by far my FAVOURITE resort. It is a beautiful resort with a total of 45 rooms. This resort suits everyone – families, couples, groups of friends and single travelers.
They have lodges (twin share with no air conditioning) and dorms with 6 beds with air conditioning. These room types have shared facilities.
I would recommend that you request Villa 6, which is a Beachfront Villa, if you are a family travelling. Great location and was the General Manager’s recommendation.
This property has a beautiful beach and pool area.
This is right next door to the Blue Lagoon, has great staff and is a good resort for families. Even though they don’t have a Kid’s Club, the staff are wonderful and help keep the children entertained.
The beachfront bure is very basic with only a curtain separating the toilet from the rest of the room.
Our 4th night was spent at Boitara. The girls stayed in the dorm room which can sleep up to 26 people. The bathrooms for the dorm are located just behind the dorm and only have cold water.
The Premium Oceanview and Beachfront Oceanview Bures have the same layout. Make sure you request the Beachfront. The boys got to stay in the Premium Oceanview and had hot water. It was a really nice big room and can fit a rollaway bed for a family.
Boitara has a beautiful beach and awesome Happy Hour cocktails.
The resort is surrounded by 3 different beaches and have 2 in house Marine Biologists and a great diving centre.
The standard bures just have beds with shared facilities.
The Safari tents are amazing! They have a queen bed and can fit a rollaway and cot if necessary. These room types have their own bathroom with an outdoor rain shower.
Barefoot can sleep up to 80 people and all bures are ocean facing.
Vinaka Fiji Volunteer Program
We got a small taste of what the volunteers get to experience. Unfortunately, as it was school holidays and we were time poor, we didn’t get to spend as much time at the school as we would have liked.
We did get to interact with some of the primary school rugby boy’s team. They loved the gifts we brought them.
The volunteers help out with the new agriculture programs and read with the children.
Nadi Bay Hotel
Our last night was spent at the Nadi Bay hotel. This hotel has something for everyone – dorms, standard rooms & apartments. It is a 5 minute drive from the airport.
The food at the restaurant was amazing. Awesome seafood!
We finished the trip off with a night out to a local Fiji Nightclub….INTERESTING!
Written by Natalie Saunders, Infinity Consultant