The Best Resorts in Fiji for Family Travel
Fiji has long been a dream destination for romantic getaways and honeymoons. However, it is also one of the best kept secrets among well-traveled families in Australia and New Zealand as the ultimate family-friendly vacation destination.
This is especially true if your kids love being in and around the water and you are looking for unique experiences to share together.
In addition to swimming and beach-lounging, there are plenty of other reasons to escape here on a family getaway. The Fijian culture puts a tremendous amount of value on children, which means that the kid’s programs at the resorts are run extremely well. Babysitters are also easy to come by.
Plus, there are plenty of family-friendly attractions, such as river safaris, cave tours, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, rafting, snorkeling, waterfall tours, and unique glass-bottom boat rides.
However, the key to having an incredible vacation together in Fiji ultimately depends on one thing – finding the perfect resort.
So we’ve put together this list of our top 5 family resorts in Fiji to help you plan the perfect family trip. Each of the resorts listed below met all of the following criteria:
• They have a 4 or 5-star rating
• They cater to children of all ages
• They are away from the hustle and bustle of Fiji’s Denarau Island.
• They are all-inclusive or have meal plans available
If you’re thinking of heading off to Fiji together as a family, consider one of these resorts:
• Vomo Island Resort:
Tranquility and Luxury with plenty of activities
Tucked away on a secluded island at the northern tip of the Mamanuca archipelago, the Vomo Island Resort blends a chic style with plenty of kid-friendly amenities.
Your children won’t run out of things to do here. When not playing on the pristine beach or snorkeling and kayaking in the crystal-clear sea, the little ones will likely be having fun at the Kids Village. Cross a suspension bridge to access a media room, dress up wardrobes, craft tables and a special playroom for kids under four. Baby butlers and nannies keep them entertained while an on-site chef serves up specially crafted meals.
Kids aged 8-12 can also learn how to scuba dive by taking the Bubble Blowers Course. Or if you’d rather soak up the tropical scenery together, you’ll find plenty of stunning nature walks around the resort. Be sure to hike up to the tip of Mount Vomo if your children are a little older – the view is incredible.
There are plenty of other things about Vomo that you’ll love as well. The meals are exquisite, the bedrooms are refined with unique Fijian touches, there’s a nine-hole golf course onsite and the Kui Spa is especially divine.
• Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort:
The Ultimate in Underwater Fun
This eco-friendly, laid-back retreat has a relaxing natural vibe to it. But those who love getting wet will especially appreciate the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort.
The resort is owned and directed by the son of the famous underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau and there’s even an onsite marine biologist available to answer any questions you have and teach your young ones about the local aquatic wildlife.
Amenities abound with tennis and volleyball courts, a bar, restaurant, spa and four swimming pools. The to-do list specifically for kids is just as impressive and includes guided snorkeling trips.
The Bula Club is packed with fun daily activities. A freshwater pool, complete with a 20-foot slide, sandbox, jungle gym and center for arts and crafts are among the other fun things to do. Plus the nanny service is superb.
The location is also picture perfect: set on the coast of Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island, you’ll be less than five miles from the charming town of Savusavu.
• Yasawa Island Resort & Spa:
Family adventure in a secluded spot
The fun begins even before you arrive at the resort.
Your little ones will love boarding a private plane, soaring above the magnificent Fijian scenery and then landing at a private grass airstrip on the secluded Yasawa Island.
Once there, the excitement really sets in. The resort’s 18 luxury bungalows are mere steps from the sugar-white sand. But there’s plenty more to do if you ever need a break from the beach.
Although Yasawa Island caters to older children and honeymoons for most of the year. It made our list due to its fabulous Family Weeks. For approximately 13-15 weeks per year, the exclusive resort opens its doors to families and kids of all ages to enjoy. During these weeks the resort offers an array of fun activities designed exclusively for younger children.
Outdoor family adventures are easy to find here: explore the famous Blue Lagoon caves, have a picnic on a deserted beach or snorkel in the impossibly clear waters. You can also venture to the nearby village of Bukama, where the locals are extremely friendly to visitors.
But there’s just as much for adults to do here as well. Relax at Fiji’s first-ever beach-front spa, enjoy an intimate dinner cruise or simply unwind in supreme quiet on the sand.
• Castaway Island Resort:
A Legendary Family Escape with Very Loyal Fans
The vibe here is Fijian at its core, laid-back and incredibly welcoming.
It’s no wonder that 40% of the travelers who stay at the Castaway Island Resort are repeat visitors. Plus, the resort has recently racked up an array of awards, including being inducted into the 2015 TripAdvisor Hall of Fame.
The all-natural feel of this retreat, which is made up of 66 spacious bures, is part of the reason why it has such a loyal fan base. Nestled among native palms mere steps from the beach, the Castaway Island Resort provides a nice balance between kid-focused fun and adult-orientated amenities.
For example, there’s a family pool and also a kid-free “serenity pool’ that’s for grownups only. And many parents love that the kids club has no electronic distractions – like video games – because all activities are based around exploring, playing and enjoying nature.
Fantastic Fijian and international cuisine, amazing snorkeling and ample opportunities to explore the surrounding tropics are just a few more reasons to check out this unique escape.
• Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji:
Perfectly positioned for fun
With its fab location near the Adventure Capital of Fiji, Pacific Harbour, on the main island of Viti Levu, the Nanuku Auberge Resort puts you and your family in prime position for exploring the best sights and attractions in Fiji.
Everything from ziplines and sandboarding to river rafting and the famous shark dive are within easy access here. But there are also many reasons to linger right at the resort.
Grow-ups can enjoy a unique Fijian Food Safari, where you learn how to craft authentic dishes, and then dine right on the beach. Meanwhile, the little ones will be having a blast at the LaiLai Children’s Club, which offers daily programs that range from watersports and crafts to games that allow them to explore the Fijian culture.
And when it’s time to play together, the Nanuku Island Experience is a can’t-miss excursion. Travel to this tranquil island in the Beqa Lagoon – about 20 minutes from the resort – and explore the untouched beaches or go snorkeling near brilliant coral reef.
Thinking of traveling to one of these resorts?
Get in touch with a Venture Fiji travel advisor to get accurate, honest advice on any of these family retreats. Our experts will help you figure out which resort is right for you.