Though the market in Fiji has opened up, resorts tend to still dominate. The largest concentration of resorts and hotels is around Nadi on the west side of the main island, Viti Levu. There’s good competition as to prices, so it’s worth shopping around. And while the resorts are expensive, bear in mind that many are all-inclusive and may work out better value for family holidays.
There are plenty of resorts with kids’ clubs and activities. The 5-star Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort’s free Bula Club offers beachcombing, flower planting, fish painting, picnics, and more for kids. Or try Castaway Island in Mamanuca Islands – a 1st-class barefoot resort without phones, radios or TVs, but with award-winning activities for kids including Fijian dancing, hermit crab racing, and night-time wildlife walks. Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort is on its own island in the Yanuca group, surrounded by superb beaches and close to a natural lagoon, so ideal for swimming and snorkelling. It has a free child-minding centre and a playground called The Little Chiefs’ Club.
Less expensive is Plantation Island Resort, where you could squeeze two under-16s into your room and not have to pay for them! Budget options include beach cottages and bungalows and dorm-style places, which may be an option with adventurous older kids.
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