EVEN though the best time to visit Fiji is between July and September, when the weather is dry and sun shines bright, during this peak season you may have to contend with sky-high prices.
October, however, is when the flocks of tourists have departed so hotel room prices and flights should go down a bit.
The best part is the daily temperatures remain high and you don’t have to worry about tropical storms just yet. If you’re thinking of a vacation, this is the best time.
The island paradise of Fiji offers a range of family-friendly luxury resorts accessible via direct flights from Singapore on Fiji Airways.
The flights depart Wednesday and Saturday, and include special children’s meals and on-board entertainment for them to make the flight enjoyable for families. For details, go to www.FijiAirways.com.
Here are top eight luxury resorts to consider for your Fiji getaway:
SHERATON RESORT AND SPA, TOKORIKI ISLAND
The resort allows parents to truly unwind by offering comprehensive day and night child care programmes. The LaiLai Kids Club emphasises exploration and creativity, and infuses all its activities with Fijian traditions so that children learn about Fiji and its rich culture.
The resort also has family-friendly accommodation options such as interconnecting Island Breeze Rooms and the spacious and well-equipped Family Suite - each designed to give families the perfect opportunity to enjoy their time together.
PLANTATION ISLAND RESORT
Located on Malolo LaiLai Island, it is only a short boat ride away from Nadi International Airport, making it a convenient option for families with young children.
The resort’s Coconut Kids Club offers a wide variety of activities throughout the day for endless fun. Parents travelling with children under 3 years can also rest easy knowing the resort is fully-equipped with a children’s nursery centre and an affordable babysitting service.
OUTRIGGER FIJI BEACH RESORT
Located off the western side of the main island of Viti Levu, this is one of Fiji’s most popular luxury resorts offering top-notch service and experiences for you and your family.
The Outrigger’s Kids Club is sure to keep young children entertained with fun activities including traditional Fijian games, while the impressive range of teen activity programmes such as the Sigatoka Sand Dunes tour promises to take older children on an adventure of a lifetime. Best of all, children aged 12 and younger get complimentary meals daily with the Kids Eat Free special!
JEAN MICHEL COUSTEAU RESORT
Overlooking the beautiful Savusavu Bay, this resort is the epitome of beauty, luxury and comfort. It offers the complimentary award-winning children’s Bula Club which provides fun and engaging activities for children from toddlers to 12-year-olds.
The Bula Club facilities include pools, trampolines and zip-lines, and educational activities such as a junior chef programme where older children visit the resort’s organic garden to learn farm-to-plate concepts and other aspects of farming such as composting.
RADISSON BLU RESORT FIJI
Travellers, both young and old, are captivated the moment they enter the property which boasts many facilities that are best suited for families.
Of note are the resort’s two bedroom suites which boast a one-bedroom suite plus a guest room, as well as common living areas that are great for coming together as a family — be it for a fun play session with the kids, or a Fijian-themed cook-off in the suite’s well-equipped kitchen and dining area.
SHANGRI LA FIJIAN RESORT
Nestled on a 44ha private island, the resort is an enchanting tropical gem. It boasts an extensive range of activities from guided snorkel safaris to parasailing, kayaking, beach volleyball and game fishing.
Shangri-La recently announced that children under the age of 6 can enjoy buffet meals at no extra cost at the allday dining venue when accompanied by a paying adult (up to a maximum of two children), making the resort a perfect getaway for families for young children!
INTERCONTINENTAL FIJI RESORT, NATADOLA BAY
The picturesqueresort offers a fun-filled family holiday. Children are entertained at Planet Trekkers, the resort’s signature Kids Club, while teenagers can try adrenaline-pumping activities such as beach football and touch rugby.
The resort also offers a nanny service and complimentary kids meals at its Sanasana Restaurant.
CASTAWAY ISLAND RESORT
The resort is well-known for its ability to balance a luxurious ambience with family-friendly amenities. In addition to Kids Club activities, it is a great option for larger families, offering family bures (wood-and-straw huts) which can comfortably accommodate up to 10 guests.
The resort recently placed fifth in Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards “Top 10 Hotels for Families” this year.