FIJI is the crown jewel of the South Pacific – a secluded island with shimmery waters that glint beneath the sun, ultra-luxury resorts flanked by swaying coconut palm, and bleeding sunsets to inspire a million poems.
Whether you’re there for a romantic trip with your partner, or to spend quality time in the sun with friends and family, Fiji is not an island to be rushed. Take your time through each hour of the day to truly enjoy the velvety sand between your toes and the comfort of the warmth against your skin.
Coupled with the Fijian hospitality that the island has come to be known for, these activities and sites are worthy of being pencilled into your itinerary.
Stay in a stunning overwater lagoon bure
Relish the chance to sleep directly over the lagoon at Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay, a stunning five-star property with signature over-water bure villas. Each villa is suspended above water and directly leading to the ocean via a set of stairs, guaranteeing absolute privacy for you and your partner. Spend idle afternoons on the balcony with sunscreen slathered on, book in hand, and cocktail in tow.
Take comfort that the property is designed with indigenous architecture in mind; bures feature modern décor and vaulted ceilings. Despite being far out into the sea, the villas have modern amenities including room service, LED TVs, and access to premium movie channels.
Indulge in the culinary creations of Peter Kuruvita
The product of a partnership with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Flying Fish is an exciting culinary concept in Fiji that was incepted in 2008. The restaurant is located in two Marriott properties on the island: Sheraton Fiji Resort on Denarau Island and Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island, both outlets which highlight the stunningly fresh produce of Fiji.
The concept of Flying Fish was helmed by celebrity chef Peter Kuruvita who crafted a seafood-heavy menu paired with flavours from around the world. Think lightly seasoned prawns tickled with salt, pepper and paprika, seafood bathed in a rich Sri Lankan curry paste, or miso-dressed local mahi mahi garnished with wasabi and black sesame.
Play in a golfer’s paradise
The Denarau Golf & Racquet Club – one of the South Pacific’s finest golf courses – is an excellent place to practise your swing, or to simply bond with your mates while on vacation. Only 100m from Sheraton Fiji Resort, the club was designed by Eiichi Motobashi and incorporates a unique Pacific theme with bunkers in the shape of marine creatures and more importantly, sweeping views of the ocean.
If you’re new to the game, the club offers international standard lessons and clinics. Golfers can also practice on putting and chipping greens, as well as on a driving range dotted with target greens. Rental clubs and shoes are available on request.
Sip on cocktails in the middle of the ocean
Cloud9 is arguably the most surreal spot in Fiji to have a drink – it’s a two-level floating platform on the Malolo Barrier Reef in the Mamanuca Islands chain, and surrounded by turquoise waters, a colorful network of corals, and spectacular views. The bar is easily accessible from the mainland and Denarau Island, a great option if you’re putting up at Sheraton Fiji Resort.
Cloud9 has an internationally stocked bar as well as local spirits such as Fiji Gold, Fiji Bitter and Fiji Rum Co. Accompany your drink with Italian woodfire pizzas, lounge music spun by international DJs, and comfortable daybeds or hanging chairs. If you’re so inclined, hire snorkelling gear or paddle boards to get a feel of the water.
Be a real-life Castaway
Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island is a magnificent resort in the Mamanuca Island chain and is surrounded by the blessed combination of white sand lapped by warm waters, pristine coral reefs, and lush tropical gardens. The seclusion of the resort means you’ll feel like the only one on the island, and you’ll have the vast ocean all to yourself.
One of the quirks of the resort is its vicinity to Monuriki and Monu islands, the filming location for the 2000 epic survival drama Castaway starring Tom Hanks. The Mamanuca Islands are a collection of 30 separate islands, some inhabited and some not; and while we can guarantee you won’t be stranded the way Hanks’ character was in the film, rest assured you’ll meet spectacular reef and marine life along the way.
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