Fiji beach villas.
At first thought, Denarau Island may raise expectations of a remote Fijian isle. In reality, it is a gated tourism development only a 20-minute drive from Nadi International Airport. Denarau Island is approached over a 100-yard bridge from the mainland. The former mangrove island has been under development since 1969 and today it has private homes, a championship golf course, a port and a number of five-star hotels, including such familiar brands as Hilton, Radisson, Sheraton, Sofitel and Westin. I’d be using the Fiji Beach Resort & Spa, which is managed by Hilton, as my base to explore Denarau Island and meet with hotel representatives from a variety of properties.
After settling in, I met with Adrienne Sword, sales executive for Fiji Beach Resort & Spa. As we toured the property, I learned some insider tips for booking the beachfront resort. The project has completed the first phase of a three-phase development plan. When the development is complete, it will be officially flagged as a Hilton, instead of just being managed by the company. A date for completion hasn’t been set.
The resorts 225 rooms run the gamut of categories, from Studio Beachfront to Five-Bedroom Deluxe Beachfront. A hefty 95 percent of the rooms have ocean views providing a Technicolor show put on by Fiji’s gorgeous sunsets. For the very best views, book villas 26-35 and numbers 12, 11 and 10. These room numbers are for a variety of room and villa types. All rooms above Studio level come equipped with a barbecue grill on the lanai. Pre packaged ready-to-grill meals can be ordered from room service at $47 per person. The villas have a washing machine, dishwasher, electric range and a full-size refrigerator, making them a good choice for families.
Couples and honeymooners will like the oversized tub that sits in the middle of the bathroom area. The shower and toilet are in two separate rooms. The entertainment features in the rooms are also top-notch, including a Bose sound system and DVD player. The busiest time to book is during Fiji’s school holidays in March and June.
The nuka and pool by the Fiji beachfront.
The spa has seven treatment rooms—two of these are for couples. For advance reservations contact the dynamic spa director, Lauren Hudson ([email protected], 679-675-6800). Look for the spa to triple in size when Phase Two of the development is completed. By the end of the month a massage bure on the beach will be completed.
The property has one restaurant, nuku, which serves a buffet breakfast and an a la carte lunch and dinner. The beachside restaurant has a combination of al fresco seating and enclosed tables. The tables looking out over the ocean are are tables 101-105 and 201-205. They can be reserved in advance of arrival. You’ll definitely win your clients over if they have one of these tables for their first meal at the resort. In June the resort will open a second restaurant, a Thai noodle bar called Maravu, which means “Calm Waters.” Agents can reach out to Adrienne Sword, the property’s sales executive, at [email protected], 679-675-6903.