Fiji is synonymous with pearly white sand beaches with warm aqua-colored water, swaying palm trees and, of course, coconuts, but not every place in Fiji is perfect. When it comes to staying in Fiji, you need to do your research to make sure what you think you’re getting from looking at glossy photos on a hotel’s website is the real deal. Rest assured, the InterContinental Fiji is the real deal.
The resort, located on the main island of Viti Levu, offers something for everyone, from its garden, pool, lagoon and beachfront rooms – ideal for families – to its accommodation with access to the club lounge, with its private pool where you can relax in a poolside pod all day reading a book and drinking fresh coconuts.
Fiji is renowned for its hospitality and their Planet Trekkers club is interactive and engaging for children of all ages. For those with kids, the kids’ club is exceptional. From crab racing and fishing to cupcake making and dressing up for the nightly fire show to the kids disco at night – one thing I can assure you is that your kids will never won’t be bored.
Pools are important to me when I travel, and this InterContinental property has three unique spots to cool off from the tropical heat. The all-ages pool offers excellent shade protection in certain areas and varies in depth, so even the smallest of children can splash around in the water all day.
The adults only pool is one of the best I have had the pleasure of swimming in. The infinity pool is perfectly designed to line up with the Natadola Bay horizon, so you can watch the ocean for miles and miles while sipping a Mojito.
Club InterContinental rooms have access to their own pool to enjoy as well.
Speaking of Natadola Bay, this beach has been voted by CNN as one of the whitest beaches in the world – so you can be sure to live out your Fijian fantasies here and not be disappointed. Many other large hotel chains, such as Sofitel, Sheraton, Hilton and Raddisson, are all based on the main island, such as InterContinental but on an artificial island called Denarau. While these resorts are kid-friendly, Denarau Beach is no-swimming. There is black sand and the water is muddy all day – not the Fiji you might be hoping for.
Food and drink
When it comes to food, there is something for all appetites and all ages. The buffet breakfast at Sanasana Restaurant, the main restaurant, offers a great place to enjoy the breathtaking scenery overlooking Meke Lawn and Natadola Bay for all who dine there. Each evening there is a different themed buffet, from Italian to my favorite, Fijian night, where your taste buds can travel the world during your stay. Kokoda, a traditional Fijian dish made with raw Mahi Mahi fish dried in lime juice, spices and coconut milk is a must try.
For something more refined, the Navo restaurant is for you. Breakfast here is a great way to start the day. Navo offers an all-inclusive gourmet buffet breakfast combined with hot items that you can select from a menu. My favorite is the Navo breakfast; two poached eggs, tomato, cucumber, grilled line fish, green leaves and vinaigrette.
Dinner service is adults only, offering children the option to dine from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and for the whole Navo dining experience you can’t get past its tasting, offering fresh tuna to start, local lobster for the main course main and finished with a Fijian panna cotta with pineapple, coconut and lime.
The Tomba Lounge is ideal when you are looking for something more laid back during the day. Located between the adult pool and the family pool, it is the perfect place to dine while enjoying the famous Fijian sunsets and sipping a cocktail. It also has a great kids menu ranging from carrot sticks to hummus to fish and chips. Think wood-fired pizza, pasta, burgers or even a fresh Greek salad with Fiji Mahi Mahi fish on the side.
I have had many spa treatments on my travels, and the spa at this resort is one of my favorites. From the tranquil cabanas allowing you to get a massage under open-air cabanas dotted across the resort’s lawn bordering the beach to the spa’s Orchid Room, there’s something to relax your mind and soul during your stay here.
Before and after your treatment, experience the spa’s signature Wai-Zone, Fijian for water, the essence of life. You start with a relaxing rain shower, followed by an ice cold shower, the hot hydrotherapy plunge pool, another rain shower, then the steam room with a third rain shower to finish.
Once inside, spa treatments seamlessly blend Eastern and Western cultures, bringing balance and mindfulness to your entire experience here. Afterwards, you’ll be treated to an oatmeal cookie and herbal tea to soothe your spa trip.
The good thing about this hotel is that you can do as little or as much as you want. A visit to the local school is such a rewarding experience, especially if you have children. Each time I have been there, I have donated a laptop to the teachers and students, who have all enjoyed it.
Visits to local villages to experience the Fijian way of life can also be arranged by the resort’s friendly concierge, as well as a tour of local markets.
For those a little more active, the hotel is renowned for its world-class golf course which has a breathtaking backdrop of coral reefs and the Pacific Ocean. After 18 holes, you can enjoy a few drinks in the authentic Fijian-designed clubhouse to end your day.
If you like snorkeling, you can dive directly. Natadola Bay has some of the best snorkeling right off the beach, or for enthusiasts who want to see more – you can book a snorkeling trip that takes you on a boat further out into the bay.
The resort also offers a host of non-motorized and motorized sports for all to enjoy for an additional fee.
After a stay here I am sure you will fall in love with Fiji and this resort and will already be planning your trip home. And if it’s love you’re looking for, you can even get married at the resort’s chapel with beach reception, where you and your guests can dance the night away as the sun sets.
Fiji Airlines flies to Nadi International Airport in Fiji directly from Los Angeles, Wellington and Auckland and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. From London Heathrow fly British Airways direct to LAX and then Fiji Airways to Nadi.
InterContinental Golf Resort and Spa is a 45-minute drive from Nadi International Airport. This is important because many Fijian hotels may have fantastic beaches, but they may be located on an island off the mainland. This means you still have to take a two to three hour boat ride, take a helicopter or even another domestic flight with Fiji Airways to get to your final destination. After a long-haul flight, sometimes that’s the last thing you want to do.
Rooms can be booked from £280 per night.
Address: InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa, Maro Road, Natadola Bay, Fiji Islands.
Call: +679 673 3300
E-mail: [email protected]