Fiji is famous for its beautiful islands and family-friendly holiday vibe but just because a resort, restaurant or excursion is billed as ‘family friendly’ doesn’t mean adults can’t enjoy it too. The following should keep everyone happy, from parents in search of romance to the tiniest of travellers and their older siblings.
Have a whale of a time
With the wind in your hair and a glass of bubbly in hand, it’s hard to think of a better way to experience the beautiful islands of Fiji. Whale’s Tale is a fully rigged 100 foot schooner which takes travellers on a day cruise through the stunning string of islands known as the Mamanuca group with lunch served at the crew’s very own deserted island, Schooner Island. Kids can check out the display board near the bar to see which fish they spotted on their snorkelling trip while the adults dry off before kicking back with a glass of wine to enjoy the view. Everything is provided on this trip, from complimentary snorkelling gear to alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, a delicious buffet lunch and entertainment on the trip back. As the crew strum their guitars and sing the boat back to Denarau, everyone on board wears a smile as big as the bright blue sky.
Why kids love it: Snorkelling, swimming and a crew who makes them feel special.
Why parents love it: Convivial adult company and the undeniable romance of being out on the water.
Corral yourself at Moo Moo
An impressive menu that runs to more than five pages and a romantic beachside location provide ample excuse for diners to corral themselves at Moo Moo, a dedicated steak restaurant which also offers plenty to tempt non-carnivores. Reef and beef are particularly well-represented on the extensive menu which features an array of aged speciality beef ranging from pasture fed rib eye to spice rubbed wagyu. Ask for advice if you’re not sure what to order, the staff are unfailingly charming and always ready with a helpful suggestion. Enjoy sunset with your partner as the kids play on the sand then have them join you for an early dinner. When it comes to romantic family dining, this spot is hard to beat.
Why kids love it: It’s more fun playing on the beach than watching your parents get lovey-dovey.
Why parents love it: Classy, unpretentious food and a beautiful beachside location.
Stay in self-contained style
Radisson Resort Fiji Denarau Island is currently the number one hotel in Denarau according to TripAdvisor, something that doesn’t look like changing any time soon. With modern, predominantly self-contained rooms and a waterslide that’s as much for kids as it is for grown-ups, this family-friendly resort also offers parents some much needed down time with a terrific kids club and serene adults only pool. Standard hotel rooms at the Radisson can be used to advantage by savvy parents travelling with extended family. Book one self-contained apartment and a couple of standard hotel rooms so everyone can utilize the facilities before returning to their own accommodation for the night. This keeps accommodation costs down for everyone, leaving enough money to treat yourselves to a seriously good buffet breakfast at the on-site restaurant.
Why kids love it: The fabulous waterslide of course!
Why parents love it: Luxurious rooms with all the mod cons make it easy to relax.