10 Top Hotels and Resorts for Your Fiji Vacation
From backpacker retreats to ultra luxury private islands, these hotels and resorts will leave you dreaming of warm days and breezy nights in the South Pacific.
Photo By: Joe Sills
Photo By: Joe Sills
Photo By: Joe Sills
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Photo By: The Wakaya Club & Spa
Getting to Fiji
Trace a line between Hawaii and Australia, and Fiji lands somewhere near the middle. This remote South Pacific island is home to 330 islands in a land where indigenous culture blends with a centuries-long engagement with the British Empire. The quickest way from the US to Fiji? An overnight flight from Los Angeles to Nadi. But once you've touched down, you'll find accessing the island nation's most remote resorts requires a little adventure and, sometimes, a lot of cash.
Your own boat, an 18-hole golf course and a private submarine set Lacaula Island apart from nearly every resort on the planet. Subjective travel intelligence guru Phillipe Kjellgren journeyed non-stop for 800 days to find the best hotels and resorts on Earth, and Lacaula Island grabs a key position on his Michelin-like guide to hotels, PK's List. The resort, created by Red Bull co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz in 2003, is situated under a range of volcanic mountains and employs 16 staff members for every guest. Rates start at $4,800 per night.
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort
This five star eco-resort houses guests in traditional beachside bungalows, but diving is where this gem really shines. Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort was founded by the legendary Cousteau family and plays host to their dive school. The resort hosts liveaboard and day dives, and also accommodates rookie divers via an in-house Discover scuba program. If you’re lucky, you may even get to dive with a member of the Cousteau family or their film crew on your trip.
Likuliku Lagoon Resort
Likuliku Lagoon Resort, another of Kjellgren's favorites, is the only resort in Fiji to feature overwater bungalows. Located on Malolo Island, Likuliku Lagoon Resort is approximately one hour by ferry from Fiji's most frequented international entry point at Nadi International Airport. If the overwater private villas don't offer enough privacy for you, Likuliku also offers access to its own secluded honeymoon island for your personal use.
Though an evening on Gipsea might not come with the luxury features you'd find on some accommodations on this list, it doubles down on accessibility, adventure and affordability. For under $200 per night, travelers can book a cabin on this 46-foot yacht docked near Nadi. Guests access the boat by boarding a tender at Wailoaloa Beach, not far from Nadi International Airport. The ship can host seven guests at a time, making it one of the more intimate overnight experiences available at an easily accessible price point.
Naveria Heights Lodge
Naveria Heights Lodge offers a bird’s eye view of Savusavu Bay for the budget-minded traveler. The hillside retreat has played host to backpackers, travel writers and photographers from around the world, generating a cult following among authentic travel enthusiasts. The staff expertly arranges tours of local volcanic hot springs, waterfalls and villages. Go for the rainwater-fed mountaintop pool and outdoor showers. Stay for easy access to dive charters and nightlife on Savusavu Bay.
Beachside bungalows aren't exlusively reserved for couples at Wananavu Resort. This family-friendly hideaway is located on Fiji's main island of Viti Levu, about two hours by car from Nadi. The resort offers activities for all ages, ranging from crab racing to coconut tree climbing to cooking demonstrations and scuba diving.
Turtle Island bills itself as a sanctuary for the soul. This 500-acre, exclusive retreat was founded in 1972 and hosts just 14 couples at any given time. Its activities blend an incredibly private setting with champagne picnics, horseback riding, kava ceremonies, scuba diving and fishing. At Turtle Island each private villa is attended to by a personal concierge. Turtle Island is located in the Yasawa Islands, about 20 miles north of the main island of Viti Levu.
Six Senses Fiji
One of Fiji's newest resorts, Six Senses was designed with adventure in mind. Six Senses serves up access to sailing, language courses, cooking classes, reef diving, skydiving, kayaking, paddleboarding and surfing — all of this, before its nightly cinema under the stars. The resort rests atop a set of rolling hills on Mololo Island, with suites available in one of its two dozen villas.
The Wakaya Club and Spa
The tiny, private island of Wakaya sits midway between the islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. Here, a 2,200-acre rainforest is returning to life after a devastating tropical storm leveled much of the island in 2016. At the heart of that revitalization, you'll find Wakaya Club and Spa, whose first-class facilities and ten private bungalows were repaired using downed trees from the storm. Offshore, a natural marine reserve hosts some of the most vibrant dive sites in Fiji.
Namale Resort and Spa
Namale Resort and Spa is located just minutes from the grass runway of Savusavu Airport. This all-inclusive resort has played host to Hollywood celebrities like George Clooney, Russell Crowe, Meg Ryan and Oprah who come for its signature private dining experiences. The adults-only resort offers intimate dinner locations like a remote, seaside cave, an ocean-view deck with a heart shaped hot tub or a table overlooking a private waterfall.
As with all locations on Vanua Levu, you'll need to catch a flight from Fiji's international airport in Nadi or board a ferry on Viti Levu to get there.