Fiji is synonymous with pearly white sandy beaches with warm watercolored waters, palm trees swaying in the wind, and, of course, coconuts, but not all places in Fiji are picture-perfect. When it comes to staying in Fiji, you need to do your research to make sure that what you think you are getting from viewing the glossy photos on the hotel’s website is the real deal. Rest assured, InterContinental Fiji is the real deal.
The resort, located on the main island of Viti Levu, offers something for everyone, from its garden, poolside, lagoon, and beach view rooms – ideal for families – to the accessible accommodations in the Club Lounge, complete with a private pool where you can relax in a capsule Poolside all day long to read a book and drink fresh coconut.
Fiji is known for its hospitality, and Planet Trekkers Club is interactive and engaging for kids of all ages. For those with children, the kids club is exceptional. From crab racing and fishing to making cupcakes and dressing up for the night fire show to the kids disco in the evening – one thing I can assure you is that your kids will never get bored.
Pools are important to me when traveling, and this InterContinental property boasts three unique places to cool off from the tropical heat. The pool for all ages has excellent shade protection in some areas and varies in depth, so even the smallest kids can splash around in the water all day.
The adults only pool is one of the best I’ve ever enjoyed swimming in. The infinity pool is perfectly designed to match the skyline of Natadola Bay, so you can look out at the ocean for miles and miles while sipping on a mojito.
Club InterContinental rooms have access to their own private pool to enjoy as well.
Speaking of Natadola Bay, this beach was voted by CNN as one of the whitest beaches in the world – so you can be sure to live out your Fiji fantasies here and not be disappointed. Many other large hotel chains, such as Sofitel, Sheraton, Hilton, and Radisson, are all based on the main island, like InterContinental but on a man-made island called Denarau. While these resorts are kid-friendly, the beach in Denarau does not swim. It has black sand, and the water is muddy all day – not the Fiji you might have hoped for.
Food and drink
When it comes to food, there is something to suit all tastes and all ages. The breakfast buffet at Sanasana, the main restaurant, provides a great place to enjoy stunning views of Meke Lawn and Natadola Bay for all those who eat there. There is a different buffet in the evening every night, from Italian to my favorite Fijian night, where your palate can travel the world during your stay. Kokoda, a traditional Fijian dish made with raw mahi mahi fish cured in lemon juice, spices, and coconut milk is a must.
For more fine dining, Navo Restaurant hits the spot. Breakfast here is a great way to start the day. Navo serves an all-inclusive gourmet buffet breakfast along with hot dishes that you can choose from the menu. My favorite is the navo breakfast. Two boiled eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, grilled fish, green leaves and vinegar.
The dinner service is for adults only, letting kids dine from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, and for the full Navo dining experience, you can’t go past the thaw, serving fresh tuna to start, and local lobsters for main meals and finishing. With Coconut, Fijian Pineapple and Lemon Panna Cotta.
The Tomba Lounge is perfect when you’re looking for something casual during the day. Nestled between the pool for adults and the family, it’s the perfect place to dine while enjoying the famous Fijian sunset and sip a cocktail, and also has a great kids’ menu that ranges from carrot sticks with hummus to fish and chips. Think pizza, pasta, burgers, or even a fresh Greek salad with mahi mahi veggie fish on the side.
I have had many spa treatments during my travels and the spa at this resort is one of my favorite. From a quiet cabana escape that allows you to have a massage under the open-air cabanas spread alongside the resort’s garden lining the beach to the Orchid Room at the spa, there is something to relax your mind and soul during your stay here.
Before and after 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 shower, a hot hydrotherapy hot tub, another rain shower, and then the steam room with a third rain shower to finish.
Once inside, the spa treatments perfectly blend Eastern and Western cultures, providing balance and awakening to your entire experience here. Next, they are treated to an oatmeal cake and herbal tea to soothe your spa trip.
The great thing about this resort is that you can do as little or as much as you want. Visiting the local school is a rewarding experience, especially if you have children. Each time I visited, I donated a laptop for the teachers and students to use, who all appreciate it.
Visits to the local village to witness the Fijian way of life can also be arranged through the resort’s friendly concierge, along with a trip to the local shopping markets.
For those who are more active, the hotel is known for its world-class golf course that features a stunning backdrop of coral reefs and the Pacific Ocean. After 18 holes, you can enjoy some drinks in the authentic Fijian themed club to end your day.
If you like snorkeling, you can dive right in. Natadola Bay has some of the best snorkeling activities right on the beach, or for those enthusiasts who want to see more – you can book a snorkeling trip that takes you on a boat beyond purchase.
The resort also offers a range of non-motorized and motorized sports for all to enjoy at an additional cost.
After staying here, I am sure you will fall in love with Fiji and this resort and will already be planning a return trip. And if you’re looking for love – you can even get married in the resort’s chapel with a reception on the beach, where you and your guests can dance the night away as the sun sets.
Fiji Airlines Fly direct to Fiji Club International Airport from Los Angeles, Wellington, Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. From London Heathrow, fly British Airways direct to LAX and then Fiji Airlines 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 great beaches, but may be located on an island off the mainland. This means that you still need a two-hour boat ride, helicopter ride or even another domestic flight with Fiji Airways to reach your final destination. After a long flight, this is sometimes the last thing you want to do.
Rooms can be booked from £280 per night.
Tabuk: Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, Maru Road, Natadola Bay, Fiji Islands.
phone: +679673 3300
E-mail: [email protected]