Fiji for Families: The Best Resorts for Big and Little Travellers Alike
Think Fiji is just for couples? Think again. From safe swimming bays to friendly Fijian nannies, this South Pacific paradise was practically made for families.
Set your sights beyond Fiji’s exclusive couples-only accommodation and you’ll find an archipelago of island resorts custom-built for kids, all with enough adult-friendly perks to keep mums and dads happy too.
Turtle Island is an adults-only resort almost all year round, but this exclusive island bends the rules three times a year to welcome travellers of all ages onto its shores. Luckily, bringing your little ones along for the ride doesn’t mean you’ll sacrifice much needed time for two. With children under five provided with a nanny, and a trusted ‘Bula Buddy’ allocated to children six and over, mums and dads can enjoy family time and alone time in equal measures. Don’t want to wait for Family Week to roll around? The entire island can be reserved for you and your family’s private use, with everything from a la carte dining to horseback riding included in the price.
One of two small isles collectively known as the Vomo Islands, this all-ages resort goes beyond basic kid-friendly requirements with an entire village dedicated to keeping ‘Little Islanders’ entertained. Complete with chefs and caregivers, the Kids Village on VOMO Island is a paradise for children of all ages, with Baby Butlers available to accompany kids aged three or less. Travelling with teens? The resort also offers a PADI scuba diving course for children 10 and over, so they can learn the ins and outs exploring below the surface.
Nestled on the Coral Coast just one hour from Nadi, Yanuca Island is an ideal destination for families who want to minimise travel once they touch down. And, while its close proximity to Viti Levu means you’ll have the freedom to explore the mainland, you won’t want to leave the luxurious facilities at Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa. From sandcastle competitions to shopping and dining, this oasis has something for everyone. Best of all, with a kids-eat-free dining offer, you’ll be able to take the whole family to Fiji without compromising your budget.
The best of both worlds for parents who want to roll their romantic getaway and family holiday into one, Viti Levu’s Outrigger on the Lagoon combines couples-only areas with family-friendly charm. Take a dip for two in the designated adults-only swimming pool, or rub elbows with likeminded mums and dads in one of the exclusive on-site restaurants. While you do, your little ones will be well looked after with everything from water polo to spear-making and traditional Fijian games. Want to experience local culture as a family? Make the most of Outrigger’s Global DISCOVERY program, where you’ll see villagers undertake a traditional firewalking ritual before digging into a Fijian feast.
Fiji’s second largest island after Viti Levu, Vanua Levu’s first claim to fame is its size, but when it comes to families, it’s better known for the Jean Michel Cousteau Resort. Home to one of the most comprehensive kids’ clubs in the country, this award-winning accommodation has been voted the best 5-star resort in Fiji – not to mention the whole South Pacific. So what sets this tropical paradise apart? Equal attention to detail for travellers big and small, with relaxation and romance for parents and immersive cultural experiences for kids. Need a little extra time for two? Jean Michel Cousteau Resort also offers a private island just offshore, where couples can experience complete seclusion – even if only for a day.
The ultimate budget-friendly option, Plantation Island Resort caters to South Pacific holidaymakers who are looking to save some cash. And while the accommodation may be more basic than Fiji’s more extravagant resorts, this 3-star accommodation doesn’t skimp on amenities, with three bars, three swimming pools and three restaurants on-site. Best of all, there’s a big and little version of almost everything on the island, including a 9-hole golf course with children’s mini golf to match.
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