It’s difficult to imagine a tropical destination that offers as much for families as Fiji. For starters, there’s the legendary warmth and hospitality of the Fijians themselves. Get ready to get perma-grin from all the friendly exclamations of “Bula!” you’ll be greeted with everywhere you go.
Traveling with kids, you’ll feel absolutely welcomed all over the islands. Many resorts offer not only offer complimentary kids’ clubs, but even throw in complimentary vacation nannies for your youngest family members, giving their usual caretakers some respite and time to really slip into vacation mode.
Read on for our favorite family-friendly resorts in Fiji, from luxe locales in the Mamanucas to familiar chain hotels that go easy on the budget in Denarau.
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort
Where to start with how many ways families absolutely love this stunning resort near Savusavu town on Vanua Levu. How about the complimentary vacation nannies, provided to every child age five and under for the entire length of your stay? There’s a wonderful kids’ club with a dedicated family pool and water slide, where you can go as a family or leave your kids for camp at the Bula Club that may be the highlight of their vacation.
The 25 bures at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort include many directly on the Koro Sea. And kayaks and SUPs are always at the ready when you’re up for a solo or family paddle. As the resort’s name would suggest, scuba diving and snorkeling are on tap here, too, with trips to the incredible reefs of the Namena Marine Preserve offered daily.
Turtle Island Fiji
Reserved for adults only most of the year, this incredible private island resort in the Yasawa chain opens its doors wide open to families for select weeks every year, usually in June and December. The 500-acre resort has just 14 villas, so there’s tons of room to spread out and host a multi-generational get together with your family.
During family weeks at Turtle Island Fiji, all kids 5 and under have a private nanny to keep them entertained. Kids six and older get a Bula Buddy, who takes them along to all kinds of group activities that might include arts and crafts, swimming and scavenger hunts.
InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa
One of Fiji’s most incredible beaches—the long, sweeping stretch at Natadola Bay—is at your doorstep when you stay at this luxurious InterContinental outpost. The resort yawns across 35 acres of lush tropical landscapes and is protected by a fringing reef abuzz with tropical fish.
With 266 rooms, this is a large resort where you’ll find tons of things to do to keep the family busy throughout your stay, including an 18-hole championship golf course, parasailing, fly boarding, glass bottom boat safaris, tubing, surf lessons and much more. There are several onsite restaurants to mix up dining options.
Whatever you do, don’t miss the weekly seafood buffet, every Sunday at Sanasana, considered one of the best restaurants in all of Fiji.
Six Senses Fiji
This luxurious family-friendly resort in the Mamanuca Archipelago is just a short boat ride (or helicopter transfer, as some guests prefer) from Denarau and Nadi. But once you’ve checked the kids into the complimentary Kokosi Kids Club onsite, the vacation vibes whisk you far from any mainland reality.
All bures at Six Senses Fiji have private plunge pools and decadent outdoor showers and soaking tubs. It’s worth splurging on a bure with an ocean view. For something even more indulgent, families can really spread out in the private residences on offer, all of which come with a complimentary vacation nanny for the length of your stay. Family activities include outdoor movies, snorkeling and diving trips and surf lessons in the calm lagoon with the onsite operator, Tropicsurf.
Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay
This Coral Coast property might be part of a big international chain, but the feeling of staying with the family at the Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay comes with a real sense of place and borderline boutique hotel vibe. Many of the rooms and public places, including restaurants and bars, front the manmade lagoon, where conditions are always nice and calm (read: like a giant zero-entry pool for your littles).
The hotel is just 18 miles south of Nadi, so you can be checking in shortly after arrival from an International flight. The property’s several pools include an adults-only oasis (bask in it while the kids are having fun at the property’s kids club) as well as a dedicated kids’ pool that’s nice and shallow and outfitted with water cannons they can spray. When you want to venture off property, river tours in Sigatoka and beautiful area beaches are within easy reach.
Vomo Island Fiji
Guests arrive by private helicopter to this lavish resort off the Northwest coast of Viti Levu that manages to cater to honeymooners and vacationing families in the same beat. For kids four and older, Vomo Island’s Kids Village—a fantasy land all its own accessed by suspension bridge from the main resort—is likely where they’ll spend much of their time, with nonstop supervised fun along the lines of arts and crafts, crab scavenger hunts and building sand castles.
The idea here is that kids are looked after at the club during lunch and dinner, too, when they’ll eat with their friends from the Kids Village so parents have plenty of time to unwind alone and relax. When it comes to spending time together as a family, there’s so much to do, from snorkeling around the resort’s two private islands in search of Nemo, sailing on the house Hobie cats and kayaking to fishing with handlines and heading out on guided trips to the outer reef.
Castaway Island Fiji
Make the marvelous Mamanucas your destination for family fun in Fiji when you stay at this beloved resort. Families with as many as ten people can be accommodated in a single family-style bure, where your crew can wake up to water views from your balcony and spread out in the three large bedrooms inside.
Castaway’s daily activity schedule keeps everyone busy with fun that might include Fijian cooking classes, paddleboarding, snorkeling and visits to the nearby private island where the Tom Hanks movie, Cast Away, was filmed. In addition to the resort’s gorgeous beach, there are two onsite swimming pools—one for families and another for adults only.
Castaway’s free kids club gives a break to parents not only during the all-day hours, but during evening sessions, too, offered from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly.
Nanuku Auberge Resort
Fronting beautiful Beqa Lagoon on the southern coast of Viti Levu, this luxury resort gives guests easy access to all the soft adventure and cultural activities of Pacific Harbour. That said, it’s hard to pull one’s self away from all there is to do onsite at Nanuku Auberge Resort.
Families love all the room to spread out, with 37 suites, villas and private residences offering different layouts to best meet the needs of your crew. Head out to explore the lush grounds and lineup of cultural and outdoors experiences on offer that might include cooking classes where you’ll learn to make Kokoda (a Fijian fish dish), medicine walks into the surrounding jungle and meke dance performances.
The resort really excels at bespoke family experiences you don’t find everywhere. Staff can set up a backyard tent at your beachfront residence and a bonfire for the kids and teach them a classic Fijian kids’ game where they’ll learn to smash a pineapple like a piñata.
Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island
A lagoon pool with a tunneling white-water slide and the onsite kids club are just a few of the things your littles will smile about at this popular 135-room chain resort in Denarau, where you can be checking in shortly after landing in Nadi (the hotel is a short jaunt from the airport).
Spend your days splashing on the private beach at Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island, admiring beautiful orchids in the resort’s Garden of the Sleeping Giants or enjoying complimentary non-motorized watersports like kayaks, SUPs and Hobie Cats.
Sheraton Fiji Resort
Just 20 minutes from the airport in Nadi, here’s another Denarau resort that makes it easy for families to settle in and enjoy. Staying at this beachfront Sheraton gives you access to the nearby Westin, part of the same five-star resort complex, so you’ll have several pools and beaches to explore with the kids during your stay.
The Sheraton Fiji Resort offers special “stay and play” deals for kids under 12, to get you savings on their meals throughout your stay. Amenities especially designed with kids in mind include the hotel’s LaiLai Kids Club and a playground with slides and swings where they can burn off energy away from the pools and beach.