Family Review - Radisson Blu Fiji
You know those moments, all parents have them, when you just crave some simple, easy down time. When you need a place where you can just slow down and enjoy some quality time as a family. Only three hours from Australia’s east coast, Fiji is a family holiday haven and is one of the best places to take kids for an overseas holiday in an indulgent Fiji resort.
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If you want to stay in one of the best family resorts in Fiji, the Radisson Denarau is for you and will allow for some quality rest and recuperation whilst you bask in the tropical island atmosphere. Before settling on a place to stay I spent plenty of time scouring trip advisor reviews to find amazing recommendations for a family stay in Fiji. To our delight the overwhelmingly positive reviews for the Radisson Blu Fiji turned out to be accurate and we had a fantastic eight night stay at the hotel.
Here is the low down on what you can expect…
Radisson Blu Resort Overview At a glance the Radisson Blu Fiji offers a variety of rooms and packages, four swimming pools, six restaurants, kids activities and easy access to all that the Denarau Marina offers including day trips or overnight stays to neighbouring islands.
Family Rooms at the Radisson Denarau For our stay, we paid for a Lagoon view one bedroom suite which was super spacious and comfortable for a family of four. The main bedroom has a king size bed and a balcony so you can sit outside in the evenings once the kids go to bed. It could also be closed off completely from the large living area and kitchen giving some privacy and noise control. The bathroom was quite luxurious, very clean and included a bath which was helpful with a baby and toddler. The kids shared the high-quality sofa bed with comfortable mattress. Overall the room was extremely comfortable, clean and functional for a family stay. The view from our balcony was very nice overlooking the family pool and out towards the ocean. We could easily sit on our balcony to watch the fire dance shows in the evening.
Pool I’m pretty sure I am not the only one who spends a lot of time checking out the pools on hotel websites. I LOVE a beautiful resort pool blended into pretty tropical gardens and with kids I look for pools with sandy shallow areas for them to paddle safely without constantly needing an adult in the water. The Radisson Blu pools in Fiji are absolutely perfect for young kids. The main pool is adjacent to the restaurant and has sandy banks that gradually deepen into the centre. With its man-made beach area, toddlers and infants can spend hours building sandcastles and running in and out of the shallow waters.
If it’s a little more action that the kids are after there is a white water slide and dedicated kids pool for games and activities.
When to visit Fiji In Fiji the prices for five start resorts are pretty reflective of prices you will find in Australia. Keep in mind though that if you are flexible with dates and prepared to travel outside of school holidays then you are more likely to find a great deal for the Radisson Blu Fiji.
We visited in May which was the shoulder season but found this to be an optimal time to be there. Warm sunny weather was still the norm most days with the occasional tropical storm or rain shower. Although the resorts still had plenty of families visiting it wasn’t at all over crowded. It's shoulder season now so what are you waiting for!
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The staff at this hotel were extremely friendly and welcoming and helped to make the kids trip memorable with their happy ‘bulas’ each time you passed someone. Of particular mention were the friendly housekeeping ladies who took the time each day to ‘dress up’ our kids’ toys with flowers and placed them in funny places. The girls found it quite amusing each day to return from the pool to see where their toys might be that day….
Activities When in Fiji you really should take the opportunity to take a day trip or potentially even side trip for a few nights out to one of the Mamanuca Islands. The boats for all these islands depart regularly from the Denarau Marina. Simply because we were travelling with a restless six month old at the time we only ventured as far as South Seas island on this trip but having been to other islands previously and you really can’t go wrong. All of them feature crystal clear waters, stunning scenery and excellent snorkelling. South Seas Cruises are one of the major tour operators in Fiji and the quality of their tours is very high - https://www.ssc.com.fj/
If you run into any bad weather on your holiday you can always take some time out at the Fun Factory (Denarau Marina). Fully decked out with climbing walls and tunnels, trampolines, ball pits and more our kids loved this place and burnt off some energy on a stormy day.
For the adults there is plenty to keep yourself active and happy. Hubby enjoyed some golf at the Denarau Golf Club, the paddling in kayaks is a good workout and I loved the spa and massage service.
Kid Friendly resort Fiji This resort really is tailored and focused on pleasing families – particularly those with young children. The Blu Banana kids club was bright and fun, enticing kids to come in and play and the staff working with the children were very enthusiastic. Our girls were both too young to be left (they need to be over four to join in group activities) so we needed to stay with them but there were loads of other kids running around the resort having a lot of fun with the games. If you are travelling with infants and toddlers and happy to leave them with a babysitter then you can also pay for babysitting services with a two-hour notice period.
Food For such a tropical place the distinct lack of fresh produce in Fiji does have a follow through effect for dining. If there is one area of the resort that I would rate as a little below expectations it was for the food. We had originally arranged for breakfast at the resort however the first morning we found the choice and quality to be a little poor so ended up opting to save the money and self cater in our room. We did eat room service a couple of times and both were reasonably good but for the most part we headed out of the resort for meals.
At the Marina we loved the food and ambience of the Nadina restaurant which served delicious Fijian food overlooking the harbour. Packed full of vegies and super tasty our kids loved this place as well.
For a casual family dinner, the restaurant at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club was a great pick. Serving simple pub style food this place is very relaxing for dining with kids as they can run about on the soft grass to stretch their legs.
For a good lunch option, we liked the Pantry which is located inside the Sheraton resort and just a short 10 minutes walk away. The Pantry served deli style café food and was tasty and fresh.
Transport around Denarau The Bula Bus is the Denarau island mode of public transport and makes regular stops at the Radisson. The bus can transport the family from resort to resort in Denarau (in case you want to check out other places for your next visit to Fiji) and finishes up at the Denarau Marina. A great spot to grab a bite to eat at any of the restaurants or cafes, board a vessel out to the islands or stock up on some supplies at the village supermarket.
For getting to and from the airport the Radisson offers a transfer service. Alternately you can organise yourself a private transfer with a private car and child restraints. Just make sure you check that the seats are properly fitted before leaving the airport as ours had not been tethered correctly.
For those travelling with prams there is a footpath that travels the whole length of Denarau island connecting all of the resorts and Denarau Marina. It is very easy to get about with young kids and a stroll back to your hotel after dinner is always very pleasant.
If you prefer to walk along the beach you should be pre-warned. Denarau is not your typical sandy Fijian beach location. The beach provides some beautiful sunset opportunities but not the best for swimming or beach walking.
Summary If you are after a resort holiday where you can simply arrive, kick off your shoes and have a super relaxing break from everyday life then the Radisson Blu Fiji is a fantastic option. With so many great facilities, really lovely pool areas, and fun, stimulating entertainment for kids this place ticks all the boxes. At the time of our trip we were all very sleep deprived with the arrival of our second daughter so a week of completely chilling out was exactly what the doctor ordered.
If you want to experience some more authentic Fijian culture then it is definitely worth considering some day trips to other parts of the main island, Viti Levu or out to the neighbouring islands. If you want some amazing snorkelling and pristine white sandy beaches then you also really need to head to the islands however Denarau is the perfect base point for excellent accommodation and facilities to further explore the beauty of Fiji.
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