The Best Resorts on Denarau Island, Fiji

You will find glittering views of the Pacific Ocean and plenty of activities at the upscale resorts of Denarau Island
You will find glittering views of the Pacific Ocean and plenty of activities at the upscale resorts of Denarau Island | Courtesy of the Palms Denarau Fiji / Expedia
Nicholas Grantham

Once mangrove swamps, Denarau Island was reclaimed, revamped and re-energised into a sparkling resort destination on the west coast of Fiji‘s Viti Levu. The name’s misleading, it’s not an island at all, but you will find glittering views of the Pacific Ocean, plus water sports aplenty. The resorts veer towards the upscale end of the market, but boutique shopping, an 18-hole golf course and a buffet of respected restaurants mean you won’t regret the outlay.

1. Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa

Hotel, Resort, Chain Hotel

Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa, Fiji
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Overlooking the serene South Pacific Ocean and sitting on 2km (1.2mi) of sands, this Hilton resort offers a luxurious beachfront experience. Each of the guest rooms and suites has floor-to-ceiling windows framing beach or tropical garden views; some also have private dipping pools. There’s also a selection of enticing in-house restaurants, a dedicated concierge team and a relaxing private spa with plenty of therapies and treatments – try a Fijian massage.

2. Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island

Resort, Luxury, Chain Hotel

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island, Fiji
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Part of the Radisson group, this Denarau Island edition has the luxury design, personable service and fantastic amenities that have made the brand so popular. Covering 4ha (10 acres) of luscious gardens and private beaches, there is no shortage of picturesque locations and exciting activities to discover. Wake up in a bright and open room, before relaxing by one of the peaceful lagoon pools, dining at one of six in-house restaurants or booking a snorkelling tour of the nearby Malolo Barrier Reef.

3. Sheraton Denarau Villas

Hotel, Chain Hotel

Sheraton Denarau Villas, Fiji
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If you’re looking for an extended stay, Sheraton Denarau Villas is a collection of two- and three-bed villas, each with a living room, dining space, kitchen and a large private patio or balcony. A beachfront infinity pool has (the aptly named) Wet Edge swim-up bar for lazy afternoons sipping cocktails. Or you can ramp up the thrills with a water sports activity – jet-skiing, kayaking, sailing and snorkelling are all available.

4. The Westin Denarau Island Resort and Spa, Fiji

Hotel, Chain Hotel

The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa, Fiji
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The fetching rooms and suites in this Westin outpost neatly embrace the traditional bure-style architecture of Fiji, with their thatched roofs and matted flooring. Unfortunately, you’ll be far too occupied splashing in the outdoor pool, chilling in the whirlpool or indulging in an open-air spa treatment to give them the admiration they deserve. Pan-Asian food at restaurant Zing followed by beach cocktails at the Kitchen Grill will mean you’ll be ready to flop when you do eventually return to your lodgings.

5. Sofitel Fiji Resort And Spa

Hotel, Resort

Sofitel Fiji Resort And Spa, Fiji
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The Sofitel is a five-star blend of warm Fijian hospitality and timeless French style. Drawing inspiration from the hotels of Paris, each of the spacious suites features chic interiors, with an effortless atmosphere of comfort and luxury. True to the inspiration, there’s a selection of in-house restaurants and bars to tickle even the fussiest of gourmands: Bazaar offers a mix of international dishes from six live cooking stations; beachfront Solis serves Mediterranean cuisine under a thatched roof; and Suka Bar plates up Fijian tapas and rum-based drinks.

6. Sheraton Fiji Resort

Hotel, Chain Hotel

Sheraton Fiji Resort, Fiji
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Coming with children? This Sheraton resort is a great option for families with a fantastic kids’ club and a Stay and Play Free plan, which offers meal savings for children under 12. The little ones are sure to love the lagoon-style pools, too, while older kids will get a kick from the jet-skiing, snorkelling and kayaking. By staying at this resort, you can also use services at the neighbouring Marriott resorts, including the spas, restaurants and activities.

7. The Palms Denarau Fiji

Hotel, Chain Hotel

The Palms Denarau Fiji
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Around the corner from Port Denarau marina, and a short trip from some of the best beaches on the island, the Palms is perfect for first-time visitors and romantic getaways. The open-plan apartments and guest rooms come with kitchenettes, pristine en-suites, and large open living rooms leading to private balconies. A short walk from the resort, you’ll find the bustling Denarau dock and marina, lined with boutique shopping and a range of tempting restaurants.

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