Perched on a private beachfront curve of Nadi Bay, Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa fulfils the Fijian fantasy of palm tree-lined pools, a near-permanent soundtrack of ambient ocean and ever-hospitable staff. If there’s a tick list of resort experience must-haves, this one passes with flying colours. Read on for the full review.
The features seem exhaustive. There’s a pool (and restaurant) for almost every mood, a soothing spa and spacious rooms with generous outdoor areas and super-comfy beds. Families will love the care given to little ones, at both the kids’ club and dedicated play areas. Here, all guests are well taken care of, no matter their age — or holiday motivations.
Where is Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa?
Unlike some of Fiji’s more secluded resorts, Hilton’s location, to the west of the main island of Viti Levu, makes it easily accessible. But with its miles of private beachfront on Denarau Island, the hotel still manages to feel a million miles away. In reality, it’s only a 25-minute drive from Nadi airport. Port Denarau, a jumping off point to other nearby islands in the Mamanuca chain, is a five-minute drive away.
What’s near Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa?
The west of Viti Levu has some lovely scenery for nature lovers. The nearby Garden of the Sleeping Giant (about 35 minutes’ drive) is a serene place of boardwalk pathways through verdant tropical surrounds. You can also get a bird’s-eye view: the Sleeping Giant Zipline, a web of five flying foxes over 14 hectares, is just a few minutes further by car.
Hilton’s contemporary rooms are luxuriously large. Every room includes a private terrace or balcony, furnished with a comfy sun lounger and outdoor daybed to tempt you into a reclined position. Families will rejoice at the inclusion of laundry facilities and kitchenettes in one-, two- and three-bedroom suites (and the three-bedroom private residence) and couples will swoon at the standard inclusion of huge, deep soaking tubs. Appreciation for that cloud-like Hilton Serenity Bed is universal.
Restaurants and bars
At two of the hotel’s on-site eateries, the ocean is the main drawcard, with views from every table. At Maravu, where the pan-Asian menu includes teriyaki skewers and tom yum soup, the deck reaches out over the shoreline, setting the scene for a perfect sunset dinner. Koro, beside two of the hotel’s pools, is an adults-only affair offering buffet breakfasts and fresh all-day dishes. There’s also the lovely Nuku Restaurant, perched out over the shorebreak — our pick for an evening bevvie as the sun goes down — and Deli, where guests can pick up snacks and light meals.
Travel for work
If work muscles its way into your holiday, book a suite as they’re the only room type with a table that can double as a desk. (Call it a business expense.) Wi-fi access is free in rooms. There are also a few meeting rooms on-site but there’s surely no better place to meet a colleague than under the thatched pavilion of Nuku Restaurant, looking out over the Pacific Ocean.
Pool, gym and spa
There are seven pools at this sprawling hotel, from the infinity pool overlooking the private beachfront to a dedicated kids’ pool. The on-site spa features soothing baths and mineral-infused massages and is a heavenly space to sequester yourself for an afternoon. There’s a private poolside pavilion for outdoor treatments, too, if you fancy the added bliss of a sea breeze.
What you need to know
Ika, the on-site kids’ club, keeps little ones entertained (and burning all that excess energy) until 8pm at night. Talk about a holiday.
Best for: Families and couples
Design: Beachfront opulence
Ambience: Casual luxe
Number of rooms: 298 rooms and suites
Rates: From $325
Address: Denarau Island, Nadi, Fiji
Telephone: +679 675 6800
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