Sitting pretty on four hectares of beachfront location following a comprehensive refurb, Radisson Blu makes family holidays a cinch thanks to its freshly spruced, well-sized rooms, climate-controlled network of pools, four restaurants, tour desk, gym and a full schedule of activities for children. And with Blu Bananas Kids Club open from 9am-9pm daily (including meals), there’s ample time for parents to enjoy some R&R at Harmony Retreat Day Spa. If adrenaline’s more your thing, onsite water sports provider Denarau Surf Dive N Ski has high-performance jet skis ready to rev – just grab a snorkel and head for the coral reef around Malamala Island.
A half-hour drive from Nadi Airport, Radisson Blu is situated on the western side of Denarau Island, across the road from Denarau Golf Course. The horseshoe-shaped property looks out on Nadi Bay towards the Mamanuca Islands.
The resort’s 268 rooms and suites are smart and functional, featuring blond wood furniture and oversized headboards, soft furnishings in blue and grey, and colourful artwork by Fijian visual artist Maria Rova. Each has a king bed, TV with movies and balcony or ground-floor patio. Rooms are 40 square metres and sleep two adults, a child and an infant; one-bedroom suites are twice the size and sleep two adults and two children; two-bedroom suites are 120 square metres and sleep six. Suites have a separate lounge/dining area, kitchen with microwave and dishwasher, and – a lifesaver for families – washing machine and dryer.
Food and drinks
There’s New Zealand scotch fillet and grilled Yasawa Island reef fish on the menu at Blu Bar & Grill, or let Bangkok chef Anan Tumya fire up the spice quotient at Chintara Thai Restaurant with tastebud tantalisers such as kaeng pa yellow curry with king prawns, eggplant and kaffir lime. Coconut panko prawns are the order of the day at beachside Neptunes Fish Shack, while the resort’s newest eatery, Basilico has an easy-to-love Italian menu including mud crab fra diavolo and a similarly devilish tiramisu.
For business travellers
Radisson Blu’s light-filled executive boardroom can accommodate up to 10 people and comes with a dedicated secretary. For a larger corporate event, the resort’s ballroom can seat 100 guests for a banquet or 150 guests in theatre mode and has a private balcony overlooking Denarau Golf Course. Catering ranges from canapés to multi-course feasts, there’s a printing service, and the resort has free high-speed wi-fi throughout.
Best for: Families
Rooms: 134 guest rooms and 134 one-bedroom suites
Wi-fi: Fast and free
Address: Resort Drive, Denarau Island, Fiji
Phone: +679 675 6677
For wellness travellers
In-house Harmony Retreat spa tempts weary limbs and less-than-radiant visages with a full menu of indulgent massages and facials using Pure Fiji products infused with local botanicals. The traditional Fijian Bobo massage can be as relaxing or as punishing as you like, while the coconut and lime blossom body peel will leave you feeling tingly and terrific. The compact gym has free weights and cardio machines, and is open from 6am to 11pm.
The fab factor
Get the family’s big and little feet wet while enjoying trad Fijian cuisine and an eye-popping fire show at the Lomani Wai.