With four restaurants, traditional beachfront bures, some with private plunge pools, and the largest day spa on the Mamanuca Islands, Fiji’s Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island is a clear frontrunner from even the most idyllic of competitors. And that recent $25 million refurb? Boy, is it looking good. Read on for the full review.
Arriving at the property feels a little like arriving in paradise. As your boat approaches the island, singing from the beach signals a warm welcome and crystalline waters lap at your ankles as you step ashore. The Fijian fantasy doesn’t end there; kids activities, village tours and an abundance of water sports are all on offer – if you can manage to heave yourself off your sunlounger, that is.
Where is Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island?
Sheraton Resort & Spa is located on Tokoriki, one of the Mamanuca islands, off the west coast of mainland Fiji. Tokoriki is approximately an hour and a half ferry ride from Denarau Island, the ferry departure point that’s about 13 kilometres from Nadi International Airport.
What’s near Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island?
Monuriki Island, where the Tom Hanks movie Cast Away was filmed, is a mere 1.5-kilometre boat ride and is worth the trip. Of course, you may be reluctant to actually leave Tokoriki at all. A jet ski tour to explore the surrounding coral reef and coves can be arranged, as can walking tours of the island. Tokoriki Island Resort is the only other hotel on the island but you’ll have to leave the kids at home – it’s adults only.
Take your pick from the traditional beachfront bures (a traditional Fijian thatched hut). Those with a private plunge pool overlooking the ocean are the obvious choice but, if you’ve got kids in tow, you’ll have to opt for an expansive suite as the beachfront bures are reserved for couples and solo travellers only. The two-bedroom suites still have lovely outlooks and all come with private decks, outdoor seating, rainforest showers and fluffy bathrobes for post-swim snuggles.
Restaurants and bars
There are three different restaurants, plus a pool bar, at the property. Curcuma offers mouth-watering Fijian-Indian fusion cuisine, served up alongside sensational views of the surrounding Mamanuca Islands. Waitu House Restaurant specialises in freshly caught seafood from local island markets, which means that the menu is subject to change. However, if you spot it, we doubt you’ll regret ordering the beef tenderloin. Keen for a bit of culture? Tokoriki Coco Palms puts on traditional ‘lovo’-style barbecues, followed by Fijian singing and dancing.
Travel for work
We can’t imagine many people travel to the Sheraton Resort & Spa to work, but everything you need to do so is here. High-speed internet access is provided throughout the hotel’s meeting spaces, while all rooms are equipped with a desk and free wi-fi. We would suggest working from the Sala Lounge & Bar, but then you might find that the only thing you really want to work on is your way through the impressive wine list.
Pool, gym and spa
In addition to the private plunge pools that come with some of the rooms, there’s also one main outdoor pool overlooking the ocean. The gym here is on the smaller side but is fairly well equipped with elliptical, cardio and weight machines and is open 24/7.
Tokoriki Retreat Spa, however, is the largest day spa on the Mamanuca Islands. The Warm Sea Shell Massage, a traditional Fijian method of using heated shells to rid the body of any lingering tenison, is a blissful nod to local customs.
What you need to know
If you’re planning on visiting Monuriki Island during your stay, book a picnic through the concierge to take with you as there are no dining options there. For water sports enthusiasts, it’s well worth buying a non-motorised water sports package in advance. That way you can kayak, stand-up paddle board or snorkel at your leisure without having to constantly sign insurance forms.
Best for: Couples and families
Number of rooms: 101 rooms, 7 suites
Rates: Starting from $220
Parking: No parking available
Address: Tokoriki Island, Mamanuca Islands, Fiji
Telephone: +679 666 7707
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