Day One: Denarau Island
On arrival at Nadi Airport get a 20-minute transfer to your digs on Denarau Island, on the western side of Viti Levu, home to several resorts – many with private beaches. Suggested hotels include the Hilton Fiji Resort and Spa, Sofitel’s Waitui Beach Club (a good one for adults-only groups), Sheraton Fiji Resort, the Palms Denarau and Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island (where the Harmony Spa comes highly recommended for premium pampering).
After you’ve all checked in and enjoyed an afternoon by the pool, get a crash course in fine South Pacific cuisine with dinner at Lance Seeto’s Nadi restaurant, Kanu. Seeto has travelled extensively throughout Fiji to learn about traditional dishes and ingredients, which he fuses with modern techniques. Afterwards, go exploring the Wailoaloa Beach bar scene. View the sunset over drinks and nibbles at the Ramada’s rooftop bar which overlooks the whole beach, then wander down and along the beach to Smugglers Cove Beach Resort and Bamboo Travellers hostel for some live music with the locals.