Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, Coral Coast
Few places in the South Pacific can match Fiji’s Coral Coast, with quiet beaches, top local cuisine, friendly service and activities aplenty. Leading the way down here is the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, a luxury property unrivalled in Fiji for food and drink, day-spa treatments and a butler service for a mid-range price tag.
Seven different room types are on offer and Time Out recommends booking a beachfront bure (hut), which is a spacious 50m2 and comes complete with a king bed and pull-out sofa, has a daily Talai butler service with complimentary Champagne and canapés, and is just a metre from the beach.
Nearby is the Sundowner Bar and Grill, which overlooks the beach and aims west, meaning sunsets here are spectacular, particularly with a Baravi Barrel (a rum and pineapple cocktail) in hand. The lunch and dinner menu features local seafood and Australian meats, including mahi mahi and Cape Grim sirloin. Fine dining is to be had atIvi, where barbecue king prawns, rare roast venison fillet and a mangrove crab wonton bisque rule the menu alongside the best wine list on Fiji’s main island.
Across the expansive resort, there’s also a Vahavu adults-only swimming pool complete with a swim-up bar and bistro, the Bebe Spa on a hilltop overlooking the Coral Coast, and a late-night bar and disco, the Vakavanua Lounge.
Those with kids will love the meimei nanny service, which offers child minding and activities for kids aged six months to 12 years for up to eight hours per day, while kids and adults alike will enjoy a visit to the local Conua School, where guests can help rebuild the village hall or paint the classroom walls (a bit of ‘voluntourism’ can make your Fiji experience especially rewarding).
Must do: Book a journey with Sigatoka River Safaris, which offers jetboat rides along Fiji’s longest river and includes a visit to a Fijianvillage, where you can get a first-hand experience into life in this country (children three and under are free). Golfers should go a round at the Vijay Singh-designed Natadola Bay Golf Course, home of the Fiji Open, where several holes have a spectacular vista along the beach and lagoon.