Advice on Choosing Family-Friendly Stays in Fiji
When you picture a family getaway to Fiji, you picture lavish resorts, children having a blast at the kids’ club, and mum and dad getting some well-deserved rest. Well, that’s partly true and a desirable way to spend a family holiday in Fiji for many. But there’s more family accommodation in Fiji than just resorts. We’ll guide you through choosing the right family accommodation in Fiji for you.
For more help on planning a family getaway, check out The Travel Guide to Fiji for Families.
Things You Need to Know About Staying in Family Accommodation in Fiji
- Look out for deals on resort rooms where children stay for free if using the room’s existing bedding
- The high season is between June and August, as well as Easter and Christmas, so be sure to book early if visiting at these times to avoid disappointment
- Some of Fiji’s resorts offer kids’ clubs but make sure that you check their scheduling to see if they suit your plans
- If staying in a holiday home or villa, consider hiring a car to get to nearby attractions and shops
- Some of Fiji’s resorts are on undeveloped islands, so be prepared to not have access to shops and services (i.e. bring plenty of nappies)!
What Types of Family Accommodation are Available in Fiji?
Family accommodation can be found in all sorts of forms in Fiji, with the most popular being resorts and holiday homes.
Resorts are a popular choice for a Fiji family holiday, especially considering that they provide all of the food and entertainment, making things easier on mum and dad. Some resorts have babysitting services and kids’ clubs, as well as family-friendly tours and complimentary watersports rentals. Resorts offer a range of accommodation, from hotel-style rooms sleeping a whole family to spacious multi-bedroom villas. Check out some examples in the 10 Best Family Resorts in Fiji.
Holiday Homes and Villas
Holiday homes and villas present a more independent holiday for families. This type of accommodation has all your homely amenities, such as kitchen and laundry facilities, so you can keep the family routine going and stick to a budget. Some holiday homes and villas will have luxurious holiday extras, such as a private swimming pool and watersports equipment, while some even have babysitting services, tours and in-house chefs available. Check out some examples in the 10 Beautiful Holiday Homes in Fiji and the 10 Fabulous Villas in Fiji for Your Next Island Getaway.
Hotels, Lodges and Homestays
With a bit more research, family accommodation can also be found in the forms of hotels, lodges and homestays. Hotels are the main type of accommodation in Fiji’s towns, some with international-standard family rooms or interconnecting rooms. Lodges are a more budget-friendly option, also found in Fiji’s towns, while homestays are a cultural experience allowing families to stay with a local family. Learn more about these accommodations in the 10 Best Hotels in Fiji, the 10 Best Lodges in Fiji and the 10 Best Homestays in Fiji.
Location, How to Get There and What is Nearby?
Once you know what sort of accommodation you’re looking for, you’re going to have to pick a destination in Fiji that strikes the right balance of satisfying your interests and your budget. Family accommodation can be found in all of Fiji’s island groups. Those on a limited time and budget may want to stick to the main island, Viti Levu, while those wanting a real “island” holiday may prefer to venture out to the outer islands. Compare all of Fiji’s destinations using the following guides:
- The Guide to Nadi for Families
- The Guide to Denarau Island for Families
- The Guide to the Coral Coast for Families
- The Guide to the Pacific Harbour & Beqa for Families
- The Guide to Suva for Families
- The Guide to the Suncoast for Families
- The Guide to the Mamanuca Islands for Families
- The Guide to the Yasawa Islands for Families
- The Guide to the Lomaiviti Islands for Families
- The Guide to Vanua Levu for Families
- The Guide to Taveuni for Families
- The Guide to Kadavu for Families
- The Complete Guide to the Lau Islands.
For families who choose to stay at a resort, note that you’ll likely have to rely entirely on the resort for entertainment and food. Those staying at holiday homes, hotels and other types of accommodation will want to consider what shops, services, restaurants and attractions are nearby.
For more advice on places to stay, check out Where to Stay in Fiji: A Guide to Destinations & Accommodations.
Anything to help a family holiday go smoother is a welcome addition. Make sure that you always compare the inclusions, facilities and services of Fiji’s accommodations to make sure they have everything you need.
Services and Facilities
Some, but not all, of Fiji’s family accommodation have the following services. If you need any of the following, be sure to inquire with the accommodations you have decided to compare:
- Self-catering facilities or restaurant with kids’ menu
- Children-stay-for-free deals
- Swimming pool
- Children’s playground
- Kids’ club
- Car parking or airport transfers
- Fans and/or air conditioning
- Insect screens on the windows or mosquito nets
- Complimentary use of watersports equipment
- Paid activities (scuba diving, fishing, etc.)
- Washing machine/laundry service.