Advice on Choosing Foodie Accommodation in Fiji
For experiencing the flavours of the South Pacific, there’s no better place than Fiji. Whether you want to experience Fiji through making your meals with local market ingredients or indulge in delectable cuisine spruced up by your resort’s restaurant, there’s accommodation to suit in Fiji. Some resorts even revolve their activities around food, where cooking classes, kava ceremonies and coconut demonstrations are a typical part of the resort landscape. So let us help you choose an appropriate foodie accommodation in Fiji to suit your tastes and budgets.
For more advice, check out The Foodie Guide to Fiji.
Things You Need to Know About Staying in Accommodation for Foodies in Fiji
- Remote island resorts often have a choice of a la carte menus or set meal plans – check out the best for you in Is it Worth Purchasing a Resort Meal Plan in Fiji?
- Self-catering is rare in Fiji’s resorts, look for holiday homes or resorts with apartment for self-catering facilities
- If you want to stay close to a variety of restaurants, stay near Fiji’s more developed areas, like Nadi, Suva, Savusavu, Denarau, Sigatoka and other towns
- Travelling with kids? Look out for resorts where kids get to eat for free
- For examples of foodie accommodation, take a look at the 10 Best Accommodation in Fiji for Foodies.
Types of Accommodation in Fiji for Foodies
Whether you’re looking for a luxurious getaway where you can dine out each evening, experience food-related activities, or travel on a budget with some self-catering, there are foodie accommodations to suit in Fiji.
Resorts are the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about accommodation in Fiji, and for good reason. Fiji has world-class resorts with not only multiple dining options but a range of food-related activities. Fijian cooking classes, coconut demonstrations, lovos (traditional underground oven) and kava ceremonies are a staple of Fiji’s resorts making up the foodie experiences. The accommodation itself usually consists of various freestanding bures (bungalows) with hotel-like amenities. Get some great examples in the 10 Best Accommodation in Fiji for Foodies.
Hotels with Restaurants
Fiji is home to many international-style hotels, particularly in the main towns across the islands. As with any international-style hotel, restaurants are usually part of the scene, making it a great option for foodies. Due to their usual town locations, hotels tend to be a good option for trying out the town eateries. Check out some great hotels around the country in the 10 Best Hotels in Fiji.
For foodies who want to experiment with local ingredients and perhaps save some money, self-catering accommodation is often available where it’s possible to purchase ingredients, i.e. on the most developed islands. The best types of accommodation for self-catering are holiday homes, villas and resorts with self-contained apartments or villas. Check out some examples in the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodation in Fiji.
Location, How to Get There and What is Nearby?
One main consideration you might want to take when choosing accommodation in Fiji is its location. Those of a limited budget with limited time might want to stay on Fiji’s mainland, Viti Levu, which is broken up into several exciting holiday destinations:
- The Foodie Guide to Nadi
- The Foodie Guide to Denarau Island
- The Foodie Guide to the Coral Coast
- The Foodie Guide to Pacific Harbour & Beqa
- The Foodie Guide to Suva
- The Foodie Guide to the Suncoast.
Those with the budget, the time and the desire for a real island holiday should head to the outer islands of Fiji. These can be reached via ferries, domestic flights and chartered flights. Compare the destinations and see how to get to each one using the following guides:
- The Foodie Guide to the Mamanuca Islands
- The Foodie Guide to the Yasawa Islands
- The Foodie Guide to the Lomaiviti Islands
- The Foodie Guide to Vanua Levu
- The Foodie Guide to Taveuni
- The Foodie Guide to Kadavu
- The Complete Guide to the Lau Islands.
Another main difference between staying on Viti Levu and the outer islands is that Viti Levu allows for more independent travel with a range of attractions and restaurants to discover around the island. On the other hand, the outer islands much of the time the resort is one of the only developments on the island, so you will need to rely on your resort entirely for entertainment and food.
Price and Inclusions
Finally, when comparing accommodations, be sure to compare the value of your stay. This doesn’t just mean comparing prices on Booking.com and Expedia, but making sure your accommodation provides all the facilities and activities that you want/need.
Some of the inclusions you might want to compare include:
- Car parking (if on an island with roads)
- Airport transfers
- Fans or air-conditioning
- Insect screens on the windows or mosquito nets
- Garden or beach
- Self-catering facilities and/or a restaurant
- In-room dining
- In-house chef
- Complimentary food-related activities
- Paid food-related activities
- Beds with linen provided
- Outside deck
- Washing machine
- Private pool
- Resort swimming pool.