The Luxury Travel Guide to Denarau Island


The Complete Guide to Luxury Holidays in Denarau

It will be love-at-first-sight when you arrive on the luxury island of Denarau. Polished to perfection from the landscape to the number of services available, Denarau Island is the obvious go-to for a luxury holiday in Fiji. The destination indulges guests with the ultimate convenience: an island you don’t even need to get a boat to, only 25 minutes from the airport, five-star resorts meeting all your needs before you realise you have any, a fabulous array of activities to suit any type of luxury traveller… It’s all here at Denarau Island. Let us guide you through a getaway to Denarau with this luxury guide to Denarau Island.

Before we begin this luxury guide to Denarau, take a moment to bookmark The Complete Luxury Travel Guide to Fiji. Trust us, there’s a lot of essential tips there.

10 Luxury Activities in Denarau

  • Fly by helicopter or seaplane over the islands of Fiji
  • Enjoy a private cruise to secret snorkelling spots
  • Take your loved ones or “the boys” on a private fishing charter
  • Indulge in a luxury spa treatment
  • Spend the day in the serene adult-only complex of your resort
  • Treat yourself to a private dining experience at the Signature Tables
  • Treat the little ones to a kids’ club, while you indulge in some alone time
  • Try the fine dining menu at Ports O’Call
  • Celebrate that special occasion in a luxury wedding venue or with a romantic proposal
  • Fly and flop on a private beach for the day

For more information on all our luxury activity ideas, take a look at the 10 Luxury Activities in Denarau.

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How to Get to Denarau

After your arrival at the Nadi International Airport, you need not wait long until you’re relaxing in a five-star resort. Denarau Island is only a 25-minute drive from Nadi Airport attached to the mainland by road, so all you need to do is choose your luxury road transport.

Denarau by Airport Transfer

Take the hassle out of driving by taking a private transfer between Nadi Airport and Denarau Island. Your driver will be waiting for you at the airport on your arrival ready to whisk you away to your luxury resort in a comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle. Check out recommendations for private transfers in the Denarau Transport Guide.

Luxury Car Rental

For a truly independent holiday experience, enjoy the privacy of your own luxury car rental. You have a wealth of car rental options in and around the Nadi International Airport, with rental companies offering a range of luxury vehicles, such as Europcar and Hertz. Take a look at The Best Car Rentals in Fiji for a full comparison of car rental companies.

There are many other ways to get to and around Denarau, from taxis to bus services. Find out more in our 5 Ways to Get to Denarau Island.


Luxury Services in Denarau’s Resorts

Part of a luxury vacation in Denarau is having everything you could ever dream of in one place. The five-star resorts peppered across Denarau Island do their utmost to provide more services and experiences than you ever thought you would need. All guest types are catered for, from swooning honeymooners to excitable families.

Luxury Spas in Denarau

Health, wellness and rejuvenation: your body, mind and soul are well looked after at the spas of Denarau’s resorts. Every resort listed beside this article has its own spa complex offering an extensive range of treatments from soothing body wraps to even children’s massages. One of the most impressive and largest spa complexes awaits at The Westin Denarau’s Heavenly Spa. Their lush garden setting instantly eases the mind apart from the very decision of which therapeutic facility to use first: a massage, lap pool, steam room, plunge pool or therapy pool.

Pick your perfect spa day with our 10 Best Spas in Denarau.

Adult-Only Areas

While the resorts welcome all types of guests, it’s easy for each group to experience their own version of “Fiji time” without disturbing the other thanks to luxury facilities like the adult-only areas. Resorts like Radisson Blu and the Sheraton Fiji Resort having their own adult-only pools and lounging areas. Or amp up the experience at the Waitui Beach Club at the Sofitel Resort or KORO at The Hilton, which are complete adult-only complexes. Relax in the pools with a swim-up bar, taste delectable sharing platters and drinks at the Champagne bars, be waited on with the pool butler service, and enjoy fitness programs from yoga to boot camps.

Check out our 5 Best Adult-Only Resorts in Denarau for more information, as well as our The Adult-Only Guide to Denarau Island.

Kids’ Clubs

For families, everyone gets a holiday when staying in Denarau. Mum and dad have time to reconnect while the little ones are engaging in the Fijian culture in one of the fantastic kids’ clubs. Kids’ clubs are divided into different age groups, so you know that your loved ones will have a blast with children their own age. The itineraries are jam-packed throughout the day, with Fijian games, language lessons, crafts and time to play in the playgrounds. Now you can go on that scuba trip you’ve always dreamed of or indulge in a heavenly spa treatment!

Find out more about the 5 Best Kids’ Clubs in Denarau, as well as our The Guide to Denarau Island for Families.

Weddings and Honeymoons

Make your special day truly special at one of the breathtaking venues of the Denarau resorts. Resorts like the Radisson Blu Resort have dedicated outdoor wedding venues from their intimate Vei Domoni Lawn overlooking the Pacific Ocean to the Waterfall Lawn or Ocean Deck providing a picturesque setting for larger weddings. Newlyweds or fiances-to-be can find a range of creative proposals and romantic activities, whether it’s your own private dinner on the waterfront to writing your special message in the sand on a scenic flight over the islands.

Plan your dream wedding or honeymoon with our Guide to Weddings & Honeymoons in Denarau.

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Luxury Excursions from Denarau

We know it’s hard to leave the confines of your stunning luxury resort, but you’ll be glad you did when you see the nearby islands of the Yasawas and the Mamanucas. Operators can get you to experience them in the most luxurious ways possible by sea or by air. What’s more, make your trip extra special by choosing to do it only with your loved ones on private excursions.

Scenic Flights from Denarau

Don’t settle for anything less than the best views of the Fiji islands. A scenic flight over the scattered paradise islands amidst the blue water decorated with coral reefs is nothing short of breathtaking. Take a scenic seaplane flight with Pacific Island Air to the Yasawa Islands and land on the water at the Nanuya Island Resort. From there, you’ll enjoy a two-course lunch before taking a cruise to the remarkable Sawa-I-Lau Caves. Alternatively, add a hint of “epic” to your flight by taking the Pacific Island Air helicopter over around 33 islands of the Mamanuca Islands. Find out more about Pacific Island Air on Viator and Tripadvisor.

Private Island Excursions

For a real “treat yourself” adventure with your loved ones, book a flight on the Turtle Airways seaplane to a secluded beach in the Yasawa Islands. The five-hour trip gives you time to explore, snorkel or simply relax on your own private beach with refreshments. Find out more about Turtle Airways on Viator and Tripadvisor. If the glistening waters of the Pacific Ocean are calling you, then jump on your own private cruise with PJ’s Sailing Adventures to the snorkelling hotspot of Serenity Island. Cruises cater to groups of one to 29, with an a la carte lunch and Fijian cultural activities included. Find out more on Viator and Tripadvisor.

Private Fishing Charters

For the adventurous angler looking for the next big challenge or the family/couple who want to experience the joys of catching your own dinner, a private fishing charter is the prime luxury activity in Fiji. With your own fishing guide, boat and equipment, you’ll be ready to tackle mahimahi, blue marlin, yellowfin tuna, giant trevally or smaller catches in the reefs. Check out private fishing tours with PJ’s Sailing Adventures (more info on Viator and Tripadvisoror find out more about fishing in Fiji with our 10 Best Fishing Resorts in Fiji and The Complete Guide to Fishing in Fiji.

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Luxury Dining in Denarau

From unique Fijian dishes to exceptional versions of international favourites, Denarau Island’s dining scene has something for every type of luxury traveller. What’s more, dining is made an experience in itself with unique and fine dining venues. Celebrate a special occasion with one of these luxury dining experiences…

Unique Dining Experiences in Denarau

When it comes to special dining, Radisson Blu takes the biscuit with its memorable dining set-ups. Loma Ni Wai means “in the water” because, yes, this restaurant is literally an “immersive” experience of Fijian culture and in-the-water dining where water comes to knee-height.

For a night of Fijian traditions and food, set your sights on the Fiji Cultural Dinner of the Sofitel Fiji Resort. As the sun sets, help unearth the lovo pit (food cooked in an underground oven) before your Fijian feast complete with a kava ceremony and some cultural entertainment known as “meke”.

Fine Dining in Denarau

Fine dining is not typically part of the Fijian vacation culture, but you will find a couple of exceptions around Denarau Island. Ports O’Call at the Sheraton Fiji Resort has a formal dress code to go with its romantic ambience. It’s a divine choice for a special occasion.

Dine under the stars with your loved one, family or friends at the Signature Tables of the Radisson Blu Resort. You’ll have your own butler to serve you at a private waterfront table.

Finally, for exceptionally presented evening meals specialising in a range of international cuisine (and rum), try The Rhum-Ba. Located at the Yacht Club of the Port Denarau Marina, The Rhum-Ba gives a great balance of casual dining with fine dining-style meals. Check out more of our recommendations at Port Denarau in our Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Denarau.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Fiji Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Fiji. She knows the islands inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Fiji’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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