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The Luxury Travel Guide to Suva

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The Complete Guide to Luxury Holidays in Suva

Far from your luxury island resort holiday many envision when planning a trip to Fiji, Suva is more for the adventurous luxury traveller. Jam-packed with culture and city charm, Fiji’s capital city has very few but exclusive luxury accommodation, dining and activities to experience for that special occasion or just when you simply want to treat yourself. We’ll guide you through the way to have a luxurious stay in this luxury travel guide to Suva.

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

6 Luxury Activities in Suva

  • Indulge in a heavenly spa treatment
  • Discover the heartland of Fiji on a private hiking trip
  • Enjoy fine dining at the Grand Pacific Hotel
  • See the sights on a private Suva city tour
  • Treat yourself to gourmet food
  • Stay at Suva’s most prestigious hotels

For more information on each activity, see our 6 Luxury Activities in Suva, or simply continue reading.

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How to Get to Suva

Located on the southwest coast of Viti Levu, Fiji’s mainland, Suva is well-connected to the rest of the island by road and with Nadi by air. The most luxurious ways to get to Suva include a scenic drive along the Queens Road from Nadi in your own private transfer or by renting one of the luxury vehicles available at the Nadi International Airport, Suva and along the Coral Coast.

Suva via Private Transfer

Relax and take in the scenery in a private transfer to Suva from Nadi International Airport, taking around three to four hours along the Queens Road. Your personal driver will be waiting for you at the airport ready to take you straight to your chosen accommodation in Suva. Check out the Suva Transport Guide for recommendations.

Luxury Car Rentals

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

For more options to get to Suva, including flights, take a look at our 6 Ways to Get to Suva.

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Luxury Spas in Suva

The bustling city of Suva is far from the relaxing islands Fiji is known for, but travellers can still find peace and tranquillity at one of the luxury spas in Suva.

Luxury Spas in Suva

The base of an infamous spa product brand and a stunning day spa, Pure Fiji is a must-visit in Suva. The entrance of the day spa of stepping stones separated by gently running water instantly transports you from the city into a world of bliss. Choose from a huge range of treatments, such as full-body rituals, wraps, facials or something more combined with natural spa products using Fijian plant extracts.

Another sensation spa experience awaits at the five-star Grand Pacific Hotel. The Bliss Spa is complete with a dry sauna, steam shower, and six private massage rooms – two of which are designed for couples. Combine the magic of Pure Fiji lotions and potions with a traditional Fijian ritual or stick with something familiar like a Swedish or a hot stone massage.

An alternative option is for the guests of the four-star, but well-appointed, Novotel Suva Lami Bay hotel and their very own spa services. For more spa options, take a look at our 6 Best Day Spas in Suva.

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Excursions from Suva

Suva makes a fabulous base for tours to discover the real side of Fiji. Swap the inner-city chaos of Suva for a journey down the Navua River, alive with Fijian settlements where you can partake in traditions and sample their cuisine. Or how about a private hike through the Fiji heartlands on an adventure of discovery?

Private Hiking Tours

Discover the highlands, waterfalls and Fijian villages on a hiking tour of Viti Levu’s interior starting in Suva. Talanoa Treks offers one-day to four-day hikes through inland Fiji, including private trips for you and your group. Choose one of their pre-made trips climbing the highest peak in Fiji or immersing in landscapes of waterfalls and caves, or enjoy a tailored trip doing the things you want to spend more time doing: perhaps bird-watching, spending time in a village, doing photography or something more.

Shore Excursions from Suva

For cruise ship passengers arriving at the port in Suva, you have a wealth of exciting tours to get to see the “real Fiji” during your short stay on the island of Viti Levu. Travel on the Navua River to authentic Fijian villages where you’ll experience the dancing, kava ceremony and cuisine of Fiji, as well as see the stunning waterfalls and rivers decorating the interior of the island on the Jewel of Fiji Tour (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor).

If you’re feeling more adventurous, enjoy a blend of beautiful natural landscapes, Fijian culture and a jet boat thrill ride on the Discover Fiji Tours Suva shore excursion (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor).

Finally, a private tour experience of Fiji’s capital city on a Suva city sightseeing tour with Hot Fiji Transfers. This fully customisable tour gets you to where you want to go within this six-hour tour or simply let your guide show you the highlights like the President’s Residence, Botanical Gardens, the Grand Pacific Hotel and much more. Find out more about the tour on Viator and Tripadvisor.

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Luxury Dining in Suva

Known more for its curry houses, floating bars and crowd-pleaser eateries, Suva might not be the picture of “fine food” as we know it. But once you bite into the fresh tropical ingredients or slurp on a flavoursome Indo-Fijian dish, you will second guess what “gourmet” is all about. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a spectacular dining establishment to celebrate a special occasion or “just because”, then there are a few hidden gems worth discovering.

Fine Dining in Suva

When seeking that “fine dining” experience in Suva, the iconic Grand Pacific Hotel is here to serve. Boasting a wide range of luxurious dining experiences, including exquisite Grand High Tea every Sunday, the Grand Pacific Hotel’s Prince Albert Restaurant is their premier dining venue. The restaurant provides a “taste of the South Pacific” experience using the freshest and most interesting Fijian ingredients.

Gourmet Dining in Suva

Get out there and discover more flavours of Suva through the gourmet dining experiences. Swap the street food-style curry houses for an up-market Indo-Fijian meal at the Saffron Tandoori Restaurant serving a spectacular blend of Indian and Fijian flavours. Think masala crab, kochi fish curry or prawn balchao, for instance. A spectacular teppanyaki experience awaits at the popular Daikoku Japanese restaurant, so make sure you book early. Or eat well at the hotel restaurants, like the Husk Restaurant at the Novotel Suva mixes al fresco dining with delicious Fijian and Western meals, or the Zest Restaurant and its Pacific Rim cuisine at the Tanoa Plaza.

For more about food in Suva, take a look at our Foodie Guide to Suva.


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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