Fiji may be a romantic's nirvana with its pristine tropical bliss, but the archipelago offers something for everyone – especially families.
Kids will have as much to love about Fiji as their parents; maybe even more thanks to the wonderful nature of the Fijian people – their heartfelt love for children is legendary – as well as the enriching and exciting activities on offer in resorts across the islands.
Here are our picks for Fiji's best kids' clubs.
Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort – Coral Coast
Along with all the usual 5-star suspects like luxurious bures, a private beach location, indulgent food and wine, and a sumptuous day spa, Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort has an inspired children's cultural program that reflects 'Ke'Ano Wa'a', or the 'Outrigger Way'.
Activities like sarong painting, storytelling, dance lessons, lovo preparations and school visits offer kids an inspiring connection to the local communities and Fijian culture. Their programs are so extensive that you'll be begging to join.
Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa – Denarau
Holiday haven Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa may be one of the most exclusive resorts in Denarau, but its relaxed vibe and barefoot elegance makes it a prime spot to take the kids – especially with luxury family rooms. Families can spend time in one of the South Pacific's largest lagoon pools or make a splash in the dedicated children's pool.
The Turtle Club lends itself a distinct Fijian flavour with activities suitable for ages three to 12 years. Led by a team of dedicated carers, children have a ball with treasure hunts, jewellery workshops and traditional games. Extra spoils come from the children's menu at So Spa with packages for little princesses (and princes) including manis and pedis, facials and massages.
Sheraton Fiji Resort – Denarau
Lailai Kids Club offers a mix of education and fun for the little ones at the spectacular Sheraton Fiji Resort. Dedicated play areas sit alongside 12 bars and restaurants (which offer children's menus and a Stay, Play and Dine program) and a staggering six swimming pools.
From water sports to face painting, Fijian language lessons to fish feeding, kids aged four to 12 years have complimentary access to Lailai Kids Club. For something extra special, the carers will often invite families to join them in their villages for a day to experience village life and meet with the local kids.
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Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Island Resort – Northern Islands
Award-winning and naturally stunning, Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Island Resort brings together the bond between ocean, land and culture to deliver an unforgettable experience for its guests – especially the young ones. The Bula Club and its conservation-oriented program offer a host of fun, yet educational options for kids aged five to 12 years from 8am-9pm daily.
Parents can use the spare time to indulge in a spa treatment, kayak Savusavu Bay or stretch out on a daybed by the pool. If you miss the little ones, you can join them while they're snorkelling or mangrove planting. And the best part of it all? Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort assigns a full-time nanny for children under five and a buddy system for kids over five.
Shangri-la's Fijian Resort & Spa – Coral Coast
Mum, Dad and the kids won't be hard-pressed finding a good time among the very definition of paradise: swaying palms, pristine beaches and bluer than blue water. Situated on Yanuca Island, Shangri-la's Fijian Resort & Spa would have to be one of the finest resorts in the archipelago.
The Little Chiefs program coupled with a playground, children's pool and special meal plans allow the whole family to enjoy a relaxing, worry-free holiday. Kids four to 12 years of age are grouped into age-appropriate activities such as scavenger hunts, pottery classes, coconut boat races and marine education. There are also babysitting services for kids under four years old.
Castaway Island – Mamanucas
Arrive as a guest and leave as a member of the family when you stay at Castaway Island. From the sing-song welcome on the white sandy beach to the thatched bures amongst the tropical gardens; many have been enchanted by the charms of Castaway Island and its loving family.
Kids are welcomed warmly and cared for by the dedicated staff throughout a range of programs – all unplugged, of course – that take advantage of the spectacular natural landscape. Ice-cream-eating competitions, Fijian dance recitals, coral viewing and night-time nature walks are just some of the activities on offer that run throughout the day and well into the evening (until 10pm daily). The kids will be begging to return (and many do).
Treasure Island Resort – Mamanucas
Set on a coral and sand-fringed atoll in the Mamanucas, Treasure Island Resort is perhaps one of the most iconic of all Fiji's resorts. With conservation at its core, there's a dedicated environmental officer on staff to educate guests in a better understanding of the reef and natural ecosystem that exists in and around the resort grounds.
The ethos continues in the Little Treasures kids' club with a host of activities centred on the ecosystem and local wildlife. Fijian culture is showcased as well and kids can even enjoy a spot of pampering with KIDZSPA.
Plantation Island Resort – Mamanucas
Whether you want to do it all or nothing at all, the staff at Plantation Island Resort will assist in making your time in Fiji a little easier, especially when it comes to their pint-sized guests. Overflowing with things to do, the Coconut Club is a haven for ages four and up, and the diverse activities are hard to beat.
The kids could find themselves sliding into the crystal clear water on the inflatable water park, trying their hand at windsurfing and fishing, and returning to dry land for putt putt or relaxing with board games. You may find you have trouble keeping track of them!
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