We combined a business trip with pleasure and given the Sofitel name took it as a given that everything would be 5* all the way..... well this certainly isn't the case sadly.
This property is very established, the gardens are lovely and the arrival and hotel entry is beautiful and everything that you would expect of Fiji, but there are a few things that let this place down. Let me say that the Fijian people are very lovely and warm but they are not in any hurry. Tables took some time to be cleared, even drinks and plates by the pool took, in many cases, an entire day to be removed. To give you an idea, at breakfast there are birds eating off the plates, constantly flying in and out....
The restaurant by the beach is in a perfect setting but again, the service is slow and every time we ate there our order was mixed up, not a huge problem but annoying nonetheless.
The pool is a great size and the kids slide is ideal when it is working, but take goggles for the kids to save their eyes, it is heavily chlorinated.
The rooms are a little dated especially the bathrooms. There was one whole wall panel in the bathroom that was 3/4s stripped of paint, we also noticed a slight odor.
The hotel's proximity to the habour is good, you can take the shuttle which allows you an opportunity to get on and off as well as see the other hotels within the Denarau Island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa is located on beautiful Denarau Island. This five star Fiji resort overlooks the beachfront, adjacent to the world class Denarau Golf and Racquet Club. Our Fiji beach resort offers 296 rooms, each with a private balcony. Other features at this Fiji luxury resort include a private beach, wedding chapel, swimming pools, three restaurants, four bars, an international health spa, and one of the largest ballroom on the island. A bustling marina and cultural temples are located nearby. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel Fiji Hotel Denarau Island
- Sofitel Fiji Resort And Spa
- Sofitel Denarau Island
- Denarau Island Sofitel
- Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa Denarau Island