Me and my partner stayed stayed here (sadly) only 1 night, Christmas Eve in fact, so we were not there long enough to experience the resort fully. However what we did experience was wonderful.
We had booked 5 nights at Mana Island but they unfortunately could not take us the first original night due to Cyclone Evan damage, so I booked Radisson Blu only a couple of nights before we arrived through Agoda as I had some points saved up.
Once inside the resort, you would not have even known there had been a cyclone, they had done a wonderful job cleaning up and all the staff seemed to be in good spirits which certainly attributed.
We arrived at the hotel at around 7.00am in the morning after an early flight from Melbourne, and after a nightmare flight (if you have ever flown when you have the flu, you may understand the pain of landing) were eager to just get some rest. We did not expect whatsoever to be able to check-in so early, rather just hoped to be able to leave our bags at least and find somewhere within the resort to relax until check-in time.
However, the WONDERFUL man at check-in (Ledua was his name I think?) advised us we could have our room immediately and upgraded us from a Lagoon Guest Room to a One-bedroom Suite.
The room was spacious, clean, and modern. There was a mini-bar and coffee & tea facilities. The sofa couch we noted would be perfect if travelling with children with the TV, as well as another TV in the bedroom. Large dining table, full kitchenette and small balcony (good if one of you is a smoker).
I am a very light sleeper normally, even at home. But at the Radisson they have fantastic blinds that block out all light if need be, and a huge, comfortable bed. I don't know what that bed and pillows are made out of but every time both me and my partner would lye down we would instantly fall asleep. And deep sleep. Apparently a staff member had been knocking on our door for a while before entering the bedroom to remove the cot (as we didn't need it obviously) which was right next to the side of the bed I was sleeping on. I did not even hear him/her and I couldn't believe this when I woke up and my partner told me!
If you value good quality sleep on your holiday, like I do, you will love the bed.
There were always just enough sunbeds around the pool (I imagine they were at low capacity however due to lots of families cancelling) and fantastic cocktail list with poolside service, or of course the swim-up bar. They use plastic cups for all drinks which is a great idea so there's no glass to be broken, and of course you can drink in the pool. The bartender even gave us the extra when he made too much for our 2 Toblerones (so shared 3 between us)! Lovely.
We did eat at Neptunes for dinner (take-away pizza) and the pizza's were thin, tasty and non-greasy woodfired.
Buffet breakfasts are the usual fare, with plenty on offer. Be aware thought there are a few different options - continental buffet only, continental + hot buffet, or even a la carte. As we are not big eaters, on our second morning we decided to have a la carte, highly recommend the breakfast burger with hash brown inside.
We love the beach, and the beach at Denarau and Radisson is nice enough, but the sand is dark as is the water, nothing like the Mamanucas.
Because of this we have never booked anywhere on the mainland, always choosing to go out to the islands instead, however if we do come back and stay on the mainland, we would most likely stay at the Radisson again.
It's a perfect location if you do like the whole 5-star resort thing, especially for Fiji first-timers as the Denarau marina is the departure point for many day trips out to the Mamanucas.
Cannot compare this to other Denarau resorts as this is the only one we have stayed at, but this would not be out of place at any 5-star beach resort by Australian standards.
We really enjoyed our short stay at the Radisson and would no doubt recommend it to anyone considering Denarau, or Fiji!
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