We are just back from seven nights at the Sheraton Denarau Villas. We are a family of two adults and two kids, just turned five. We booked a 2 bedroom lagoon villa and they are a good set up with a 1-bedroom villa and a motel room joined together to form the 2-bedroom villa. The bed configuration was 1 king and 2 doubles. The beds were very hard and so not very comfortable. The room was clean and serviced daily, but the bathrooms especially were showing their age. In the kitchen there is a full sized fridge, dishwasher and 2 hot plates, but no oven. There is also a washer-dryer combo in the bathroom. We had a problem with the dryer not working properly. We asked at reception for someone to look at it and they eventually did, but it still didn’t work well. The Sheraton supply powder for the dishwasher and washing machine. The aircon units are very noisy if left on at night, but there are overhead fans. We also figured out to turn the unit on in the lounge room along with the fans and it was enough to keep the bedroom relatively cool.
Check in was quick, but the reception staff failed to mention that we were not issued with a lagoon villa for the first night. Instead it was a garden villa. However, as we checked in after dark we had no idea. We spent quite a bit of time unpacking everything that night only to have a message left on our room phone the next day to say that we needed to move to the correct room. I spent over 30 minutes on the phone trying to find out what was going on, but eventually gave up and went around to reception. We were shown another room and decided to move as we had already paid for this room type and the view over the pool was much better than the gardens. We were given a voucher for dinner at Feast restaurant at the Sheraton to compensate us for the hassle.
The pools were very warm and we didn’t have any trouble finding lounges to sit on. Pool towels were sometimes not available until they had got more from the laundry, so we tended to hang on to ours for a couple of days and then swap them over.
We had breakfast at Feast restaurant included in our rate. It was average at best, but was better if you had your eggs freshly cooked. There was no Vegemite on offer, just Marmite, so luckily we brought our own. Our free dinner at Feast was quite good, but I don’t think it would be worth the price if you had to pay for it. We also had the 2-course dinner at Flying Fish at the Sheraton which came with 2 glasses of wine for $75FJ per person. It was a very nice meal, although the servings weren’t large. Kids eat free here and there were some good options on the menu for them. We also ate at the Wet Edge at the Villas, which was a nice meal, but expensive.
For lunches we ate at the Pantry in the Sheraton lobby, which had nice fresh bread rolls, but was pricey. Cafe Piazza, just on the road between the Villas and the Sheraton, had sandwiches and wraps. Their prices were much more reasonable, but the quality was not as good. We also bought bread, ham and cheese from the Yees supermarket next to Cafe Piazza and made our own lunches in the room. We caught the Bula bus or a taxi to the Port on a few occasions and ate lunch at Cardo’s and dinner at Mama’s Pizza. The meals were okay, but nothing special.
Our kids used the kids club at the Sheraton on 3 occasions. They enjoyed it, but I think mainly because they had befriended another child who was there at the same time. Take note that they do not give the kids anything to eat or drink, so make sure they at least take a drink bottle with water in it. We sent our kids with their hats, but saw them later on feeding the fish without hats, so don’t expect the staff to remind the younger kids to put them on.
We also used the gym at the Westin. It is quite small with 4 treadmills, 3 bikes and 2 steppers. There are also some free weights and fit balls. The room is airconditioned and there is a water stand, but don’t be fooled into thinking it is bottled water, as the spare bottles are open and so I assume just filled up with tap water. There is also no complimentary bottled water supplied in the room. We bought ours on arrival at Nadi airport and again at Yees supermarket. The prices were not that different.
Overall, we had a great time at the Villas, with a few minor hiccups during our stay. I would definitely recommend it for families.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The ideal hotel for a family holiday in Fiji, the Sheraton Denarau Villas feature 82 luxuriously designed two- and three-bedroom-villas. All villas feature a comfortable lounge a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, flat screen, TV, DVD player and sound system, ensuit bathroom and laundry. Located directly adjacent to the Sheraton Fiji Resort and The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa, Fiji, guests can enjoy all facilities of the resort complex including access to the 14 dining venues, 6 swimming pools, kids club and business centre. Starwood Preferred Guest(R) members receive complimentary in room internet and dining discounts when booking direct. Book direct today. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Denarau Villas Hotel Denarau Island
- Sheraton Denarau Hotel
- Sheraton Denarau Resort
- Sheraton Denarau Island
- Denarau Island Sheraton
- Sheraton Denarau Villas Fiji/Denarau Island