My boyfriend and I decided on Fiji for our summer vacation, so we booked a package through Expedia for 9 days at Hilton.
We ended up selecting a red eye flight in hopes of not suffering too much jet lag or loss of sleep. We arrived in Fiji at 530 am. Although we had requested an early check in, we were a little worried, as 530 am is usually not everyone's idea of "early." However, I was very pleased when we arrived and were informed they would be happy to check us in asap. They check in desk was quick and very friendly. They provided us with bottled water and assisited us with our luggage.
The hotel itself is nice, but not spectacular in comparison to the other hotels on the island. Here is my breakdown...
Grounds-The grounds are well maintained, but it really didn't have any "wow" factor. When I thought Fiji, I expected tropical, lush, palm trees and plants. I would have liked to see a little more.
Restaurants-This hotel offered three restaurants. In our 9 dat stay we dinned a few times at each.
Nuku, their largest restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The breakfast buffet here was great. We loved the variety, and the quality of the food was very good. The fact that they included all espresso drinks was a nice touch, especially for a coffee addict like me. We also dined at Nuku for lunch and for dinner. Both times were great. The food was very good and they offered a nice selection of dishes. Nuku also host a happy Hr twice a day which is decent. They had a live band a few times which was neat. The service at Nuku was excellent as well. Aradina was our server the majority of the time we dinned here, and I must say she was amazing. Very friendly, and always remembered us by name.
Maravu-This is Hilton's other large restaurant open for lunch and dinner. It is mainly Asian. We ate here twice and enjoyed it both times. My boyfriend was absolutely thrilled to see they offered dim sum on certain days. Service here was great as well.
L Epicier-This is Hilton's cafe. Although not a full restaurant, I found myself here the most. I really enjoyed their espresso drinks and baked goods. The blueberry muffins and banana bread were excellent and made fresh daily. They also offered a variety of other pastries, sandwiches, salads and pizzas. A great thing about the cafe they don't mention, is that after 6 all the pastries that are remaining are half off.
While I enjoyed the restaurant's, my only complaints were that the choices were a bit limited. When we explored other hotels, each one had at least 4-5 restaurants and buffets with a variety of cuisine's. I would recommend to Hilton to expand on they're dining options for guest. The flies here were also a big issue. Plan to spend a good amount of your dining swatting them away. I understand the climate and that flies are inevitable, but I think this problem could be addressed. There are tons of options available to help eliminate flies. Hilton really needs to look into this.
Pool-Personally, I enjoyed the pool, however it is rather plain in comparison to the other hotels. It is technically an infinity pool, with an adult side and a kid's side. I found though that most of the time no one really obeyed the kids/adult side rules, and there were constantly kids in both pools. They offer nice lounge areas and umbrellas around the pool, as well as an Ice cream booth and cocktails.
Rooms-This is what I always love about Hiltons. The rooms were great. They were clean, modern, comfortable, and offered nice amenities. We had a beachfront room, which we loved. It was spacious and very nicely decorated. The bose system was great and even had a dvd player. The beds were very comfortable, and the view was awesome. The bbq on the patio was also a nice touch.
Gym-As someone who exercises on vacation consistently (Yes, this is odd) I was hoping for a better gym. I was very disappointed with this. They had two treadmills, two bikes, weights, and one machine. With the size of the hotel, they really needed more equipment. I often found myself waiting or having to come back to use the equipment. I also use weights and weight machines, and found that I was really limited as to what I could do. While I dont expect hotels to have huge fully equipped gyms, I would expect a bit more options. Some weights were missing and the one machine seemed like it was one use away from falling apart.
Staff-The staff here at Hilton blew me away. I have traveled a lot in the past few years, and this hotels employees were the most hospitable people I have every encountered. Every staff member from the managers to the construction crew working at the hotel always greeted you and smiled. Most employees remembered you by name and took the time to engage in conversation with you. Miko who worked in the lobby/front desk was the nicest person. He always took the time to ask us how our day was, and he remembered everything we spoke with him about. I am sure he speaks with hundreds of people daily, so I was really impressed with how he actually took notice to little details.
Overall I my boyfriend and I enjoyed our time here. While there is room for a few improvements, I would definitely return to this hotel, and recommend to friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa is ideally located on 2.5 km of beach on Denarau Island. Discover a paradise of sun, sea and sand at this relaxing resort. Indulge in a massage by the sea or choose from an array of treatments at the award-winning Pevonia concept spa. Every guest room offers a private terrace or balcony, and our suites provide even more space and luxury. Every meal can be enjoyed with ocean views on the side when you dine at one of our restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fiji Beach Resort And Spa Managed By Hilton
- Fiji Beach Resort & Spa Managed By Hilton Hotel Denarau Island
- Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa Denarau Island
- Hilton Denarau Island
- Fiji Hilton
- Denarau Island Hilton