We arrived at the hotel to receive a very warm Bula welcome and our experience of the staff at the Radisson Blue was generally friendly people who were very helpful and happy - particularly with our 8 month old daughter. We had no problem getting a childcot or highchair for our room.
The hotel itself has really good facilities. Unfortunately renovation work was being undertaken while we were there and initially we were not very happy about not being forewarned but it did not impact our stay other than a slightly longer walk to the main pool and spa treatment being held in hotel rooms rather than the spa.
The pools are great. One large pool including a swim up bar, a smaller childrens pool with slide and a very small, shallow toddler pool. It was a reasonably quiet time (pre Christmas) so there were ample sun loungers.
One negative is that the hotel facilities are over two levels and there are only two lifts which are at opposite sides of the hotel which means that making your way around the hotel with a pram is a bit inconvenient.
We didn't use the childcare or kids club facilities but they are available and the kids looked like they were having lots of fun.
We didn't love the food available in the on site cafes/restaurants. It was OK but not great and in the main was fast food/fried food options which was OK for lunch around the pool but the dinner options were disappointing..... The exception being the Lomani Wai (the dinner in the pool) which we really enjoyed - both the food and the atmosphere - despite some wet weather.
The room was great. We stayed in a one bedroom suite which meant the bedroom was separate to the main living area and kitchen. The kitchen included a fridgefreezer, dishwasher and microwave plus the bathroom included a washing machine and tumble dryer - all greatly appreciated with a baby.
One great thing about the hotel is being on Denarau the location is really practical. We were able to access facilities at adjoining hotels very easily (it was very easy to pop 'next door' for dinner to give us more options) plus it was reasonably close to the port with shops, more restaurant options and the marina for taking day trips out to the islands.
If you are looking for the palm fringed white sand beach Fiji experience then the Radisson probably won't suit but if you want an easy, practical, relaxing family break then I would definitely recommend it.
If travelling with kids and planning to prepare your own breakfasts/lunches it might be worth a quite trip to a supermarket near Nadi as those on Denarau have limited options and are somewhat expensive.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fiji's newest luxury beach front Resort offers a myriad of resort facilities nestled around lagoon swimming pools and lush tropical gardens combined with warm genuine Fijian hospitality. 270 luxuriously appointed and spacious guestrooms & suites combined with a contemporary and unique Fijian blend. Choose either a Guest Room or 1 & 2 Bedroom Suites with views of the Gardens, Lagoon or Ocean. Indulge in 5 lagoon swimming pools (one exclusively for Adults), Jacuzzis, Harmony Spa or free non motorised water sports. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island Hotel Denarau Island
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- Radisson Denarau Island
- Denarau Island Radisson