Radisson Blu Resort Denarau Island in Fiji

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Updated: December 10, 2020
By Santorini Dave

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One of several top-notch resorts across Denarau Island, the welcome is immediately embracing with traditional musicians at the lobby. All accommodations are newly refurbished and in nice-looking three-level brown-and-white blocks with shingled roofs and sizable angled balconies with partial sea views through the dense foliage. Spread among the massive grounds, the gorgeous suites feature kitchens, laundry facilities, and up to two bedrooms, while the standard rooms are spacious enough for two doubles. The main lagoon-style pool, with small islands of palms and trickling waterfalls, is exquisite, and there are two more pools for children of different ages. The fourth pool is for adults only. The beach in front is grayish, but only 200m up the cove is one of Fiji’s finest beaches.

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji – The Basics

  • Location: On Denarau Island, attached to the main island of Viti Levu. Denarau is a gated complex of upmarket resorts and not really an ‘island’, and it is joined to the mainland and accessible along a 50m-long causeway. About 8 km from downtown Nadi and 15 km from the airport.
  • Guests: Overwhelmingly focuses on families. It does cater for adults without kids by providing an adults-only pool and a child-free restaurant.
  • Beach: The beach directly in front is fairly uninviting, so simply walk 200m north and use the beach at the Sheraton Resort, one of the best beaches in Fiji. (All beaches in Fiji are open to the public.)
  • Views: Almost no room directly faces the ocean. Most face the gardens and lawns.
  • WiFi: Free to all guests throughout the hotel complex.
  • Parking: No shortage of places to park for free.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (679) 675 6677
  • Email: reservations@radissonfiji.com
  • Website: radissonhotels.com

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji – Amenities

  • Pool: There are 4 lagoon-style pools: for adults, for families (with a swim-up bar), for older children, and for toddlers. But they all join into one, so there’s little separation of noise.
  • Spa: The Harmony Retreat Day Spa offers treatments using unique Fijian-made lotions.
  • Fitness Center: With state-of-the-art equipment, but restrictions up to 17 years old.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.
  • Activities: Watersports counter with free kayak and paddleboard rental. The Denarau Golf & Racquet Club, only 800m from the resort, also has tennis courts.
  • For children: The Blu Bananas Kids Club offers a range of activities and a playground. About 900m up the road, the Big Bula Water Park is enjoyed by children of all ages and adults (up to 85 kg).

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Blu Bar & Grill – On the beach, with live music and Fijian entertainment. Buffet breakfasts for guests (and the public). • Wild Thyme – All vegetarian, with beachfront setting, modern décor, and silver service. Dinners Wednesday to Sunday. Adults only. • Chantara Thai Restaurant – Bistro-style at the lobby, offering broad views, coffee, and other Asian cuisine. • Neptunes – Casual and nicely surrounded by palms. Try the gourmet pizza or fish and chips. Perfect for sunset-watching. • Lomani Wai – Tables within a pool. 3-course dinners while dangling feet in the water. Includes a fire show and ceremony with kava (a strong alcoholic drink).
  • Lounges/Bars: Orchid Lounge – Coffee, light meals, cocktails, tapas, and happy hours. • Pool Bar – Claims to be Fiji’s largest, with snacks, cocktails, sunsets, and a swim-up bar.
  • Breakfast: Not included but can be when booked. Otherwise, pay when checking in or on the day.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours.

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji – Rooms

  • Room Types: Guest Room • One Bedroom Suite • Two Bedroom Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is allowed on the balconies/patios, but not in the rooms or public areas.
  • Best Room: The spacious Suites come with separate living/dining areas, kitchens, laundry facilities, extended balconies/patios, and 1 or 2 bedrooms.
  • For families: The standard Guest Rooms can accommodate 1 child and 1 infant, while the Suites with 1 or 2 bedrooms can easily sleep 4 or 6, and feature kitchens and laundry facilities.

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars

Nearby Market or Grocery

  • The Lai Lai Minimart is in the hotel complex. Yees Gourmet Deli, north along the road next to Bulaccino, offers an impressive selection of foods and snacks. It’s also a well-stocked general store.

Local Transport

  • The Bula bus links all resorts on Denarau Island with the restaurants, shops, and other facilities at Port Denarau. Public Westbuses also travel along the roads around Denarau and head into downtown Nadi. Otherwise, plenty of metered taxis are available.

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji – The Hotel

Radisson is located in an upmarket area of Denarau Island.

The resort is located along the western edge of Denarau Island, a gated complex of upmarket resorts.

Family-friendly resort has excellent facilities for all age groups.

The resort’s facilities, particularly for families and children, are excellent.

The resort gardens are green and vast

The grounds are vast, with meandering paths among dense foliage.

Interconnected pools are well-shaded.

The 4 lagoon-style pools are connected and offer plenty of shade.

Resort has a toddler's pool and a young children's pool.

Two of the four pools cater for children of different ages.

The 4 lagoon-shaped pools have waterfalls and islands.

The 4 pools are like lagoons, with sandy shores, trickling waterfalls. and islands of palms.

Swimming pools are big and very well-sculpted.

The pools are immense, inviting, and wonderfully sculptured.

Resort has several seating options for enjoying the ocean views.

In the grounds of the resort there are always plenty of lounge chairs offering views across the bay.

Unappealing resort beach is okay for swimming and kayaking.

The beach in front of the resort is not that appealing, although it’s fine for swimming and the water is calm enough for kayaking.

The public beach at Sheraton next door is the best on the island.

The beach at the Sheraton Resort about 200m away is the best on Denarau Island, and can be used by anyone.

Resort offers several water sports options.

Plenty of water sports are available at the resort, with free use of kayaks and paddleboards.

Buffet breakfasts at Blu Bar & Grill are popular.

The Blu Bar & Grill at the resort serves excellent buffet breakfasts for guests and the public.

Onsite Chantara Thai Restaurant serves authentic Asian food.

The Chantara Thai Restaurant in the resort offers authentic Asian food throughout the day and evening.

Happy hours at onsite Orchid Lounge are very popular.

Cocktails in the Orchid Lounge at the lobby are particularly popular during happy hours.

The pool bar is huge, probably the largest in Fiji.

The hotel claims that its Pool Bar is the largest in Fiji.

Harmony Retreat Day Spa is located amongst the swimming pools.

Almost on an ‘island’ among the swimming pools is the Harmony Retreat Day Spa.

Trees provide good shade but limit the views around the resort.

There are plenty of shady trees throughout the resort, but these can affect views from the rooms.

Rooms overlook the gardens, pools or golf course.

All rooms are in attractive 3-level blocks facing the gardens, pools, or golf course.

Views from top floors are better.

Rooms on the top (third) floor offer panoramic views not obstructed by trees.

Guest rooms are modern and stylish.

The standard Guest Rooms feature a stylish modern décor.

Standard Rooms with 2 double beds can sleep 4.

The standard rooms are spacious enough for 2 double beds.

Ground floor verandas offer great garden views.

The verandas on the ground floor standard rooms will always offer garden views only.

Even standard rooms have very nice bathrooms.

The bathroom is particularly nice in the standard rooms.

Chic Suites have a colourful lounge and dining area.

The Suites are colorful and chic, and contain extended living/dining areas.

Family-friendly Suites have decent kitchens.

All Suites feature fully-equipped kitchens – ideal for family vacations.

Big Bula Water Park nearby is very popular.

About 900m up the road, the Big Bula Water Park is enjoyed by adults and children alike.

Denarau Golf Course is within walking distance.

About 800m away is the Denarau Golf Course.

Bulaccino café is nearby.

A 3-minute walk from the resort is the Bulaccino café.

Yees Gourmet Deli offers tasty food.

Next to Bulaccino, the Yees Gourmet Deli offers all sorts of tasty delights.

Port Denarau complex has multiple shops, cafes and facilities.

Passing by every 20 minutes, the Bula Bus takes passengers to the Port Denarau complex, home to numerous shops, cafés, and other facilities.

Port Denarau has very good dining, drinking and shopping options.

Port Denarau is a world-class area packed with places to eat, drink, and shop.

Lulu's Cafe on the harbour is trendy and popular.

Lulu’s is a trendy and popular café alongside the harbor at Port Denarau.

Indigo serves good Indian and Asian food.

Indigo is a classy restaurant serving Indian and Asian food at Port Denarau.

Jack's of Fiji is great for souvenir shopping.

At Port Denarau, Jack’s of Fiji is part of a chain of stores selling souvenirs.

Modern ferry terminal offers good connectivity to the other islands.

Port Denarau also has a terminal for boat trips and ferries to the outer islands.

Resort is connected to downtown Nadi via the Westbus company.

The Westbus company links the resorts on Denarau Island with downtown Nadi.

Nadi Handicraft Market is good for souvenir shopping.

One of the few reasons to make a trip to downtown Nadi is the Handicraft Market, a modest collection of stalls selling souvenirs.

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