Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island

Updated: July 4, 2018

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island – Perfect for families, it’s oh-so opulent but with a so-so beach.

One of several top-notch resorts across Denarau Island, the welcome is immediately embracing with traditional musicians at the lobby. All accommodation (being upgraded until early 2019) is in nice-looking 3-level brown-and-white blocks with shingled roofs and sizeable angled balconies grasping at sea views through the dense foliage. Spread among the massive grounds, the gorgeous suites feature a kitchen, laundry and 1 or 2 bedrooms, while the standard rooms are spacious enough for 2 doubles. The main lagoon-style pool, with ‘islands’ of palms and trickling ‘waterfalls’, is exquisite, and there are 2 more pools for children of different ages, but the 4th – for adults only – is nearby, so still noisy. The beach in front is greyish and lacks appeal, but only 200m up the cove is one of Fiji’s finest.

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island – 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’, but joined to the mainland and accessible along a 50m-long causeway. About 8km from downtown Nadi and 15km 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, but there is no escaping the constant noise of children enjoying themselves.
  • 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 in Fiji. (All beaches in Fiji are available to the public.)
  • Views: Almost no room directly faces the ocean, while most have no sea views at all, instead facing the gardens and lawns.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Free Wi-Fi available to all guests throughout the hotel complex.
  • Parking: No shortage of places to park for free.
  • Phone: (679) 675 6677
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: www.radissonblu.com/resort-fiji
  • How To Book: Booking.com will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UKUSAFrançaisDeutschNederlands.

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island – Amenities

  • Pool: There are 4 lagoon-style pools: for adults; for the family (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: Water sports counter onsite, 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 85kg).

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, with broad views. Also, 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 Denarau Island – Rooms

  • Room Types: Guest Rooms • One Bedroom Suites • Two Bedroom Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking allowed on the balcony/veranda, but not in the rooms or public areas.
  • Best Room: The spacious Suites contain a separate lounge/dining area, kitchen, laundry, extended balcony/veranda 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 easily sleep 4 or 6, and feature a kitchen and laundry.

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Within a 4-minute walk north along the road is Bulaccino café (for coffees, smoothies, pizzas and vegetarian dishes) and Creperie Café (wraps, crepes and light meals) (5-minute walk). The Mamacita Mexican Restaurant & Bar at the neighbouring Wyndham Resort offers tacos and tequila, and all things in between (2-minute walk).
  • Otherwise, catch the Bula Bus (675 0010), which passes by every 20 minutes, to Port Denarau and try:
  • Indigo Indian Asian Restaurant & Bar – popular for spicy food, particularly the seafood curries. Vegetarian meals available. 5-minute drive.
  • Lulu’s Bar, Café & Restaurant – for breakfast, daily specials, burgers, people-watching and cocktails. 5-minute drive.
  • Hard Rock Café Fiji – burgers, live music and a musical museum in a two-storey building for extra views. 5-minute drive.
  • Market or Grocery: The LaiLai Minimart is in the hotel complex. Yees Gourmet Deli, three minutes’ walk north along the road and next to Bulaccino, offers an impressive array 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 Denarau Island – 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 four 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 four 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 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 three-level blocks facing the gardens, pool or golf course.

Views from top floors are better.

Only rooms on the top (third) floor can possibly guarantee 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 two 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 colourful and chic, and contain an extended lounge/dining area.

Family-friendly Suites have decent kitchens.

All Suites feature a fully-equipped kitchen – 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 three-minute walk from the resort is the Bulaccino café.

Yees Gourmet Deli offers tasty food.

Next to the Bulaccino café, 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.

Hard Rock Café at Port Denarau is located away from the water.

The Hard Rock Café at Port Denarau provides great views, but is not alongside the water like other eateries.

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

Lulu’s is a trendy and popular café alongside the harbour 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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