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]fiji.com
- 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: UK • USA • Français • Deutsch • Nederlands.
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
- 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).
- 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.
Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island – The Hotel
- Best Hotels in Fiji
- Best Family Hotels in Fiji
- Aquarius on the Beach – Review
- Bedarra Beach Inn Fiji – Review
- Club Fiji Resort – Review
- Club Oceanus – Review
- Fiji Gateway Hotel
- Five Princes Hotel – Review
- Gecko’s Resort – Review
- Grand Pacific Hotel – Review
- Grand West’s Villas – Review
- Holiday Inn Suva – Review
- Hotel Oasis – Review
- Mercure Nadi – Review
- Oasis Palms Hotel – Review
- Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort – Review
- Quest Suva – Review
- Ramada Suites Wailoaloa Beach Fiji – Review
- Sandy Point Beach Cottages – Review
- Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa – Review
- Sheraton Fiji Resort – Review
- Sheraton Denarau Villas – Review
- Smugglers Cove Beach Resort – Review
- Tanoa Plaza Hotel – Review
- The Crow’s Nest Resort – Review
- The Pearl Resort – Review
- Tokatoka Resort Nadi – Review
- Tropic of Capricorn and Bamboo Tropic – Review
- Uprising Beach Resort – Review
- Wailoaloa Beach Resort – Review
- Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa – Review