Choosing a family holiday can be as daunting as the thought of children on a sugar rush, so when I was deciding where to head for our latest family vacay I went back to basics and picked a long time Aussie favourite…… Fiji……. Bula

I don’t tend to use travel agents on all my holidays, but in terms of Fiji it’s probably a good start. In a country where the cost start to add up Fiji specific agents can offer great packages that can make it obtainable for most budgets, with deals that include flights, transfers, breakfast, hotel credit and even day trips.

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We choose to stay at the Sheraton on Denarau island, nice and easy and close to the airport. It is also located 5 minutes from Denarau Port so any island day trips were convenient as was heading in at night for dinner. There are Bula busses that run around the island, picking you up from your chosen hotel but I love to immerse myself in the country that I’m in, so we would jump on the dollar bus (otherwise known as the yellow bus) with the locals,if we needed to head to the Port or into Nadi to look around.

Pool

Pool

 

Adult Pool

Adult Pool

 

What I love about Fiji is that no matter where you stay it’s designed for those who want to relax and it also caters for families by keeping kids entertained which then keeps mum and dad happy. You’ll find kids clubs, pools galore and daily activities.

We were after nothing more than family time around the pool but like all tropical getaways you can enjoy water sports, scuba diving, parasailing, island hopping and much much more.

Ocean Front

Ocean Front

Ocean Front twin

Ocean Front twin

 

Ocean Front twin

Ocean Front twin

 

Ocean Front view

Ocean Front view

Ocean Front twin

Ocean Front twin

 

Pool

Pool

 

Pool

Pool

 

Pool

Pool

 

Beachside Restaurant

Beachside Restaurant

 

Restaurant sunset

Restaurant sunset

 

Sunset

Sunset

Included in our trip was a couple of Island tours, it was difficult to tear ourselves away from the pool and resort so we choose to only head out on only one, but it was a great way for us to see more of Fiji and get a taste of what else is out there to explore. Having a toddler we chose the cruise that was closest to the mainland. Let’s face it we all know a toddler can turn at any time and I didn’t plan on having any tears on a long boat ride. I find when traveling with Jess it’s possible to do everything we would like too, but there will always be a few compromises, it’s just working around that,and knowing your own child’s limitations.

Island hopping

Island hopping

 

Island hopping

Island hopping

If budget is an issue there are small tips to help. For example where possible, find your way to a supermarket and stock up on supplies that you’ll need ie water, snacks, things for the kids. Join hotel chain member clubs as many give discounts at the restaurants, and when you arrive go for a little walk around the area to suss out your surroundings. You never know what is right outside your hotel.

So would I go back to Fij? In a heartbeat!!! In fact Jess cried the first hour of the flight on the way home as she didn’t want to leave. Be mindful that if you’re after night life and shopping this isn’t the destination for you. But if you want a holiday where you can enjoy relaxing, family time, water sports, cocktails by the pool and dinners with views as delicious as the food then Fiji is definitely for you.

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