When you’re planning a family holiday, you probably have a checklist of things you have to include. Swimming pool? Check. Beaches? Check. Kids club? Check. But what if your kids could spend a week in the sun, having fun, making new friends, completely occupied? Family resorts can offer all the must-have holiday essentials but also promise some completely unique experiences you’ll find nowhere else. Here's how to do Fiji with kids!
Fijian culture revolves around the family and the village. Fijians are focused on the traditions of sharing and support, they say its takes a village to raise a child and nowhere is this more obvious than in Fiji.
Besides the excitement of the beach and snorkelling amidst tropical fish, your kids will be able to learn first-hand about Fijian traditions such as cooking and fishing as well as get the chance to befriend some Fijian kids during their stay. It’s a recipe for a memorable trip.
Besides the organised kids clubs, most family-friendly hotels in Fiji will offer a babysitting service with a MeiMei (a children's helper - payable separately), so this is a great opportunity to plan an amazingly child-friendly trip, yet build in space for you as adults to enjoy all the treats of the South Pacific islands for yourself, be that a spa treatment or a romantic dinner on your own – quite a luxury!
Here are some of the top places we recommend for families with kids which guarantee to offer your family a memorable trip!
Located in the Mamanucas, a short distance from mainland Fiji, Malolo Island Resort hits all the right buttons for families looking for a stay in a fun, boutique resort that’s 100% owned by local Fijians. You’ll have no better opportunity to unwind than under swaying palms beside the sparkling ocean.
Susan: “I visited Malolo and was blown away by the provision for kids. The kids club operates a 7-day rolling programme of fun and free events for kids aged 4-12 to teach them about Fijian life. Your kids will get snorkelling lessons, and find out how to care for the coral reef, they’ll learn to recognise the different tropical fish and how to husk a coconut. They’ll get the chance to wear traditional Fijian costumes and visit a local school and they’re encouraged to keep a little diary to show you everything they’ve discovered. They’ll be having fun, and as parents you’re likely to learn a lot too! For teens, Malolo offers a dedicated retreat space with beanbags, music and things like table tennis so they can also make friends and have some independence. Almost as important is the adults-only section of the resort, with a pool and a restaurant that’s child free it’s a great chance to enjoy some time for yourself knowing your kids are taken care of!”
Sitting on the Coral Coast of Fiji’s mainland, the Fiji Hideaway Resort & Spa promises families beautiful, white sandy beaches with views over the ocean and lagoon and a generous dose of Fijian hospitality. There’s an enormous pool right beside the beach and the lagoon is only a few steps away!
Annette: “The kids club here is called the ‘Hermit Crab Kids Club’ and it offers plenty to keep the kids entertained and to free up some time for you to get some rest and relaxation if you like! Your kids will be safe in the care of the Fijian kids’ club staff who organise all kinds of daily events like treasure hunts and snorkelling and will teach your kids to fish Fijian style! Whilst the kids are taken care of, adults can pop into the day spa and unwind with a treatment or a simple soak in
The established, 4 star Naviti Resort is on Fiji’s mainland Coral Coast and uniquely, it’s one of Fiji’s only all-inclusive resorts. Set beside the water in amongst lush and leafy grounds, the kids will love the golden sand beach and you’ll love the swim-up bar! You might just be here for a bit of rest and relaxation, but you could also learn to scuba, learn to husk a coconut or try out some archery!
Andrea: “Naviti is really popular with families as its one of Fiji’s only all-inclusive resorts. Whilst it’s not the cheapest, it does make it easy for families to budget, knowing so much is already paid for! The Naviti kids club (for 5-12 year olds) is open all day from 10am-10pm and they pack in the activities. From donkey feeding to underwater treasure hunts, Fijian dance lessons to movie nights – they’ll easily keep the little ones entertained if you’d like some time to yourselves!
If you’d like to plan a Fiji trip, it's best to speak to an expert who’s been there and can help you choose the right Fiji resorts for families. Beside our team of Fiji specialists, many of our consultants are also parents who understand what it takes to make or break a family holiday!
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