Families with small children can often feel out of place at South Pacific resorts, where the atmospheres are pin-drop quiet and the services are overwhelmingly geared towards couples. This is not the case in Fiji, however, where the majority of the hotels (at least of the 40 that we visited) go above and beyond to be a paradise for families and honeymooners. Activities-filled kids’ clubs are the norm here, many of them with late hours to allow parents to have a night to themselves. Daily events (crab racing, live music, and fire dancing shows) are often as ample as the water-sports offerings (kayaking, paddleboarding, and snorkeling). Money-saving meal plans and all-inclusive packages are common; some resorts even have kids-eat-free options or policies. All this, and we haven’t even mentioned the beautiful beaches, turquoise lagoon, and outdoor pools! Learn more about our picks for the best kid-friendly hotels in Fiji.
There are only 14 villas and suites spread across this all-inclusive resort's three acres on the Coral Coast, giving families plenty of space to spread out. The beach and infinity pool provide the most entertainment, but also on hand are water sports and excursions like hiking, whitewater rafting, and zip-lining. The spacious, elegantly designed units have private decks and sleek bathrooms, plus many have private pools. Guests are also assigned a personal butler and nanny to help with organizing activities and supervising children. The restaurant offers flexible meal times, and before sunset each evening, the staff puts on a traditional torch lighting ceremony, where kids are encouraged to participate. The resort can also provide strollers, car seats, high chairs, and cribs.
The 66-room Castaway Island Fiji is one of the more upscale resorts in the Mamanuca Islands, and is particularly popular with repeat families. Amongst the property's extensive grounds are a picturesque beach (where non-motorized water sports are free), two outdoor pools (one for adults only and one for families), and a PADI dive center. Rooms have authentic Fijian touches, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers, but you won't find TVs or in-room Wi-Fi here. Four restaurants offer buffet spreads, wood-fired pizzas, and beachfront dining; meal plans are available. The excellent, free kids' club has activities throughout the day, like a pool snorkeling series with a final lesson in the ocean. Early dinners for kids followed by supervised activities are available, plus babysitting services for a fee.
The 266-room InterContinental was the first major resort along the Coral Coast; today, the resort's ample amenities include three restaurants, free outdoor yoga, a kids' club, an 18-hole golf course, and three outdoor pools -- one a family pool with toddler-appropriate sections and regularly scheduled activities and games. InterContinental has a scenic beachfront, but it can have sharp coral bits -- kids might want to wear reef shoes. Snorkel spots can be discovered close to shore, and equipment -- along with stand-up paddleboards and kayaks -- can be rented for a fee from the water-sports center (unlike most resorts in Fiji that loan them for free). Flat-screen TVs, Bose speakers, and Bluetooth technology are standard in the contemporary rooms.
This 278-room upscale hotel on the man-made island of Denarau opened in 2008 and was refurbished in 2015. It boasts five great bars and restaurants (some of the best on the island). Simple but contemporary rooms come with flat-screen TVs, DVD players, minibars, and furnished balconies. The one- and two-bedroom suites also have living rooms, kitchenettes, and washer/dryers. Pretty grounds offer five lagoon-style pools, including one with a waterslide and one for toddlers. Hobie Cat sailboats, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, and jet ski rentals are available, as are banana boat rides. Other amenities include a kids' club, free Wi-Fi, and nightly entertainment, such as fire dancers or live music. Part of the beach has a rocky barrier, but that's typical for the island.
This upscale yet laid-back resort -- part of the Hawaiian-based Outrigger brand -- is situated on a pretty stretch of sand less than a two-hour drive from Fiji's main airport. Surrounded by lush greenery, it appeals to families and romantics with two outdoor pools (one for families) and several restaurants and bars. The 254 modern rooms and bungalows (some with ocean views) have balconies, bathrobes, and minibars, while larger units have living areas with pullout sofas. Freebies include kayaking, paddleboarding, and tennis; the kids' club is free for those ages 3 to 12 and includes daytime and nighttime options, while a teens' club is available for a charge. Parents can also pay for the resort's "meimei" service for one-on-one babysitting.
The 250-room Warwick on Fiji’s Coral Coast has a prime beach setting that attracts a mix of families and couples. The resort boasts a prime beach setting with beige sand against a calm turquoise lagoon that's suitable for swimming; guests can help themselves to kayaks, snorkel gear, stand-up paddleboards, and other water sports for no charge but with time limitations. A daily schedule is packed with free activities (some, like fire walking and village visits, incur a fee). The large family-friendly outdoor pool has music, a shallow section for kids, and a hot tub. In the activities center are flood-lit tennis courts, pool tables, air hockey, table tennis, squash courts, bikes (for rent), and the kids' club, which is free for ages 3 to 12 years old and stays open late. Babysitting services are also available for a fee.
This upscale beachfront resort is part of an attractive man-made island called Denarau, a 20-minute drive from Fiji's main airport. It's situated on a long stretch of beach, but guests tend to stick to the pool area, which is separated into two sections: one for adults, and one for families. Kids eat for free at the two restaurants and can watch movies nightly at the free indoor/outdoor kids' club. Babysitting services are available for a fee. The 271 rooms are equipped with large bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, and outdoor space; bigger units that come with kitchenettes and grills.
The upscale Sheraton Denarau Villas includes 82 two- and three-bedroom units on man-made Denarau island. The resort is conveniently situated between the Westin and the Sheraton Fiji, and families and groups choose this hotel over its neighbors in order to have laundry facilities, living areas, and fully equipped kitchens. The two on-site pools are crowd-free, but guests will have to go next door for use of a spa, fitness center, and tennis courts. Waters sports are available for a fee, including snorkel gear, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, Hobie Cats, and other motorized sports. Additionally, several free daily activities include aqua aerobics, lawn bowling at The Westin, crab races, storytelling, and fish feeding. Lai Lai Kids Club is free for guests age 4 to 12, and activities include volleyball, Fijian language classes, and face painting. Evening programs are available for a fee. Note that the narrow beach has a rocky barrier (typical for Denarau).
This popular, four-pearl beachfront resort has 297 rooms built along an attractive corner of Denarau Island with sunset views -- just 20 minutes from Nadi airport. Facilities include a huge interconnected waterfront area, three restaurants, and kids' club (where activities are free during the day, and cost a fee at night), plus access to all the amenities at two adjacent sister properties. If that's not enough, there are 10 tennis courts, an expansive spa, and an 18-hole golf course. Five contemporary room types come with comfy beds, balconies, and rainfall showers.
The 165-room Plantation Island Resort is a lively, kid-centric property stretching along a beautiful turquoise lagoon. This is the largest hotel in Fiji’s Mamanuca Island chain, and it's best suited to families and wedding groups. Extensive facilities include three outdoor pools, an activities-packed kids' club with late hours, a grass tennis court, and mini-golf. The beach offers kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, along with a small water park (life jackets are mandatory and provided). Guests can purchase meal plans for the nightly-changing buffet or the two a la carte restaurants, and there's evening entertainment next to the main bar. Spacious rooms have mini-fridges and patios, though older rooms may feel dated and dreary.
Best suited for families with children, the upper-middle-range Treasure Island Resort is set on a private island with gorgeous beaches. Due to barriers that protect from sea erosion, guests can't walk around the entire island's shore, but there are multiple wonderful beach areas suitable for swimming and snorkeling (free gear provided). Another highlight is the three-tiered ocean-facing infinity pool with different sections for kids and adults. The kids' club has daily activities, including feeding the turtles at the on-site turtle sanctuary. Other facilities include a mini-golf course, tennis court, and game room with pool and ping-pong tables. There are multiple restaurants (all-inclusive packages are available), and every night there is a smaller, earlier buffet for children, where kids under five eat for free. The 68 basic bungalows have patios with hammocks; standard rooms come with king-size beds and a couch, while the more spacious Premium Beachfront Bures have additional twin beds.
The upper-middle-range Wyndham Resort Denarau Island has stellar ocean views and a fun vibe that's best suited to families and groups. The 201 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments come with fully equipped kitchens, dining areas, and washer/dryers (there are two restaurants for those who don't want to cook). The free kids' club is close to the family pool (there is another pool for adults only) and offers daily educational activities, an outdoor playground, and a sandpit. There are also a slew of water sports available; non-motorized ones are free.
The 220-room Naviti Resort is a popular mid-range choice for families and wedding groups who tend to opt for the all-inclusive package. Located two hours from the airport, it sits on a huge stretch of waterfront -- though the beach itself is rather narrow. The big outdoor pool has a swim-up bar and hot tub, plus the resort offers free non-motorized water sports and snorkeling trips. Pleasant rooms have mini-fridges, flat-screen TVs, and furnished balconies or patios. The buffet and a la carte restaurants receive solid reviews, and the all-inclusive route is a good value (especially if parents add the Kids Eat Free option). The kids' club is free for ages 5 to 12 (split into two groups), though hours are restricted and the club closes during meal times.
This family-friendly 41-room hotel near Vuda Point provides an affordable alternative to Nadi's pricier Denarau Island. Most of the rooms are in plantation-style duplexes (think wood floors and screened-in porches), while larger apartments and villas have kitchens and living rooms. A continental breakfast is included in the rate, and available meal plans can help keep costs in check. There's not much of a beach here, so the medium-size pool gets most of the attention. Activities include a kids' club, Fijian cooking classes, nature walks, and free use of snorkel gear and kayaks.
This mid-range resort has a spacious and attractive beach setting along Fiji's Coral Coast. The stand-alone bures have garden or ocean views, as well as mini-fridges, and most units have indoor/outdoor bathrooms. Deluxe Rooms feature more modern decor, while others have dated and worn furnishings that are in need of an update. The property is best suited to vacationing families, as guests have access to plenty of activities including a pool and waterslide, non-motorized water sports, dive center, kids' club, pretty spa, and tennis court. There's a buffet for all-inclusive packages, as well as an a la carte restaurant, cafe, and market selling snacks.