Spot cows and goats at family-run Matangi Private Island Resort. // © 2015 Matangi Private Island Resort
Feature image (above): Honeymooners can be on the water at all times in Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa’s floating bures. // © 2015 Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa
Taking the whole clan to this island destination? Family travel in Fiji
is especially easy thanks to its supportive family-centric culture.
While Southern Fiji is all about sand and sun, the country’s Northern Islands offer travelers an escape from the commercial scene with lush landscapes, biodiverse coral reefs and plenty of privacy. Resorts in the north — many of which are situated on private islands — reflect commitment to a remote, customizable and authentically Fijian experience. Guests can choose to do as much or as little as they want, whether they’re adventurers seeking scuba thrills, families in need of a quiet vacation or honeymooners looking to get away from it all.
Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa
Located on Vanua Levu, Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa is one of the bigger resorts on the Northern Islands, boasting more than 50 accommodations, from family-friendly villas to adults-only Edgewater Bures. Guests can participate in complimentary activities such as hikes, a round of nine-hole golf and cultural demonstrations, or they can splurge for a treatment at the Rainforest Spa or an excursion to a pearl farm.
Standout Experience: Stay in the new floating bures, which literally bob on the water, gently swaying guests to sleep and providing direct ocean access for those who can’t wait to jump in the water.
Matangi Private Island Resort
Matangi Private Island Resort is family-run, and the love invested by the staff and owners makes for an exceptionally warm experience. Hike around the island and spot goats and cows, go catamaran sailing or enjoy light tackle sport-fishing — there are a variety of activities to choose from.
Standout Experience: Snorkel and then enjoy a picnic lunch at the picturesque Horseshoe Bay, listed as one of the spots in Patricia Schultz’s book “1,000 Places to See Before You Die.”
Although it houses 19 bures, Namale’s design makes guests feel like they’re in their own private world. Devoted fans of “The Bachelorette” may recognize Namale from season seven, but all guests will enjoy its luxurious accommodations, secluded location and attentive staff. From its dining options to the recreation and fitness centers to countless activities, Namale will satisfy a diverse array of guests.
Standout Experience: A visit to Namale’s award-winning spa is a must. Enjoy a hot-stone massage treatment, then relax in the complimentary hydro-aromatherapy area in the aromatic dipping pools or with a waterfall massage.
The Remote Resort, Fiji Islands
True to its name, this private island resort has a rustic-modern vibe and is perfect for honeymooners craving some alone time. Grab a flashlight and go night snorkeling, tour nearby Nawi Village or take advantage of the unlimited massage package, which can be performed right on a guest’s private deck.
Standout Experience: Visitors can fish from the resort’s jetty and have the chef prepare a delicious lunch from their catch.
Sau Bay Fiji Retreat
With just four cottages, Sau Bay Fiji Retreat is an intimate experience, and its friendly owners and staff make guests feel like they’re part of the family. Travelers can kayak among mangroves, experience world-class scuba diving at Rainbow Reef or tour the local village.
Standout Experience: Sau Bay takes “glamping” to the next level with its sleek and luxurious African Safari tent accommodation, complete with a deck overlooking the shore.
Savasi Island Villas
Conveniently connected to the larger mainland via a causeway, Savasi Island Villas is the very definition of a remote getaway, without the hassle of getting on a boat or being too far away from town. With only eight villas scattered throughout the island, guests can pretend they’re alone or take advantage of activities such as diving among scalloped hammerheads and soft corals.
Standout Experience: Schedule a romantic, private dinner in a grotto overlooking the South Pacific. Just be careful that it’s not high tide, or you might be in the splash zone.
Tides Reach Resort
This luxurious beachfront suite and villa experience in Taveuni stands out by providing a 24/7 personal staff member for each individual guest. The islands’ high rainfall means there are waterfalls galore, as well as kayaking, surfing and even a natural waterslide for guests to enjoy. Foodies will love the organic farm-to-table restaurant, while couples looking to relax can enjoy the private beach and spa.
Standout Experience: Buy out the whole resort. Guests who want a scenic backdrop to a group trip or family reunion can reserve all four Tides Reach bures.