Romantic Honeymoon

Clients will fall for Fiji’s romantic offerings and family-friendly hotels and resorts

By: Monica Poling

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The LikuLiku Resort features over-water bures.
For agents booking romantic getaways, the new LikuLiku Lagoon Resort will have clients raving about their perfect honeymoon. This new resort features over-water bures (straw huts), and children are not allowed at this romantic hideaway.

Built on a protected marine reserve, LikuLiku provides incredible snorkeling and diving opportunities, but honeymooners need never leave their over-water residence to enjoy the colorful sea life. Guide lights shine into the reef by night so guests have ample opportunities to watch the shrimp, squid, rays and reef sharks that populate the waters.

At the resort’s center is Fijiana Restaurant, where the toughest decision may be whether to order the mud crab omelet with or without the spicy papaya relish. Chef Shane Watson rolls out a unique, mouth-watering menu every day, emphasizing seafood, tropical fruits and produce from his organic garden.

LikuLiku makes it easy to get married in Fiji, and provides a staff member to accompany the happy couple to Nadi to organize their registration formalities. Several wedding packages are available, including a full, traditional Fijian wedding ceremony, accompanied by a Fijian choir. The LikuLiku Lagoon Resort is a two-hour catamaran ride away from Nadi

Elegant, Five-Star Service
Fiji’s five-star resort, the Outrigger on the Lagoon, is set in the middle of a lush, 40-acre, tropical garden on the Coral Coast. White-glove service is the norm, and guests booking Deluxe Oceanview accommodations are treated to Outrigger’s Talai service, with butlers delivering in-room champagne and hors d’oeuvres every afternoon.

Canapes aside, the dining here is as luxurious as the rest of the resort. Executive sous chef Shailesh Naidu has won numerous international competitions, and the high-quality food ranges from beach-side snacks to the romantic, fine-dining Ivi restaurant. Wood-fired pizza served oceanside in the Sundowner Bar are a resort speciality.

The Outrigger recently opened its new BeBe (pronounced behm-beh) spa, atop a scenic hill overlooking the Coral Coast. The spa treatments are unique and varied, and treatment rooms include a “shower in the sky” and sunken tubs with a view. The spa also houses the Bure Ni Loloma wedding chapel, which offers stunning views of the Coral Coast

Traveling With the Family
Fiji’s largest resort, Shangri-La’s Fijian is known as a family-friendly retreat. The Fijian’s unique layout on a 109-acre private island means that it has a protected “Lagoon side” with the sandy, white beaches and calm waters necessary for a family-pleasing experience.

The bustling lagoon has an activities center, beach cafe and a protected swim area, where snorkelers can enjoy plenty of colorful sea life, including tuna, rock fish and even sea snakes. Of the many resort activities, happy hour at the beachside Bilo Bar is a visitor favorite. Here, guests cheer on their favorite staff members in daily singing contests.

Parents needing a little me time can take advantage of the Chief’s Club, which provides daily, supervised activities. The Fijian does have a dedicated area for adults on its ocean side, where romantic sunset views are a daily occurrence.

Last month, the Fijian opened its brand-new Chi spa, which offers total pampering in the largest and most luxuriously appointed spa suites in Fiji. Al fresco treatments are also available on a first-come, first-served basis at several beach-side massage bures