Monday, 30 September 2013

The Fiji Islands fun filled Family Getaways

If you are looking for a relaxing and fun family holiday where you are entertained and engaged in heaps of fun activities, then make sure you add Fiji Islands in your list of places to visit.

Banana boat ride, Fiji Islands

Family is extremely important in the Fijian culture, making Fiji one of the most welcoming holiday destinations for families, especially children. Even staff at resorts are delighted to look after children and treat them to an assortment of fun holiday activities.

As a child, there is nothing much more fun than running barefoot on the golden sand, building sand-castles and loads of water activities. Even better as you are safe in the knowledge that they are being taken care of with experienced and loving staff while you get some "me time" enjoying a relaxing massage, stroll on the beach or even a romantic dinner under the stars. You will experience the magic of the friendly island people while your children make friends, sometimes life long ones, at kids clubs found at many good resorts.

Mana Island Resort, Fiji
Mana Island Resort  |  Fiji

Mana Island Resort

This resort is one of my top 5 islands to visit and you may have read about it in my previous post. It is a very laid back island where children under the age of 12 years eat for free. They have a special Mei Mei Center and a Tu Vonu Kids Club. Mei Mei is the Fijian word for baby sitting. Parents can leave children under 3 years for five hours of free babysitting per day, as long you are staying at the resort for more than 5 nights (otherwise normal baby sitting rates apply).

Their Tu Vonu Kids Club is a great club  where parents can leave their children to be looked after by the warm and friendly staff. They have three different sessions open during the day and children get to experience the Fijian culture, nature walks and traditional games. This is followed by farewell souvenir gifts to remind them of their holiday spent at Mana Island Resort. There is also a Environment Day once a month where they learn more about their natural surroundings and participate in either planting trees or planting coral as part of the resorts Coral Regeneration Program.

Inter Continental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa, Fiji
InterContenental Fiji Resort and Spa  |  Fiji

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa

This is a great hotel with a five star service where you can organise transfers that starts your journey on board a 45-minute transfer from the airport in a V8 Toyota Landcruiser which comes equipped with baby and child car seats. This resort is located on Vitu Levu  at Natadola and is a contemporary Asian inspired resort.  It has many rooms and suites to choose from including beach front, lagoon, pool, the incredible Club bedroom villas or inter connection rooms that are spacious and terrific for families. Planet Trekkers, the resort’s kids club runs three sessions of childcare a day. Children aged 12 and under may eat for free in Sanasana Restaurant at certain times during the day when accompanied by a dining adult so be sure to check the menu times should you visit InterContinental.

Shangri-La's Fijian Resort and Spa, Yanuca, Fiji
Children's playground and entertainment zone  |  Shangri-La's Fijian Resort and Spa, Yanuca  |  Fiji

Shangri-La Fijian Resort and Spa

This resort is set on nearly 30 hectares of private island and is accessible to the mainland by a causeway bridge. It is one of the most popular family resorts in Fiji for Australians. It has a Little Chief's Club which comprises of a kids stay and eat free program allowing up to two children per room, aged 12 years and under, to eat for free. My suggestion is to check the restaurant programmes and opening hours as they may change from time to time, depending on season and resort occupancies at the resort.

Malolo Island Resort, Fiji
Malolo Island Resort  |  Fiji

Malolo Island Resort

This resort accommodation includes 45 free-standing, plantation-style and air-conditioned bure (traditional huts) villas or duplexes. These have high vaulted ceilings and traditional Fijian touches. Rooms are spacious and spread out with two pools providing superior comfort and relaxation. Their  fabulous kids club is called Tia's Treehouse which is one of the best designed and well run kid’s clubs in Fiji. It consists of a spacious, open-style bure set into the hillside under a huge, shady flame tree looked. The club and children are well looked after by friendly and experienced local staff. There’s even an old yacht beached on the sand for children explore. The resort has a selection of bars and dining venues where you can enjoy a casual snack by the beach or experience a relaxing dinner amongst the coconut palms. They have also introduced a unique and innovative kids club program, called Yanu Yanu. Children 12 and under can also eat free when booking is make with the Kids Eat Free Package. Make sure to check their package suits your family before booking.

Castaway Island, Fiji
Castaway Island  |  Fiji

Castaway Island

This island is another of my top 5 islands to visit and you may have read about it in my previous post. Castaway offer different meal deal packages through out the year for adults and children, depending on the time of year. Their current offer includes Free meals for your entire stay for bookings throughout the month of February 2014, offering guests all meals FREE for adults and children however conditions do apply. If you planning a trip here, keep an eye out for deals that maybe offered when you travel so check regularly before booking.

The resort has a children's club called Castaway's Kid's Club. The focus for this club is on natural activities like playing traditional Fijian games on the beach, building sandcastles, crafting boats out of coconut husk and leaves and swimming races in the resort's new children's pool. The staff are warm and friendly, and act as pied pipers collecting children and involving them in activities and games. This leaves mums and dads to chill out by the adult's pool, enjoy a cocktail at the Sundowner Bar or a romantic dinner on the beach. Children 10 years and over can learn to dive and accompany parents on various diving trips. Snorkelling trips to the outer reef are also offered or families can simply explore the tropical fish filled waters just offshore.

Please ensure you visit the links below to help you get started on your fun filled family getaway:
 -   Tu Vonu Kids Club at Mana Island Resort
 -   Planet Trekkers at InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa
 -   Little Chiefs Club at Shangri-La's Fijian Resort and Spa
 -   Tia's Treehouse at Mololo Island Resort
 -   Castaway's Kids Club at Castaway Island Resort
Have you stayed at any of these resorts with you children? Please feel free to share your experience below.

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