Sofitel Fiji Resort And Spa
What We Love
- Each guest room offers ocean views
- Lavish Sofitel So Spa
- Kids Club keeps little ones busy
- The onsite Adrenalin Watersports Centre and the Pacific’s largest lagoon-style pool
- The Big Bula waterpark and an 18-hole golf course are within five minutes of the resort
What To Know
- The resort is located on the exclusive Denarau Island
- Request the resort’s newly refurbished rooms Family Rooms replete with bunk beds
- Indulge in Salt Restaurant’s adults-only champagne breakfast
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
When the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa first opened in 2006, it was the country’s first new international resort in three decades. Built on Denarau Island on Viti Levu (the big island), the Sofitel is a destination in itself but also ideal for those traveling to or from the outer islands and within Fiji’s main island. The rooms amble over 26 acres of landscaped grounds, fragrant with the heady smell of frangipani flowers. There are 296 guestrooms and suites, including 25 family rooms (16 luxury family rooms on the ground floor and nine family rooms above) and they all feature clean-lined minimalist furniture and Fijian art.
Bed and Bath
Superior rooms err on the small side but are well appointed with a king or two queen beds, flatscreen TVs and seating areas. Luxury rooms have a contemporary island feel with stitched leather headboards, polished Fijian shell desks and white shutters. Meanwhile, suites offer Jacuzzis on their balconies and walk-in closets. All guestrooms offer private balconies or terraces, crisp white linens and ocean views.
The tranquil So Spa, modeled after a typical Fijian village, offers nine private bures, whirlpools, a steam room, outdoor Jacuzzis and treatments incorporating the island’s coconut, tiare and frangipani. Headed by a French executive chef, food is a big part of the resort experience here, with the buffet-style Lagoon restaurant (its seafood nights are legendary), the alfresco poolside eatery Salt and V Restaurant’s haute cuisine. Experience traditional Fijian dancing in the evenings and indulge in a delicious feast. Instead of napping by the giant freeform lagoon pool, try a raft of activities such as tennis, pottery and fire dancing.
In the Area
The Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa is one of seven international resorts located on Denarau Island – a swanky manmade tourist enclave that also includes a marina and port, private villas, a champion golf course, racquet club and shopping area. Port Denarau Marina is where you can take an island-hopping day trip, a longer cruise or transfer out to the Mamanuca Islands. While the beaches on Denarau aren’t as beautiful as the stunning stretches of sand found in the outer islands, you’ll still find swaying palm trees, balmy weather, fun kids clubs and languid lagoon pools to laze by. As the sun slips into the ocean, many of Denarau’s resorts (including the Sofitel) hold ceremonies where a Fijian ‘warrior’ ignites traditional torches to the beat of drums. Order a Midori Illusion from the Latitude 17 Cocktail Bar at the Sofitel and revel in the tropical vibe.
How to Get There
My family and I returned to this hotel to attend a wedding. We had previously stayed here and thoroughly enjoyed it. This time round was also great. The staff were helpful, friendly and our room was clean.
Upon checking out we decided to pay for our room charges with a different credit card than we had given when checking in. We were assured that the deposit taken on our original card would be refunded within 7-14days. That was the 29th of September....it is now the 12th of November and we still have not had that money returned. I have called the hotel numerous times from Australia as well as email two different “managers” and still no resolve. We have essentially paid twice for our room charges and this seems to be at the bottom of the priority list for management to rectify.
It is extremely distressing to me as I have now been out of pocket over $400AUD for 6 weeks instead of the guaranteed 7-14 days.
I find this highly unacceptable and am now at a loss as to what more to do?!
I am sad to say that I will not stay here again nor will I recommend it for anyone else. It now doesn’t matter whether the hotel was good or not as they clearly are terrible at account keeping and customer service and that is far more important than a clean room to me.
The hotel room was dated and the bathroom very small with a shower over the bath making access difficult. Porters were very good and check out desk also good. Check in clerk not genuinely friendly. Airline check in an excellent asset. Over priced taxi fares when Denarau much cheaper 5 mins away. Noisy surrounds after coming from the islands.
Great view, beach and kids activities but many small inconveniences added up to be a disappointing stay especially relative to the comparably priced Hilton down the beach.
Cons: Unnecessarily slow check in process, too much noise and service was not always 5 star