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
- 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
We checked in quickly from our long flight from LAX. We immediately went to the pool and ordered beers and snacks after unpacking. We had the adults only section and happy we chose this. Went to bed early on comfy beds. Next day we walked into Port town for shopping and breakfast at Lulus and had massages and facials at the salon. We did more pool time and cocktail hour. Next day was the big adventure on Cloud 9, before went we got our hair French braided at the solon at port town. I wish I could think of the name of our stylist, he was so fun and did a tight braid. We checked out next day to head off to another destination. Sofitel was a perfect stop for our big Fiji adventure.
We were in Fiji last week just to attend family wedding in Lautoka and decided to spend 2 nights here for a change and break and also to trial out other resorts in Denarau in comparison to our last 2 visits in Denarau with other resorts around the area and Sofitel sits at the last of the list and we were very disappointed with our choice due to its very...very dated room. The bathroom was so...so small and mouldy. The breakfast weren’t great either with cold items and found the Lagoon atmosphere dated too. Overall only the exterior and lobby looks impressive otherwise the room and breakfast area are dated for the price we paid. We stayed in Lautoka after Sofitel and felt we being ripped off as the quality of room were similar to Lautoka hotel’s 3 star quality.
Had a wonderful time at the resort. Water activities and pool were fun. Bar staff- Shalend, Natasha, Pio and Uma were great host for whom nothing was a trouble.
Everyone was helpful and had a smile on their face
We will be back soon
Keep up the good work
We returned to the Sofitel after our amazing holiday in May 2016, so when it came to rebooking in 2018 there was no question where we would stay.
But unfortunately our stay this time around in May/June was very different to our last stay in 2016.
The whole feel of the resort had changed. The food prices had increased by an extreme amount, happy hour was almost nonexistent, you also needed to be careful who you ordered drinks from if Salt bar took your order during Latitudes happy hour you would be charged full price - very confusing and frustrating. We also had to deal with the inconvenience of the Accor meals discount being reduced from 50% to 25% part way through our stay, my husband was able to sort this out but this really is not something you should need to deal with each time you pay for your meal. The rooms are or an average standard, my boys rolled off the bed several times due to the mattress quality, next to no side support. the shower leaked so we needed to have a towel permanently on the floor to avoid a puddle of water.
Overall it was a disappointing stay, so when we return to Fiji next the Sofitel will not be a first choice of accommodation.
Enjoyed it overall but it wasn't the best stay we have had at the Sofitel. Room wasn't ready until 2 hours after check in time. Loyalty program not recognized in the way it should be. Internet upgrade failed to go through. Service at the Salt bar was slower than FIJI time slow. Room was fine, clean good location. Food was great. Pool was great. Check out was painful but got there in the end. We will go back I'm sure.