Island Fast-Breaks: 50sowhat Escapes To Fiji


Okay, so we all need a quick getaway every now and again.

For this very reason, we whipped over to Fiji on the four-hour direct flight from Sydney to Nadi.

We grabbed a last-minute bargain airfare ($500 return) on Air Pacific for a five night reboot.

We left on a Thursday so we can include a weekend and minimise our time off, especially as we are heading into a crazy few months here at 50sowhat.

When I have more time, I go further afield and head out to one of the outer islands, but when it’s a quick trip for me there is nothing better than Denarau.

It’s a short 15-minute taxi from the airport and there are plenty of choices for accommodation.

We stayed at The Sheraton (it was out of school holidays so not too many kids and there were a few large conferences on, so during the day it was quiet – bliss).

I wanted to be sure we went at a time when I didn’t have to fight for a pool chair and I wasn’t surrounded by tall, tanned, toned young bodies.  I could peacefully swim, read and drink cocktails (before being caddy on the course for the hubby.

Here’s what’s great about Denarau

  • Easy to get to – 15 minutes by taxi from the airport but feels like you are miles away.
  • The port is a short stroll away and offers great restaurants, cafes, shopping, and is where you board for the islands (there are also day trips).
  • If you don’t want to walk, you can catch the Bula Bus, which does constant loops around the island (of Denarau) from resort to resort.
  • There is plenty to do. We did the ‘Farm to Fork’ Sunday lunch with is organised by The Westin. What a great experience, incredible fresh food, good company and nothing beats eating outside on the farm. It’s also really interesting to learn about the sustainability of growing their own food and having a chat to the chef.
  • The Golf and Racket club is fantastic. They do wonderful food, but most importantly the golf is great.
  • If you stay at either the Sheraton, the Villas or The Westin, you have access to all three resorts pools, restaurants and amenities.
  • There are plenty of spas on the island – each resort has one as does the Port. Treat yourself – its’ worth it.  Try the local ‘Pure Fiji’ range of products.
  • The staff at resort and the locals are incredibly friendly – really lovely (that’s what makes Fiji so special – its people).
  • If you want somewhere smaller, there are a couple of smaller resorts (apartments) like The Terraces (which is self-catering), close to the Port (1-minute walk), set back off the road, and boarders the golf course. A lovely location and a great option if you want somewhere a little bit quieter.

What you need to know

  • It’s hot – usually 30 degrees year round.
  • Food is expensive relative to places like Bali – take packaged snacks from home (most people get a shock at resort prices).
  • You are on Fiji time – kick back and relax. Don’t expect things to go fast – but hey, you are on holiday things should slow down – it’s part of the charm.
  • Beaches off the mainland aren’t that great – if you want really incredible swimming – try one of the outer islands. However, resorts do have great pools (large and lots of them).  You can still swim in the sea, we did and it was warm and lovely – but don’t expect clear blue seas directly off the mainland.
  • Take plenty of sun protection.

In summary

Denarau is great for a five night stay – if you are there longer look at adding on an island trip for a few days – it’s worth it

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The co-founder of 50SoWhat has been in publishing for most of her working life. She was general manager of successful boutique media publishing house in New Zealand for several years and boasts an impeccable sales, marketing and management background. When she’s not road-testing the latest cosmetic procedures, or investigating the hottest lifestyle, travel, fashion and beauty trends for over 45’s, Jo is often back home catching up with family and friends, or working on her golf swing!


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