Wondering Where to Stay in Fiji? [5 COOLEST Areas • 2019]

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Wondering Where to Stay in Fiji? [5 COOLEST Areas • 2019]

Fiji has often been often fantasized as the epidemy of exotic holiday getaways and for good reason.

This south-pacific island nation is so much more than relaxing beaches and high-end luxury resorts. Fiji is a country with over 332 islands filled to the brim with rich pacific-islander culture, lush jungles, and gorgeous coastline, adventure is only a boat ride away!

With so many islands, each appealing to a different kind of traveler, how can one decide where to stay?

That’s why we made picking a home away from home simple with this comprehensive list! 

Put together by our team of expert travelers, we made finding the perfect district, island, and hotel easy, so you can relax more and worry less!

After reading this article YOU will be the expert on island hopping in Fiji and will be able to find your own slice of heaven in the South Pacific.

Also check out our top rated things to do in Fiji to save you time and money on your dream holiday!

These are our best picks for where to stay in Fiji.

Table of Contents

Quick Tips – Where to Stay in Fiji

  • Where to stay in Fiji your first time – The Yasawa Islands
  • Where to stay in Fiji on a budget – Nadi
  • Best area to stay in Fiji for nightlife – Suva
  • Coolest place to stay in Fiji – Kadavu
  • Best neighborhood in Fiji for families –Denarau

Where to Stay in Fiji

Looking for a specific place to stay? These are our highest recommendations for places to stay in Fiji.

Best Budget Hotel in Fiji – Octopus Resort

Octopus Resort

Octopus Resort is the best budget hotel in Fiji

Octopus Resort puts its guests right on the beach, meaning you can feel the sand between your toes anytime you like! The resort also has its own spa, restaurant, pool, bars, and even a library. With activities such as dancing lessons, cooking lessons, bonfires, movies nights, and cultural exhibitions, there is sure to never be a dull moment at the Octopus Resort!

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Fiji – Bedarra Beach Inn

Bedarra Beach Inn

Bedarra Beach Inn is the best mid-range hotel in Fiji

Overlooking the Lagoon Beach coral reef, guests are given a front row seat to some of the most beautiful waters in the entire world! After you spend the day snorkeling, return to the beach and eat at one of the many restaurants or take a drink at one of the bars. Once you are tired of watersports or lounging at the poolside bar, retire to your spacious room with balconies look out over the beach!

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Fiji – Nanuku Auberge Resort

Nanuku Auberge Resort

Nanuku Auberge Resort is the best luxury hotel in Fiji

When staying in Fiji, why not go all out and have the best vacation money can buy? At Nanuku Auberge Resort guests will be given many luxuries all from the comfort of their own hammock on the seaside. This resort not only offers free nanny and butler services, but also a spa, gym with a fitness trainer, hair salon, games room, and library. Wait, there’s more! You can get a drink from the poolside bar or head over to the restaurant to eat to your heart’s content. With comfortable luxurious rooms and so much to do, you will truly have a vacation worth remembering for a lifetime!

 

Fiji Neighborhoods Guide

Fiji

Fiji is paradise – and there are some many wonderful resorts to choose from. This epic guide breaks down the best places to stay for all types of travellers

Fiji is truly paradise on earth, made up of over 300 islands where each one is more breathtaking than the last. Of the 332 islands, 110 are inhabited, thus leaving each region to develop in vastly different ways.

Some Fijian islands have built luxury resorts and high rises to cater to the droves of anxious tourists and beachgoers, while others have preserved their traditional ways of life and culture.

Hotel Jules Insider Tip

The capital and largest city of Fiji is Suva. Suva is the sole urban center out of all of the islands, it is here where you will find most of the population, as well as the best nightlife in the whole country.

On the western end of the main island of Viti Levu is Nadi and Denarau. While both of these areas are near the international airport, they have developed in two totally different ways.

Nadi is the main tourist hub of the island, it is here where you can find not only the best prices for accommodation but also for boat tours and diving.

Denarau, on the other hand, is home to the most luxurious resorts in all of Fiji. What it lacks in natural beauty is made up with the best hotels, amenities, and services money can buy.

North-west of Viti Levu are the islands of Yasawa. The Yasawa Islands have the perfect blend of both resort comfort and tropical adventure all throughout the region.

South of Viti Levu is the remote and largely untouched island of Kadavu. For those wanting to get off the beaten track, Kadavu is an island packed to the gills with uncharted jungles, secluded beaches, and rich culture.

You may be a little overwhelmed now, but after viewing our guide you are sure to find the best neighborhood in Fiji for you!

Fiji’s 5 Best Neighborhoods to Stay in

Now let’s take a look, in greater detail, at the best neighborhoods to stay in Fiji. Each is a little different from the last so be sure to check out which is right for you!

Neighborhood #1 - The Yasawa Islands

(Where to stay in Fiji for your first time)

The Yasawa Islands

The Yasawa Islands is our pick for where to stay in Fiji for your first time (photo credits: Tourism Fiji)

The Yasawa Islands is our pick for where to stay in Fiji on your first time

North-west of the main island of Viti Levu is the Yasawa Islands. Although there are no shops or even banks in the region, visitors are sure to get lost in the breathtaking natural beauty of the islands.

People travel to Fiji for an exotic beach and jungle-filled vacation. For those looking for an area that checks everything off of the list, look no further than Yasawa.

From Volcanic mountains emerging from the jungles to turquoise waters full of colorful schools of fish, travelers will need to take a breather on the white sand beaches between exploring each side of the island.

This picturesque island-chain was even the setting for the 1980 movie: Blue Lagoon. If you thought the islands were gorgeous on the silver screen, be prepared to be totally blown out of the water by the Yasawa Islands!

Things to See and Do in The Yasawa Islands

  • Hike the length of the main Yasawa island and bask in the beauty of its beaches and jungles.
  • Explore the cool Sawa-I-Lau Caves, used in the movie Blue Lagoon.
  • Take a cooking class and learn how to prepare local Fiji cuisine at Yasawa Island Resort & Spa!
  • Take a dip and swim with the fishes on Drawaqa!
  • Learn about local island culture in the village of Bukama.
  • Feel the spirit of the island when you partake in a Kava Ceremony.
  • Lounge on the soft white sands of Champagne Beach.

Where to Stay in The Yasawa Islands

Best Budget Hotel in The Yasawa Islands – Blue Lagoon Beach Resort Nacula Island

Blue Lagoon Beach Resort Nacula Island

Blue Lagoon Beach Resort Nacula Island is the best budget hotel in The Yasawa Islands

Lounge on the beaches as you listen to the nightly live music play over the crashing waves on to the shore. While lounging, the bars and restaurants are never too far out of reach, ensuring you don’t have to leave relaxation behind.

The Blide Lagoon’s rooms also offer guests a fan, views of the surrounding gardens or beaches, as well as free WIFI.

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in The Yasawa Islands – Coconut Beach Resort

Coconut Beach Resort

Coconut Beach Resort is the best mid-range hotel in The Yasawa Islands

This three-star hotel has everything you could ever want out of your dream holiday resort. The hotel will help organize hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling trips for its guests.

The hotel also has an on-site spa, restaurant, and even inviting hammocks to be used at the guest’s leisure. Each of the rooms is tastefully decorated and will ensure the guests have a relaxing sleep to prep up for the next day’s adventure!

 

Best Luxury Hotel in The Yasawa Islands – Paradise Cove

Paradise Cove

Paradise Cove is the best luxury hotel in The Yasawa Islands

The name Paradise Cove could not be any more accurate. Your luxury resort is surrounded by lush gardens teeming with life. Guests are pampered with a spa, restaurant, and outdoor pool.

There are even free kayaks available for the visitors to use at their leisure. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, each bungalow and villa have hardwood flooring, air conditioning, flat-screen TV, and even free WiFi.

 

Neighborhood #2 - Nadi

(Where to stay in Fiji on a budget)

Nadi

Nadi is our pick for where to stay in Fiji on a budget

Nadi is the tourist hub for all of Fiji, all vacations begin and end with this city. Serviced by Nadi International Airport, it is inevitable that you will spend at least one day in this center for tourism for all of Fiji.

While on the more remote and isolated do have their own accommodation, the prices are typically astronomical due to the out of reach locations and the luxury lifestyle.

Nadi is the perfect place for travelers looking for a central location to base themselves out of and find competitive prices for both hotels and tours.

Nadi is much more than just being a place to sleep. Fiji is now a very diverse multi-cultural society, Nadi is the perfect place to get in touch with island culture as well as with the many Indians, Chinese, and other nationalities that call Fiji home!

Things to See and Do in Nadi

  • Tour the surrounding islands and explore some of the most remote beaches on the planet!
  • Eat Kokoda, a Fiji traditional fish salad dish
  • Browse souvenirs at the Nadi Handicraft Market!
  • Go local at the Nadi Produce Market!
  • Take a dip and get dirty in the mud pools.
  • Visit the Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple Hindu temple!
  • Experience traditional Fiji culture at the Navala village.

Where to Stay in Nadi

Best Budget Hotel in Nadi – Bamboo Backpackers

Bamboo Backpackers

Bamboo Backpackers is the best budget hotel in Nadi

For all you backpackers out there, welcome to heaven! At Bamboo Backpackers, you will find the lowest prices in the whole country. For the price you pay, you get so much back in the form of a local bar and restaurant located on site.

With a great central location and extremely hospitable staff, you are sure to feel right at home while staying in Fiji!

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Nadi – Fiji Gateway Hotel

Fiji Gateway Hotel

Fiji Gateway Hotel is the best mid-range hotel in Nadi

With as much as the Fiji Gateway Hotel offers, it may be hard to find time exploring the rest of the island! This resort boasts 2 restaurants, a bar, 2 swimming pools, a tennis court, 2 pool tables, and even a poolside bar.

Relax in the room with the air conditioning on, drinks in your refrigerator, as well as your slippers and robe to ensure you are absolutely comfortable while staying at Fiji Gateway Hotel.

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Nadi – DoubleTree by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island

 

DoubleTree by Hilton Fiji - Sonaisali Island

DoubleTree by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island is the best luxury hotel in Nadi

Close enough to Nadi to enjoy the convenience but far away enough to feel the seclusion of a tropical island. DoubleTree grants its guests access to a paradise only minutes away from the main island, but with untouched beauty and tranquil beaches.

Other than relaxing on the beach and exploring the island, DoubleTree offers on-site paintball, horse-riding, spas, and even three bars and a restaurant to ensure you have your perfect Fijian holiday!

 

Neighborhood #3 - Suva

(Best area to stay in Fiji for nightlife)

Suva

Suva is our pick for best area to stay in Fiji for nightlife

Fiji is not well known for being a large nightlife destination, but that does not mean that is doesn’t have its own fair share of bars and nightclubs.

As the capital and largest city of Fiji, it goes without saying that Suva would have the largest number of bars and the most hopping nightlife.

Although they have some fierce competition with Nadi and famous bars such as Cloud 9, Suva still takes the cake do the sheer number of clubs situated in the city.

With megabars/clubs such as Trap Bar, which is actually 5 bars all situated into one complex, partygoers are sure to be dancing the whole night away.

Other than having the best bars and clubs on the whole island, Suva is also the jumping off point for adventures such as zip-lining and even swimming with the sharks!

Things to See and Do in Suva

  • Sail out to Beqa Island and swim with the sharks.
  • Treck out to see some cascading waterfalls at Colo-I-Suva.
  • Shake it all night at Trap’s Bar, the biggest club in all of Fiji!
  • Grab a drink or even a bite at the semi-formal O’Reilly’s Bar.
  • Stroll the corridors of the Sacred Heart Cathedral.
  • Smell the flowers at the Thurston Gardens.
  • Shop till you drop at the Suva Municipal Market.

Where to Stay in Suva

Best Budget Hotel in Suva – Colonial Lodge

Colonial Lodge

Colonial Lodge is the best budget hotel in Suva

For a down-to-earth, low key atmosphere, look no further than the Colonial Lodge in Suva! With it’s warm and cozy atmosphere, guests feel like they are visiting an old friend rather than a guest house.

The hotel offers free meals to all of its guests and is just a few minutes walk away from some of Suva’s best attractions!

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Suva – Novotel Suva Lami Bay

Novotel Suva Lami Bay

Novotel Suva Lami Bay is the best mid-range hotel in Suva

Novotel gives you all the best luxury services as the other hotels but for a moderate price. Guests are given balconies looking over Suva’s waterfront and are only a stone’s throw away from downtown.

Other than its comfortable rooms, Novotel Suva Lami Bay guests are given access to the spa, pool, and fitness center. With tours being operated directly from the hotel, adventure is only a phone call away!

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Suva – Grand Pacific Hotel

Grand Pacific Hotel

Grand Pacific Hotel is the best luxury hotel in Suva

Stroll down memory lane when you stand in this well-maintained hotel built circa 1914. The antique old-world charm isn’t the only thing that will wow its guests, the Grand Pacific also hosts 5 restaurants, 3 bars, a spa, as well as a fitness center.

Each of the rooms has a flat-screen TV, ironing board, mini-bar, safe, and private bathroom. With the entire hotel situated in a garden, you are sure to have a relaxing holiday in the Fijian capital.

 

Neighborhood #4 - Kadavu

(Coolest place to stay in Fiji)

Kadavu

Kadavu is our pick for coolest place to stay in Fiji (photo credits: Fiji)

Kadavu is our pick for the coolest place to stay in Fiji.

Fiji lacks the hipster coffee bars and trendy art districts, what it does have, however, is some of the most gorgeous untouched beaches and jungles in the world.

Kadavu is as off the beaten track as one can get in Fiji while still having loads to explore and experience. The island only has two dirt roads on the entire island and most of the 10,000 residents’ villages are only accessible by boat.

Being the most off the beaten track destination in Fiji means that the island has practically no tourist infrastructure, therefore the locals live much the way they have for the last hundred years.

Nature here has also been left untouched, meaning that much of the wildlife is flourishing and the jungles are still lush. Kadavu is known as a bird watchers paradise, being home to the honeyeater, whistling dove, Kadavu Musk, and many more.

Like many of the other islands around Fiji, Kadavu has spectacular diving and beaches but unspoiled by hoards of tourists. Kadavu is the place to have a dream holiday and still be pushing the boundaries of adventure.

Things to See and Do in Kadavu

  • Grab your binoculars and go birdwatching for some of the most elusive and gorgeous birds on the planet.
  • Visit local villages and see authentic Fijian culture.
  • Lay out on the largest and most secluded beach in Fiji: Long Beach.
  • Dive headfirst into an underwater wonderland at the Great Astrolabe Reef.
  • Kayak the many bays, lagoons, and mangrove forests of Kadavu.
  • Soak up the sun on Matana Beach.
  • Explore uncharted regions, much of Kadavu is way off the map which allows you to be the trailblazer!

Where to Stay in Kadavu

Best Budget Hotel in Kadavu – Waisalima Beach Resort & Dive Centre

Waisalima Beach Resort and Dive Centre

Waisalima Beach Resort and Dive Centre is the best budget hotel in Kadavu

Waisalima Beach Resort gives you the best modern comforts along with the atmosphere of staying on the edge of the world. Each of its bungalows are nestled between the vast jungle and the tranquil ocean.

The hotel offers tours to visit both the native people on the island as well as diving to see the showcase of sea creatures in the Great Astrolabe Reef.

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Kadavu –Matava Resort

Matava Resort

Matava Resort is the best mid-range hotel in Kadavu

Matava Resort is a luxurious refuge on one of the most secluded wild islands on the planet. Amongst the sprawling jungle, Matava Resorts spoils its guests with a swimming pool, spa, wellness center, garden, private beach, and various watersports.

Take in the sun and grab a drink at the terrace bar as you relax in a tropical paradise.

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Kadavu – Oneta Resort

Wondering Where to Stay in Fiji? [5 COOLEST Areas • 2019]

Oneta Resort is the best luxury hotel in Kadavu

If you were shipwrecked on a near-deserted island, landing here would be like striking gold! Oneta Resort emerges out of the jungle with on-site bars, restaurants, pool, and massage services.

Each of the Fiji style bungalows are complete with a hot shower, free WiFi, wood flooring, and mosquito neat, all amongst the beautiful seaside gardens.

 

Neighborhood #5 – Denarau

(Best neighborhood in Fiji for families)

Denarau

The Denarau is our pick for best neighborhood in Fiji for families.

Although not far from the tourist hub of Nadi, the man-made island of Denarau is the place for those looking to kick back, relax, and be pampered. It is important to note that Denarau is not meant for budget travelers, while their hotels are not particularly outrageously priced, they are not cheap either.

Denarau hosts some of the most luxurious and all-inclusive hotels in all of Fiji. Anything from the best bars, water parks, restaurants, and even spas can all be found on its shores.

Located close to the international airport in Nadi, your perfect holiday getaway is only minutes away after touching down in Fiji. Due to Denarau’s locations, guests are always close to comfort and adventure all at the same time.

While Denarau is not known for its postcard-esque beaches, the islands of Yasawa and Mamanuca are only a boat ride away, taking families from their luxury holiday resorts to the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Things to See and Do in Denarau

  • Stroll down the beaches at the nearby Yakuilau Island.
  • Spice up your life by taking a cooking class at Flavors of Fiji.
  • Reel in a big one when taking a fishing tour out to the open sea.
  • Make a splash at Bug Bula Water Park.
  • Walk through the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, a botanical garden decorated with some of the most unique statues imaginable.
  • Dine out at sea on a sunset dinner cruise.
  • Traditional flavor meets modern style at Cross Restaurant.
  • Lounge by one of the resort’s many pools and be served cocktails as you sunbathe in total luxury.

Where to Stay in Denarau

Best Mid-range Hotel in Denarau – The Terraces Apartments Denarau

The Terraces Apartments Denarau

The Terraces Apartments Denarau is the best mid-range hotel in Denarau

Only minutes away from Denarau Port and Marina, The Terraces Apartments puts its guests in the center of luxury. All of the best shopping, restaurants, pools, and beaches and all within the guest’s fingertips.

Each of the spacious rooms at The Terraces Apartments is complete with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full kitchen, TV, and the terrace apartments even come with a balcony!

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Denarau – Radisson Blu Resort Fiji

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji is the best luxury hotel in Denarau

The Radisson puts its guests right in the heart of Fiji luxury. With the beach being a few steps from the resort and the number of spas and pools on the hotel grounds, guests are sure to redefine luxury.

The Radisson also offers temperature controlled pools, spas, restaurants, and even the 18-hole golf course is right on top of the resort. For children, the resort also offers designated kiddie pools and kids clubs to make sure the whole family is entertained!

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Denarau – The Westin Denarau Island Resort and Spa

The Westin Denarau Island Resort and Spa

The Westin Denarau Island Resort and Spa is the best luxury hotel in Denarau

Staying in The Westin Island Resort is a vacation in itself. With 14 restaurants, cultural shows, an 18-hole golf course, 10 tennis courts, 6 swimming pools, and even a spa, guests will find entertainments and relaxation at every corner of the resort.

Water skiing and snorkeling barley scratch the surface of things that The Westin offers its guests, visitors may fall in love with their luxurious rooms so much they may not even find time to explore the resort or even Fiji.

 

Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Fiji

Fiji is a nation where every island has its own story and its own adventure just waiting to be undertaken.

From the sleepy seaside resorts to the wild untamed jungles, Fiji has something to offer every travel to ensure there is never a dull moment during your South Pacific dream holiday!

The Yasawa Islands are by far our most favorite region of Fiji. These islands give tourists the best of both worlds: being in touch with nature and the local culture, while still never being far from the comfort of your hotel.

As for the best hotel in Fiji, you can’t go wrong with the Blue Lagoon Beach Resort Nacula Island. The Blue Lagoon appeals both to your backpacker just as much as it does to the luxury traveler. Check out our other top rated hotels in our guide to the 17 perfect hotels in Fiji.

With a range of accommodation choices and top-class service, staying at the Blue Lagoon is the first step to having an amazing vacation!

You can stop dreaming about taking your tropical island holiday to Fiji and start planning! The 332 islands of secluded lagoons and colorful reefs are all waiting for you to take the first boat over to paradise!

Have we missed anything? Let us know in the comments below. Have a safe and exciting journey to Fiji!

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About the Author Aaron Hovanesian

Born in Los Angeles, Aaron Hovanesian is one of the original staff writers for Hotel Jules. Having backpacked the world as a young man, Aaron now prefers to travel the world in luxury, proudly staying in the world's most amazing hotels and properties. When Aaron is not traveling he lives in Western Colorado he can be found brewing his own beer (probably an IPA) or spending time with his two amazing golden retrievers.

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