Out of all the beautiful and exotic beach destinations in the world, Fiji might best encapsulate the idea of tropical paradise. Palm trees sway in the warm breeze, azure waters gently lap the shore, and the backdrop of dazzling blue sky is a near constant. But with over 330 islands and thousands of hotels and resorts, deciding where to stay in Fiji can be difficult. Here are five of Fijiís best unique resorts Ė all picturesque, all on the water, and all offering guests something a bit different.
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort
As the winner of countless accolades, including the best five star all-inclusive resort in Fiji, Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort isnít exactly a secret. Despite its celebrated reputation, however, this stunning eco-resort offers guests a peaceful and luxurious travel experience thatís entirely out of the ordinary.
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort was the very first eco-resort in Fiji and has pioneered sustainable tourism throughout the country. The guest rooms are sustainably made, the food locally grown and caught, and the front of the resort is now a marine reserve, home to a coral farm and mangrove reforestation project. There are countless eco activities for guests to participate in too, including rainforest walks and sustainable pearl farm tours.
The food at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is truly exceptional; under the guidance of executive chef Raymond Lee, the dishes are a blend of traditional Fijian cuisine with a strong Asian influence, and with views looking out onto Savusavu Bay the setting is exquisite. Despite its eco-credentials, this resort guarantees unparalleled luxury Ė thereís even a pillow library for the more discerning guests.
Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa
Surrounded by tropical rainforest and beautiful landscaped gardens, Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa is located next to a private lagoon with crystal clear waters. There are 51 guest rooms and villas here, including Fijiís only floating accommodation, ideal for those who love the water. Guests staying in the Edgewater Floating Bures can leap right into the lagoon from their own deck, and the bures come with their own kayaks too.
A must-visit for guests is the resortís award-winning rainforest spa, where you can enjoy being pampered in the most tranquil surroundings imaginable. Luxurious treatments include banana leaf body wraps and coconut oil massages, both of which use only natural ingredients and leave your skin enviably soft and smooth. For the more energetic, Koro Sun Resort offers a wealth of outdoor activities: from golf to hiking to scuba diving and snorkeling, you certainly wonít get bored here.
Palmlea Farms Oceanfront Resort
Beachside resorts are a dime a dozen in Fiji, but what about resorts for people looking for something completely different? Palmlea Farms Oceanfront Resort offers guests the chance to experience a totally different side to Fiji, while demonstrating your green credentials at the same time. Head off the beaten track to this beautiful eco-resort and unwind in spectacular natural surroundings.
Considered one of the hidden gems of Vanua Levu, Palmlea Resort is also a working organic farm, and guests are welcome to explore the grounds, stroke the adorable baby goats and kayak in the bay nearby. The guest rooms are made in the traditional Fijian style, with native hardwoods and woven bamboo, and overlook palm trees and the ocean.
Being a farm, most of the ingredients served in the excellent onsite restaurant are from the garden, and the food is a mix of traditional dishes, Fijian fare and fresh seafood. Known especially for their mouth-watering pies, the resort also has its own pizza oven. Foodies, animal lovers and those who appreciate nature will be in their element here.
Turtle Island Fiji
As part of the Yasawa islands, Turtle Island is located along a chain of ancient volcanic lagoons. Though eruptions here were once common, today it is a paradise of serenity, with warm, azure waters and brightly coloured flowers bobbing in the wind. If youíre looking for staggeringly scenic beaches, Turtle Island will deliver: known for having some of the most breathtaking coastline in the world, itís also where ĎThe Blue Lagooní was filmed.
Because itís an isolated, private island, Turtle Island can guarantee visitors exclusivity like nowhere else. Only 28 guests are allowed on the island at one time, and with 14 private beaches you can find your own personal paradise to kick back on. Away from the hustle and bustle of the bigger islands, Turtle Island offers guests a unique sense of solitude.
Likuliku Lagoon Resort
In the pristine waters of Malolo, part of Fijiís Mamanuca island group, lies Likuliku Lagoon Resort. ĎLikulikuí means Ďcalm watersí and the name is certainly apt; the turquoise water here is utterly still, but dip beneath the surface and youíll find a vibrant reef teaming with marine life. This adult only luxury resort looks like a traditional Fijian village, and the bures feature authentic architecture and natural materials combined with modern comfort.
There are 35 bures along the beachfront, all of which have direct beach and lagoon access, and some of which have their own private plunge pools. Likuliku Resort also has the only stilted bures in Fiji, where the rooms perch above the reef and guests can dive right into the ocean.