The Wog With The Grog was long overdue for a holiday, and an island getaway was just what the doctor ordered.
Knowing the family was coming with, the destination needed to be child friendly, while also allowing the adults in the mix to not feel like they were simply taking the madness of home to another location.
While you’re away from home, you want to feel removed from your reality, and like you are actually taking a break. You want to feel comfortable, pampered, and relaxed. You want to enjoy yourself, eat good food, unwind, indulge a little. And of course, you want the place you’re staying at to meet your expectations, exceed them, even.
The challenge with that last expectation is that it’s highly likely you’ve never been to that hotel, as holidays are often about trying something new, and you’re inclined to want to trial a new place.
While online recommendations are great, the only way to truly get to know a property is heading there.
So, it was with a high level of anticipation we headed to the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa, on Denarau Island, Fiji.
Below are some photos from our stay – the property is beautiful:
From the moment we stepped in at the Sofitel Fiji, we were greeted by professional staff and a magnificent view.
Having stayed at various Sofitels around the world, I have come to expect a level of luxury and attention to detail in their properties.
Walking into our room I realised that this was not so for this property. The room, though clean, was in need of a little TLC – after all, this is deemed a five star property.
The bathroom is no bigger than a medium sized car, consisting of a toilet and shower. The room is okay, but the real winner here is the view: it is spectacular.
With two small children in tow, the pool facilities and grounds were voted by us as sensational. It all feels peaceful and safe. The staff are marvellous, with our young boys taking to them immediately. Kids sense kindness and this was the case here. My youngest child (who is 18 months old) greeted people with ‘Bula’ every time he passed them. It was lovely to see. Our eldest son (age four) also felt comfortable with staff.
We were ‘taunted’ by the existence of the adjoining adults’ retreat; a place to escape reality, no screaming children, sun, water and cocktails. Heaven. Not somewhere we could go this time, but a mental note made!
Dinner was, sadly, a bit of a let down. We were excited about feasting on the Sofitel buffet, however it was closed during our stay. Another disappointing point: kids ate free here at the buffet, but not in the other two restaurants on the property.
Having a Sofitel loyalty card which covered all meals was great – in theory. Adult meals only were covered, so we decided to dine at their less formal option. The food was okay, but the service was good and staff: very friendly.
The hotel’s spa treatments definitely made you feel like you were at a five star hotel, from the moment you entered the doors, right through to the end.
The breakfast buffet also got a favourable review from us.
Overall, we had a relaxing two nights at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa.
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Hotel review by: Robert Dessanti.