Experience Fiji for that long-overdue getaway

The borders are finally set to open in March and the world feels within reach again (almost) and the future is looking sunny, literally.

The closest many of us got to that far-flung beach the past year was a deep scroll through our Instagram feed. We ate a lot, drank a bit too much and sat hunched over makeshift desks for hours. Straddling the line between too much time alone, to struggling to claim a minute for ourselves. It’s a fair assumption that we’re all in need of some self-care, and what better way to do that than an island escape – and we’ve got just the place…Fiji. With its gentle coastlines and transporting sunsets, it's easy to see why Fiji ranks high on any travel bucket list  - and they can’t wait to welcome us back. Ahead, we round up the once-in-a-lifetime experiences that promise to cure your appetite for indulgent, uninterrupted relaxation. While we patiently wait for the departure lounge to reopen, bookmark these lavish Fiji experiences for your well-overdue getaway.

Helicopter to a sand-cay

Fiji is home to a myriad of deserted sand-cays offering up postcard views. While you can get there in a short seven-minute boat ride, why not do it in style for a truly memorable experience? Reward yourself and a special someone with unparalleled views of Fiji from the comfort of a helicopter. Once landed, relax remotely surrounded by white sands and azure blue waters. Pop a bottle of bubbles and graze on a tropical picnic for an afternoon etched into your memories forever.

A day at Malamala

Thirtieth birthday. Honeymoon. Wedding anniversary. Babymoon. Most of us have missed a milestone worth celebrating. Well, say ‘Bula’ to the ultimate raincheck celebration. Immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters, white sandy beach and lush landscape of the world’s first Island beach club. Just a short 25-minute boat ride from Denarau, park up on a daybed with a cocktail in hand and butler service, take a dip in the picture-perfect infinity pool with a cracked coconut to drink or indulge in some Asian and Pacific inspired a-la-carte delicacies.

The ultimate overnight spa

While spas dedicated to rest and relaxation aren’t new, travellers’ need for it is more acute than ever. Nestled in Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa rests a magical place of tranquillity – the Ocean Bure Spa Suite. Overlooking the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean and a stone’s throw away from the water’s edge lays the largest spa suites in Fiji. Outfitted with a king-size bed, a private balcony, a bathroom with an outdoor bath and steam as well as your own spa treatment room. Escape to a slower-paced world and check into Dusk till Dawn for a private spa and sleep experience. After checking into the suite, as dusk approaches, unwind in the outdoor bath served paired with a platter of seasonal fruit. Then, after a relaxing steam, surrender to the caring attention of a therapist who will perform a full-body scrub and 60-minute tension-releasing body massage. To end the evening, a light spa meal will be served in your suite as you prepare to surrender for a peaceful night’s sleep. The early rays of dawn will awaken you to a light breakfast on your private balcony where you can enjoy uninterrupted and calming views of the Pacific Ocean. Before checking out of your suite, you will be treated to a facial of your choice leaving your skin glowing and ready for the day ahead.

A new sailing catamaran day cruise

How does a full day sailing experience onboard South Sea Cruise Catamaran, Sabre, the newest catamaran in Fiji, sound? Whether you choose to perch in a booth, bask in the sun on a beanbag, or retreat under the shaded canopies, an experience like no other is a promise. Cruise through the Mamanuca Islands, enjoying the idyllic islands and atolls, while dining on a gourmet buffet lunch designed by the executive chef, alongside a fully stocked bar. Take advantage of onboard snorkelling gear provided when you park up at deserted reefs, then exit via the stairs or slide, for a positively hallucinatory experience you’ll need pinching to wake from. 

Kokomo Private Island Resort

This untouched private island encapsulates the essence of barefoot luxury. Sweeping across 140 acres, Kokomo Private Island  Resort Fiji boasts an abundance of lush rainforest, showcasing native flora and fauna, encircled by fine white sand beaches that lead into crystal-blue waters and the fourth largest reef in the world. You’ll want to invest in a waterproof case before you strap on your snorkel because the most ‘gramable marine life awaits. With each luxury suite designed for privacy and comfort, and freshly sourced seafood aplenty, you’ll be floating, not flying, home at this rate.

We can’t wait! Is it too soon to start packing?