When planning a wedding, the groom often has to stand around nodding and agreeing, but not get too involved in the invitations, seating, floral arrangements and other ceremony decisions. But if the groom really wants to make a splash, he can plan a honeymoon in Fiji – heaven on Earth.
With immaculate white beaches, the palm trees dancing in the breeze and tropical lagoons, you’ll both feel as though you’ve stepped into a Hollywood movie. While on honeymoon, you can snorkel or scuba holding hands, go white-water rafting, and hike into Fiji’s gorgeous, mountain rainforests. If you’re lucky, you may happen upon a secluded natural hot spring heated by the islands’ volcanic craters.
But without a doubt, the most important decision will be where to lay your heads at night to enjoy the romance of luxurious, tropical accommodations, cuisine, libations and unforgettable scenery. Here are a few of our suggestions:
Laucala — Fiji Islands
Located on a private beach, each of the resort’s twenty-five luxury residences are built on stilts above the lagoon. In addition, the property has its own island for swimming, further enhancing the romantic privacy of the location. It offers candlelight dinners on a private beach, fine dining in the elegant Plantation House Restaurant, authentic special Asian delicacies in the Seagrass Restaurant, a spectacular Sundowner cocktail in the Rock Lounge, avant-garde finger food in the Pool Bar, or a barbecue in the Beach Bar that captures the tropical atmosphere. Aside from the water and beach activities, the resort has a spa and an eighteen-hole championship-standard golf course.
Likuliku Lagoon Resort — Mamanuca Islands
A unique haven of relaxed refinement for couples only and featuring Fiji’s only over-water bures. From the water it looks like a traditional village, with sprawling ceilings, hand-woven thatch, and an exotic mix of natural materials. But all the amenities, from the air conditioning and fresh-baked cookies to the music systems and wi-fi, bathe guests in modern comfort. It’s a South Pacific dream come true. The Fijiana Restaurant provides views over the lagoon, gardens and pool, offering intimate spaces for couples. The resort has a soothing spa and numerous activities onsite, including a 24-hour gym, kayaks, standup paddle boarding, walking and jogging trails, and a pool.
Tadrai Island Resort — Mana Island
Fiji’s newest five star experience, and only all-inclusive property, is Tadrai Island Resort, which was created exclusively for couples. It has five elegantly designed ultra-deluxe villas, all with their own outdoor plunge pools, and personal butler service. It is located on a serene, secluded cove with exclusive access to Selena Beach, just one of four, magnificent white-sand beaches on the island. The property has a signature restaurant, bar, rock pool, boutique, spa, and guest lounge/library. Around the resort there is hand-line fishing, snorkeling, scuba and volleyball.
Namale Resort & Spa — Namale
With just nineteen luxury units across 525 acres, and 120 staff catering to guests’ every need, Namale offers a singular tropical escape. It has swinging beds, waterfall picnics and high tea under its large, canopy trees. With a marine reserve in its backyard and award-winning accommodation, all the resort’s bures are built onto, over and around volcanic boulders, trees and other natural wonders. Activities include a pool, health club, spa, golf, tennis and sauna.
Sofitel Fiji — Viti Levu
This larger five-star resort is set along the beachfront adjacent to the world-class Denarau Golf and Racquet Club. Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa offers 296 stylishly appointed guest rooms and suites, each facing the ocean, and featuring private terraces or balconies to make the most of Fiji ‘s tropical surroundings. There is a private beach, a pool, a fitness center, several restaurants and bars, and an international spa. The resort has a broad selection of activities including snorkeling, river rafting, waterfall hikes, village tours, caves, shopping and day trips to other islands. It is located on the main island of Viti Levu (where all international flights land).