Elisa Elwin discovers yet another reason to visit Fiji. The newly opened resort Six Senses Fiji combines luxury with fun family activities
Six Senses Fiji resort is located on tropical Malolo Island
Surrounded by crystal clear waters and framed by prehistoric Baka trees, the Six Senses Fiji is a newly opened resort that sprawls across 48ha on Malolo Island. It’s situated in the spectacular Mamanuca archipelago, which is just a 35-minute ride from Port Denarau Marina on a dedicated Six Senses speedboat with other guests, or can be accessed by helicopter from Nadi International Airport.
Why we stayed in Six Senses Fiji
Despite being so easily accessible from Nadi, the Six Senses Fiji has that remote, Robinson Crusoe feel, with white sandy beaches and swaying tropical palms that are the epitome of paradise. We love that it combines luxurious facilities with a strong commitment to sustainability, and one of the largest off-grid solar installations using Tesla Battery packs in the Southern Hemisphere. The resort has implemented numerous programs to conserve energy and reduce its environmental footprint, including the establishment of a large fruit and vegetable garden, so you can holiday knowing that Fiji’s natural beauty is being preserved. They also have one of the best children’s programs in Fiji!
Hideaway Pool Suite perfect for families
The two-bedroom Hideaway Pool Suite has been designed with families in mind, with these stunning, thatched-roof villas with outdoor bathrooms (with tubs) and plunge pools. They also come complete with in-room coffee machines featuring biodegradable coffee pods, and complimentary Wi-Fi, not to mention on-demand movie channels to keep the kids entertained. Alternatively, you can opt for one of the divine multi-room residences with breezy living areas, private pools and fully equipped kitchens, where you can prepare your own meals.
Pamper and heal with Six Senses Wellness and Spa
There’s plenty to do at the Six Senses Fiji without even leaving the resort, including daily yoga classes at the purpose-built pavilion and Fijian cooking classes. Stretch your legs on the family-friendly hiking trail, enjoy a hit on the tennis court or see what’s happening beneath the water’s surface while snorkelling on the house reef. The Grow With Six Senses kids’ club (complimentary for kids aged 4-12) is a hive of activity throughout the day, with tree planting, bracelet weaving and pizza making all on offer. While children are in the capable hands of the resort staff, parents can have some ‘me’ time at the Six Senses Spa. Spoil yourself with a deep tissue massage or experience a singing bowl meditation session, before sweating it out in the sauna and steam rooms. You can also experience your own mini-retreat at the Wellness Centre, which offers personalised programs for boosting your current lifestyle.
Oceanfront dining at Tovolea Restaurant
Begin the day with a hearty breakfast buffet at the Tovolea Restaurant, where you can feast on fresh, organic ingredients from the resort garden, with local seafood and Fijian-inspired dishes also available throughout the day. Sustainably sourced cafe-style fare is served overlooking the marina at the RaRa Restaurant, or you can grab mouth-watering pizzas at TeiTei, which is situated beside the outdoor cinema. If you’re just after snacks or ingredients to prepare a meal in your villa, the Gourmet Deli is well stocked with everything you need (as well as housing an ice-creamery where homemade sweet treats are available).
Day tripping, diving and much more
The Experiences Centre at the resort organises a host of water-based activities around the island, including fishing, diving, sailing, SUPs and kayaking. Take your kids to visit a local Fijian village as part of an island-hopping day trip, or charter a catamaran for a family sunset cruise. Older kids can take their first scuba diving steps with a junior certification course, or learn to surf in the gentle waves breaking in the lagoon. End the adventure with a movie under the stars at the KaloKalo outdoor cinema. Also available are boat trips to Fiji’s legendary Cloudbreak surf spot, for more experienced wave riders.