Several times a year our team travel to Fiji where we visit multiple resorts and generally immerse ourselves in everything “Fiji”. We returned this week from a spectacular four day tour and couldn’t wait to share what we discovered.
First Stop… Tropica Island Resort
After an enjoyable 3.5 hour flight from Sydney, we arrived at Nadi Airport and took a cab to Denarau Marina. For Fiji first timers that is an enjoyable trip as you get to see rural Fiji and an insight into how the Fijian people live outside of the resorts.
After having a look around the bustling Denarau Marina, with it’s eclectic mix of duty free shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants, we caught the last South Sea Cruises launch at 3pm and arrived at Tropica Island Resort around 4:10pm. We planned this route so we didn’t need an overnight stay on the mainland before heading out to the island.
Tropica Island Resort is a beautiful, adults only, four star resort located on Malolo Island in the Mamanucas. Upon arrival, even after all these years of Fiji travel, we still marveled at the azure water and lush, green landscape that greeted us. The island is also home to Likuliku Lagoon Resort and Malolo Island Resort although the dense jungle outside of the resort prevents you from accessing them on foot.
The resort recently underwent an extensive renovation so most of the guest facilities are either brand new or have been upgraded. Interestingly, the Tropica refurbishment was undertaken by the same acclaimed designer who oversaw the recent Tokoriki Island Resort renovation. While Tropica has similar design aesthetics as the higher end Tokoriki, it is a more laid back and casual. Shoes are always optional at Tropica, hence the term “barefoot luxury at its best!”.
We stayed in the roomy, air conditioned beachfront bures, each with private plunge pool. The accommodation is very comfortable and has a charming, relaxed feel to it. We spent most of our down-time in the plunge pool or relaxing on the verandah in one of the swing chairs looking out to the view. The beach was only a few metres walk across a private grassy lawn (see photo below).
At the rear of the resort are seven brand new Sanctuary Pool Suites. These are more secluded than the beachfront bures and offer complete guest privacy. The interiors are modern and spacious with a generous open plan bedroom and living area, balcony with ocean views and plunge pool.
Tropica is a small resort so all guest facilities are only a leisurely stroll from your bure or suite. The large infinity pool (25 metres) has been cleverly designed to blend seamlessly with the beach and lagoon behind. After a day exploring the area (see below), we relaxed at the beachfront bar and enjoyed a cocktail as we watched the world-renowned Fijian sunset. This was followed by a delicious meal at the restaurant which is located behind the pool. Above the restaurant is a guest area with library, games and, during wet weather, where they show movies.
At all times the resort staff were extremely attentive and catered to our every whim.
While we were at Tropica some of the team took a snorkeling trip out to a sandbank approximately 15-20 minutes from the resort. We were all blown away by the variety and number of fish we saw. Why didn’t anyone take a camera?
Then, when we thought it couldn’t get any better, we were taken to the “secret garden reef”. Wow! This reef literally looked like an underwater garden. Not frequented by many tourists, this was an aquatic wonderland. We saw fish of every conceivable colour, turtles and even a small reef shark. It’s hard to even put into words how magnificent it was. Definitely worth a trip and made our stay at Tropica even more fantastic.
Our summary of Tropica Island Resort
We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this relaxed resort. While it has a sense of carefree sophistication, it was more relaxed than some of the higher end luxury resorts. You certainly get a lot of bang for your buck at Tropica without a high price tag. This is barefoot luxury at it’s best.
As a group of work colleagues travelling together, we didn’t feel smothered by loved-up honeymooners. This resort would suit couples, friends travelling together and older guests seeking an adults-only escape. The Sanctuary Pool Suites are perfect for guests seeking privacy and seclusion.
Questions about Tropica Island Resort?
While we’re the first to admit that trips like this are an amazing perk of the job, they do give us a valuable insight into what Fiji has to offer the Australian traveller right now. As specialist Fiji Travel Agents (or Fiji Matai Specialist Travel Agents for those in the biz) these “business trips” mean we can confidently meet our client’s expectations, matching them to the perfect resort and experiences. That’s how we differ from other travel agencies and are able to create experiences for our clients become so much more than just a holiday.
So, if you have any questions about Tropica Island Resort and whether it would be suitable for your next holiday, contact our team for a first-hand insight into this beautiful resort.
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Photos from our personal photo album
Below is a selection of personal photos taken by the team at Fiji Island Holidays during our stay at Tropica Island Resort.
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Tropica Island Resort – 20% off all accommodation
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Book a minimum 5 night holiday staying at the luxury Tropica Island Resort and receive a generous 20% off all accommodation including beachfront bures (some with personal plunge pools) and pool suites. Plus, receive a welcome cocktail upon arrival, complimentary American breakfast daily, nightly turndown service and once daily replenished bottle water.
On sale until 18th December 2017. Available for travel between 10th November 2017 – 30th June 2018. Block out dates, terms and conditions may apply. Contact us for more information.
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