The final resort visited during our Fiji mini-break was the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa. We were all very excited to visit the “InterCon” as it is one of Fiji’s most popular resorts. Some of the team hadn’t been there for several years and it was the first time for others. Renowned for its five star luxury and breathtaking Natadola Bay beachfront location (often referred to as Fiji’s Best Beach) we certainly weren’t disappointed.
One of the world’s best beaches
Tucked away from other resorts, it’s exclusive location gives guests an outer island experience with the convenience of a mainland location and close proximity to the airport (approx 40 mins).
The InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa is one of only a handful of resorts on the mainland with a white sandy beach. Palm fringed, and perfect for swimming, snorkeling and even surfing, Natadola Beach is considered one of the world’s best beaches. The gardens at the resort are very well established and guest meander along shady paths flanked by lush tropical gardens.
“I thought the grounds were absolutely magnificent. The established gardens and large palms create natural privacy for guests. You really know you’re staying in a tropical island resort. It’s nice to look out see greenery and blue sky instead of concrete and your next door neighbour.” – Kerry.
While we were visiting, Fiji’s Attorney Generals Conference was being held at the resort. Each year over 300 of Fiji’s highest dignitaries and members of parliament, including Prime Minister Mr Bainimarama, attend a 2 day summit at the InterContinental. This is the seventh year the conference has been held at the InterCon and is testament to the quality of the accommodation and resort facilities.
Food, glorious food
There are a range of dining options including the elegant Navo, casual buffet dining at Sanasana or poolside at Toba. One of the highlights of our stay was lunch at the Toba Bar & Grill. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Toba offers relaxed poolside dining and captures pretty views of Natadola Bay. The menu was varied and portion sizes more than generous.
“Lunch at Toba was perfect – the sun was shining, the poolside location looking out to the water was stunning and the food was delicious. I cancelled my second course because the entree was so big! You could easily share with a friend.” – Ema.
Spacious, well appointed rooms
The resort offers a variety of accommodation styles and configurations. The rooms are spacious and well appointed – everything you would expect from a luxury, five star rating property. The accommodation is conveniently located only a few steps from the sand and, because the beach is long and expansive, you’re not usually fighting for a place to lay your towel. The resort is like an exclusive town offering exceptional amenities including 18-hole championship golf course, family pool, main pool for guests 16 years and over and exclusive Club pool.
“When we inspected the accommodation options, I was particularly impressed with the interconnecting “family” rooms. These are a little different to other resorts in that the rooms are separated by a short hallway. I thought this was perfect for families who like the children to sleep away from the main living area so they are not disturbed by family noise or the TV.” – Kelly.
Club InterContinental – a resort within a resort
And finally, leaving the best ’til last was Club InterContinental. Poised high on a plateau overlooking the Natadola Bay, the best way to describe Club InterContinental is “a resort within a resort”. The Club features a private infinity pool, exclusive dining privileges and sunset cultural entertainment. Only guest staying in one of the Club’s 55 hilltop suites have access to these exclusive facilities. The room are stunning with interiors that blend seamlessly with outdoor living areas featuring Cleopatra baths, relaxing day beds and a private plunge pool in select suites. All day non-alcoholic drinks, afternoon tea and sunset canapes are just some of the privileges Club guest enjoy on a daily basis.
Then, with heavy hearts and sun-kissed complexions, we left Fiji relaxed and rejuvenated even more aware of why we love our jobs so much. So, if you’ve been thinking of escaping to the InterContinental Fiji, or any of the other resorts we visited (Sofitel Resort & Spa and Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort), please don’t hesitate to contact us anytime.
Mike Dungan and the team at Fiji Island Holidays.