Hotel Review: Intercontinental Fiji
If you are lucky enough to be planning a holiday to Fiji make sure you check out the Intercontinental Fiji resort and spa. Not only is it 5 star luxury, it is also home to the Natadola Bay championship Golf Course! It has something for everyone, a kid’s club and nanny services for the smaller members of your family, a wedding celebrant and a stunning beach backdrop for special events, and a day spa for pampering all members of your group.
I was booked into the garden view room, but was luckily upgraded to a pool view room on arrival. The pool view room was spacious and well laid out, with the king bed in the centre of the room. There was a small couch and coffee table area, along with a desk and ‘business centre”.
The bathroom had no natural light due to the room layout, however, the soft lighting near the mirrors make up for that. The bathroom is divided in two, with a toilet on one sides and the rain shower on the other. The bathroom amenities have a tropical feel with coconut extracts, and are replenished daily (from those who like to souvenir”) but oddly for a 5 star hotel, there was no turndown service during my 2 night stay.
Outside is a tiled decking, I was on the first floor, so I didn’t have a balcony, but those above me did. What made this space really special was not the gorgeous pool view, framed by luscious tropical palms, nor the comfortable double day bed, but the large two person bathtub out side! It was great to come home from a day at the beach and relax outside with a glass of wine in the tube.
The common areas of the resort were well maintained with plenty of gardeners hard at work every time I stepped outside. Paths were wide to allow enough room for the golf buggies to drive down when guests arrive, with plenty of signage to point you in the right direction if you lose your bearings. There was lots of grass and open spaces, so your kids have plenty of room to run off steam if they want to.
There are 4 restaurants on site:
Navo the fine dining restaurant only open for dinner.
Sansana, home to the breakfast and dinner buffets.
Kama lounge, a laid back cocktail lounge with tapas and bar snacks on the menu.
Toba Bar and Grill, situated poolside, and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I was most excited to dine at Navo, and it did not disappoint. It is adults only after 7pm, so we dined a little later to ensure a more relaxed vibe in the restaurant. Between us we ordered a bit of everything- Crab tian, scallops, a Fiji hotpot, a side salad and the fresh Pukapuka fish with veggies. One thing to note, the portion sizes at Navo are far, far larger than a regular fine dining restaurant! We could not finish it all despite having a small lunch and being so excited for the menu.
If you’re into great cocktails, head to Kama lounge for one of their two happy hours from 5:30pm- 6:30pm and 9:30pm- 10:30pm. The raspberry mojito is perfect to watch the sunset with. And if your there at 7pm, you can catch the Fijian men doing a fire lighting ceremony!
The Sansana Buffet breakfast is included in your room rate, and is perfect to wake up to every morning. The restaurant is a bit of a walk away from the main hotel blocks, so you can eat as many pieces of bacon as you want without feeling guilty. You will walk most of it off on the way back to the pool! The buffet has a great range of food, from your traditional English breakfast fare (sausages, bacon, hash browns) to an Asian selection (congee, miso soup and tofu) There is also fresh cut tropical fruit with yoghurt for those wanting a lighter breakfast, and a fresh egg station for omelettes, poached eggs and fried eggs.
If you’re addicted to your caffeine, you will be pleased to know that a ‘proper’ coffee is included with breakfast made by the barista!
The Intercontinental resort also hosts the Natadolo Bay Golf course next door. I spent a day playing the world championship course, but lost many balls in the process, but some of that could be blamed on the bucket of beer I had convinenantly in my golf cart. The greens are fantastically maintained, and the staff are helpful. To read more about the Natadulo Bay Golf Club click HERE.
The Intercontinental Fiji has the best beach on the mainland out of all the resorts, so if your looking for a relaxing resort, with a stunning sunset, you may have found your paradise!