The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa

The Westin Island Resort & Spa is one of three Starwood properties in Fiji along with the Sheraton Fiji Resort and The Sheraton Villas. These properties share the same ground and you can use all facilities that all three have to offer. In June 2014 there will be a fourth propertie open on an island of the Mamanucas – the Sheraton Tokoriki.

Location

The Westin Island Resort & Spa is situated on Denarau Island, a 30min drive from Nadi airport and just a 10min drive from Nadi. Only a 5 min drive to  Port Denarau – the departure point for cruises and island transfers to the beautiful smaller Mamanuca and Yasawa islands. Trips can be easily organised at the hotel and most off them run daily. Port Denarau also offers some shopping and a few restaurants and bars. The ocean around Denarau is quite murky and the sand fine but dark but you have a great selection of pools to enjoy a swim and to cool off.

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Amenities

When you stay at one Starwood property, you have access to the grounds of all three. Between them there are a number of pools, restaurants and other facilities. Catch the brown Bula Bus to travel between the three Starwood properties for free. If you are heading to another resort or to Port Denarau Marina, catch the blue Bula Bus. Tickets can be purchased at the lobby shops. The Sheraton Fiji resort offers daily programs for kids in their Lai Lai kids club. If you have kids under the age of four, you will need to book a nanny. But the rates for a nanny are very good and they are great with kids. At night time check out the Westin Unwind Ritual – cultural performances including fire-dancing and Polynesian dancing. Reserve a table at the Meke loung for a Bula (happy) hour cocktail and watch the show from there. If you are looking for a relaxing massage or a facial, the Westin has a big spa on site. There is also a small gym and lap pool at the Westin. A perfect place to read a good book or relax in the spa pool.

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beach front rooms

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The room

Most rooms are either beach front or facing the beach and they are a only short stroll away from the ocean and the resort’s pools. The room décor features traditional Fijian timbers and local artwork. The bathrooms are modern and functional and quite spacious.

While the resort has 270 rooms the resort never feels crowded as each building is positioned within the lush surrounds with plenty of space in between.There are plenty of different room options to choose from. If you are travelling with kids, you can choose between an adjoining room or one of the larger beachfront rooms. These come with their own kitchenette.
The downstairs rooms are ideal if you have kids. They can have a play on the spacious lawn while the upstairs rooms offer more privacy.

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Dining options

Breakfast

For breakfast you can choose between the buffet at Sheraton’s Feast restaurant and the Ocean terrace at the Westin. The selection in both restaurants is pretty much the same. There’s plenty to choose from: tropical fruits, yoghurt, pancakes, any style eggs or omelette you like, pastries, bacon etc. If you like a glass of bubbles for breakfast, do go to Ocean terrace as it’s complementary with your breakfast.
If you are just after a nice cup of coffee and a snack, you have the choice between Sheraton’s “Pantry” (open 6.30-6.00) and the Westin Bakery (9-5). Both cafés have a selection of sandwiches, cakes, pastries, salads, hot & cold drinks. If you love a good slice of cake, go to the Pantry! They new pastry chef Rhiannon Voros has implemented some delicious cakes and sweet treats. If you are going away for a day trip, pick up your lunch here.

Dinner

Westin

–        Zing

–        The Kitchen

Sheraton Denarau Villas

–        Wet Egde

Sheraton Fiji Resort:

–        Feast

–        Flying Fish

–        Ports o’Call

 

Travelling with kids

When travelling with kids, there is plenty to do for them. For toddlers and younger kids, check out the kids pool at the Sheraton. There is a kids pool at the Westin as well but it is quite small compared. There are playgrounds both at the Sheraton and Westin resort. The Lai Lai kids club offers daily fun activities for kids up to 12 years old. The staff are so friendly and love children that I never had a problem leaving the kids with them. For older kids, go and spend a few hours at the Big Bula waterpark. The waterpark is the largest inflatable waterpark in the world. Next to the waterpark is a minigolf – great fun if you need a break from the pool. If you do get one of the very spare rainy days in Fiji, take the kids to the Fun Factory at Port Denarau. It’s an indoor play centre and great for younger kids.

Note: If you are travelling with babies or toddlers, there is no need to bring a holiday supply of nappies and wipes. You can get them as well as formula at the supermarket close outside the Sheraton resort, at the Port Denarau and in every supermarket in Nadi.

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Address: Denarau Island North, P.O. Box 9081, Nadi, Fiji
Website: The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheWestinDenarauIslandResortAndSpa