Six Senses Fiji review: The perfect beach holiday

Six Senses Fiji review: The perfect beach holiday


THE PLACE

Picture a white sandy beach fringed with coconut palms a turquoise lagoon and a warm blue ocean with a handful of coconut palm thatched bures sitting looking out over Million Dollar Views. If there is heaven on earth this surely could have an excellent tilt at the title. Opened just a year ago this resort has only 24 villas and suites all with private pools either on the beachfront or hidden away in the trees operated by the eco not really friendly but wedded brand 6 Senses and powered by the largest off the grid solar power system in Fiji. There are 2 to 5 bedroom residences for families and groups higher up the hill with panoramic views.

THE LOCATION

Set on pristine Vunabaka Bay on Malolo Island part of the Mamanucas it's a 4 hour flight from Sydney and a 45 minute speedboat ride from Nadi but feels an absolute world away. Another huge plus is the short wade in the water to reach part of the coral reefs surrounding the islands. "You will be a size 8?" The big Fijian guy running the beach shack asks me when doling out flippers. "Wow!" I say. "How did you know?" He doesn't miss a beat. "I just looked at your hands" he answered. "Really?" I exclaim. "That's impressive." Then he grins. "I was just kidding." The laughter is infectious.

THE SPACE

There are spectacular views from everywhere in the resort: the main restaurant bar and lounge the treetop yoga pavilion the deli cafe and joy of joys the ice creamery. The spa is staggeringly beautiful set in gardens as a series of separate thatched treatment bures with outside showers and an innovative first for me in a luxury resort outside toilets. Treatments start with the relaxing tones of a singing bowl being struck with a range of traditional therapies including massage with a poultice of local herbs or heated shells. The gym has better equipment than my local Australian Fitness First there's tennis a popular kids' club and for those that can't help it there's great free wi-fi throughout.


THE ROOM

There is nothing that screams Holiday! quite like a bed on a platform wreathed in gauzy mosquito netting even though there's not an insect in sight. The rooms clad in timber with lofty pitched ceilings, are dark and cool to minimize use of the air con with full ength glass doors sliding out to the deck and pool with the view of the beach beyond. There's a lounge area with a bar and tea and biodegradable pod coffee making facilities a writing desk and thoughtfully a multi regional adapter in the room. I did find the room a bit too dark at times and the lighting switch system fussy and confusing to operate.

THE FOOD

Food naturally is sourced and aimed at making guests healthier when they leave than when they arrived. It can be hearty though with some magnificent seafood and spectacular cocktails. Many of the fruits ,vegetables and herbs served are sourced from the resort's gardens there are chickens for fresh eggs and those worried about the fate of the old pet pig are reassured by the news he's been retired genuinely to a local village.

STEPPING OUT

Here comes the true act of genius: the Guest Experience Maker or GEM. Like a personal butler they are there to make sure you have as good a time as you hope recommending activities making any arrangements diving snorkeling, sailing, water sports, village visits, cultural events and solving problems. Mine was far too nice to complain when I called her in the middle of the night having not taken enough notice of the instructions on turning off the lights and presented me with a cake on my birthday she saw my passport on check-in.

THE VERDICT

Simply gorgeous. Perfect for a beach holiday but there's also plenty to do and kids are well catered for with activities that mean you can see as much of them as you wish or as little. The wellness and sustainability elements are either wonderfully invigorating, or a feel good extra.

ESSENTIALS

Villas from FJD 2100 a night for 2 guests maximum 3 including taxes, daily breakfast, GEM service, non-motorised sports activities, ice cream and kids' club. 6 Senses Fiji, Malolo Island, Fiji. Phone (+679) 675 0284. See www.sixsenses.com/resorts/fiji/destination

LOWLIGHT

The room electronics system lighting, cooling, fans and blinds was over complicated and frustrating.

Sue Williams traveled courtesy of 6 Senses Fiji and Qantas.



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