Stay at the Nanuku
Cerulean waters and white sand set the scene. An open-air spa adds to your sense of peace. From a private pool you indulge in the ocean view. Personal butlers and private nannies take care of your family, at a resort that exudes calm and tranquillity. You could stay here for days, but that’s not quite what Nanuku Auberge Resort is all about. With its location on the main Fiji island, Nanuku is a base for an active and cultural holiday.No other resort offers such a range of excursions, from picnic and camping on a private island to exploring caves. The staff are wonderful, greeting you with traditional songs and insights into their culture, from catching and cooking the catch of the day, to meke dances and turtle conservation. But note that Nanuku is not very exclusive or private, so this isn’t the place if you want a very romantic and remote retreat.
The 18 suites and villas fringe the ocean close to Pacific Harbour, on the southern coast of Fiji island. It’s not a private island and the location does not offer any exclusivity. However, being located on Fiji itself means Nanuku is ideal if you want an adventurous beach holiday with daily excursions. From Nadi it’s a two-hour drive or 20-minute flight.
Skip the suites, which are now a little dated, and go for one of the new beachfront villas or beachfront residences. These range from one to six bedrooms and have private pools and prime locations. It is all a little crowded so don’t expect to be alone here, or to enjoy the spaciousness offered by resorts like Laucala and Kokomo.
Who is it for
Best for families who want to stay active and couples who value exploration and culture over a really romantic holiday. You don’t necessarily need exclusivity when Fijian culture is the star attraction. Nanuku is also good value, especially in comparison to the remote private island retreats.
Amenities & Activities
It’s hard to not get involved here. Of course there is swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, paddleboarding and scuba diving. Then the local Fijian activities, like medicine walks, cooking, fishing, plus various nature experiences around the property. Explore the island on daily excursions, or visit Nanuku’s deserted island across the lagoon. The amenities are solid as well, including the open-air spa and swim-up bar.