Wow! what a great holiday we have just had! We have just returned from a week at Sheraton Villas on Denarau (June 2012) and just had the most amazing time! I will to break it down into sections, there were really no -negatives, we will definitely be back next year with the only difference being we will need a 3 bedroom villa next time as #3 is on its way in August!
We have 2 x small children (almost 2 and 3.5) and had a 2 bedroom ocean front villa (room 915/916). It was a few steps to the Wet Bar/Restaurant and Pool and a few steps in the opposite direction to the main pool and about a 10 min walk back to main reception for breakfast daily so perfect location. The villa was fantastic, enormous with three living spaces and heaps of room to spread out with a family of four. It was fully equipped to cook which was great if you want to prep food for the littlies, and had a great air conditioning system and really comfortable sleeping and seating that made our stay very comfortable. The room was cleaned every morning while we were at breakfast which was great as "Miss almost 2" still has a sleep daily and this was not interrupted, and given the room had 3 TVs in it we were able to have some down time with "Master 3.5" while the smaller one slept
The majority of our meals were fantastic, breakfast was terrific, huge variety (even pizza or curry if that's your thing!) and I had a wonderful freshly made omelette made to my liking every morning with some yummy pancakes. On our last morning the wait staff got together and sang us the most beautiful farewell song (we weren't unique, i had heard it a few other times but didn't know what it was about) that bought a tear to my eye as they all sang, pregnant or not it was quite emotional and very touching :). The Flying Fish at Sheraton and Moo Moos at Westin were particular highlights, absolutely beautiful meals and I didn't think too badly priced (I think total for Flying Fish was about $250 Fiji which converted down to AUD wasn't too bad) and they were both really lovely meals. The only food negative we had was on the first night we had room service and it was horrible, but i think it was what we ordered, and we didn't love the meal at the golf and tennis club, the pizza's were not great at all so wouldn't bother with that unless you just want a really cheap meal.
Kids Club/Nanny Service was brilliant. SO cheap! we had a wonderful woman called Api Bulou who was such a beautiful lady... She babysat for us on the 2nd night and we booked her for a few hours each day for the remainder of the trip.. Babysitting is $20 for the first three hrs (Fiji $) and then $6 an hour thereafter, so really great value, you need a babysitter if the children are under 4, and she took our two down to the kids club where there were heaps of activities there and near the beach, and also just spent some time playing with them in our room while we did bits and pieces, it was great and if she's still there next year we would definintely ask her to look after them again!.
Shopping and beauty treatment/massages in Port Denarau are great, you can either get there by taxi ($5) or catch the Bulla Bus (which i think was $8.50 an adult for the entire day no matter how many trips and kids under 5 free I think but we didn't catch it). There is also a yellow bus call the Wesbus that goes into Nadi and also drops in at most other resorts I think and its a very cheap $1 a ride and you pay as you get off and tha'ts a great bargain. There is a spa treatment centre in Nadi called Mantra (next to Prouds opposite Jacks) that hubby and I both tried for a massage ($65 for 1 hour bargain), he loved it, i thought it was a bit wishy washy and oily but he said his was more remedial / sports massage so ironed out all the wrinkles! there's another spa centre in Port Denarau that I preferred (but can't remember the name i think it was just Denarau Spa $100 for hour). The Westin massages were $190 for 1 hour and didn't try them as I thought too expensive, so shop around. There are also some great shops in Port Denarau, lots of the same sort of think but there's a great three storey clothes shop called Cloud Break (I think) that had some great mens and kids clothes really cheap, and some good restaurants in Port as well if you want to get away from the resorts.
I think that's it - I would highly recommend this as a place to stay and wouldn't look anywhere else when we go back as it had absolutely everything we needed for a family holiday - thank you Sheraton Denarau Villas!!
- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Denarau Villas Hotel Denarau Island
- Sheraton Denarau Villas Hotel
- Sheraton Denarau Hotel
- Sheraton Denarau Resort
- Sheraton Denarau Island
- Denarau Island Sheraton
- Sheraton Denarau Villas Fiji/Denarau Island
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sheraton Denarau Villas 82, two and three bedroom villas reflect the Pacific Island feel and from the comfort of the resort's luxuriously appointed self-contained villas to the waterfront infinity pool, 750m2 lagoon style pool, spa and 18 hole golf course, vacationers and families will be treated to an exciting choice of recreational options. The Villas feature a comfortable lounge with a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, flat screen, TV, DVD player and sound system, ensuit bathroom and laundry. What more could you ask for as your home away from home in paradise. ... more less
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