We stayed at the wonderful Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa for one night before going out to one of the outer islands in the Mamanuca Group of Islands.
Sofitel Fiji has been our preferred ‘start and end’ hotel when visiting Fiji over the last 6 years, and we really feel it is ‘our second home’ because of the familiarity with the rooms, facilities, gardens, beach and more particularly the fantastic staff, most of whom have been working at the Sofitel Fiji since it opened about 7 years ago.
We were travelling with our son, daughter-in-law, and our daughter-in-law’s parents from Germany who had never been to Fiji before; and hoped that the normal ‘hot & humid’ weather conditions at this time of year and the disastrous affects of the recent Cyclone Evan wouldn’t unduly detract from our enjoyment during our stay.
Although it was certainly hot during the day, being around 33 degrees – 36 degrees C, it was very conducive to spending a considerable amount of our time enjoying ourselves walking around the delightful gardens and admiring the work of the staff who had already cleared and cleaned up the Cyclone storm damage and there were plenty of signs of re-growth appearing in the trees and shrubs everywhere. We have appreciated the well kept and maturing gardens over the years, which with the phenomenal vegetation growth that happens in Fiji, have largely shrouded the hotel from other neighbouring developments on Denarau Island, including being seen from out on Nadi Bay.
The fact that the recent Cylcone Evan had largely destroyed all the foliage on the larger trees along the beach front and in front of the hotel rooms meant that the original splendid views out over the sea, etc, especially from the balconies in front of the rooms, were once more prevalent. The gardens now look so new, neat and tidy, as they were when originally planted some 7 years ago, and they are once again not blocking out some very scenic views from the many vantage viewing points.
The smiles and Bula greetings from all the staff and management, regardless as to whether they were new recruits or seasoned campaigners, were in abundance throughout our stay, and our family from Germany was really impressed with the Fijian friendliness, enthusiasm and professionalism; as we naturally were as well. We regard many of the staff as our very special friends and always look forward to seeing them on our return visits.
Our Happy Hour drinks at the Breeze Bar, which overlooks the magnificent swimming pool and out towards the Salt Restaurant alongside the beach and Nadi Bay, was a very happy place to catch up with the family, F&B staff and plan the next day’s activities. The evening meal at Salt Restaurant and the expansive Buffet Breakfast in the Lagoon Restaurant the next morning lived up to the enviable reputation that Sofitel Fiji has maintained with its Restaurants and Bars over the years. The creative, talented and friendly Chefs, Kitchen Teams and the F&B Teams seem to always go out of their way to ensure we thoroughly enjoy our meals.
Although there had been considerable damage to parts of the Sofitel Resort, the staff had obviously done an admirable job in repairing most of the structural damage and work gangs were already working on fixing the thatched roofs of some of the Activities Bures down near the beach area. We could clearly see the sense of pride in all the staff who as a well led Team had worked so hard to look after themselves, their own respective families, the guests who were staying at the Resort at the time of Cyclone Evan, and also the property of the Sofitel Fiji.
What a credit to the staff and management of the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa, who all lived and worked through the devastating Category 5 Cyclone Evan and now showing an unbelievable amount of resilience can still consistently provide a truly “5 Star” level of enthusiastic and professional customer service and experience. All the lovely staff working throughout the Resort seem to create a natural and inviting environment where you are made to feel special when you are staying at Sofitel Fiji, whereas really they are the ones who are the special people.
Our family thoroughly enjoyed staying at the Sofitel Fiji and we were really impressed with the standard and quality of the rooms assigned to us, which were kept very clean & tidy during our stay by the delightful and hard working Housekeeping Team.
We were professionally greeted and ‘booked in’ on our arrival, and then ‘booked out’ and fare-welled on our departure, by the smart, cheeky, efficient and caring Guest Relations Team. Our South Sea Cruises courtesy bus picked us up from the Sofitel Fiji right on schedule, forget about Fiji Time, to take us down to Port Denarau, a 4 minute bus ride, ready for our scenic transfer out to an outer island on South Sea Cruises’ yellow Yasawa Flyer.
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa is located on beautiful Denarau Island. This five star Fiji resort overlooks the beachfront, adjacent to the world class Denarau Golf and Racquet Club. Our Fiji beach resort offers 296 rooms, each with a private balcony. Other features at this Fiji luxury resort include a private beach, wedding chapel, swimming pools, three restaurants, four bars, an international health spa, and one of the largest ballroom on the island. A bustling marina and cultural temples are located nearby. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel Fiji Resort And Spa
- Sofitel Fiji Hotel Denarau Island
- Sofitel Denarau Island
- Denarau Island Sofitel
- Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa Denarau Island