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Having been to Fiji over 5 years ago I was excited to be going back and seeing how things had changed, or not changed in many cases.

Denarau Marina has improved in leaps and bounds and is a really nice area now with plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from as well as Trader Jacks for all the essential Fiji nick nacks. If you’re staying in Denarau it gives you the option of eating somewhere different every night if you choose too. It’s well worth a look around and a few cold beers and a slice of pizza while watching the beautiful Fijian sunset.

We visited a lot of properties in the Mamanuca island group from a range of 2 star properties right through to 5 star properties. My top picks for the islands would be Mana for a good 3 star property great food two beaches to choose from and lots to do to keep your-self entertained, Treasure Island as a second option, pool area has been upgraded and rooms recently refurbished.

Malolo or Castaway for a great 4 star property , you will really enjoy yourself they both have great reputations and facilities, modern clean and the beaches and food are beautiful and of course the staff are brilliant friendly people always there to help. Feels like you’re home away from home.

Tokoriki Island and Likuliku Resort are absolutely stunning 4 ½ 5 star properties, just like in the brochures. Tokoriki is a beautifully well kept resort with modern facilities great food and lots of local people, beautiful pool and beach area and has a neat rustic little church. Likuliku Fiji’s first over water bungalows are amazing and offer you your own slice of Fijian Paradise. An adult’s only resort is really does offer you privacy and a true Fijian getaway with all the comforts of home.

Back on the mainland we stayed at two properties first being the Shangri-La, which I think has and always be a personal favourite. There is something for everyone from families to couples/honeymooners. The resort is huge and if you’re staying in one of the more secluded areas they provide you with a golf cart to get around in, also adult only pools and restaurants. Lots to keep the kids entertained plenty of water activities, lots of different eating areas for snacks through- out the day. The rooms are a good size and have the best beds I’ve ever slept in, with complimentary turn down service at night for that little extra touch. Who doesn’t enjoy a free pair of slippers Second property was Sonaisali Resort it’s had mixed reviews but I found it a really pleasant nice property to stay at. Great cocktails and the swim up bar and obvious attraction. The beach is very tidal so not always ideal for swimming, they do provide snorkelling day trips further out on the reef.

We travelled in November so the weather was still very warm and humid and we had the odd shower but that’s to be expected at that time of the year. Overall Fiji is and always will be a great place to holiday whether it be for a family holiday, romantic get- away or honeymoon there is something for everyone, you just have to know where to look The people and the culture of Fiji has people going back year after year, nothings a problem when you’re on Fiji time……relax you’re on holiday!

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