Fiji’s archipelago of islands has been a holiday playground for Australians for decades. Lush gardens, romantic dinners, sunset walks, a hammock under a palm tree, white-sand beaches, turquoise oceans, verdant golf courses and fun in the sun. Whatever your tropical fantasy, you’ll find it just a short flight away, in Fiji. But how do you know where to go and what to do once you arrive? Consider this your pocket guide for your visit to paradise.

Eat

Tatavu Grill & Bar

This is an elevated and stylish dining experience at the Sheraton, where you can sit with your feet in the sand and dine under the stars. Catch a fire dancing performance every night and be amazed as flames are spun and twirled. The restaurant’s heart is the open fire grill, which brings you the coastal flavours of the islands. At Tatavu, every dish on the menu comes kissed by the grill. Order decadent shellfish dishes, juicy Wagyu steaks and delicious island-inspired cocktails. Be there at sunset for the torch lighting ceremony.

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Island 619

Island 619 is a slightly more casual option, with live cooking stations for breakfast. Don’t miss the traditional lolo baked bun soaked in coconut milk, or the babakau (Fijian pancakes). Dinner is also a buffet and offers an array of cuisines and a live band every evening. The restaurant, on the grounds of the Sheraton, includes a five-hectare organic farm, which provides seasonal vegetables, herbs, spices and other produce for all the hotel’s kitchens.

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Drink

Sega na Leqa

For casual, relaxed drinks, check out this bar and eatery at the Sheraton Fiji Golf & Beach Resort. The Fijian “don’t worry, be happy” philosophy is alive and well here and it’s the perfect place to indulge in an icy cold beverage (they have Australian and New Zealand beers on tap) and snack on some house-made potato chips. Try the famed fried chicken and, if you like it spicy, order the Fiji Fire dipping sauce. The sign over the door stipulates that it’s good vibes only and you’ll feel them all day every day here.

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Heineken House

Heineken House at the Denarau Golf & Racquet Club is a sports bar with live coverage of international rugby, tennis and cricket on a huge screen, and a front row view of the golf course. The bar serves ice cold beers, wine, cocktails and mocktails and the lunch menu has everything from woodfired pizzas, burgers and chips, to fresh salad and fragrant curries with rice and roti.

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Wet Edge

This alfresco restaurant gives you premium views of Fiji’s famous sunsets. It’s part of Sheraton Denarau Villas at the Fiji Complex and right on the water overlooking Nadi Bay. Take a seat by the infinity pool and order from the light and easy lunch menu, with a variety of fusion dishes using fresh produce from local farmers as well as the Sheraton DGRC Farm. By night, the Asian dinner menu crafted by the resort’s specialty chef is complemented by warm Fijian hospitality – all in an al fresco setting.

Do

Heavenly Spa By Westin

Take some time out of the sun and indulge in a treatment at this open-air spa. A Heavenly Signature Massage or the Fijian Bobo – coupled with a body scrub and wrap, a facial, and a mani-pedi – will leave you feeling like you’re floating. Surrounded by tropical rainforest for relaxation and meditation, you can focus on your wellbeing in this lush tropical environment. Products use ingredients native to Fiji, like lime and florals. The menu isn’t available online so stop in as soon as you can to choose your treatment. The spa also has specialised massage therapists, as well as a beauty expert for hair and make-up for weddings and events.

Hire a paddleboard

Whether you’re a total beginner, or you’re a pro stand-up paddler, you can go to the watersports Bure and sign up for paddleboard lessons. Take a tour with a knowledgeable guide who’ll share the best techniques for staying upright. Guides also share local stories as you paddle the tranquil waters of the mangrove rivers. Watch the sunset from a paddleboard and challenge your core strength to stay dry.

Denarau Golf & Racquet Club

Here you have a choice between golf, tennis and minigolf. Take lessons to perfect your swing or join a social game. The world-class, championship-level 18-hole golf course is designed by Eiichi Motohashi, known for blending Japanese architecture into golf-course design. The green is dotted with palm trees and has picturesque ocean views. Enrol for classes with a professional instructor or tee off with your favourite golf buddies.

Stay

Sheraton Fiji Golf & Beach Resort

This resort is just a 20-minute drive from the airport, which means you can dive into one of its four swimming pools within an hour of landing in the South Pacific. Sheraton Fiji Golf & Beach Resort was renovated and reopened in 2022 and has a range of accommodation types available, from ocean or garden view studios to a luxurious presidential suite. Work out in the fitness room, have a spa treatment, play tennis, or rest and enjoy room service from the hotel restaurants.

Hidden behind the Tatavu Grill and Bar there’s a secret, adults-only pool. It’s an oasis for those who’ve left their little ones at home or checked them into the kids club for the day. Kids and adults alike will love the live music, virtual reality games studio, Fijian cultural classes to learn weaving, language and simple cooking classes..

The hotel also runs a Good Travel sustainability program, where guests can participate in a farm-to-table experience from the five-acre farm land right by the golf course. Join a tour, plant native Fiji trees and explore the fresh produce on the farm, which is used in dishes by the hotel’s restaurants.

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Sheraton Fiji Golf & Beach Resort. The resort’s My Bula Bubble offer includes benefits like daily breakfast, return airport transfers, free meals for kids and more.