Family Summer Vacation Planning: Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort
We are continuing to spotlight great Fiji resort picks for summer vacation in 2016. Today we highlight an exclusive five-star resort on the main island of Fiji, Viti Levu, known as Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort. The oceanside garden resort is tucked along the Coral Coast, 10 minutes from Sigatoka’s riverside shopping and one hour from Nadi International Airport.
Signature Talai butler service, a private Vahavu swimming pool, and sweeping views from the hilltop Bebe Spa are just some of Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort’s impressive offerings.
The resort is well-known for its gorgeous spa, Bebe Spa, which seems to float atop the resort on a plateau called Heavenly Hill, known to local villagers as Vakalomalagi Hill. The name “Bebe” means “your cocoon” or “your sanctuary” and is a Fijian word for “butterfly.”
The spa is surrounded by gardens, rich landscapes, and a magical view of the ocean. Almost no pictures or words quite describe being on top of the hill, having a spa treatment, and seeing this sight! The spa has seven suspended treatment rooms, and all rooms feature open-air balconies and “Showers in the Sky.” Four treatment rooms have a hydrotherapy bath. Imagine the therapeutic benefits of an experience at the spa — a true pampering for the mind, body, and soul.
Signature treatments use products from Pure Fiji, which employs 500 people from seven rural villages. Pure coconut oil, which is the base ingredient for all of Pure Fiji’s products, has been used for hair care, skin care, and massage for generations in Fiji. Villagers create cold-pressed nut oils and natural packaging materials. Paper made from natural fibers, traditional masi barkcloth, woven baskets, and nut oil production provide these communities with sustainable income while honing long-honored traditions and unique skills.
Activities and Guest Rooms
There are many advantages to Outrigger being a larger resort than some of the smaller boutique resorts on Fiji. We love the large lagoon-style pool that covers 40 acres of gardens and overlooks a private beach. Tennis courts, golf facilities, a fitness center, and water sports are also offered.
All guest rooms have either a patio or a balcony with views over the resort, gardens, or ocean. There are pillow menus to make sure you have the right pillow as well as LCD HDTVs and minibars.
Meimei Nanny Service
The word “meimei” means “to take care of,” and parents will be assured that their children will have a special experience in Fiji, not just from all of the activities available but also from the extra care and attention of Outrigger’s Meimei nannies. Children six months through 12 years old can come to the nanny service from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. (The service must be booked for four consecutive days for up to eight hours per day.) Children will learn about Fijian culture, arts, and crafts as well as the basic Fijian language.
Parents can have a hand in setting up a daily schedule tailored for their children’s interests and needs. A Meimei representative can help guide the schedule. At the end of their children’s time with the nannies, parents will receive a summary of their children’s daily activities.
Kids Club and Teen Activity Program
Outrigger has several types of programs for your kids. The Kids Club is for children 3 to 12 years old; the Little Riggers program is for kids 3 to 7 years old, while the Beach Riggers program is for kids 8 to 12 years old. These programs are free to guests.
Sample Day Schedule
Registration: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Activities: 10 a.m. to noon
Lunch: Noon to 12:30 p.m.
Activities: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Dinner: 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Activities: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Teen Activity Program is for children 13 years and older; it involves a small fee. Activities in the program include spear making, a Sigatoka Sand Dunes adventure, a Tavuni Hill Fort tour, a Bebe Hill hike, and a pool hike. Kids can even attend a student exchange trip to a local Fijian high school, which is set up to be an enriching educational program full of learning and interactive fun.
The Ivi Restaurant
For the ultimate formal dining experience, dine next to the 100-year-old Ivi tree from which this restaurant gets its name. The Ivi serves Pacific continental cuisine featuring fresh local and international fare for dinner from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Dress is smart casual. Dining at the Ivi is a chance to have a night away from the children.
The resort also has a selection of other restaurants and bars for variety during your stay. See live music at the Vakavanua Lounge, or participate in the Meke and Lovo (Fijian Dance and Feast). Among other options, enjoy a spread of Fijian specialties accompanied by traditional songs and meke dances performed by the talented men and women from neighboring villages.