If your new year’s resolution includes some time on the greens, then we have just the perfect destination where you can practice your swing: Fiji, where the weather is tropical, the scenery is inspiring, and the golf courses are a vision in green.
Now is the time to start planning your golf holiday on this South Pacific archipelago that gave the world golfer Vijay Singh. We tell you how and where.
GOLF IN FIJI
Fiji has 14 golf courses spread across its 333 islands. We have picked our favourite championship courses on the archipelago that you can’t miss if you want to ace this holiday.
Situated on Fiji’s Coral Coast, this 18-hole championship golf course is bounded by the beach and green pastures. After an afternoon of heady golf, head to the Natadola Bay Clubhouse & Vatulo Bar perched atop a hill for drinks and a light meal.
Designed by Eiichi Motobashi, this sprawling 7,150-yard course has a Pacific theme with marine-shaped bunkers. Guests staying at the Westin and Sheraton enjoy direct access to the golf club. Retire to the club house for wood-fired pizzas or make bookings at restaurants on Denarau island—it has some 30 restaurants to pick from. If you want to learn a new trick, the golf course also offers lessons and daily clinics. A mini golf course and bungee trampoline will keep the little ones happy.
TOP FIVE RESORTS IN FIJI
Fiji has the choicest luxury resorts across its islands for revellers. Book your stay at one of these that are conveniently located close to one of the golf courses.
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Fiji, Sonaisali Island
Surrounded by the calm waters of the South Pacific, this resort is just a three-minute boat ride from the main Fijian island of Viti Levu. You can perfect your game at the Denarau Golf Club while staying here. Book the King Premium Ocean View suite with high vaulted ceilings and splendid views of the ocean from the veranda. Enjoy barbeque at Tavu Bar and Grill, go horseback riding, or make an expedition to the Mamanuca Islands to explore the reefs.
The Naviti Resort, Viti Levu
Enjoy Fijian hospitality at this beachside resort sprawling across 38 acres of lush gardens. Its 220 villas and rooms have balconies and patios that overlook the Pacific Ocean or the tropical gardens. At this resort on Viti Levu, you can go snorkelling, canoeing, scuba diving, and fish feeding. Book their all-inclusive package and pay for all meals, activities, and excursions at once—your credit card can rest on this trip.
On an expansive 109-acre private island, Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa offers 442 guestrooms with private balconies overlooking the azure waters and 10 dining venues. Pamper yourself at CHI, The Spa while your kids spend the day at the Little Chiefs Club. Nature lovers can participate in eco-activities such as fish house building and coral painting.
InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, Natadola Bay
A stretch of white sand beach hug the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa and the lush gardens add to its magnificence. The resort features garden-view and beach-view rooms and suites, five restaurants, a spa, and swimming pools. Guests also get access to the 18-hole championship Natadola Golf Course. There are guided walks, visits to local markets, beach sports, and entertainment to keep you occupied when you’ve had enough of the putt. Your kids will have a great time at the Planet Trekkers club and Teen Trekkers club.
There’s nothing better than an apartment when you’re travelling with family. In Fiji, it is a win-win because the one-, two-, and three-bedroom serviced apartments on Denarau island are located opposite the championship course. The apartments also offer nanny service, a pool, a library, and a poolside café.