Radisson Resort Fiji, Denarau Island

Radisson Resort FijiConstruction is well advanced on the Radisson Resort Fiji (pictured here) on Denarau Island near Nadi. The three-story accommodation blocks surround a large swimming pool, and extensive facilities will be available for children at this family-oriented hotel. It's expected to open in mid-2007.

The Radisson is only the latest in a series of new deluxe resorts on Denarau Island. The Sofitel Fiji Resort opened earlier this year, as did The Fiji Beach Resort Managed by Hilton, part of which is still under construction. I had a chance to inspect all of the Denarau properties on my recent visit to Fiji, and I liked the Hilton the best for its South Seas atmosphere and tasteful, ultramodern architecture.

Not far away, the new Momi Marriott Hotel is going up at Momi Bay, and there's an Inter-Continental Hotel under construction at Natadola Beach. Both of these should be ready by late next year, and what with the longstanding Sheraton and Westin resorts on Denarau Island, there's now no shortage of big transnational resort properties in Fiji. But of them all, only the Inter-Continental has what you'd call a good beach.

Frankly, I only recommend resorts like these as sightseeing attractions or sources of entertainment. They're fun to visit if you have a little time to kill around Nadi, but there are many nicer places to stay in Fiji.

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