Hotel Recommendation: Intercontinental, Natadola Bay, Fiji

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The Intercontinental in Fiji is a short drive from the main airport of Nadi on the main island of Viti Levu, and it’s an excellent choice for a hotel outside of the Denarau bubble, with international standards. The rooms at this megaresort are large and range from standard rooms with spacious outdoor lounge areas up to private villas with plunge pools.

This is part of the IHG chain, and it’s pricey, but we got the local rate, which is very reasonable for the high quality of the resort (about $250 USD a night average). The breakfast buffet is included in the nightly rate, and it’s a very good spread, so if you stock up, you might not need lunch.

Watersports, for a fee, include surfing (long, smooth, small, mellow shore waves), standup paddleboarding, kayaking and diving.

The golf course features stunning ocean vistas and was designed by famed golfer Vijay Singh.

There is an impressive kiddie pool that is very large, starting from a wading end with fountains and gradually deepening while staying shallow.

The infinity-style adults-only pool is well designed, with various areas for lounging in the water and a beautiful view of the bay, where you can zen out watching the lovely, glassy waves roll in.