On CNN’s list of top luxury openings for 2018, Six Senses Fiji welcomed its first guests in April and is already getting favorable press. “If you are looking for a luxurious, wellness-oriented Fijian experience, Six Senses Fiji is the answer,” writes Singapore Tatler. The Telegraph reported, “With a dreamy beachside location, glorious gardens, impressive eco-endeavors and facilities which include everything from a cooking school to a holistic spa to two full-service marinas, this sultry far-flung hideaway packs quite the tropical punch.”
Located in the Mamanuca group of island, a few miles from Viti Levu, Fiji’s largest island, the resort is a 120-acre site encompassing an expansive bay surrounded by lush vegetation and a white sandy beach. Designed by Richard Priest and Peter Rankin, authentic Fijian interiors with massive prehistoric Baka trees and Malolo Hill in the middle of the island a backdrop for interiors with high-gabled thatched roofing, louvered timber windows and sliding doors for indoor-outdoor living. The resort has 24 villas and 10 residences, each with a unique layout.
The Australian writes, “This first South Pacific outpost for the upscale Six Senses features all the trimmings you’d expect.” It also underscores the brand’s dedication to sustainability. The resort and residences electricity is 100 percent solar powered. The resort also uses a microgrid of Tesla batteries. Energy from the sun is used to power the resort and any excess power is used for the desalination plant. Low power pool filtration is used in all resort and residence pools. By monitoring the energy and chemicals used for the pools, the resort ensures low environmental impact. The mahogany used in the villas and residences for furniture and flooring is all locally sourced, regenerated timber. Raintree wood, which was reclaimed from pre-existing agricultural developments, is used for furniture. All fish consumed at the resort are sourced from local fishermen.
As in all Six Senses resorts, still and sparkling drinking water at Six Senses Fiji is produced and bottled on-site. Drinking water is treated to the highest international standards, purified, mineralized and bottled in Six Senses glass bottles. Water is not imported to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and in support of zero waste. The resort’s Tovolea Lounge is the exhibition setting for original Fijian artwork by a collective group of established artists whose work displays a strong sense of indigenous and cultural influences. Six Senses Fiji collaborated with Rise Beyond the Reef in order to improve the local economy. This NGO works with women in remote communities teaching them to create marketable goods, in the form of small homewares and crafts, using traditional skills. These goods are used in the villas and restaurants and can be found on offer in the resort boutique. The profit from these products goes into alleviating poverty in the communities.
So far there have been 86 Trip Advisor reviews yielding five stars with 74 Excellent and nine Very Good. Of the three that were Average, one complained about lack of information on the boat transfer, something that has been alleviated by having a waiting staffer. Another felt at $2,600 per night there was a lack of value. Best way to arrive is booking a helicopter transfers directly from Nadi International Airport, a flight time of about 15 minutes.
Katie Frederick Jacobson of Ever After Honeymoons said, “I love sending honeymooners to Six Senses Fiji, especially if they’re craving an intimate and private environment, while still wanting lots of activity options available. I always recommend a private sunset dinner overlooking the bay because the sunsets are so mesmerizing. It’s such a special spot for newlyweds!”
Justyna Smith of Two Nights In, affiliated with Protravel International, added, “The Six Senses Fiji brings modern charm to the classic, rustic luxury style we all know and love. Pairing that with one of the most beautiful settings I’ve ever seen makes for the perfect honeymoon, family vacation or casual getaway!”
Developing in stages over the coming years, there will be 60 two-to-five bedroom residences ranging from 6,500 to 10,500 square feet of interior and exterior living space, all with private pools and fully equipped kitchens.
There are currently 12 residences ranging in size from two to five bedrooms. Each residence is completely unique in layout and design. All of the residences come with full kitchens, resort size pools, and a complimentary nanny service during the day. Guests have the ability to shop at the market throughout their stay or have everything stocked ahead of time and replenished throughout their stay. Private Chef options are also available in each of the residences for an additional fee. With the intent to match the Fijian vernacular in design of both the residences and the settlement itself, construction of simple pavilions connected by covered walkways give emphasis to both outdoor spaces and the wider environs. Interiors include native hardwood, exquisite furnishing and open floor plans offer organically elegant interiors with spacious lounging areas. Exteriors are wrapped in expansive wooden decking and include fire pits and intimate dining areas to provide secluded outdoor relaxation for all residents.
Five-Bedroom Beachfront Pool Residence
Residence 39 is a five bedroom Beachfront Pool Residence made up of three separate bures on 29,795 sq. ft. sleeping up to 10 with an 85 sq. meter kidney shaped pool. With beach views and Balinese furniture, this expansive residence features a large garden with two deck areas. Bedroom One features an indoor and outdoor shower, outdoor bathtub surrounded by vegetation and guest bathroom and is accessed via open walkway to the right of main living area. Bedroom Two has a garden view and outdoor and indoor showers. Bedroom Three also features a garden view with split king and split bunk bed. Garden View Bedrooms Four and Five have a split king beds. The bedrooms are connected by an undercover open walkway. There is a big, spacious lounge and dining room offering, fully equipped kitchen pantry with second full refrigerator, large pool and deck area, and a barbecue.
Four-Bedroom Beachfront Pool Residences
Residence 38 is four bedrooms set on 30,000 sq. ft. with curved deck and 165 sq. meter beachfront pool, the largest of any residence. There’s a media room, large living area and pool cabana. The residence sleeps eight adults and four children. Bedroom One has direct beach views and features a four poster emperor bed with net, outdoor and indoor showers. Bedroom Two has a garden view with outdoor shower. Both are accessed via an open walkway to the right of the main living area.
Bedroom Three has a garden view, bunk beds, outdoor and indoor showers and is accessed via open walkway to left of the main living area. Bedroom Four offers a garden view with split kind bed, and outdoor shower and is set back from the rest of the residence accessed via the garden. There is also an open Cabana Pool Lounge.
Residence 37 is a four bedroom Beachfront Pool Residence offering direct beach access and sunset views. There’s a media room, a pool lounge and a 112 sq. meter lap, infinity pool. Set on over 28,000 sq. feet and sleeping eight adults, Bedroom One has direct beach views with deck area and day bed and king bed, and an outdoor stone shower. Bedroom Two has direct beach views with deck area and day bed, split king bed and outdoor stone shower. Bedroom Three and Four both have a split king and outdoor showers. There’s a media room that can be closed off from main lounge and a large pool lounge. Louvered doors completely open up to create a pool cabana directly next to the pool so not ideal for young children.
Residence 43 is a 18,000 sq. ft. four bedroom compound offering direct beachfront access as well as a private, enclosed garden courtyard. It has a private 92 sq. meter infinity pool and 4.6 sq. meter kid’s pool. You can sleep six adults and four children. Bedroom One has direct beach views an emperor bed and an outdoor and indoor shower. It’s accessible directly from the main living area and also from the veranda. Bedroom Two also offers views directly to the beach with king bed, outdoor and indoor showers. Bedroom Three has garden views, king bed, indoor shower and is accessible via an undercover, open walkway to the left of the main living area. Bedroom Four has two bunk beds. There is also a reading desk hidden behind sliding doors in the main living room.
Residence 42 is an expansive four-bedroom Beachfront Pool Residence on 18,000 sq. ft. with direct beachfront access as well as a paved, enclosed, garden courtyard. Surrounded by lush, green landscaped gardens this residence has a 93 sq. meter infinity pool and sleeps eight adults. Bedroom One has direct beachfront views, emperor bed, outdoor shower surrounded by vegetation. Bedroom Two has direct beachfront views, king bed, outdoor shower surrounded by vegetation. Bedroom Three has garden views, a king bed and outdoor shower. Bedroom Four has garden views, a split king bed, outdoor shower.
Four-Bedroom Oceanview Pool Residence
Residence 11 is a 55,000 sq. meter compound with four bedroom offering views of the Pacific and the resort below. With green landscaped surroundings guests can enjoy sunsets from the outdoor sunken lounge or walk on water with the pool stepping stones. There’s a 75 sq. meter infinity pool and adjoining kids pool. You can sleep six adults and children. Bedroom One has direct ocean views with a four poster Emperor Bed, outdoor shower and grey stone bathtub, plus an indoor shower. Bedroom Two features garden views and king bed. Bedroom Three has direct ocean views, king bed, outdoor and indoor showers. Bedroom Four has garden views and bunk beds with indoor shower. Bedrooms three and four are accessible via an undercover, open walkway to the left of the main living area. There’s also a pool cooler to keep water temperature down in hot weather. Residence 11 is centrally located on an elevated lot with stunning views of the entire surrounding development.
Residence 3 is a four bedroom Oceanview Pool Residence offering outstanding panoramas of the South Pacific and surrounding islands. Set on an elevated plot of land surrounded by green, landscaped gardens this residence is an idyllic setting for a large family or group of friends to enjoy their own private paradise. A curved ‘T’ shaped pool, a ‘Lazy Susan’ outdoor table and glass framed deck areas off the two main bedrooms, Residences 3 offers complete privacy from the resort with its own 136 sq. meter infinity pool with a shallow area for kids. The residence sleeps eight. Bedrooom One has ocean views with glass framed balcony, four poster emperor bed with net, outdoor shower and marble bathtub surrounded by vegetation with louvered window in stone wall, and indoor shower. Bedroom Two has direct ocean views with direct access to the garden area, a four poster split king with net and indoor shower. Bedroom Three has ocean views and garden access, also with indoor shower and four poster king bed. The X-shaped house features an ocean facing kitchen and lounge with dining area as well as a second outdoor dining area. There are two large grass gardens on either side of the pool deck area.
Three-Bedroom Marina View Pool Residence
Residence 26 is a three bedroom residence with a large lap pool in a private location surrounded by green landscaped gardens and a stunning turquoise 89 sq. meter pool sleeping up to seven adults. Bedroom One has marina views and an emperor bed. Bedroom Two also has marina views with a split king and single bed. The third bedroom has a king bed.
Two-Bedroom Beachfront Pool Residence
Residence 45 is a two bedroom Beachfront Pool Residence with a separate media room at the back of the residence. With an open pool cabana, loft lounges in both bedrooms and hanging woven deck seats this residence creates an out-of-the-ordinary experience to remember. The approximately 20,000 sq. ft. complex includes a 106 sq. meter infinity pool. Sleeping up to four guest, Bedroom One has direct views of the beach and a four poster split emperor bed with net, outdoor and indoor showers. There’s also a mezzanine loft accessible by drop down ladder, with two sofas. Bedroom Two offers garden views with a split king bed and outdoor and indoor showers, also with a loft. Both bedrooms are contained within the same building and are under the same roof as the main living making it ideal for families with small children.
Resort Villas (24)
There are 24 villas all with private pools ranging from 1,200 to 1,600 square feet including interior and exterior space, including the ability to combine the six Hideaway Pool Villas and six Hideaway Pool Suites into two-bedroom units. Dark interiors use a grass cloth wallpaper to offer sun relief and keep temperatures down in resort villas where timber joins are wrapped with magimagi (fiber woven from coconut husk). Outdoor bathrooms use local stone and vegetation to create a natural and lush setting for bathing, and stone pool tiles have been selected to mirror the brilliant blue of the ocean.
Hideaway Pool Villas (6)
Each one-bedroom villa with private pool is enclosed by greenery. During the day, open the lounge area’s large doors to connect with the outside deck and your private pool. The villas also feature an outside daybed and a dining table to enjoy a private lunch or dinner, plus an outdoor bathroom and soaking tub.
Hideaway Pool Suites (6)
These suites are larger than the Pool Villas with a bigger living area that can be sectioned off with closing doors. It includes a private deck and pool through bifold doors from the living area and a private garden.
Beachfront Pool Villas (12)
These villas are set directly on the beachfront with private pool and large outdoor deck with sun beds and your own private plunge pool looking out to the ocean.
Restaurants and Bars
Sourcing the freshest organic and locally produce and ingredients with many from the resort’s herb garden and farm, the ethos at Six Senses Fiji brings an enhanced quality of cuisine to the South Pacific. Striving to create memories not just meals guests are offered a contemporary take on traditional Fijian and international dishes. Each atmosphere is inspired by the island’s natural beauty using the beach, marina and vegetation as tropical backdrops for each of the resort’s restaurants.
Set in the middle of the resort and overlooking the ocean, the restaurant’s breakfast menu offers a generous continental display featuring organic ingredients and seasonal fruit and vegetables grown in the resort’s gardens or sourced from local farmers. A premium a la carte menu is also available featuring gourmet hot dishes to accompany the continental options. The lunch offering is a range of tapas, raw and healthy dishes. Dinner features a daily changing menu of grilled items, fresh local seafood and Fijian inspired cuisine.
Rare Restaurant and Bar
Offering marina views, menus include an array of classic cafe dishes and ASEAN specialties. Locally inspired and sustainably sourced, the cuisine features ingredients grown onsite in the organic market gardens and sourced from local farmers, markets and fishermen. Kick back with a tasty dish and signature cocktail or a homemade ginger beer.
Serving fresh cakes and snacks, and gourmet Fiji coffee, RaRa is the perfect spot for a light bite overlooking the sweeping view of the majestic boats in the nearby marina.
Deli and Tei Tei Pizzeria
An open plan deli market in the RaRa Café and Bar features a wide range of snacks, produce and gourmet items perfect for refreshments in your villa or to prepare a cooked meal in your residence. The Gourmet Deli offers ice-creamery and a boutique. An interactive dining experience, TeiTei Pizzeria is located opposite RaRa Café and Bar near the herb gardens and right alongside the outdoor cinema. Guests are invited to interact with the resort’s talented chefs as they prepare individual savory pizzas.
Tovolea Bar and Lounge
Adjoining Tovolea Restaurant at the center of the resort, Tovolea Bar and Lounge offers bespoke cocktails with ocean and sunset views that must be seen to be believed.
Wellness and Spa
Surrounded by lush vegetation and finished with beautiful, locally-sourced Fijian stone walls, the Six Senses Fiji Spa is a haven of tranquility where the Wellness Village experiences are designed around the beauty and natural health-giving properties of the islands flora and fauna. Embodying the Six Senses philosophy that well-being is linked to the calm and rejuvenating benefits of nature.
Four treatment rooms resemble traditional village bures; their organic and earthy design combines a neutral color palette with grounding dark timber floors and wooden beams. A treetop yoga pavilion camouflage’s itself on a nearby elevated level surrounded by tree tops with ocean views. Treatments combine an intuitive mix of science and human awareness, and include sessions such as Singing Bowl Meditation and Deep Tissue Massage. The spa area offers a high-tech and high-touch approach defining a service that is crafted around the individual. In addition to the treatment rooms it includes an innovative Alchemy Bar and a relaxation lounge with sauna, steam, cold plunge and hot plunge pool.
The spa features the multidimensional Six Senses Integrated Wellness program that starts with a wellness assessment which evaluates a number of different and important bio-markers. Results allow the spa team to determine and suggest behavioral and lifestyle adjustments and create a personalized program based on the needs of the guest. Created by the Six Senses Spa team along with medical doctors who form the Six Senses Wellness Board: Dr. Michael Breus for sleep, Dr. Steven Gundry for nutrition and Dr. Mehmet Oz for overall health; each guest’s personalized program may include spa treatments, exercise, yoga, meditation, Eat With Six Senses or Sleep with Six Senses and further guidance.
If just relaxing isn’t your thing, there is a wide variety of activities from water to land as well as personal and cultural enrichment.
On the Water
Options include sailing, jet-ski safaris, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, kite boarding, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), water skiing, island-hopping, sunset cruises, local village tours and a Nadi daytrip. There’s even a Surf Acadmeny Just in front of the resort and accessible from the beach is a reef teaming with marine. Scuba diving is also available. Also, located within Six Senses Fiji’s private bay is a Reef Development Project where guests can participate in seminars and coral expansion programs to learn more about the project. You can enjoy a morning sail to a deserted island for a picnic and snorkel or watch a sunset on an afternoon excursion aboard the resort’s 41-foot catamaran. Fishing charters head out to depths of 1,500 to 2,000 meters in search of Marlin, Mahi Mahi, seasonal Yellow fin, mackerel, and Wahoo. Visit by boat private islands such as Modriki Island, backdrop for Tom Hank’s film. There’s also a 10-mile scenic cruise into the Sigatoka Valley on the river where you will visit a Fijian village.
Trek to a 360 degree viewpoint over the island. The Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Bath offers therapeutic mud pools. Three pools are set in natural surroundings where you can have fun applying rejuvenating mud on yourself and your friends. Gather for a Fijian style feast and local performance. Afterward listen to cultural tales. Visite the Nadi Local Market to see fresh fruits and vegetables, touch Fijian textiles and smell the aroma of herbs and spices. Learn the art of survival the traditional Fijian way where you to build a simple bamboo raft which is still a common mode of transport on Fijian rivers today. Learn the art of preparing dishes with local ingredients including fish, exotic fruits and vegetables as guided by the resort’s chefs. There’s also the KaloKalo Cinema with film favorites on the big screen beneath the stars.