Need to know
Four suites, sleeping eight, for exclusive-hire only.
Both check-out and check-in times are totally flexible, but daylight hours are recommended for safer boat transfers.
Double rooms from $2621.20 (NZ$4,000), excluding tax at 9 per cent.
Rates include full breakfast, all meals and a standard bar, return transfers by car and private boat from Nadi, and use of all island facilities, including kayaks, Hobie catamarans and snorkelling gear.
Spend a romantic night à deux 'glamping' in the Hilltop Sleep-out Bure, a short stroll away on the other side of the island. Partly open-air, but with enveloping mosquito nets, this lantern-lit, thatched boudoir comes with a floaty four-poster, cushion-strewn sofa and lounge chairs, and a shower. Is there a better way to wake up to ocean views?
At the hotel
Main Bure with living/dining area, music system, free WiFi and library with books, DVDs and board games, gardens, Hilltop Sleep-out Bure. In rooms: iPod dock, Pure Fiji toiletries. Bathrooms feature twin basins, a shower and bath, as well as a private outdoor shower.
Our favourite rooms
Perched in pairs on either side of the sociable Main Bure, the four Guest Bures are all equally seductive, stylish and serene. The high, palm-thatched bure roofs and wooden shutters are a nod to Pacific living, as are pretty hand-fans on walls and shell-encircled mirrors, but the style details are very 21st century. We love the indoor-outdoor bathrooms, with a white-shell chandelier above the sculptural, freestanding bath and courtyard shower. Huge beds, inviting armchairs and dreamy dressing rooms up the luxe factor, while the sky-blue and white palette picks up the sea views, visible through fold-back wall-to-wall glass doors.
Stone steps lead down from the elevated entertaining bure into the sleek, geometric infinity pool, which offers views out to the beach and sea. Compact and contemporary, it's flanked on both sides by chic outdoor lounging areas on a wooden deck, with come-hither day-beds, armchairs and tables shaded by parasols. Lanterns add a romantic touch come evening.
No need to bring reading material, as the Main Bure comes kitted out with coffee-table books galore, covering Fijian style and culture, as well as enticing Penguin tomes. Diving fans may want to pack their own snorkel and a rash shirt, and don't forget outsize sunglasses for that rockstar-on-vacation look.
Smoking is allowed in outdoor areas only; pets should be left at home. In-room spa and beauty treatments can be booked for an extra charge.
Welcome; free baby cots can be supplied, but not extra beds for older children. Babysitting can be arranged for a fee, given a day's notice.
Children are welcome at intimate Dolphin Island, where you and your party take the resort – and island – over exclusively.
Babies or older kids and teens you can trust around water – there's a pool and lots of beach action which aqua-friendly children will adore.
All four Guest Bures are equally spacious, grouped in pairs on either side of the living/dining area, so book two adjacent bures for your family.
Kids will love the pool and easy snorkelling and swimming right off the beach. Active children will enjoy the kayaks, Hobie cats and fishing, or learning to dive if they're old enough. There's also plenty of space for playing in the grassy grounds or exploring trails around the island, which should give kids a real sense of freedom. Pampered older princesses (or princes) might also be tempted to try a spa treatment.
The compact and deep lap pool has a fairly adult vibe, but there are steps going down into the water if you want to sit and splash with an infant. Boisterous children will prefer the ocean.
All meals can be customised to children's tastes and served to suit kids' schedules.
Babysitting is available with a day's notice, for a fee.
No need to pack
Baby cots, which are supplied for free.
Extra beds for older children aren't available, but they can bunk up in the fab Sealy super-king-size beds in the Guest Bures.
Fresh, seasonal, local produce, including fish caught daily, adds an eco-friendly touch to Dolphin's cuisine.