Eco-friendly resort Six Senses Fiji takes the (coconut-flavoured) barefoot luxury cake. The spoiling spa uses locally sourced unguents, the beachfront restaurant and bar use ingredients grown on site, and the entire thing is 100 per cent solar powered. Each private hideaway has its own plunge pool and guest experience manager; most just steps from the beach. There’s also a sprawling beachfront infinity pool, a Surf Academy with instructors, watersports' kit to borrow and certified dive lessons offered on site. Start your mornings with alfresco yoga sessions and end the day with film nights under the stars.
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Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from £782.97 (FJD2,225), including tax at 15 per cent.
Rates generally include buffet and à la carte breakfast, but exclude a credit card surcharge (3.5 per cent).
The resort in engaged in an ongoing coral restoration project of the house reef, which has developed into a lively ecosystem that will continue to grow. Six Senses Fiji also looks after the island’s endangered crested iguanas and supports a sustainability fund that aids local projects and communities.
At the hotel
Free WiFi, private beach, spa. In rooms: TV, WiFi, minibar, cocktail-making kit, wine fridge, free bottled water, tea- and coffee-making facilities, air-conditioning and locally sourced bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Book a Beachfront Pool Villa if you want to feel the sand under your feet just after (or during) your morning cup of coffee.
The 25m beachfront infinity pool is beside a sunlounger-lined pool terrace. All villas, suites and residences also have their own private pools.
The spoiling Six Senses Spa Fiji has four treatment rooms, hot and cold whirlpools, a wet area relaxation deck, alchemy bar (where you can concoct your own unguents) and spa boutique. Treatments use traditional Fijian medicinal plants grown in the resort’s garden; choose from a range of Six Senses signature massages, antioxidant-rich facials and tropical fruit-infused body treatments. Take your wellness journey to the next level with personalised holistic programmes, including the Sleep & Resilience and Full Potential paths. There’s also an ocean-view treetop yoga pavilion and a state-of-the-art gym.
Bring your underwater camera for snorkelling excursions and your sense of adventure for surf lessons.
Due to the raised building platforms and remote nature of the resort, it is not suited to wheelchairs.
Welcome; there are lots of little Smiths running around during school holidays. Multi-bedroom residences can accommodate families, the Grow With Six Senses kids club can keep littles entertained, and Residences come with a free nanny services.
Kids of all ages.
All rooms can accommodate little Smiths, but the sprawling Residences are the only ones that provide up to eight hours of free nanny services a day.
The Grow With Six Senses Activities offers themed programmes that focus on crafting, wellness, active adventure and science. There’s also family paddle-boarding, cycling, in-villa movie night experiences and family cooking classes on offer.
Supervised littles are welcome in the swimming pools.
There’s a dedicated children’s menu in both restaurants; it’s available for room service orders too.
Nanny services are free (for up to eight hours a day) for guests staying in Residences; nanny services are also available for villa guests at a additional charge.
Extremely. The resort is 100 per cent solar powered, has its own water purifying and bottling plant, and recycles (grey water too) and composts. Much of the food is grown on site in the fruit-, veg- and herb-filled garden; eggs and honey are collected from the resort’s farm. Timber for the buildings was sourced from recycled wood, and locally-sourced and reclaimed materials are used throughout. Green cleaning products, bath products and energy efficient light bulbs are used too.
There’s not a bad seat among the lot; pick a table closer to the beach for sunset views, or one near the native baka banyan tree for a spot of shade.
Go full beauty and the beach with tropical island linens and flowing flower-inspired numbers.
Tovolea Restaurant is set on a sunset-facing strip of the beach in front of the sprawling infinity pool. This relaxed venue incorporates traditional Fijian design and barefoot luxury. Chef Ihaka Peri crafts a daily changing menu of grilled dishes and fresh local seafood. Dishes include the likes of poached Mahi Mahi, aubergine and pepper sambal and cumin yoghurt. RaRa restaurant and bar is open for themed evenings with a range of global cuisine. It also has a gourmet deli where you can pick up takeaway treats to bundle over to your villa or pack up for a picnic; offerings include cheese, freshly baked goods and wine. Alfresco TeiTei Pizzeria cookes up wood-fired pizzas using ingredients plucked from the adjacent garden; pull up a seat in this outdoor eatery or take your pizza to-go and meander over to the outdoor KaloKalo Cinema. Last, but certainly not least, guests can swing by the ice creamery anytime they’d like for on-the-house frozen treats; flavours range from the classic to the tropical.
Beachfront Tovolea Bar is aptly placed for sundowners; cocktails are concocted with house-made ales, bitters, tonics, probiotics and kombuchas.
Enjoy leisurely breakfasts from 7.30am to 10am, lingering lunches from noon to 3pm, and drawn-out dinners from 6.30pm to 9pm.
There's a dedicated 24-hour room service menu available in every room (with plenty of options for little Smiths, too).
Six Senses Fiji is on tropical Malolo Island, part of Fiji’s Mamanuca archipelago.
Nadi International Airport is 20km away; from there, you’ll catch a ride to the marina and a boat to Six Senses Fiji. Private ground transfers to the marina cost FJ$100 each way for up to three adults, FJ $135 each way for up to four adults and from FJ$245 each way for a minibus that seats up to 22. There’s an additional charge if you’re toting surfboards.
The speedboat journey from Denarau Marina on the mainland takes 35 minutes. Shared speedboat transfer prices cost FJ$230 each way for adults and FJ$110 each way for under-12s; transfers are free for under-twos. A private speedboat transfer can be arranged (for a maximum of 12 people) for FJ $1240 each way. You can shave 25 minutes off your travel time by arranging a chopper transfer instead – shared helicopter transfers start from $60 each way per adult and $430 each way for under-13s; contact our Smith24 team to make arrangements.
Worth getting out of bed for
Professional coaching for surfers of all ages and abilities is provided by Tropicsurf; world-class breaks, including the famous Cloudbreak, are just a short boat ride from the island. The surrounding crystal clear waters are also prime diving and snorkelling spots; dive courses and days diving by nearby Malolo Lalai Island can be arranged. You’ll get free use of non-motorised watersports kit - kayaks, paddle boards and catboats – during your stay. If you fancy a drier pursuit, trek up to the island’s highest peak for stunning 360-degree views or pick up some local culinary tricks with a class in the dedicated cookery school. Unwind with a gentle yoga session or spend a relaxed evening under the stars at the outdoor cinema.
There’s no need to leave the island, but if you fancy venturing further afield, day trips can be arranged to Malamala Beach Club on nearby Malamala Island. While there, indulge in everything from poolside snacks to sharing platters of South Pacific cuisine and handcrafted tropical cocktails. Floating restaurant Cloud 9 is a slightly surreal dining experience; the split-level platform dishes out wood-fired pizzas and imported drinks.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this luxury hotel in Fiji and unpacked their swimming togs and coconut-scented spa swag, a full account of their island holiday will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Six Senses Fiji on Malolo Island…
You’ll wake up to the soothing sound of gently lapping waves just steps away from your bed at luxury private-island resort Six Senses Fiji. But it’s worth rousing yourself out of bed: once you venture outside, you’ll have a great blue expanse of ocean at which to gaze, before indulging in a leisurely breakfast of feature freshly picked fruit and eggs collected in your very own basket. Then, stretch out with a morning yoga session or get ready to ride the waves like a pro (instructors stand at the ready) or dive under to spy on colourful fishes.
You’ll spend your afternoon strolling up the hillside for a panoramic view of the island, getting pummeled in the spoiling spa, or floating in your private pool before heading to the beachfront bar and restaurant for tropical sundowners and delicious South Pacific dinners. Tomorrow, rinse and repeat.