Trip Advisor’s 2014 Travellers’ Choice Awards have announced Outrigger on the Lagoon as the number one family resort in Australia and the South Pacific.
The Outrigger on the Lagoon resort, on Fiji’s Coral Coast, has been rated the best family resort in the South Pacific and is ranked among the top 25 best family resorts in the world by the travel site.
Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji’s general manager Peter Hopgood says the award recognised the resort’s wide-ranging appeal.
“Our Meimei nanny service, kids clubs and teens program combined with our Talei butler service and adults-only zones such as our new Vahavu pool, swim-up bar and bistro, fine dining restaurant and day spa have been designed to satisfy the needs and desires of both families and couples,” he says.
“This is not only a great result for Outrigger on the Lagoon but for Fiji as a whole as it highlights its standing as a leading international tourist destination,” Hopgood says.
Chief marketing officer for Trip Advisor Barbara Messing says the Travellers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the reviews and opinions of millions of TripAdvisor travellers around the globe.
“We’re excited to recognise the world’s best properties, based on the opinions of those who know them best – the millions of travellers around the globe who come to Trip Advisor to share their experiences,” Messing says.
In total, 7123 unique properties worldwide won awards in 2014 Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards, including Australia’s best hotels for families, Peppers Broadbeach.
Outrigger on the Lagoon is situated on the Coral Coast, an 80km stretch of beaches and bays along the Ocean Road between Nadi and Suva in Fiji.
As a well-established tourist destination, the Coral Coast offers both the full resort experience and a chance to visit the real Fiji in the many villages along the way.
Golf, beach life and diving are there for the taking, but there are plenty of other activities for travellers including:
Head inland along the west bank of the Sigatoka river; either side of the road are the patchwork of flat green fields growing the crops that give the Valley its nickname of Fiji’s Salad Bowl. The drive past Nakbuta is not for those who suffer from vertigo, as the road climbs steeply along a narrow ridge, but the reward is a panoramic view across the winding Sigatoka Valley with its quilt-like fields to the right. The road then winds to the valley floor and Sigatoka Agricultural Research Station, a popular spot for picnic lunches.
Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park
The Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park is located at the mouth of the Sigatoka River. The extensive dune system extends for several miles along the coast with dunes reaching heights of 60m (200ft). Fiji’s first National Park, this is also an archaeological site where pottery some 3000 years old has been uncovered by the shifting sands, alongside stone tools and human remains.
Kula Eco Park
Just off the Queen’s Road opposite the Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji, Kula Eco Park is Fiji’s only wildlife park.
The park has recently been involved in the captive breeding of Fiji’s peregrine falcon and crested iguana. In addition, the education program for school children has seen the graduation” of over 1,000 members. Established in the late 80s and purchased by Kula Eco Park Management in 1997, today the park is an environmental showcase of the South Pacific.
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