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Where to Stay in Nadi
Whether you want to experience Nadi on a budget or in style, there’s a range of accommodations for every traveler’s preference. Hotels are plentiful in the area immediately surrounding the airport, and can be found all along the Queen’s Road, the coast’s major thoroughfare, to the south toward Nadi Town. Just west of Nadi Town and closest to the water are the districts of Denarau Island and Wailoaloa Beach, both of which have several resort options.
If you’re looking for the most unbeatably cheap hotel deals in Nadi, you may want to confine your search to the accommodations near the airport and along Queen’s Road between the airport and Nadi Town. Hotels and resorts hugging the coast are more likely to have the most substantial amenities and multiple levels of suites.
Nadi Hotel Tips
Though there are many beachfront resorts in Nadi, including some especially luxurious ones that work hard to lure in travelers, Nadi’s beaches are not the island’s most scenic. Irrigation runoff from the area’s sugar cane fields keeps the sand grittier and water cloudier than most beach-lovers would like, but visitors who prefer plush resort amenities to picture-perfect beach scenes will still be in heaven. Idyllic beach seekers will find more appealing options on the outer islands, which are easily accessed from Nadi.
Mid-range hotels at virtually every price level are situated up and down Queen’s Road, with standards and variety that are comparable to most beach resort towns in the U.S. The most affordable options are hostels that cater largely to backpackers and student travelers. Accommodations at these hostels are usually simple and many do not offer private guest bathrooms, but if you choose wisely, you can find hostels with charming grounds and friendly innkeepers who make you feel like you’re staying in a comfy B&B. Nightly rates at these establishments are usually hard to beat, with most rooms starting at well under $100 U.S.
Nadi Hotel Recommendations
Nadi has a few great choices for those seeking a luxury experience, with the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa and the Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa competing to provide the most lavish guest experience.
Not far away, the Westin boasts attractive rooms accented with exposed dark wood and unique fixtures, and almost every room has an ocean view. Four restaurants, a tranquil spa, a landscaped pool area and direct access to the beach give guests plenty of ways to while away their time at the resort.
Travelers who want to take advantage of the lower rates near the airport should look into the Tanoa International Hotel, which has some of the airport area’s finest rooms and a popular 24-hour restaurant. Also near the airport is the Novotel Nadi, which has its own executive golf course and tennis courts.
A noteworthy favorite among backpackers, younger travelers and those seeking the party scene is Smugglers Cove, where rooms range from unbeatably priced dorm-style units to expansive suites overlooking the bay. The restaurant, bar and waterfront swimming pool play hosts to some of Nadi’s liveliest crowds on any given night.
If you’ll be spending at least a few days in Nadi, you’ll want to get acquainted with the area’s excellent public bus service. Comfortable open-air buses run all day between Nadi Town and Lautoka to the north, traveling along Queen’s Road in a route that runs right past the airport. Fares are cheap and based on total distance, so carry change and tell the driver where you’re going when you board. He’ll tell you how much to pay. Buses are great for people staying in hotels along Queen’s Road who want to get to Nadi Town or Denarau Island for recreation and nightlife.
Taxis are cheap and readily available at the airport, near the largest hotels and around Nadi Town. If you need a ride from an area where cabs don’t frequently patrol, just ask someone to call a cab for you.
If you plan on heading to other points throughout the island after your flight to Nadi, you can rent a vehicle from any of several car rental agencies at the airport. If you’ll be transferring immediately to a ferry or ship at Port Denarau, it’s best to make the trip from the airport by taxi.