Experience Sustainable Luxury Amidst Pristine Nature and Cultural Richness
Its seductive beachfront location, lush gardens, and eco-conscious ethos create a haven for ultimate relaxation and mindful exploration.
Nestled in a serene bay on Malolo Island within the Mamanuca archipelago, Six Senses Fiji resort offers a pristine retreat, where the natural splendour remains largely untouched since the filming of the iconic Tom Hanks movie “Cast Away” in 2000.
This sultry south pacific hideaway, just an hour from Nadi International Airport, is a treasure trove of unspoiled reefs, vivid corals, and an abundance of marine life.
Six Senses Fiji isn’t just a luxurious Fijian escape; it’s a gateway to deep relaxation and mindful connection with nature.
The resort’s eco-conscious ethos, stunning setting, and personalised service create an unforgettable haven for those seeking to rejuvenate their body, mind, and soul.
I stayed with my two teenage children in December 2023, and it was the ideal location for all of us to bond, relax and unwind after a huge year. Finding luxury hotels that work for adults as well as teenagers is not easy, but Six Senses Fiji worked for all of us in terms of the accommodation options, fitness and wellness ( we all loved the ice bath and the gym), activities on offer, and food.
Its design mirrors a traditional Fijian village, complete with thatched-roof bures nestled between lush gardens and the azure coastline. But there is nothing traditional about the interiors – this is modern luxury all the way.
Here, families or couples can indulge in a range of complimentary activities, from morning yoga and stand up paddle boarding to relaxing in a hammock or marvelling at breathtaking orange, pink and yellow sunsets.
The resort’s commitment to sustainability and wellness is evident in its eco-conscious practices and holistic approach to every guest experience.
The Six Senses Spa, a sanctuary of tranquility, offers treatments like hot lava shell massages and gold-leaf facials, while the resort’s dedication to health extends to its dining options.
The on-site delicatessen, epitomising the resort’s ethos, offers a range of organic and gluten-free options, including the healthful kombucha, brewed right in the heart of the resort.
Embracing the vibrant Fijian culture, the upscale resort welcomes guests with a lively ‘bula’ drumming ceremony, and a sit down with the hotel’s General Manager, Australian Mark Kitchen who explains what guests have to look forward to during their stay, setting the tone for an authentic but luxury island experience. For White Lotus fans, there is a touch of the upscale vibe from the film here too.
Overall Rating: 9/10
Tucked away in a secluded bay, Six Senses Fiji evokes Tom Hanks’s Cast Away paradise, minus the solitude. Pristine beaches, coral reefs, and diverse marine life await just beyond your doorstep.
Malolo’s proximity to the mainland ensures convenient access while also offering secluded nooks for those seeking deeper tranquility. It can be reached by fast boat (around 40 minutes) from the port or by helicopter (around 12 minutes).
The 24 pool villas, nestled amidst fragrant greenery, prioritise serenity. While located slightly close together, thick foliage ensures privacy.
The highlight of my beachfront pool villa was the private pool surrounded by decking and a private path from the villa leading directly to the ocean front, complete with two chairs on the beach front and a day bed not far behind.
There are so many places to relax and unwind in privacy and comfort. Interiors of the villas blend Fijian themes with modern comforts, featuring vaulted ceilings, raintree wood furnishings, and black-and-white prints.
Biodegradable king-size beds and a full outdoor egg shaped bath and shower area draining into worm-powered septic tanks, seamlessly aligning luxury with responsible practices.
The sustainability at Six Senses Fiji is impressive. It includes an Earth Lab for sustainability activities promote inner and planetary well-being, where most of the resort’s materials are recycled and upcycled. When buildings are demolished at Six Senses, the materials are donated to nearby communities who then use them for building their own dwellings.
Tesla solar panels power the resort, highlighting their commitment to responsible luxury. There is an Iguana breeding program using resources from San Diego and Taronga zoo, and the population has already grown from 17 to 41 iguanas in 2 years.
The hotel has its own desalination plant where sea water is converted into drinking water within 30 minutes, and at least 30% of the produce served in the restaurants comes from the island.
There are bees producing large amounts of fresh honey for guests, a delight at breakfast. And amenities in the bathrooms are all in multi use containers. Coral reef rehabilitation is an upcoming activity aboot to be offered to guests.
Fijian warmth shines through. A vibrant “bula” welcome sets the tone, and a dedicated Guest Experience Manager (GEM) ensures a personalised, stress-free stay – and they communicate with guests via whats app throughout the day.
The attentive staff anticipates every need, creating a genuinely relaxed atmosphere.
Food & Beverage (8/10):
From energising freshly made juices and garden-fresh eggs from the on-site “Cluckingham palace” chicken coop at breakfast to Pacific-infused tasting menus at Tovolea, the culinary journey is a delicious blend of local and regional flavors and plenty of super healthy options like salads and fresh seafood and meats.
In line with Six Senses Wellness practises, each dish is reccomended for fitness, sleep or energy on the menu.
RaRa’s buzzy terrace and pan-Asian menu provide a casual alternative, while poolside snacks, a café, and an outdoor pizzeria cater to every desire, including kids.
In line with Six Senses globally, there is free ice cream made on-site daily.
Wellness is no only a feature, but a highlight at Six Senses Fiji with a host of excellent wellness facilities available at no additional cost to guests. Daily yoga and /or breathing sessions, are available for guests at Six Senses Fiji.
The holistic spa with island-inspired treatments, and an ice cold plunge pool, warm pool and steam and dry sauna ensure wellness practises are on hand – and these facilities were packed each day.
The on-site gym is spacious and is surrounded by nature. It has the latest cardio as well as weights equipment and is open 24/7 to guests.
Activities & Excursions (7.5/10):
While relaxation takes center stage, adventure beckons within the stunning surrounds. An activity board each day offers activities on the hour, which are included in the cost of a stay.
Kayaking, snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, island hopping, and even cooking classes in Fijian traditions offer immersive experiences.
Nearby surf breaks and cultural village tours, fishing expeditions and jet ski adventures add further dimension to your island escape.
Who should Stay here: Anyone looking for the ultimate island luxury escape..
Who shouldn’t Stay here: Anyone looking for noise and a party scene.
Location: Around 40 minutes from the airport and can be reached by fast boat or helicopter.
Best culinary delight: the lamb rack – perfectly cooked and delicious.
The Highlight: Breakfast overlooking the infinity pool and the stunning ocean views.
The lowlight: Breakfast ends at 1030am – I am a late morning breakfast person.
Insider Secret: Google have a private island right nearby.