Tess Nichol is an NZME. News Service reporter.

Room Check: Waitui Beach Club, Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa

Tess Nichol stays at the Waitui Beach Club at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa.
Waitui Beach Club at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa on Denarau Island.
Waitui Beach Club at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa on Denarau Island.

Background: The Waitui Beach Club is a recent adults-only addition to the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa. The exclusive area has an infinity pool, ample luxury seating for lazy afternoons, a Champagne bar and a restaurant.

Check-in experience: Very classy - Waitui guests have their own special check-in room at the Sofitel, where you can sit down while you give your details. A staff member greets you with a shot of juice and a fresh cold flannel.

Rooms: A tiny home away from home. Kitted out with everything you'd expect at a five-star hotel from a mini bar to dressing gowns and slippers, the Waitui Beach Club access rooms also boast a Bose iPod deck and fancy Pure Fiji toiletries.

Nippers: Kids under 16 are not allowed at the Club, but families can book into the main part of the Sofitel.

Price: Around $600 for a night in a Waitui Beach Club access room. These rooms are in a designated part of the hotel, further away from the main pool and restaurant area.

Bathroom: Standard hotel bathroom.

Food and drink: This is where the benefits of having access to the Beach Club really come into play - every night from 5pm-6pm, the club provides guests with free cocktails to enjoy in the adults-only pool area by the beach to watch the sun go down. Bubbles and beer are also an option. Free canapes are also provided; tiny little pizzas and rolls of delicious tuna sushi.

The bed: Big and soft, and the staff slip in in the evening to turn back the covers for you.

Exercise facilities: There's a partially equipped outdoor gym by the pool, allowing for a bit of cardio before dinner.

Online: sofitel-fiji.com

Perfect for: A romantic getaway or honeymooners.

Would I return? Absolutely, for a special occasion.

- NZ Herald

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