Aimee Shaw checks into the Sofitel Resort and Spa Fiji.

Check-in experience:

Greeted by friendly staff waiting in a large open-air foyer. Fruity drink offered on arrival.

Room: As the hotel is 5-star, I was a little disappointed with the room, given how modern the resort is. It had a nice layout and minimalist theme but the furniture was showing signs of wear and tear. Also, it wasn't soundproof. I could hear people talking and moving about in neighbouring rooms.

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What's in the neighbourhood? Port Denarau shopping centre and dining precinct, ferry terminals with daily departing trips, including to the popular Malamala Beach Club.

Food and drink: Delicious. The hotel has a number of restaurants including casual outside dining Salt, Waitui Beach Club, which serves delicious canapes and meals, fine-dining restaurant V and Lagoon, which serves buffet breakfasts. Salt was my favourite restaurant, serving consistently good food. I was a little disappointed with the buffet breakfast, it wasn't the nicest food in the world but it did have a wide selection, catering for vegans, and offering gluten-free options.

The bed: Large and comfortable.

The view: This was my first time in Fiji, (or anywhere in the Pacific) so I was blown away in general. I had an idea of what Fiji may be like but the reality exceeded all of my expectations. The view from my room was of the gorgeous resort grounds — palm trees, perfectly tended lawns and gardens with blooming frangipanis, waiting to be picked. I could also make out the glistening blue ocean in the distance.

Bathroom: The only let down, it was tiny and a real squeeze to shut the door due to the close proximity of toilet and shower.

Room service: Tasty and fast, albeit a tad expensive. Instead of a traditional menu left by the phone, the room service menu was on the room TV.

Value for money: Yes, but for the same or similar amount of money you could stay somewhere a that is bit more luxurious.

Facilities: Adults-only Waitui Beach Club with its own pool, plus cabanas, restaurant, bar and spa, large private beach, resort pools and restaurants, coffee and souvenir shops, spa, hammocks and on-demand water sport equipment rental.

I can vouch for the resort massages. I had an excellent back massage in a small hut on the beachfront. It was great — just the right amount of pressure. Perfect for: Business travellers, couples, honeymooners, families.

Would I return? Absolutely. Can't wait to return to Fiji with my husband.