A Makeover for Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort on Yanuca Island

(Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa)

News from the South Pacific: Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa—situated on the private Yanuca Island, connected by a causeway to the mainland—has unveiled a dramatic $50 million renovation. The makeover was extensive, touching all guest rooms and suites, recreational facilities, restaurants and CHI, The Spa. Dreaming of a tropical sojourn? Here are some of the highlights.

A new adults-only Reef Wing takes up more than a quarter of the island. Inspired by traditional Fijian bungalows, the new one-bedroom Reef Bures were designed as romantic beachfront retreats with outdoor rain showers, ocean views and separate living/dining areas. Guests in the Reef Wing get their very own golf buggy to spin around the resort. There’s an exclusive Reef Café & Dining restaurant, plus an exclusive infinity pool where complimentary cocktails and canapés are served every evening. 

For families on vacation, there are new two-bedroom Lagoon Bures, measuring 1,410 square feet, with separate living and dining areas. There are a wealth of family activities at the resort, not to mention the kids’ club and dedicated teens entertainment zone.

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Recreational activities run the gamut from water sports to golf at the nine-hole course designed by five-time British Open winner Peter Thomson. Fun fact: Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort is home to the largest inflatable water park in the South Pacific. There’s also the Shangri-La Marine Education Center where guests can learn about marine life and biodiversity. 

A major goal of the renovation project was to position Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort as one of the best places to eat and drink in Fiji. When it comes to dining, guests have their pick between six new restaurants, serving a variety of cuisines including Italian and Asian-fusion. Note that 75 percent of the kitchen products are sourced locally. Last but not least: the famous Black Marlin Tropical Bar has been redesigned as a stylish tiki bar stocked with 100 rums from around the world, including the resort’s very own label.

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