I can officially say that I have got over my post-holiday blues. We’ve all experienced it, you know, that sinking feeling that you get when you come back from an amazing trip? Symptoms include: brain cloudiness (as you’re still in holiday mode), desperation for the beach and sunshine, severe need for fruity cocktails, wanting to sleep at all hours of the day (usually brought about by jet lag) and an obsession with maintaining your post-holiday tan by over moisturising with coconut scented body butter. Perhaps we all deal with our ‘post-holiday blues’ differently, but I can assure you, it doesn’t last for ever. Usually it takes about a week to get over. This gives you enough time for you to get back into the swing of things, get back into the routine and pretty much begin planning your next trip.
So why was I suffering all of last week? Well I returned from beautiful Fiji, which was a magnificent holiday. I went with my best friend, my mum, where we decided to have a weeks long getaway. Our mission for the trip was to a) relax, b) relax a little more and c) relax whilst we relaxed. I can assure you, we returned a little lighter, definitely brighter and very very relaxed!
We stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel, located on the Coral Coast. The Interncon is one of the newest resorts in Fiji and you could certainly tell, as the decor and design was modern, on-trend and up-to-date. As a resort, it has all the features you need for a no-brainer family holiday – two swimming pools, one for children and one for adults. The pool overlooks a beautiful white sandy beach. Three different dining options – buffet, casual beachside dining and a beautiful fine dining restaurant called Navo. A gorgeous golf course, which also has lunch facilities, an award winning day spa, (which really was one of the best spas I’ve ever been in – the treatments were unbelievable!) daily activities and nightly entertainment. Also, a fully functioning gym, kids club facilities and water sports including kayaking, tubing, snorkelling etc (Note you have to purchase these, so be mindful).
I think the part of the resort which blew me away the most, was the Club Intercontinental. When I go travelling now, it’s always good to see if resorts or hotels offer club style accommodation. Although it can be more expensive, the perks and add ons, truly make it worth it. As mum and I knew that the resort would be busy with lots of children and families, we thought getting a bit of privacy and luxury would suit us.
The Club Intercontinental experience started for us from the moment we got out of the airport and to the resort. Not only were we greeted in a friendly manner with a cool towel and welcome drink, we were whisked away to check-in in the Club Intercontinental lounge privately. Here we were given our keys, explained the break down of the service and what was included in our stay. All the accommodation is situated near the Club Lounge, and all guests that are staying in a Club Intercontinental suite are slightly further away from the resort (perfect for privacy!). The suites are divine – when we walked in for the first time and not only saw the ocean views, but also the option to look at the ocean from our own private plunge pool, we were knocked back. The suites are airy, spacious and beautifully designed. The outdoor bath was beautiful and I loved that even the beauty products in the bathroom were Fijian. Every day we were given complimentary Fijian water.
Although all the Club suites are set back away from the resort, I would encourage you to walk around, not only to enjoy the beautiful views, but to also get a bit of a workout! If thought of walking isn’t your thing, then the staff at the lounge can order you a buggy, where you can be driven to anywhere is the resort that you so desire.
If you stay as a guest of Club InterContinental, not only do you get to enjoy the resort like any other guest, you also get to enjoy the following extra privileges:
Private check-in and check-out
Itokani butler service
Access to the Club InterContinental Lounge and infinity pool
Breakfast in a choice of 3 venues:
– A la Carte at the Club InterContinental Lounge
– Full buffet breakfast at Sanasana Restaurant
– Continental breakfast at Toba Bar & Grill
All day non alcoholic drinks in the Club InterContinental Lounge
Afternoon tea in the Club InterContinental Lounge
Sunset canapés and cocktails for two hours each evening in the Club InterContinental Lounge
Complimentary Planet Trekkers sessions for our younger guests
Complimentary wireless internet access throughout the resort
Daily turndown service
All of these privileges were wonderful – my favourite moment each day was watching the sunset go down during the cocktail hour each evening. Not only was the canapés served to us, simply delicious, but each night we were graced with some five-star entertainment. From traditional Fijian dances to acoustic duos, it was wonderful – Fiji offers some amazing singing talent! It was also lovely to be able to enjoy a cup of tea or a cold drink whenever you required – the one thing that really made a difference, was the complimentary bottled water, which normally you would have to purchase in the resort.
If I had to point out a few ‘cons’, my only qualm would be that you do have to pay for a lot of things that the resort offers including the water sports and even kids club. Normally these are offered complimentary by big name resorts, so that threw me back a bit. If you do have a big family and you are looking to put them in kids club or try some water sport activites, be warned that there is a daily charge, which seems low at the time, but multiply that for three children over five days? Well, it does add up. As for the Club Intercontinental, my only issue was that at certain times of the day, families would be by the pool, often making a lot of noise. A lot of the guests in the Club Intercontinental I noticed were couples, retirees, mothers and daughters and people generally looking to relax. It was a little frustrating that nothing was said, as these children were very disruptive. Given that there are so many facilities designed for children around the resort, it would have been nice if we could have had a few hours a day, where children were not allowed, just so the fellow guests could swim and relax in peace.
Overall, it was a beautiful stay – we were extremely well looked after by all the staff, especially in Club Intercontinental. All the staff that we personally dealt with went above and beyond to make sure we were happy. The Fijian people are such warm and friendly souls – they want to get to know you, hear your story and of course share theirs. It was a wonderful experience getting to know the staff around the resort, learning about the Fijian culture and also relaxing in a beautiful environment. If you are considering a mid year break, or even a long weekend getaway, then consider Fiji. Flights run daily out of Sydney with either Virgin and Qantas. We booked our package through Flight Centre, who can organise some great deals for you.
So go on, live a little, you deserve it!