From the moment you first arrive on the white sands of Sheraton Tokoriki’s private beach you will instantly grasp what it feels like to be in a tropical paradise worthy of Robinson Crusoe narrative, Hollywood rom com backdrops and instagram snaps of your next holiday.
Look in one direction and you’re gazing over a bay in the Pacific Ocean, past neighbouring islands of the Mamanuca group and over their green hills aghast at the picture perfect sunset beyond. All the while small tropical fish will be swimming about your feet. Really…
Look the other way for your private welcoming party with fresh tropical juice, handcrafted gifts and some of the biggest smiles you’re likely to ever see. And a few burley men armed with ukuleles, hibiscus flowers in their hair and belting out some melodic island tunes.
As you look beyond the small staircase to your new oasis home, you can just make out the pool bar and infinity pool. Make a mental note to test it out straight after check-in. If you’re there at night you might even catch a crab race. This writer bet on a crab named Nelson Mandela who unfortunately came last (by this race’s standards only!).
Beyond your big welcome smiles, Sheraton Resort & Spa Tokoriki boasts 101 rooms with dark wooden Fijian stylings and minimalist five-star beach finishes from comfy king-size beds to outdoor foot pools for those pesky sandy feet. Follow the well-lit garden paths to your retreat with private plunge pools, beachfront room with private sunset deckor family retreat for you and your mates.
All food is courtesy of Flying Fish Restaurant, a conception of Sydney-based seafood chef Peter Kuruvita, who put on some amazing buffets in the evenings including an authentic Fijian barbeque and performances on the beach once a week. One of the amazing things about this restaurant is they go out of their way to cater to your allergies and tastes -- thanks for the egg-free pancakes, guys! Another is they have a tasting menu so you can try five of their dishes in one sitting (mouth still watering over scallop and pineapple dish).
If you’re looking for something to do between cocktails and lounging by the pool, there are plenty of free daily activities, water sports and other exciting adventures to keep you entertained. Think local handicraft making, village tours, movies at the cinema, parasailing, jet ski island tours, fishing, snorkeling, diving and you can even snorkel off the beach at high tide. Oh, and while you’re in five-star mode, try a massage or spa treatment with the experts at Tokoriki Retreat Spa.
Now you’ve read all of the amazing stuff about Sheraton Tokoriki. So what’s the catch? First, remember you’re on a small island and you’re limited to where you can go beyond the resort. Plus you're on a small island in the middle of the Pacific. If the internet goes down, beyond everyone's best efforts it might not be fixed straight away. Second is, five star resort costs are high and while the prices are reasonable here -- nearly everything will cost you an extra dollar or two.
Penny saving tips include: BYO brekkie or opt for the still impressive continental buffet brekkie, order from the bar menu for dinner, order local beers like Fiji Gold and drinks (still try the Pina Coladas), ask for the current spa deals, take advantage of the free activities and choose a water sports package for the day or your room. You can also try your own village tour armed with water, sunscreen, small change and positive attitude (and map). Enjoy!