Six of the best: Luxury Fijian resort day spas

Bavari Spa, Yasawa Island Resort

At this award winning thatched spa, your massage bed could not be any closer to the languid lapping waters, unless it was actually immersed in the sea. With doors flung open to a beautiful sweep of empty beach, two therapists deliver the spa's signature four-handed Bavari Rhythm massage on a deck perched over the sands. Fanned by sea breezes and with the soothing sound of lapping waves, there's no need for a new age soundtrack, as the duo execute their synchronised coconut oil lathered movements in perfect unison. Sandlewood and sea salt scrubs, hot stone massage, banana leaf wraps and the traditional bobo massage are also on offer in treatment rooms with ocean views. See

The Kui Spa, Vomo Island Resort

Five star Vomo Island Resort has upped the ante with its new Kui Spa. The contemporary spa feels like stumbling across a slice of Asia in the Pacific, where guests can relish treatments in soothing treatment rooms surrounded by timber decks, water ponds and lush tropical foliage. Known as ''spa angels'', Vomo's talented and experienced Thai and Balinese therapists, led by spa manager Saliani Ni Nyoman, deliver a range of luxurious treatments, including facials, foot and hand therapies, beauty essentials and the signature hour-long Sodashi Detoxifying Marine Body Wrap that delivers a deep body detox using sea plants, algae, marine minerals and plant essences. All treatments use the Australian Sodashi range of products (Megan Gale is a fan), which are natural and chemical free. Young spa fiends are not forgotten either with a range of fun treatments for Prince and Princesses. See

The Spa, Jean Michel Cousteau Fiji Island Resort

At Savusavu on Fiji's second biggest island Vanua Levu, the recently reopened resort has built a new purpose built spa overlooking the Koro Sea. The vision for the two-room thatched spa is based on local and organic products with treatments grounded in tradition healing practices, passed down through the generations. The result is the antithesis of the homogenised spa concept seen around much of the world. 

Therapist Virisine Marivale is intuitive, adapting treatments to the needs of guests. She has reportedly healed people with assorted issues such as locked shoulders and sciatica. With doors thrown open to the sunset and no background music, treatments are delivered using pure virgin coconut oil. I float back to my oceanfront bure relieved of a migraine and feeling like a new person. See

Ocean Spa, Matangi Private Island Resort

Situated right on the water's edge, this inviting spa located on the island of Matangi just off the coast of Taveuni Island, offers two couple's treatment rooms, one with Vichy style tropical rain shower and an overwater deck, just the place for post treatment respite. Along with the traditional Fijian bobo massage, warm sea shell massages, sea salt exfoliation and Algolgie facials are on offer at this adults-only boutique resort. Add on a coconut hair and scalp treatment for an extra slice of heaven.

The Spa at Doubletree Resort by Hilton Fiji

Signature massages and beauty treatments are on offer at this simple yet charming two bure spa tucked away behind a high stone wall at the newly rebranded resort on the main island of Viti Levu. Built on a former coconut plantation, guests can choose an air conditioned treatment room or opt for a massage in a thatched open-air bure framed by swaying palm trees. Treatments include salt crystal body scrubs, hot stone therapy, reflexology and more using coconut milk, honey, brown cane sugar and Pure Fiji products. There's also a shop stocking the Pure Fiji range. See

So Spa, Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa

Local flavours and traditions collide with French cosmetology at Sofitel's So Spa located within Denarau Island's cluster of resorts just outside Nadi. The tranquil village within a village offers nine private treatment bures (all air conditioned) with outdoor garden showers, whirlpools, a private sauna, out-door Jacuzzi's and a healthy (or not so virtuous – bubbles anyone?) refreshment bar. Beauty and wellness treatments include coconut milk baths, Themae Nepalese style tea or papaya and pineapple exfoliating facials, body scrubs, wraps and more. Afterwards soak in the Jacuzzi or kick back on a sun lounge looking out to the ocean. Fiji time has never looked so good. See

Sheriden Rhodes was a guest of the featured resorts.