Jennifer Waters, Events & Travel Manager at The Events Authority, recently returned from an exciting familiarisation trip to Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa.
In-destination experiences and activities were arranged by two of Fiji’s premier Destination Management Companies (DMCs), Rosie’s and Pacific Destinations.
Once on the ground in Fiji, the journey started with a minibus arrival transfer operated by Rosie’s. Notably, the bus boasted a complimentary WiFi connection for passengers, a great service for those keen to remain connected and share their Fiji experience on their ‘socials’.
DAY ONE: Site inspection of Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa
Overlooking the island of Viti Levu’s idyllic Coral Coast on one side, and its own private beach and lagoon on the other, the resort offers a private Fiji island experience.
Jennifer inspected this iconic resort’s three accommodation wings—the Yanuca Lagoon Wing, Reef Wing and Ocean Wing.
“The Reef Wing is an adults-only affair with its own private pool as well as adults-only dining and cocktail hour”, advises Jennifer.
“Yanuca Lagoon Wing is ideal for families as it’s closest to the water sports facilities, and the Ocean Wing sits between Reef and Yanuca Lagoon Wings”, she says.
The resort boasts four restaurants:
- Beach Bar & Grill
- Golden Cowrie Coastal Italian Restaurant
- Lagoon Terrace Restaurant
- Takali Asian Kitchen
In addition, there’s the popular Bilo Bar, and the Black Marlin Tropical Bar.
In the afternoon and early evening, Rosies took Jennifer and companions to the north end of Natadola Beach (owned by Shangri-La) for a swim and beach fun including some team building activities, games and beach volleyball.
That was followed by a delicious BBQ dinner organised on-site by the resort’s fabulous chef.
MEETING & CONFERENCES
Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa is home to the largest single MICE facility in Fiji, and includes the Ratu Makutu Events Centre, Davui Hall and the Pavilion.
“The resort’s nautral light-filled meeting and conference spaces are great. Rosie’s did a super job arranging a performance by VOU—Fiji’s internationally renowned Dance Company. It was great demonstration of Rosie’s MICE credentials, and a great experience for us”, says Jennifer.
With more than 109 acres of land and a range of flexible facilities for contemporary, stylised Fijian events, the incentive, meeting and event opportunities are significant.
DAY TWO: Off-site activities provided by Pacific Destinations.
This was a day filled with adventure, culture and cuisine.
The group travelled by convoy of quad-bikes from Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa along unsealed back-roads to a local village.
“We shared kava with the friendly villagers, enjoyed performances by the gorgeous local children, and shopped for pottery items hand-made by the women of the village”, says Jennifer.
After the village visit, the group stopped off at Tavuni Hill Fort, a historical landmark for a lovely picnic lunch, once again prepared by the Shangri-La’s chef.
Jennifer’s trip concluded with a sumptuous farewell dinner at the resort’s Golden Cowrie Coastal Italian Restaurant.
THE FINAL WORD
Whether you’re seeking an exclusive, adults-only getaway, family holiday or a convenient, high quality overseas venue for events and conferences, you’ll find Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa flexible, professional and committed to service excellence.
With three pools, the coral reef, and a private sandy beach on a deep lagoon that’s swimmable any time of day, there’s always somewhere to dip your toes right across the island.
If you’re planning a conference, event or an offshore meeting, be sure to contact Jennifer and the team at The Events Authority.
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