No place I’d rather be

This morning I woke up to the sound of a fresh fruit bowl being delivered to my over-water bungalow…

…Sometimes I have to shake myself while away on holiday, to remind myself to take in every little moment of this luxury which I likely wouldn’t be experiencing if I weren’t in the travel industry.

I wasn’t going to blog about this holiday, which is our babymoon (meaning we’re not doing a lot more than sunbathing, reading, swimming and eating) and also my 8th visit to Fiji (yes, I flipping love it and no, it won’t be my last time… I’ve not made it to the Yasawas or north of Viti Levu yet!), but I thought that this resort deserved a wee mention!

The Marriott Fiji, Momi Bay is about 45 minutes’ drive east of Denarau, and it feels like it is in the middle of nowhere. Once you take the turn from the highway, it is 12km to the coast and it reminded me a lot of the drive from Christchurch to Akaroa… except a lot drier. Towards the end of the drive you get a quick glimpse of the azure water before you turn into the resort.

First impressions are pretty spectacular – I’m a sucker for an impressive lobby, and it certainly is that with its giant arch, tiling that is reminiscent of faux thatching, and Fijian designs on glass at each end, which is like a modern twist on the traditional tapa cloth that you often see being made and sold at villages, and hung in resort bures. Then you get the view out to the lagoon and the over water bungalows… absolutely magical.

Unfortunately we were three hours early for check in yesterday – true to the usual experience of trying to organise things here, our transfer company said we couldn’t make our departure from Denarau any later due to other people being on our transfer… there were no other people on our transfer. However, we still got the royal treatment upon arrival (there is a very big difference between checking in at a 4.5 star resort and a 5+ star resort) with delicious iced tea and a cool cloth, and we were given a phone which would ring when our room was ready. This gave us the perfect opportunity to explore the resort – I’m not sure about you, but I am certainly guilty of not knowing what’s available, and where everything is, at a resort, and then realising on the last day that I’ve been missing out on something awesome; so we went around the restaurants (options include fine dining, Mediterranean (pasta and pizza sort of thing), themed buffet, casual bar dining, and a bakery), and then the pools – the main pool (with swim up bar), the kids pool, and spa pool, and we stopped at the adults only pool, next to FISH the fine dining restaurant; this pool is truly spectacular – an infinity pool overlooking a cliff down to the ocean, surrounded by gorgeous cabanas that I’m sure are snapped up at the crack of dawn.

We settled down at the adults pool for a while, before heading down to the main pool for one of the many daily activities, the wheel of luck – answer some questions, spin the wheel and get a free massage or cocktail. Craig answered a tricky question but missed out on spinning to the right segment, but it was a bit of fun – as always, the staff are so enthusiastic, and you can’t help but love it.

Next up we decided to try the mediterranean restaurant for lunch – chicken satay and wedges, because we are ever so healthy this week. I had heard feedback that this resort is expensive for food, but I don’t think it’s any worse than any other five star resort- sure, it is more expensive than at home but that is to be expected right?

3pm came and went and we still hadn’t been taken to our bungalow, so we asked at the lobby. We think they made a mistake, but they did give us a couple of drink vouchers for the inconvenience, which was good. About 3.30pm we finally got access and WOW, talk about blown away… the rooms are stunning and immaculate (the resort has only been open since April, so that is to be expected) – extremely spacious, and well appointed, and I always get excited over a standalone bath! There are little glass viewing panels to look down into the water, which is a very cool touch. The best part though, is the deck – large enough for a circular cabana chair, and a table and chairs, with lots of space left – I know simplicity is sophistication, but I do feel like a sun lounger wouldn’t go astray.

Then the very best part… the steps down to the lagoon. Bliss.

Breakfast this morning exceeded expectations – the Westin had left a lot to be desired – the restaurant it is served in is large, but with lots of little alcoves overlooking the water, so we got a lovely spot and enjoyed a really excellent breakfast with lots and lots of options.

We’re settling down with our books until after lunch, when we plan to hire some stand up paddle boards. Unfortunately non-motorised equipment is at a charge at this resort, but it’s not too expensive.

That’s all for now! I’d highly recommend to anyone looking for a luxury escape, and the bonus is you don’t have to pay for the cat out to the islands!

Love Laus ❤️

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