New Zealand, a country that surrounds us with pure beauty, raw nature and breathtaking landscapes, attracts thousands of eager tourists every year. Its beauty is seen out of the zip up doors of a tent or out the back windows of a two person camper van. It is simply breath taking, on that we can all agree (check out Carmen Huter – she captures this perfectly). But when it comes to luxurious beach resorts, we often scroll through our Instagram feeds, following our favourite travel bloggers, miles away, who skip across the likes of Europe or Dubai sharing a different kind of beauty, the luxurious kind.
Well, I am about to share a little secret … I discovered one of the world’s most luxurious, Instagramable resorts and it is only a 2-3 hour flight from New Zealand. A tropical, Mediterranean inspired paradise has nestled itself into the west coast of Viti Levu, Fiji; the new Marriott Momi Bay Resort, offering Fiji’s first ‘Over Water’ Villa experience, Bure Villas that step onto the lagoon beach or Deluxe Rooms over looking the crystal blue pool.
Spiked your interest? Well add this to your bucket list if you seek:
Seclusion and serenity: 45mins from Nadi airport, you escape the hustle and bustle of Denarau, and instead become lost in the beautiful Marriott Momi Bay Resort, exploring the little walk ways, crystal blue pools, amazing restaurants and stretches of sandy beaches.
A striking sunset: Relax in one of the loungers at Fish Bar, with your feet in sand and a cocktail in hand. Watch the stunning blood orange sun set into the South Pacific Ocean. Everyone goes silent, taking in the sun’s passing beauty. It’s a goose bump moment.
An affordable yet world class experience: For most, an Over Water Villa experience sits on your ‘If I won lotto’ wish list. Take a look at the deals offered on their website – you will be surprised how reasonable they are! I stayed in the Duplex Lagoon Front Bure which stepped right onto the beach. It was bliss! Even if you stay in the deluxe rooms, the hotel facilities, views and services will wrap you in luxury.
A ‘child free’ holiday: The adults only infinity pool is conveniently positioned next to Fish Bar. I devoured the decadent scallops, grilled eggplant and perfectly salted margarita. Set yourself up in one of the cabanas for the day or lie poolside with your feet dangling in the water.
A family holiday: Drop the kids off at the kid’s club to make some friends and learn a bit about Fijian culture, or play volleyball or giant chess with the whole family by the family pool.
Genuine, friendly service: The service is 5 star. From stepping out of the taxi to loading your suitcases as you say good-bye. Smiling, friendly faces are everywhere. Not driven by tips, not because they have to, but because they want to. That Fijian smile is for real.
Although we share the same ocean, time zone and a love of seafood, the contrasting climates between New Zealand and Fiji set us far apart. With a few cold months ahead of us, take a weekend escape to the warmer waters, balmy nights and Fijian smiles at The Marriott Momi Bay Resort.
Adult only infinity pool
Cocktails at Fish bar
Gorgeous Fijian Art – Dress: Marigold Lane Shop
Could lie all day here! Circle blanket Marigold Lane Shop
Sunset Lounger Perfection
Over water villa strolls
Views from the Lagoon House Restaurant and Bar by the family pool
Earrings and dress Marigold Lane Shop
View from the Duplex Lagoon Bure
KAMA CATCH ME
A huge thank you to Rob from Kama Catch Me who chose to explore the resort with me (in high heat) to capture its beauty through our eyes. Their Instagram tells their unique ‘off the beaten path’ photography story beautifully. If you are looking to capture an occasion or experience through a creative lens, words simply cannot describe their talent so I have shared a few of my favourites below:
I’ll be back next year so I hope to see you all poolside!