A Community for Brides Planning their Wedding in Australia

 
Dalliance
Member
Member
Topic Author
Posts: 14
Joined: Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:55 pm

Choosing a Fijian Resort - HELP!!

Fri Sep 30, 2011 1:03 pm

Hi Girls
Im new to this forum but could do with some suggestions from anyone who has been to Fiji.

My partner and I want to get married in Fiji in March, and I am currently looking to book our airfares and accomodation etc. I was looking at the Shereton but then the travel agent told me it was a black sand area, so I have been looking at the Shangri La and Plantation Island. My head is starting to over flow!!!

Has anyone got any reccomendations for a great resort to have a wedding but is also good for kids?
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!!

Cheers :)
 
User avatar
cathinqld
Super Mummy
Super Mummy
Posts: 1543
Joined: Thu May 24, 2007 10:25 am

Re: Choosing a Fijian Resort - HELP!!

Fri Sep 30, 2011 2:41 pm

We were married at the Shangri La and took our three kids with us, the wedidng was awesome and the whole holiday was a blast, kids had a ball kids club the pool the beach the night disco's movies on the beach etc I cant speak about it highly enough was so fabulous for the kids. The outrigger is just down the road a bit from the shangri la and is also suppose to be great for kids, as for plantation island im sorry I can not give any advice there.

Good luck with your choice and all the best for your wedding planning
 
Dalliance
Member
Member
Topic Author
Posts: 14
Joined: Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:55 pm

Re: Choosing a Fijian Resort - HELP!!

Fri Sep 30, 2011 3:01 pm

Thanks for your quick reply Cath, m so glad to hear you loved your wedding at the Shangri la. Can I ask where did u have the ceremony? I know they have a little chapel, but were there other spots? Also the holiday packages Im looking at include the meals, did you find that there were many extra costs involved while you stayed there? Do all the resort activities cost much or are they included? I have no idea haha.

Thanks again for your help
 
User avatar
JoJo74
Member
Member
Posts: 48
Joined: Fri Oct 15, 2010 7:32 pm

Re: Choosing a Fijian Resort - HELP!!

Fri Sep 30, 2011 3:14 pm

Dalliance wrote:
Hi Girls
Im new to this forum but could do with some suggestions from anyone who has been to Fiji.

My partner and I want to get married in Fiji in March, and I am currently looking to book our airfares and accomodation etc. I was looking at the Shereton but then the travel agent told me it was a black sand area, so I have been looking at the Shangri La and Plantation Island. My head is starting to over flow!!!

Has anyone got any reccomendations for a great resort to have a wedding but is also good for kids?
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!!

Cheers :)



Hi Dalliance

I just got married at the Intercontinental on 3rd September! Depending on what sort of wedding you want and whether you are having a large or small group travelling and what your budget is, as to where you get married. It's true the sand on Denarua Island is black but its still a beautiful place to get married - we stayed at the Sofitel for a couple of nights. I looked at the Shangri La, and although it looks great - there are multiple weddings on the same day - you pick a time and a particular part of the resort....sorry, but I wanted to be the only bride at the resort on my day.

Every resort has its pros and cons, so I guess you just need to work out whats most important to make sure you have the best day of your life.

IE: If you stay at Denarau, yes there's black sand, but then you are so close to the marina if you want to go on day trips for snorkelling/diving or just to visit some of the outer islands.

f you choose plantation, you may have to pay for others (celebrant/DJ/photographer) to stay 1 night if they dont get the last boat back to mainland.

Hope this helps and there are plenty of girls who will be able to tell you about particular resorts on here. Good luck with the planning! :heart: :heart:

Jodie

Image
 
User avatar
cathinqld
Super Mummy
Super Mummy
Posts: 1543
Joined: Thu May 24, 2007 10:25 am

Re: Choosing a Fijian Resort - HELP!!

Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:26 pm

Dalliance wrote:
Thanks for your quick reply Cath, m so glad to hear you loved your wedding at the Shangri la. Can I ask where did u have the ceremony? I know they have a little chapel, but were there other spots? Also the holiday packages Im looking at include the meals, did you find that there were many extra costs involved while you stayed there? Do all the resort activities cost much or are they included? I have no idea haha.


We did have the ceremony in the chapel, but there are heaps of other spots the beach being one of course, the also have a decked area under cover that can be booked out and im sure theres many others. As for costs I completely understand what you are saying we tried to save as much as possible, we booked through http://www.specialistholidays.com.au and they had a deal with every second night free, kids all meals free and there was an extra fee u could pay for adults to have all meals included which wasnt that much, the activities werent that expensive but arnt included, put it this way we were there for 9 days and for us my mother and three kids our bills at check out were around $3000 FJD and we didnt scrimp while there we ate had cocktails (lots) massages a few activities and that also included some of the stuff for the wedding that couldnt be pre paid.

It is true that the Shangri La book more than one wedding per day, I was lucky enough to be the only one on mine, honestly though it wouldnt of bothered me if I wasnt as the resort is huge so I highly doubt we would of been fighting for spots but thats just personal opinion.

Good luck making your choice
 
Fiji_2012
I just love to talk
I just love to talk
Posts: 199
Joined: Wed May 04, 2011 3:19 pm

Re: Choosing a Fijian Resort - HELP!!

Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:46 pm

Hi we are also getting married at the Shangri-la in September next yr, i stayed there 2 yrs ago and it rained the pretty much the whole week, but it was ok coz the shanngri-la have heaps of things to do even in wet weather and when it was sunny it was also heaps good, they have the cutest chapel, our wedding is on a Wednesday so i have no idea if they will book 2 im not really fussed
The week before the shangri-la we stayed at Mana we had one raininy day and there was nothing to do but sit in our room they dont have much to offer on wet days (it poured all day) so thats the only down side about Mana, but the beaches are so nice if its windy on one side of the island its calm on the other so that was good for us and the snorkling is awesome and i would happily get on a plane just to go eat their pizza it was the best.
The yr before that we stayed at the outrigger and that was perfect 8 days of sun its a really nice resort, the only down side is the beach is pretty average, and its a bit pricers to stay there.
FH has stayed at the warrick and to spent a day at the Navati he said its full of kids and also one of the furthest resorts on the coral coast from the airport so im pretty sure you have to stay a night in nadi, but they do have really good food and drink deals
Hope this helps :D
 
User avatar
AliBaby
I just love to talk
I just love to talk
Posts: 416
Joined: Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:52 am

Re: Choosing a Fijian Resort - HELP!!

Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:19 pm

DOnt be put off by the black sand. It can look stunning in photos as well.

Check out my wedding pics here
http://forum.weddingcentral.com.au/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=128532

We were married at the Sheraton in the chapel on 1st September this year.
We have a 2.5 yr old and it was so child.family friendly. We also went to Malolo island as a short honeymoon and left our daughter with my parents for 3 nights. It was blissful and we got our white sand beach there. I wouldnt have wanted to be on the little islands for any longer than a few days as there is not a lot to do there.

Hope that helps.
 
kiam
Member
Member
Posts: 57
Joined: Sat Feb 12, 2011 1:49 pm

Re: Choosing a Fijian Resort - HELP!!

Fri Sep 30, 2011 9:35 pm

I was married at the Shangri-La in May this year. We had our two children with us aged 4 yrs and 8 months. We decided to go there because it was child friendly, everything we needed could be found at the resort and we fell in love with the chapel.

We thought the Shangri-La was great for the kids, there was pleanty of appropriate food, they even had tins of baby food at the buffet. There was a kids pool, there was a kids gaming room with video games air hockey and the like. Our 4yo didn't end up going to kids club but we heard others say it was great. There were night discos for the kids. We had a nanny look after the kids one night whilst we went out for dinner and on the wedding night we had a nanny come to the reception to watch our little one, she was just lovely. There were heaps of nannys taking the kids around the resort to do do activities, take them to the dicos and they even took them to have their meals. I think the cost for a nanny was about FJ$7 an hour for up to 3kids.

There are several shops at the resort and a convenience store. They have all activities there like parasailing, banana boat rides, snorkeling etc.
I also liked that it was a 'cashless' resort. Evertything could be billed back to the room so we didn't have to carry any cash around.

Our wedding was at the chapel and there was also another wedding after ours. I did not even see the other bride. While we were there on a different day I did see 2 brides pass each other along the footpath and they stopped and wished each other well. I was kinda cute I thought then they each went off in different directions and that was that.

I have never been to any of the other resorts so I have nothing to compare it to but we really enjoyed our wedding/holiday at the Shangri-La
 
User avatar
sharmy
I just love to talk
I just love to talk
Posts: 433
Joined: Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:40 pm

Re: Choosing a Fijian Resort - HELP!!

Wed Oct 05, 2011 2:09 pm

Contact Sue at Essence Tours she will help you pick she is in QLD (i live in NSW) she did mine for me at the Outrigger and it costs us $5000 for everything for the wedding with 50 guests would highly recommend it
 
User avatar
SnappySarzie
I just love to talk
I just love to talk
Posts: 378
Joined: Thu Feb 17, 2011 4:18 pm

Re: Choosing a Fijian Resort - HELP!!

Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:00 pm

I'm using Sue too - totally recommend her she's fantastic.
 
Dalliance
Member
Member
Topic Author
Posts: 14
Joined: Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:55 pm

Re: Choosing a Fijian Resort - HELP!!

Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:20 pm

Thanks for all your replies girls I really appreciate all your input. I have booked our trip now and we are staying at the Warwick, mainly becaue its still very kid friendly but smaller than the Shangri la. If you know anything about the Warwick id love to hear it.
 
User avatar
SnappySarzie
I just love to talk
I just love to talk
Posts: 378
Joined: Thu Feb 17, 2011 4:18 pm

Re: Choosing a Fijian Resort - HELP!!

Fri Oct 07, 2011 12:52 pm

Hey the Warwick is great - especially if you have kids. We went there once a few years back and had a great time. Totally recommend getting the meal package too. We saw a few weddings there and they looked lovely. We were actually thinking of getting married at the Warwick but then heard about the Outrigger and thought it suited us a bit better.
 
User avatar
soni@
♥ Mrs Went ♥
♥ Mrs Went ♥
Posts: 1258
Joined: Wed Aug 11, 2010 12:44 pm

Re: Choosing a Fijian Resort - HELP!!

Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:01 pm

The Warwick is lovely..we stayed there for the first few nights of our honeymoon (but its definitely more suited to families)...the few weddings that took place there were beautiful..definitely agree with snappysarzie in getting the meal/drinks package..it works out so much cheaper!

The other thing to note is that its about 2 hours drive from Nadi airport with not much else around, so pack all the essentials, including some basic first-aid stuff.. they have a couple of convenience type stores in the main building but not much else!

PM me if you would like to see some photos of the rooms/resort areas :D
 
Dalliance
Member
Member
Topic Author
Posts: 14
Joined: Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:55 pm

Re: Choosing a Fijian Resort - HELP!!

Sat Oct 08, 2011 4:44 pm

Glad to hear u gals liked it!! When I booked I got the meals package - totally agree much better/cheaper option!!
At the moment Im trying to book a date for the wedding, we're travelling between the 26/3 - 1/4 but no one returns emails!! Im worried they wont have a date available. I know about fiji time but im still stressing!! I emailed about a week ago (and then again a few minutes ago) is that normal?
 
User avatar
SnappySarzie
I just love to talk
I just love to talk
Posts: 378
Joined: Thu Feb 17, 2011 4:18 pm

Re: Choosing a Fijian Resort - HELP!!

Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:45 am

It's probably just "Fiji time" - dealing with the resorts directly can be a bit painful, one of the reasons why I'm using Essence Tours to do all my arrangements. I guess just keep trying. They'll contact you eventually.
 
Dalliance
Member
Member
Topic Author
Posts: 14
Joined: Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:55 pm

Re: Choosing a Fijian Resort - HELP!!

Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:26 pm

They got back to me today... Thank Goodness... Booked in for the 28th March, lucky too cos it was the only date they had left on the week we're going!! Must be meant to be :)
 
User avatar
SnappySarzie
I just love to talk
I just love to talk
Posts: 378
Joined: Thu Feb 17, 2011 4:18 pm

Re: Choosing a Fijian Resort - HELP!!

Tue Oct 11, 2011 11:55 am

Yay that's good news! See - they just take forever to reply to emails. :D
 
User avatar
MalinViktoria
Tattooed Wife
Tattooed Wife
Posts: 2912
Joined: Mon May 03, 2010 7:35 pm

Re: Choosing a Fijian Resort - HELP!!

Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:55 am

Just letting you all know that there is a Groupon special for Mango Bay Resort at the moment, $350 for 5 nights or $500 for 7! It's a great deal as the beachfront bures are normally $270 per night!

http://www.groupon.com.au/deals/national-deal/-mango-bay-resort-/715872929?nlp=&CID=AU_CRM_1_0_0_286&a=715827934
GZIP: On | Load: 0.47