Fiji Essay

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Fiji is a South Pacific island nation with over 350 islands and islets, approximately 100 of which are inhabited. Fiji has been in the tourism business for decades and the Nadi and Denarau island-hopping-escape itinerary has proven to be a winning formula. Those that arrive with notions of cocktails on alabaster beaches are seldom disappointed. The underwater scenery is spectacular and some of the finest, and most accessible, dives in the Pacific can be found here. Its reputation as the 'soft coral capital of the world' is well justified and with the opening of the country's first overwater bungalow resort on Malolo, Fiji remains flushed with sunburnt tourists despite the 2006 coup. The Marriott resort portfolio in Asia-Pacific currently consists of 11 resorts. They include: the 1,304-room Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort, the 387-room JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko-Olina, the 346-room Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club, the 391-room Maui Marriott Resort & Beach Club, the 783-room Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki Resort, the 345-room Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort, the 545-room Waikoloa Marriott Resort, and the 542-room Wailea Marriott Resort in Hawaii; the 436-room Guam Marriott Resort; the 265-room JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa in Thailand; and the 330-room Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort in Australia. Marriott International opened a new 250-room property on the popular destination resort island of Fiji in 2005 under an agreement reached with Unitava Limited. This is Marriott's first branded property at the destination and 11th resort in its Asia-Pacific lodging portfolio. The Fiji Marriott Resort locates on Momi Bay, approximately a 45-minute drive from Nadi International Airport. In addition to the hotel, the resort property also includes an 80-berth marina, a Town Center providing retail facilities and an 18-hole golf course designed by Thompson

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