This property opened in April of 2017 and was on my radar for booking. Marriott doesn’t have a lot of tropical aspirational properties. Hilton and SPG have properties in French Polynesia and the Maldives while Marriott traditionally didn’t (until the SPG takeover). This property opened as a category 8 which cost 40 thousand Marriott points per night. It could of been worse as a category 9 like many prime New York City properties.
When booking with points I only had the option for the cheapest base room. This property has beach side rooms, ocean view rooms, and over water rooms. However, those weren’t available for redemption on points. Upon arrival we waited for check in, which took longer than expected. Over the course of the trip many people would say “Fiji time” for the slowness of any service. The staff were very friendly and accommodating though. Since we arrived at 7 AM the room wasn’t ready. We headed over to the breakfast buffet and the hotel manager presented us with keys to a standard room (which is what we booked) and said an upgraded room would be provided once ready. The manager went on to ask us if we minded switching rooms mid-stay. The caveat was that we can get the presidential suite for two nights but would need to move to another upgraded room. We jumped at the opportunity and agreed.
We were called a few hours later (on a Nokia candy bar phone provided) and told our room was ready. Much to our surprise we were given an over water room. Not just any over water room, but one of two royal suites I’ve come to learn that these rooms just offer a bigger bathroom.
The room had a large king bed.
A standalone bathtub.
And a dual rainfall shower room.
Where this particular room shines is the deck. As you exit the room you see Momi Bay.
The deck also includes your own private staircase to the water below.
There are a handful of these rooms and are all organized in the same area. The rooms do seem a bit close together. However, the two royal suites are at the end and offer a bit more space.
After two nights we then moved to another upgraded room. This one was facing the ocean on the backside of the resort and didn’t provide beach front access. However, these are some of the most private rooms as they are secluded. The room and bathroom were the same. The back deck had a stunning view and ample space.
The resort also boast three pools. A kids pool, and pool for families, and an adults only infinity pool. The infinity pool was overlooking the ocean and was stunning.
The resort grounds were also beautifully kept and was very scenic. I’ll let the below pictures speak for themselves.
While resorts don’t typically provide complimentary breakfast, this one did. We received a breakfast buffet for two every morning which was nice. Additionally, I received 20% off food and beverage items as a platinum member. This really helps as the hotel prices aren’t cheap and are your only options.
This is a new resort and is stunning. I’m glad Marriott has added this to the portfolio. I think the hotel staff are still adjusting to the environment. Hopefully the service gets better in time.