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Family And Community Focus At Outrigger On The Lagoon In Fiji

March 28, 2015 Destination Feature, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59“I won’t be able to farewell you tomorrow,” the resort manager at the Outrigger Hotel and Spa tells me. “I am doing the eulogy at a funeral.” Mine was the usual response: “I am sorry to hear that.”

“Yes it was tragic,” he continues. “One of our young female Fijian staffers passed away from cancer.” It was a sombre conclusion to my stay at the resort but it certainly confirmed the theme of the property as a true family and community minded operation of 650 staff in high season.

Situated in 16 hectares of manicured gardens on the beautiful coral coast near Sigatoka about an hours drive from Nadi airport, the property has 47 authentic Fijian bures or you can stay in one of the 207 traditional hotel rooms and suites which all have views of the lagoon. It is elegant, luxurious and has every amenity a discerning guest could wish for in a five-star resort including five specific adult only zones, but…it is still family.

Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji

The night before we dined at the award winning Ivi fine dining restaurant (Fiji’s best). The staff regaled guests with birthdays and anniversaries with not only cake and sparklers but also renditions of appropriate celebration songs.

I met up with resort manager Russell Blaik, who has worked at the property for four years and hails from the Gold Coast, and Tina and Steve from Melbourne who were celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary.  Tina’s mum kindly volunteered to sit the children while Tina and Steve enjoyed a much-earned romantic night of wining and dining.

It turned into a late night as we joined the band in the Vakavanua Lounge and did some non-award winning renditions of popular songs from the 60’s through to today.  After all, the Outrigger is a family resort.  To further support its family theme, there is a commitment to local community development where guests can join the Outrigger’s engineering team helping the Conua School in the Sigatoka valley. There is a small cost but what a wonderful innovation for guests to assist in a great community project. There is also a Sigatoka Hospitals Accident and Emergency Appeal which posts a FJ $10 donation, which can be paid on check out.

How’s this for a Thursday line up of activities:  6.30am power walk (didn’t make it unfortunately) kayaking, snorkelling, school projects, T-shirt printing, golf tournament, pool volleyball, and footy passing competition.   And that’s only up to midday.

Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji

Following a day of activities of your choice, you deserve a cart ride to the Bebe Spa Sanctuary located on the highest point of the resort next to the Kalokalo Bar. Both venues enjoy commanding views over the lagoon.

The one-hour Balinese relaxing massage (Yes, I do know I am in Fiji) was just that. The spa facilities are outstanding. Adding to an impressive list of awards won late last year, Bebe Spa Sanctuary won the ASAP award for Best Therapist and the Pevonia Award for Best International Spa for the Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific region.

Facilities include five bars and restaurants, swimming lagoon, activities centre, kids club, gift shop, fitness centre, flood lit tennis courts, private beach, golf training and 30 minutes daily of free wifi.

Verdict: Elegant, relaxing with something for all ages. #

Outrigger on the Lagoon – Fiji www.outriggerfiji.com

Bebe Spa Sanctuary   www.bebespafiji.com

Written by John Savage, who was a guest of Outrigger on the Lagoon

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