Hospitality veteran, Shashita D. Nand was named director of sales and marketing for Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji, according to resort General Manager Karen Taylor who announced the new appointment this month. “Ms. Nand has impressive credentials, and is a valuable asset to our senior management team. Her extensive background, knowledge of Fiji as a destination, coupled with her sales and marketing experience, strong profile and her impressive global contact base makes her an ideal candidate for the role and provides us with an excellent fit,” says Taylor. For more than 20 years, Ms. Nand has represented prestigious hotels and resorts in Fiji, Australia, Tahiti and Thailand. In her new position, she takes immediate responsibility for all aspects of the luxury all-pool residence boutique resort’s marketing and sales strategy.
A Fijian national, Ms. Nand will be based in Australia, and will be working with Australian-based World Resorts of Distinction and California-based Auberge Resorts Collection to build the Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji brand internationally. Prior to her appointment, Shashita built her reputation as Director of Sales & Marketing working with several international hotel chains in Australia, Fiji and Thailand. She was Director of Sales for Avista Hotels & Resorts in Thailand where she oversaw Australia, New Zealand and the Canadian market.
Her experience includes working as a director with Pivotal Marketing Services where she represented the iconic Treasure Island Fiji. Other key Fiji resorts where she was served as both Director of Sales and Marketing include Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island, Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay, and
Vomo Island Resort.
Ms. Nand’s accolades include the Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific “Director of Sales & Marketing of the Year” award presented in 2011 in recognition of her efforts while DOMS at the Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island.The accomplished industry leader is a graduate of the University of the South Pacific where she holds a diploma in Tourism Studies. She also holds accounting credentials from Petersham TAFE in Sydney, Australia. In her leisure time, she enjoys reading, gardening and music.
About Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji:
A 2015 recipient of the TripAdvisor, “Certificate of Excellence,” Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji is the first boutique luxury, all pool villa “island experience” on the main land of Viti Levu that offers safari adventure and culture. It is a sanctuary for relaxation and discovery set on two of the island’s best beaches in the Pacific Harbour region.
The luxury resort offers 18 Fijian-style suite and villa accommodations furnished with relaxed contemporary and Fijian décor and featuring expansive decks, private plunge pools and ocean views.
With their own Villa Mama and Villa Buddy, and carer support (for those with special needs) offered daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., guests receive continuous personal care and pampering. There is time out and space for young and old, including a daily dedicated nanny per child for children 5 years and younger.
Nanuku’s Guest Club House is the private hub for resort guests. It boasts beautifully landscaped gardens and sea views across the infinity pool to Beqa Island where the daily Bili Bili torch lighting ritual at sunset signals the end to another glorious day as seen through a colonnade of handcrafted Fijian decorated posts. The chic Lomana Spa and Wellness Centre includes a fitness center (with personal trainer on standby), a hair salon, and gym with personal fitness instructor. The Lailai Children’s Club offers an Adventure Playground where guests of all ages may learn skills from local artisans in the Cakava Creative Workshop, from grass skirt weaving to tapa printing. Guests can also visit the resort library and boutique that features some of the best authentic local crafts for sale. With multiple dining experiences, the three-course menu choices that showcase the best of local Fiji produce is all inclusive and specially prepared under the guidance of Michelin-Star Chef Jacques Reymond. The Sunset Deck is located poolside, and the Wai Pool Bar serves tropical drinks including the resort’s legendary Nanuku Caprioskas, infused with local ingredients. The Kanavata Restaurant and Lounge Bar looks out across an infinity pool to an azure lagoon framed by coconut palms.
Pacific Harbour is known as the Adventure Capital of Fiji, where world-class shark diving, surfing and fishing are just a few feet from the villas’ doorsteps. Guests of Nanuku are privy to a host of activities from stand-up river rafting to hiking through the rainforest. One of the many adventures available at Nanuku is a waterfall hike, where guests may experience Fiji’s lush interior with a medicine man, who points out various local plants and traditional food-gathering techniques. The region is also known as the “food bowl” of Fiji and is the source of local food supplied to resort throughout Fiji with food safaris, a feature of the activities offered to guests as part of their daily activity program. Nanuku offers its own private airstrip and is a 20-minute scenic flight from Nadi Airport. Local flights are $290 FJD per person one way. Upon landing, guests are transferred by private car to the resort a few minutes away.
Rates at Nanuku begin at $756 and include all meals, villa mama and nanny service, golf buggy, WiFi, non-motorized water sports, daily-hosted drinks and canapés and more. For more information, visit http://nanuku.aubergeresorts.com or call +679 345 2100.