Mana Island Resort & Spa is located 32km West of Nadi. It is a private island in the Mamanuca group of islands. The island is one of the largest in the region, around 300 acres in total. The island is very easy to get to by boat (1.5 hours) by seaplane or helicopter (15 minutes) or by small light aircraft as there is a landing strip on the island.
Mana boasts having the very first island chapel with stunning views over the ocean. Weddings are very popular on Mana due to it’s size (160 bures and rooms in total) and with 6 different room categories there is something to suit all budgets. Mana also boasts three of the most amazing beaches to be found in Fiji with wedding options at North Beach, South Beach and Sunset Beach, creating some of the most elaborate or simple beach weddings depending on your taste and style.
WE CATCH UP WITH ALISON FROM MANA ISLAND TO LEARN WHAT MAKES MANA ISLAND RESORT A TOP FIJI WEDDING DESTINATION:
What are some of the things that make your resort unique?
The generous size of the island makes us unique, the resort will never feel overcrowded even if completely full, you will always be able to find your own space and tranquility if you seek it. The island offers lovely walks with lookout points for those special photos and views. You can also hire mountain bikes if walking is not your thing. There is a fabulous wine cellar on the island which not many other resorts have.
Who are your wedding co-ordinators and tell us a bit about them?
Our wedding coordinator is Nirtika. She is based in Nadi, close to our reservations department so can make sure the bookings all go smoothly. She has been in the game a long time now so has a very good understanding of how to manage a successful wedding on the island. She will take care of all the little details so the bride can relax knowing that she has the help of a very passionate coordinator with immaculate attention to detail.
Who are your preferred suppliers? We are happy to work with anyone
Do you have any key packages? What are they?
We have a very special wedding package which includes 4 nights’ accommodation for the Bride and Groom in a Delux Ocean View Bure, with wedding ceremony and wedding reception for 20 people for just over AU$4,000
Do you have any recommendations for pre-wedding activities that can be arranged?
We have some amazing fun activities for any bucks or hens nights pre wedding such as team raft building and sailing, Amazing Race around the island, or relax with spa treatments for the girls, there are 8 treatment rooms. The wine cellar can be booked out for a private dining or booking out the teppanyaki restaurant is a popular choice.
What are the choices for the ceremony? I.e. chapels, beachfront, intimate, grand?
You are spoilt for choice at Mana when it comes to wedding venues, choose either the chapel with outstanding views to the Pacific Ocean, or several beaches to choose from. If the weather turns nasty there are also several function rooms which can be transformed by our dedicated and talented team on the island.
Do you do honeymoon packages? What can make your honeymoon really special?
We have an excellent honeymoon package available. The price is very competitive at around AU$1,000 per person for 5 nights accommodation in the best available room at the time, candlelit dinner for 2, breakfast, use of private cabanas and spa treatments for 2. Rest assured you will be pampered and made to feel special!
Top 3 tips for planning your wedding in Fiji:
1. Keep calm, you are on Fiji time
2. Communication is vitally important. With the time difference and cultural difference, it can be frustrating at times. If you don’t feel you are getting the attention you deserve, speak to someone else in the company or go to the top!
3. Pre pay as much as you can so there are no nasty surprises at the end of your trip!