Top picks for 2019 wedding venues
- Main image: Malamala Beach Club
Getting married, let alone overseas, can be a stressful occasion. When a couple decides that Fiji is the perfect wedding destination, the next big decision is to narrow down the selection of options and pick the right venue to suit their needs.
If you feel a bit overwhelmed at the choice available, you’re not alone. Many couples now seek assistance from a professional wedding planner or travel agent to help guide them in the right direction for their dream wedding.
Destination Wedding Planners like Anita from Wedding Travel assist couples from all over the world to plan their wedding day. Wedding Planners can help you plan and take care of everything: from the celebrant right down to honeymoon packages that you’ll love. With fantastic travel discounts and great advice on a variety of destinations, you can be assured of a stress-free Fiji wedding you will never forget.
Anita loves a deal and especially likes to find the best price for her customers. She guarantees to make every effort to search all the options to meet your budget requirements. With this in mind, she completed a recent trip to Fiji to visit 25 (!) properties to make sure she is armed with the latest information on the property, has personally seen places she is recommending, and staying up to date with all of their latest wedding offers.
After a very intensive week of travel, here are Anita’s top picks for 2019 Fiji wedding destinations:
What a beautiful property! From the moment you drive up the driveway you are transported into a property that screams of refinement. With a stunning oceanfront setting, Nanuku offers a relaxed environment and would be perfect for a small, intimate wedding – you could even have it in your own duplex bure with a personal full-size swimming pool. Sophisticated would be my word for this property – this relates to the food, the staff and the rooms themselves and a stay here would certainly not disappoint.
With completely customisable wedding packages, Nanuku is the perfect resort for those wanting something truly special.
This property really was the surprise of the trip. I had been to this property twice before and I’ll be honest and say it wasn’t previously a favourite. Roll on a couple of years and bit of refurbishment and what a change! Still quite a large property, the buggies to/from the rooms were a welcome addition. We stayed in the Island Villas which are at the far side of the property but can cater to larger families and have views out to the lagoon. There were 10 of these on their own private island and they share a pool and bbq area. Each Villa features 2 identical bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a living room with kitchenette and large outdoor covered area. This area would be perfect for a small wedding group.
Being on the same island as Plantation Island and Lomani Resort there are plenty of accommodation options for your wedding group also if you have a larger group.
Still a favourite this contemporary resort never fails to disappoint. A truly 5-star property on a beautifully manicured Natadola Beach. The rooms are exquisitely appointed and all have a Cleopatra bath for that true luxury treat. There are some larger rooms in the Club room area which has its own lounge, restaurant and pool. There are plenty of spaces throughout the property for a wedding setup from the beach to beach-side cabana restaurants to multi-purpose air-conditioned function rooms.
Intercontinental is right next to Yatule Resort. This is an added bonus as Yatule is a smaller, more moderate property and the two offered together offer a perfect combination for a wedding group.
This is a great little property for those that want an adult-only resort but really want to create some special memories. Tropica is a unique oasis that embraces romance and the honeymoon suite overlooking the beautiful white sandy beach is heaven. Nothing is too much trouble and the staff and are so welcoming you instantly feel relaxed and welcome from the moment you arrive. Weddings are tailor-made which makes for a perfect island buyout catering for up to approximately 60 people.
One of my favourite properties in the Denarau area the Hilton Fiji keeps getting better and better. With areas to cater to adults only and families this property really does cater to everyone. The café L’Epicier has always been a favourite and this time it didn’t disappoint but there are plenty of food & beverage outlets at the Hilton including an adults-only restaurant. The surrounding Denarau resort restaurants as well as the port make this a perfect destination for the foodie is all of us! The rooms are a very high standard with every room offering a private terrace or balcony with the suites offering larger space and luxury. The award-winning spa is an idyllic location to relax and there are no less than 7 swimming pools!
Photos courtesy of Nadi Bay Photography
This brand new 5-star property was lovely and obviously designed to embrace the tropical beauty of Fiji. The rooms were spacious and there are plenty of room categories so something to cater to every budget, including overwater villas and family suites. The food was exquisite and the beautiful azure water looked very inviting. A great alternative for those that don’t want to stay in the Denarau area but not far from the international airport. Weddings packages are available from small to very large.
Always a favourite! The rooms have been lovingly refurbished and are all beachfront. Catering to couples and families Treasure Island really does cater to everyone. The idyllic marine reserve is wonderful for snorkeling and the pool is a great alternative when the tide doesn’t allow for swimming. The chapel is still a lovely setting but there are plenty of places to marry and the sandbank is a special alternative for a proposal or wedding. The Teppanyaki restaurant is amazing and the Chef’s Table private dining room is a great addition to the property.
Suggestions for hen & stag dos or just a great day trip for the whole group:
A cool little day trip to the absolutely beautiful Mamanuca waters – trust me you don’t even need a snorkel to see fish in the water; it is that clear! This funky floating pavilion is great for a group or couple day out. With hip sounds playing, cocktails, pizzas and swimming/snorkelling this is the perfect setting for a relaxing day in Fiji. Transport from either Denarau or the Coral Coast allows for anyone to travel to Cloud 9 and is well worth a visit.
So you’re not staying at an island on your trip to Fiji? Malamala Beach Club is the next best thing! Located just a short 25-minute boat trip from Denarau this is the world’s first beach club located on its very own island. However, you can access Malamala from most parts of Fiji. A relaxed beach club environment that caters to adults and children alike, the facilities are amazing and if you don’t want to swim or snorkel in the stunning azure blue water of the South Pacific the infinity pool is an excellent alternative. There are large and small cabanas and my tip would be book these in advance for fear of missing out! The food is to die for and reasonably priced.
Malamala Beach Club is perfect for a wedding group buy-out!
If you want an adrenaline-filled tour that caters for everyone, not just the boys, then this is the activity for you. A quad bike tour with fantastic guides that combine the beautiful scenery of Fiji whilst having fun. Regular stops on the way in this 4-hour action-packed tour with a Kava ceremony at a remote village; very different from your hotel Kava-ceremony experience! Remember you will need a full driver’s licence and you will get dirty!
If you have a few spare hours before your flight home a visit to the Essence of Fiji Rejuvenation Centre is the perfect time to spend your time. Fiji’s only full-service transit lounge is world-class and has private day rooms, resting areas and a shop for those last-minute souvenirs. Relax with a final massage, catch up on your emails or have a coffee or smoothie in their café. All your therapeutic needs are catered for. The airport is 5 minute drive away and transfers to/from Nadi Airport are included in your entry fee. The movie room is the perfect place to sit and relax too.
If you are needing some assistance to plan your wedding and ensure that your trip, honeymoon or wedding is hassle free and nothing is left to chance, Anita is happy to provide recommendations and assistance.
She’ll take the time to talk through the options with you to make certain you get the best deal possible. For more information on the latest deals and offers, contact her here.