Bula Bula! Put your Masi’s (Traditional dress) on because we’re headed to the South Pacific sanctuary with palm-lined beaches and coral reefs with clear lagoons. Have you guessed where yet? Fiji! We spoke with the team from the world famous international luxury hotel brand, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts and learnt more about their venue in Natadola, Fiji and the wedding conference which they hosted with industry members from across the globe.
What makes InterContinental Fiji a unique venue in Natadola, Fiji?
Only 55-minutes from the airport, the multi-award-winning InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa offers a timeless sanctuary of soul-enriching luxury. Nestled amongst 35 acres of tropical gardens overlooking the white sands and azure waters of Natadola Beach, it is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
When holding your wedding at InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, you’ll not only have a spectacular backdrop for the big day but you’ll also get to enjoy the luxury facilities that the resort has to offer. The resort features 266 rooms and suites all furnished with a grand alfresco cleopatra bath, five restaurants and bars, three pools, kid’s club, gym, wedding chapel, state of the art conference facilities, an 18 hole Championship golf course and an award-winning day spa.
Couples can relax knowing that the InterContinental combines their vast global experience, with a wealth of local contacts and their famous Fijian hospitality, to ensure everything goes perfectly to plan on your special day.
Wedding packages at The InterContinental Fiji for Weddings
You can say “I do” in a range of postcard-perfect settings, from a glass-walled wedding pavilion with sweeping views of Natadola Bay, a perfectly manicured lawn with an equally stunning outlook, or on a white sandy beach as the sun sets over the Pacific.
The resort has just launched a collection of revamped wedding packages ranging from an intimate ceremony for two, to a celebration with hundreds of guests. Couples can choose from one of their expertly curated wedding packages or can talk with their wedding specialist about a bespoke package tailored to suit their unique requirements.
You can access more information on the wedding packages and experiences here.
When is the best time to get Wedded at The InterContinental Fiji?
Tropical Fiji enjoys balmy weather all year round, offering the perfect destination for a Fijian wedding experience at any time of year. That said, their most popular months for weddings tend to be during April and July to October. This is due to a combination of school holiday periods and Fiji’s peak periods between June to August when it is considered the dryer season. Looking to save? The resort offers discounted rates for couples looking to book outside of peak periods including dates from November to March each year.
How many people can you host at a Wedding at The InterContinental Fiji?
The number of guests that couples can host at their wedding starts from an intimate wedding experience for two with their Vau Vata Wedding package and extends up to a maximum of 400 guests with a bespoke experience. The resort ensures to only host one wedding on any given day, so the team is truly dedicated to the couple and their guests on their special day.
The InterContinental Fiji Wedding Show
The resort recently hosted a wedding show and famil, the team told us that “this was a great opportunity to showcase our unique resort and work with our local vendors and partners to highlight why Fiji is the ideal destination for weddings. Coming out of COVID, we found it even more important to be able to connect our wedding planners from around the World, with our own team and Fijian vendors that we use to bring wedding dreams to life. The event included two days of personalised wedding setups, curated dining experiences and face-to-face meetings with our key vendors and partners”.
They hosted a number of wedding planners from Australia, New Zealand and North America offering them the chance to experience all the elements of a wedding in Fiji and meet with local vendors and partners. They highlighted all the possible wedding locations at the resort from the beautiful 360-degree glass wedding pavilion overlooking Natadola Bay, the white sands of Kama beachfront, and the private manicured lawns of Navo Restaurant overlooking the ocean and Navo Island.
“Nothing says ‘destination wedding’ quite like exchanging vows against the backdrop of the azure South Pacific stretching out to the horizon, framed by palm trees and a pristine sandy beach”.
Which vendors were represented at the event and were they Fiji-based?
We wanted to bring together all the elements required to create a seamless destination wedding. The Fiji-based vendors ranged from wedding and event theming, photography, hair and makeup, group tours, sustainable and luxury gift supplies and more.
Destination wedding landscape in Fiji
“Since reopening to international visitors in December 2021, we have experienced great demand from travellers wanting to visit Fiji. In September 2022 alone, over 78,000 international travellers visited our nation which is positive to see after the international borders were closed for so long. As we are positioned only a short flight from Australia and New Zealand, it’s no surprise that Aussie’s accounted for 53% and Kiwis 28% of the international visitor numbers in September 2022.
With the amazing marketing and promotional work done by partners such as Fiji Airways and Tourism Fiji to promote our destination for all forms of celebrations, we are optimistic that 2023 will see an uplift in our short haul destinations inclusive of Australia, and New Zealand. Fiji is a close and safe destination for our Australasian market and the Fiji Government has relaxed restrictions for all visitors to Fiji to enter our country”.
Some of the wedding planners and attendees included:
DK Weddings and Events
Travel Managers Wedding Travel
Bon Voyage Travel
Run Away with Me
H&L Lovely Creations
Master Plans Events and Designs
Wedding Business Educator & Planner
List of Vendors and Partners at the Wedding Show:
InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa
Grand Pacific Hotel
Sigatoka River Safari
The Wedding & Events Atelier Fiji
Hot Glass Fiji
Wedding Hair/Makeup Perfectionist Fiji
Lodo Hair & Makeup Services
Questions answered by Lachlan Walker, Area General – South Pacific, InterContinental Hotels Group.