When you’ve prebooked 3 weeks annual leave and have a fiancé whose annual leave gets declined for the first 2, you really have no other choice but to go to a tropical island for a few days in protest. I’ve wanted to go back to Fiji since I first visited in 2013, and when I heard they had a new Marriott resort that looked ridiculously unreal I wanted to go even more. Luckily I don’t mind a good solo adventure so I packed my bags, and off I went to do Fiji in 72 hrs.
Surprisingly I learnt a lot about myself in the short 3 days that I was there. I’ve previously written about holiday planning guilt where I talked about how I’ve been planning holidays based around what I think other people will like even though it’s ME who is going on holiday so I thought I really had this one covered. I’d been feeling a little stressy leading up to my time off that I was so excited to go to a place where I could just sit and do what I would consider relaxing activities. I was so prepared, I had purchased the sexiest looking Bure at the hotel and made sure it had room service, I had my laptop for movies and blogging; my iPad for more movies, iBooks and game apps for the plane; my phone for every little bit of social media and a collection of podcasts; my camera for snapping pictures of paradise; and physical books that I had saved for this very occasion.
So what did I learn? I can’t force myself to relax in only 3 days. Even with all of that exciting stuff planned it still took me 2 days just to unwind. All of a sudden I didn’t feel like reading those books or blogging or watching movies. Who knows what I did feel like, but it certainly wasn’t any of that. As you’ll see from the video I made (because what else do you do when you’re bored but take video clips and use your grade 11 video production skills to make a You Tube video like the cool kids) that I did end up doing some of my planned activities, but lesson for next time, relaxing 3 day holidays do not work for me. Action packed 3 days yes, relaxing no.
But enough about me and my ‘I got bored on a tropical holiday that some people would kill for, woe is me, wah, wah, wah’ mentality.
Lets talk about Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay the newest resort in Fiji.
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It’s beautiful!!!! It’s halfway between the Coral Coast and Denarau in a place called Momi Bay which is quite handy because you get that Coral Coast feel but you don’t have to drive 2 hours to get there.
Practical Fun Fact: I bought a shared hotel transfer from the airport to the hotel and return. Normally if you were staying at the Coral Coast, or even Denarau you would stop so many times along the way to drop people at their resorts, but Marriott Momi Bay doesn’t have any other hotels around it so even if you’ve got other families booked on the same shuttle (which I didn’t) they’ll be staying at your hotel. So what I’m trying to say is don’t pay the money for the private transfer, just get the shuttle and it’ll basically work out the same.
There are different room types you can pick from which start from the standard hotel room all the way up to over water bungalows, but to be honest, if you’re going to stay there you want to at least stay in a Bure. The hotel rooms look lovely but I promise you’ll get Bure envy. I stayed in the Duplex Lagoon Front Bure and it was better than anywhere I have ever stayed before.
The resort is actually quite spread out but I was lucky enough to have a Bure only a few minutes walk from Goji’s (the amazing breakfast buffet with french toast and waffles). For those that aren’t as keen they do have golf buggies that can pick you up and drop you places though. The hotel has everything you would expect from a 5 star resort. There are numerous restaurants, a swim up bar, an adults only infinity pool (go there for sunset, it is amazeballs!!) a kids club, a 24 hour fitness centre (which I swore I was going to use but never did) and a selection of shops.
One thing about the resort, and it’s the same with all of the resorts that aren’t near Denarau, you’re too far away to go to the supermarket for reasonably priced snacks. The hotel has a shopping day trip a couple of times a week at $20FJD per person which is cheap as chips compared to the $70FJD taxi ride it takes you otherwise, but other than that you’re limited to what the hotel has to offer. My advise is to take snacks with you. Obviously you need to be careful with customs and immigration, but I took some chocolate (not enough chocolate) and some chips.
Overall the resort is great for families and couples, and I guess we could say it’s good for solo travellers even though it was totally awkward when I rocked up for breakfast and they kept asking me if I was by myself. It’s a nice place to lock yourself away for a little while though.
Has anyone else been to Momi Bay yet? I’d love to hear what you thought.
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