Visitors to Fiji will enjoy a state-of-the art new resort when Momi Bay Resort opens in early 2017. Fletcher Fiji is putting the finishing touches on the five-star Marriott-branded hotel, which once sat abandoned following the collapse of failed finance company Bridgecorp in 2007.
Fletcher was appointed by the client, Fiji National Provident Fund to undertake remediation works and complete the 250-room hotel on Fiji’s main island Viti Levu in late 2014. Situated between Fiji’s two most popular resort areas, Denarau and the Coral Coast, Momi Bay will offer luxury hotel style accommodation. The resort will include three restaurants, two swimming pools, fitness and recreation centres, gift shops, tennis courts and a spa with eight treatment rooms, 114 free-standing bures and 136 standard rooms. 22 of the bures are overwater ones – the first man made lagoon based resort in Fiji.
Fletcher Fiji Manager John Matthews said the team was well on track to complete the resort by November 2016, with the bulk of the structures and services work complete in the accommodation, restaurant and reception areas. The team’s current focus is flooding the lagoon which will be the cornerstone of the resort complex.
The Marriott, the resort operators during their latest visit in June, have praised the quality of workmanship the Fletcher team has been able to achieve on the project, saying that they believe Momi Bay will be their premier resort in the Asia Pacific region when it opens in early 2017.
The next step is the major commissioning and defects period, when the Marriott team will move into the resort for eight to ten weeks and train staff in all aspects of hotel operations in preparation for the first visitors just before Easter in 2017. The resort is expected to create over 500 local jobs when it opens.