We´re going to Nadi/ Fidschi and spend 7 nights in the Resort ! Does anxyone have good tips and Insider Infos for us?
Thx a lot
kinseattleMay 21, 2017 11:40 PMjust returned from Marriott Momi Bay. LP status acknowledged and we were upgraded to an Oceanside deluxe burre at the end of a private stretch of the isthmus (2001). With early check-in and late check-out, we had time to enjoy our good fortune. Arose early, made coffe and sat outside in my PJs enjoying the sunrise and early birds. The resort is split between the family side (with a large fun pool, swim up bar and casual restaurant) and the adult side with a stunning infinity pool, hot tub and a gorgeous seafood restaurant overlooking the ocean. The over the water burres jut into the lagoon separating the two sides. The resort is huge requiring either calling for a golf cart ride or a long walk to reach pool or food. We walked and enjoyed the lovely gardens flanking the pathways. To call the main restaurant a 'buffet' is bit like calling a lobster a shrimp. Different sections offer up dishes, often cooked on the spot, from around the world. Where the food is offered on a platter, the quantities are small and replaced often. It is akin to being invited into a half dozen small kitchens and given leave to taste whatever catches your fancy. The seafood restaurant couldn't decide decide if they had room for us. We were first told no. On our way to the other two restaurants, we were told we could eat at the bar. A few minutes later, a table was available, but only for 1 1/2 hours. Our service was leisurely and even though we only ordered small plates, two hours later we realized we had overstayed. There were still empty tables scattered around. Given the lovely service we received we concluded the staff keeps the number of tables low to give each of them unhurried attention. It was magical. Oh, and the food was too - crunchy fresh lettuce in the salad, perfectly cooked scallops and hot crispy fried soft crab.
There is a beach inside the lagoon. The lagoon burres open onto the beach. On the Ocean side is a impassable rock bulkhead. Next to the infinity pool is a dive shop where it appeared one could enter the ocean to snorkel and we did see several snorkelers making their way past our burre. We didn't explore the other side of the property so perhaps there is a beach there.
I just got back from there a couple months ago as well...
I too was upgraded to an Deluxe Oceanfront Royal Burre. Platinum status. It was a redemption stay as well. We were able to check in early as our flight arrived at 6:00 a.m. We were also given an extra breakfast since we basically had an extra day there arriving so early.
Amazing Suite, huge. There was a second burre attached to the main one solely for the bathroom. A very long walk back to the main facilities. You can call for a buggy ride (golf cart). We used this frequently, but also enjoyed the walk, the landscaping is amazing.
There are three restaurants, in my opinion not enough for a resort of this size. 2 restaurants, 1 buffet, and also a bar that has basically room service food brought in. It was never crowded but we got sick of the lack of options. Room service is available as well, but don't expect that service to be too responsive. They were slow. A couple times we asked for ice to be brought to our room and it never came. That problem should be solved now as they were installing remotely located ice machines around the resort while we were there. The complimentary breakfast was amazing. At the buffet restaurant
Not the best beach options, the main beach is in the lagoon. There is a beach on the ocean in one area, but no way to access it unless you are in one of the burres positioned on it. Great pools. Infinity edge on the point by the seafood restaurant, one with a swim up bar, and one for kids. There is an activity hut were you can rent SUP, jetskis, etc. There is a small, but nice gym.
If you have any specific questions, let me know. Will you have a car? We did not leave the resort but it would be nice to for a stay that long.
Hi caohnso50 !
Thanks for your reply ! I´m Platin too , so I hope we´ll be upgraded !Very helpful info ! You go by taxi to the hotel or rent you a car ?? How expensive is a taxi and how Long does it take??
I booked a private transfer. The hotel concierge set it up and paid for it. Then it was added to room bill. It ended up converting to $30 each way. Very reasonable, a newer SUV, private, just me and my wife. It took about an hour for the drive.
Tip: There is a currency exchange near the baggage claim that has an ATM. I withdrew local currency so I had tip money on the trip. Hardly used cash otherwise. Actually I don't think they took cash except in some of the shops.
This is just general advice for Fiji, not specific to Marriott, but the islands are way more beautiful than the “mainland.” If you have time, be sure to take a day trip at least and see some other islands! We stayed in Denarau (hotel stay was free with our plane tickets to NZ) but did a full day trip to Mana Island, and it was awesome.
I agree with the previous comment. To go to Fiji and stay on the mainland is an example of "so close, yet so far away". The mainland resorts may be nice, but the "real" Fiji everyone falls in love with is on the zillions of islands. I don't think it's worth the flight to stay on the mainland.
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