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An un­ex­pected is­land hide­away only a stone’s throw from our shores, the new Mar­riott Re­sort Momi Bay (mar­ can be found just a 45-minute drive from Fiji’s Nadi Air­port. Opened a year ago, the re­sort is the only one on Viti Levu, the coun­try’s largest is­land, with Fo­moin­duc­ing over­wa­ter bun­ga­lows. It’s like you’re across the In­dian Ocean in the Mal­dives, but with­out the jet lag (it’s only a four-hour flight from Syd­ney).

Three large swim­ming pools dot the pic­turesque re­sort, in­clud­ing an adults-only in­fin­ity pool and spa at Fish Bar, as well as a main pool and piscine for the kids. You’re spoilt for choice with the din­ing scene, too. Lo­cal culi­nary of­fer­ings such as Kokoda (a tra­di­tional seafood dish), kava tast­ing and plenty of pa­paya are pop­u­lar here, while co­conut rum comes in spades at the Mar­riott‘s Goji Kitchen & Bar, where buf­fet-style Asian-fu­sion fare is served up for lunch and din­ner, and an in­ter­na­tional buf­fet break­fast will keep you go­ing all morn­ing. Head to the re­sort’s in-house bak­ery, Fiji Bak­ing Com­pany, for barista-style cof­fee if you’re one for flat-white with­drawals.

Of the 250 rooms, there are 114 bure vil­las (22 are over wa­ter) and 136 deluxe rooms. A gen­er­ously sized bath and bed take cen­trestage in a du­plex bure, where a desk and speedy wi-fi are there if work beck­ons (al­though we know you’ll ac­tu­ally just use it to scroll through your so­cial feeds in the tub). You’ll also score a pri­vate deck with a comfy out­door lounge that has di­rect ac­cess to the la­goon, and a rain show­er­head in the bath­room that’s (al­most) as re­lax­ing as a mas­sage or fa­cial at the re­sort’s Quan Spa.

If you can bear to leave your room, fully im­merse your­self in is­land life by tak­ing in the breath­tak­ing scenery on a he­li­copter ride. You’ll get a bird’s-eye view of the is­lands where The Bach­e­lorette US (Vomo), Sur­vivor (Mana Is­land) and Cast­away (Akuila Tavi) were filmed. The highly ’grammable bright-blue land­scape takes the sen­ti­ment “scenic route” to a whole new level.

ZEN ES­CAPE: Whether you opt for an over­wa­ter (top) or ocean­front bure (left), you’ll be in par­adise

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