Cast­away Is­land Fiji Re­sort to mark 50th year of tourism ex­cel­lence

Fiji Sun - - Business -

Fifty years ago, a small Fi­jian is­land named Qual­ito echoed to the sound of bush knives as work­ers cleared scrub and be­gan build­ing bu­res. To­day the is­land, one of the most beau­ti­ful in the Ma­manu­cas re­gion and fa­mous for its pris­tine north and south fac­ing beaches, is the in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed Cast­away Is­land, Fiji Re­sort. One of the jewels in the crown of Outrig­ger En­ter­prises Group, Cast­away will be cel­e­brat­ing through­out the month of Novem­ber to mark a half cen­tury of de­liv­er­ing an au­then­tic Fi­jian hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ence.

There will be cel­e­bra­tory cock­tails and cul­tural events, plus all guests will re­ceive a com­mem­o­ra­tive Cast­away sarong or sulu and be in­vited to take part in the many fes­tiv­i­ties planned dur­ing the month. This is in ad­di­tion to the new­ly­launched Outrig­ger Sig­na­ture Experiences, pro­vid­ing all guests with a trea­sure trove of in­cluded ameni­ties and au­then­tic cul­tural pro­grammes to fully savour the is­land’s unique sense of place.

To fur­ther cel­e­brate their be­gin­nings from 1966, guests can take ad­van­tage of cut-price re­sort ac­tiv­i­ties. This in­cludes a re­lax­ing 30-minute mas­sage, 30 min­utes of wa­ter ski­ing, a banana-boat ride for a min­i­mum of two peo­ple, a guided night snorkel or guided outer-reef snorkel which can be pur­chased for $19.66 each as a book­let of five. The ac­tiv­ity pack is nor­mally val­ued at over $350. For five decades, Cast­away has wel­comed guests to its white sand beaches and turquoise waters, of­fer­ing an in­tox­i­cat­ing blend of South Pa­cific tran­quil­lity and im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice and cui­sine. It has sur­vived storms and cy­clones, emerg­ing bat­tered but with the spirit of its hosts un­bro­ken, by the fe­roc­ity of Cy­clone Win­ston ear­lier this year. Less than four months af­ter en­dur­ing the wrath one of the most de­struc­tive cy­clones ever ex­pe­ri­enced in Fiji, the small slice of par­adise that is Cast­away Is­land was once more wel­com­ing guests.

Its his­tory

The re­sort’s his­tory can be traced through its hosts, some of whom have been work­ing on the is­land for more than 30 years.

In 1992, the re­sort was en­er­gised by the ar­rival of a new owner, Ge­of­frey Shaw, who had been in­volved in Fi­jian tourism since 1970. It was his vi­sion for Cast­away Is­land that made it syn­ony­mous with ‘bare­foot’ lux­ury hos­pi­tal­ity, a vi­sion that has re­alised a re­turnee guest rate of 40 per cent. Re­sort gen­eral man­ager, Steven An­drews, said he and his team were very ex­cited about plans for the Novem­ber cel­e­bra­tions. “We have sev­eral staff who have lived on the is­land for over 30 years. Cast­away Is­land is their home and our guests are their fam­ily,” he said. “As we ap­proach our birth­day, we re­main ded­i­cated to cre­at­ing last­ing hol­i­day mem­o­ries for our guests and a tran­quil home for our hosts for an­other 50 years.”

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