A Week­end Get­away at In­tercon­ti­nen­tal

mailife - - Contents - By JONE KALOUNIVITI pho­tos by FEROZ KHALIL

Two ques­tions! One - what if some­one said that you should could take your part­ner or, spouse oandr if ap­pli­ca­ble, your kids for a pri­vate week­end get­away, as a treat, or just to spoil your­selves, at a five-star in­ter­na­tion­ally rated re­sort? And two - what is the first thought that comes to mind when some­one men­tions the In­tercon­ti­nen­tal Re­sort on the Coral Coast? Well for most, the words five-star would be an in­stant stop­per be­cause it would au­to­mat­i­cally spell ‘ex­pen­sive’. How­ever this fes­tive sea­son the In­tercon­ti­nen­tal Fiji Golf Re­sort and& Spa is look­ing to tap into the lo­cal travel mar­ket sec­tor. It’s This has been an over­looked sec­tor in the ho­tel in­dus­try, due to be­cause of the be­lief ide­ol­ogy that lo­cals, even those with dis­pos­able in­comes, will not lav­ishly spend money on them­selves. For ex­am­ple, an av­er­age itaukei fam­ily will spend $10,000 on a fu­neral but will flinch at part­ing with $1,000 to treat their fam­ily at a re­sort. Last month maiL­ife hon­oured an in­vi­ta­tion sent out to lo­cal me­dia took a trip to the stun­ning pic­turesque Nata­dola Beach to find out whether lo­cals could re­ally can get away for a the week­end at the In­tercon­ti­nen­tal at an af­ford­able rate. We meet up with the colour­ful and hand­some Hud­son Mitchell – the di­rec­tor of Mar­ket­ing, Leisure and Sales for In­tercon­ti­nen­tal Re­sort, who comes with more than over 15 – years ex­pe­ri­ence in the trade. “I al­ways think I was born for this,’’ says the Savusavu na­tive. “When ev­ery­one in the fam­ily as­pired to be ei­ther a lawyer or doc­tor I chose this pro­fes­sion, per­haps mostly maybe be­cause I am a pa­triot and love to show the world what my coun­try has to of­fer.” Mitchell Hud­son is cur­rently in on to his sec­ond year at Nata­dola. “I would like to state first and fore­most that what we of­fer here is ser­vice like no other and sec­ond is the food ex­pe­ri­ence. “It is good value for your money – I think that lo­cals have to get out of the mind­set that to be in a place such as this is only for tourists. In­tercon­ti­nen­tal uses the best of Fi­jian grown pro­duce from the salad bowl of Si­ga­toka and the farms of Ba and Nadi “Some of our cui­sine was in­vented right here in our kitchens and some has won in­ter­na­tional awards. To be here is to

The re­sort is set up in a man­ner which will ap­peal to all, from the in­di­vid­ual wish­ing to just kick back and re­lax, the trav­el­ling busi­ness­man, the pri­vate cou­ple, fam­ily group or friends on a week­end get­away to the avid golfer.

can’t re­lax in style, so bring your wife or girl­friend and treat her to our spa and beauty treat­ment baths. “Let your kids run around on the sand, en­joy the food and just kick back, there is so much to take in here and we al­ways make sure that your stay is worth ev­ery bit of your in­vest­ment.” This Oc­to­ber for the third year the re­sort plays host part­ner for the Fiji In­ter­na­tional Golf tour­na­ment, which is co­sanc­tioned by the PGA of Aus­tralia and Euro­pean Tour. Could be a good time for us lo­cals to rub el­bows with the golf­ing great and other in­ter­na­tional trav­ellers.

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