A Weekend Getaway at Intercontinental
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.