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Resort to refurbish

Shayal Devi
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

AS a result of rising demands from visitors, Plantation Island Resort will be looking to refurbish its sister property.

Group sales and marketing manager Ragigia Dawai said the company planned to begin renovations on its exclusive adults-only property, Lomani, by next year.

"We had 26 rooms reduced now to 24," she said.

"We will be converting those two rooms into a fully-fledged gym, a boutique and spa. We also want to offer new two-bedroom garden territories."

She said as a resort, they had to cater for a large number of visitors.

The resort suffered during the last year's cyclone but Ms Dawai said the year ended well.

"It has been good, the first quarter of the year is always the downfall for tourism and the cyclone affected our visitor arrivals.

"This really affected travel as people tended to choose other destinations for their holidays.

"The US dollar has been down but the New Zealand dollar has been good for us."

Another key attraction for the resort is the wedding market.

"We want to have more weddings and honeymoons in the islands and our promotional 100 free weddings have been going great."

So far, 68 weddings were booked for 2014.

The free 100 weddings promotion is new for 2014 and with the purchase of a minimum of three night's accommodation at Plantation Island Resort, a free wedding ceremony will be conducted.

This includes venue set-up and decoration, onside wedding venue licence processing and administration fees, minister or celebrant to perform the ceremony, simple bridal bouquet and groom buttonhole, Fijian warriors to escort the bride and a bottle of sparkling wine for toasts.