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Resort opens $3m spa and chapel

ASHWINI PRASAD
Sunday, May 06, 2007

Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji officially opened its $3million Bebe Spa and Bure ni Loloma Wedding Chapel yesterday afternoon.

Resort general manager Darren Shaw said the Bure ni Loloma wedding chapel was designed for up to 35 people in surroundings that "has to be one of the most beautiful sites for a wedding anywhere".

Mr Shaw said the idea for the project was initiated five years ago.

He said the project started in 2006.

"The Bebe Spa provides Outrigger guests 25 different spa treatments to choose from, plus numerous beauty treatments," Mr Shaw said.

He said beauty experts had endorsed Pure Fiji as a manufacturer of the very best in beauty treatment products.

Located on a hill above the resort, with panoramic views of ocean and mountains, the spa will offer seven treatment rooms, a health bar, dedicated beauty centre and wedding chapel.

Mr Shaw said the political situation in the country did not hinder development of the spa.

But, he said, with the low occupancy rates experienced by all resorts in the country, it would be a slow start for the spa.

Mr Shaw said they were confident the tourism industry would return to normal in the not too distant future.

Outrigger Enterprises board chairman, Doctor Richard Kelley, opened the Bebe Spa and Bure ni Loloma Wedding chapel.

Dr Kelley said Fiji's tourism industry was one of the best and it was one of the reasons why the resort made the investment to build a spa.

He said the industry was going through tough times but the resort had confidence.

Outrigger is Hawaii's largest and most diverse hotel company, with operations in 60-owned or managed hotels and condo-hotels.

That includes 33 outlets in Hawaii, 11 in the Pacific and Oceania, all of which operate under the Outrigger or OHANA flags.