Venue review: Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa, Yanuca

Chloe Noel De Kerbrech

The Nibbler was recently invited to check out the newly renovated conference and meeting facilities at the spectacular Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa, Yanuca, off the Coral Coast of Fiji.

Boasting the largest event spaces in the country, this combination of venues is second to none when it comes to MICE and destination conference options in the South Pacific.

With a dedicated conferencing facility that has recently been completely renovated, the Ratu Makutu Events Centre offers both indoor and outdoor solutions for small and large groups.

Featuring operable walls offering complete audio separation should you require multiple sessions to take place concurrently, the space is one that is both flexible and scalable depending on your clients’ needs.

The Davui hall and pavilion offer alternative solutions to the event centre for gala dinners, private meetings and breakout sessions.

Both are fully air conditioned, recently updated and accessible by foot from the accommodation blocks. Elegant furniture is provided in-house and theming options are also managed by Shangri-La’s many talented onsite event managers.

Accommodation options for groups is many and varied. With over 440 rooms, there are plenty of combinations on offer.

Featuring an adults-only wing with a private pool and bar and the more popular family offering on the lagoon, the property is able to cater to groups of all shapes and sizes.

The food and beverage options onsite are plentiful, and the resort’s executive chefs take great pride in catering to international guests’ tastes and cultural preferences.

With a demand for use of local produce and ensuring fresh food at all times, there is also a focus on health and wellbeing throughout the resort.

With a spa offering which specialises in deep tissue and traditional Fijian massage, luxurious facials and many more treatments, this is a (small) group experience not to be missed.

The health club and nine-hole golf course are both perched right on the water and, as such, your guests will never feel far from the sea.

The property also offers a number of options for sustainable group travel.

With CSR at the heart of much of its MICE planning, the resort has taken a number of measures to improve their green creds, including use of recycled paper straws, 70 per cent local produce for F&B/catering and customised group activities that give back to local villages and schools.

In terms of onsite dining for medium-sized groups, the options are plentiful and cater to all tastes. However, there are two standout restaurants that put some of Australia’s five-star institutions to shame.

Takali, the Shangri-La’s Asian-fusion dining destination, perched right on the sparkling lagoon with an exquisite open-plan design, is second to none in Fiji, while the Golden Cowrie Coastal Italian restaurant specialises in traditional Italian fare with an executive chef who prepares the pasta fresh onsite each day.

And for a local rum-based cocktail or gala dinner after-party, there’s no going past the Black Marlin bar, offering live music and a serious drinks menu seven nights a week.

Verdict: 10/10

For MICE agents looking for a destination that provides five-star luxury, an unmatched location and endless conference and dining options right in the heart of the Coral Coast, the Shangri-La, Fiji is the perfect solution.