DENARAU ISLAND, FIJI (Tuesday, October 22, 2013) – Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific, part of Wyndham Worldwide, has celebrated the highly anticipated completion of the Phase III development and expansion of Wyndham Resort Denarau Island. The project marks one of the largest tourism developments undertaken in Fiji in recent years.
The celebrations, held last night, were officiated by the Prime Minister of Fiji, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama. Also in attendance were Fiji’s Attorney General Mr Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Tui Nadi Ratu Sailosi Raimoqedawai , representatives of the Landowning Community, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wyndham Vacation Ownership Mr Franz Hanning, Chief Operations Officer of Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Geoff Richards and Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Mr Barry Robinson.
The occasion was celebrated with a night of festivities at the resort including a spectacular fireworks display. To mark the occasion, a commemorative plaque in the design of a traditional Fijian carved wooden mask and clubs was unveiled by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama. The plaque will be displayed in the resort’s newly renovated reception building.
Hosted around the newly refurbished main pool, the event was attended by more than 600 people, including WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham owners, resort guests and dignitaries from the Fijian community, and included speeches by the Prime Minister, Franz Hanning and Barry Robinson.
In addressing the audience, Prime Minister Bainimarama made special mention of Wyndham’s significant contribution to the Nadi community and Fijian economy since the resort was first developed in 2000.
“Today marks a landmark event for Fiji’s tourism industry,” said Prime Minister Bainimarama. “In 2000, Wyndham created one of the world’s premier resort destinations. Today, with the unveiling of this marvelous development, they have taken the overall guest experience to new heights, while attracting generations of visitors to Fiji for decades to come,” he said.
Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama also commended Wyndham’s commitment to sustainability through Wyndham Green, the company’s global environmental program. Many environmentally sustainable features were incorporated into the redevelopment, including the use of local timbers, natural light and cross flow ventilation, energy saving lighting and water saving devices, plus energy efficient cooling systems.
The refurbishment and expansion of the 201 apartment Wyndham Resort Denarau Island (formally the WorldMark Denarau Island Resort) have been extensive. Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific has spent over FJD$50 million (AUD$30 million) in developments at the resort over the last two years including the Phase III development.
Based on design concepts by Australian architects Guymer Bailey, the design, construction, architecture, and fit-out with furniture, fixtures and equipment of the resort redevelopment were undertaken by Fijian firm Architects Pacific under the direction of Pacific Building Solutions with mostly local Fijian consultants, subcontractors and suppliers employed in the redevelopment.
Vacation owners and resort guests can now enjoy new accommodation choices of one, two, and three-bedroom deluxe apartments, contemporary in design, incorporating Fijian elements throughout the interiors, plus the three-bedroom ocean view grand suites and three and four-bedroom luxurious presidential villas with private plunge pools overlooking the ocean.
Further enhancements also include an expansive pool area refurbishment with a poolside bar and café, Karma Maravu Adults’ Retreat Pool and Bar; the expansion and redevelopment of the resort reception and lobby and kids’ club plus the relocation and construction of the new Mamacita Mexican Restaurant.
Wyndham Resort Denarau Island is also now home to Fiji’s first Karma Beach Bar – Karma Beach Fiji – a newly constructed restaurant cafe and bar boasting a white sandy private beach.
Having more than doubled its resort portfolio in just 10 years, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific’s explosive global growth is showing no signs of slowing down. This week’s achievements further strengthen Wyndham as the leader in the hospitality and vacation ownership industries, offering guests and vacation club owners exceptional levels of service and memorable experiences in exciting destinations around the globe.
“Our commitment to providing first-class accommodation and facilities to WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham owners and guests is reflected in the significant development of this property, one of the first resorts in the Club’s portfolio, which now encompasses 24 resorts throughout the Asia Pacific region,” said Mr. Robinson.
“We are proud to welcome our owners and guests to the best address on the island, offering warm friendly service and brilliant accommodation choices both befitting of the destination and true to the Wyndham legacy,” he said.
Located on picturesque beachfront, Wyndham Resort Denarau Island is situated a short drive from Nadi Town, with easy access to a range of retail and restaurant outlets and a variety of cruises that provide island-hopping tours and other tropical water activities. With friendly, welcoming staff, it is the perfect base to experience Fiji.