14th September 2023
Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa Invests In Beach Cleaner To Tackle Plastic Pollution
InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, part of IHG Hotels & Resorts and owned by Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF), is proud to announce its latest revolutionary initiative to preserve the pristine beauty of Natadola Beach and protect the ocean from plastic pollution. The luxury resort, located on one of the best beaches in the world, has invested in a state-of-the-art Manta Beach Cleaner, making it the first resort in Fiji to implement this cutting-edge technology and reinforce its commitment to environmental sustainability as part of IHG’s Journey To Tomorrow program.
“We are delighted to introduce the Manta Beach Cleaner to Natadola Beach as part of our commitment to preserving Fiji’s biggest asset, the environment.,” commented Lachlan Walker, Portfolio General Manager – IHG Hotels & Resorts, FNPF Owned Hotels. “This investment aligns with our commitments through IHG’s ‘Journey To Tomorrow’ program, reflecting a dedication to sustainable practices across all our properties.
As the first resort in Fiji to implement the Manta Beach Cleaner, InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa sets an example of environmental sustainability in the region, leading the way for other largescale hospitality establishments to follow suit.
Key features of the Manta Beach Cleaner include:
- Innovative System: The Manta Beach Cleaner is equipped with a fixed blade that collects and filters sand from seaweed, rubbish, rubble, and debris.
- Efficient Cleaning: With a working depth ranging from 0 to 20 cm and a working width of 160 cm, the machine can cover approximately 20,000 square meters per hour.
- Waste Management: It utilizes an innovative loading system comprising two vertical sieves with alternating motion. This minimizes stress on the machine and efficiently separates waste from clean sand.
- Suitable for Various Needs: Designed to be suitable for tractors starting from 35 Hp, the machine is equipped with a fixed blade that collects sand and debris. It offers versatility with easily interchangeable sieves – one with a finer mesh and one with a larger mesh.
- Durability: The machine’s structure is fully hot-dip galvanized and painted to ensure long-lasting durability.
20th July 2023
Hayman Island Pastry Chef Collaborates To Elevated Patisserie Offerings
Expect a tantalising fusion of flavours as Chelsea Rowe, the renowned Executive Pastry Chef from InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, grace InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa and Grand Pacific Hotel—with elevated pastry selections, creating an unforgettable experience.
InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa and Grand Pacific Hotel are delighted to welcome Chelsea Rowe, Executive Pastry Chef at InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, for a special secondment opportunity. Ms Rowe was based onsite at two properties for a month, lending her expertise to refine the pastry selections and elevate the guest experience. While remaining an integral part of the InterContinental Hayman Island Resort team, Ms Rowe’s secondment highlights the collaborative spirit and shared commitment to excellence within the InterContinental Hotel & Resorts brand.
During her time at the hotel, she worked closely with the pastry team to enhance their skills and refine the patisserie offerings, ensuring guests are presented with an elevated culinary experience.
“We are thrilled to have Chelsea Rowe, an esteemed Executive Pastry Chef, collaborate with the Fiji hotels. Her expertise will undoubtedly enhance the patisserie selections and create memorable experiences for our guests,” commented Lachlan Walker, Area General – South Pacific, IHG Hotels & Resorts.
As a highly regarded Executive Pastry Chef at InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, Ms Rowe has demonstrated exceptional talent and creativity throughout her career. Her remarkable achievements include collaborations with renowned artist Alex Haul and invitations to prestigious press conferences, solidifying her reputation as an industry leader. Guests can expect an exceptional range of patisserie delights from the GPH Bakery, with Ms. Rowe’s guidance infusing each creation with exquisite flavors and innovative presentations.
Ms Rowe’s role as Executive Pastry Chef at InterContinental Hayman Island Resort has been marked by numerous accomplishments, including successfully managing pastry department operations across multiple outlets. Her dedication and passion for her craft have earned her recognition within the industry, such as being Highly Commended as the “Hotel Industry Rising Star” by Tourism Accommodation Australia in 2018.
7th June 2023
Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa Strengthens Commitment To Sustainability With New Initiatives For Travellers
The multi-award-winning luxury resort InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa has announced a lineup of new sustainability initiatives today, ahead of World Environment Day (5 June). With sustainable travel on the rise, as shown by Expedia’s Sustainable Travel Study, these new programs were designed for Aussie holidaymakers of all ages, and include the Coral Reef Restoration Program, on-site herb garden at the Spa InterContinental and Natadola Honey Bee Hives project.
The new initiatives help to bolster the resort’s ongoing commitments to sustainability which also includes regular beach clean-ups, food waste management, phasing out single-use plastic in bathrooms, IHG’s ‘A Greener Stay’ initiative and more.
20th May 2023
‘Honeybees’ Are The Latest Buzz In Natadola, Fiji
InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa launched its honeybee project by installing ten beehives in the Engineering gardens, each containing approximately 60,000 bees. Led by the Resident Beekeeper, Simione Neirube, the project aims to provide a haven for the bees and assist the resort to sustainably produce honey for consumption by its guests.
Aligned with the resort’s Journey to Tomorrow sustainability initiatives, the Natadola honey beehives project focuses on producing more home-grown raw honey for consumption. The project provides a unique experience for guests to indulge in 100% pure honey during breakfast at Navo Signature Restaurant and Club InterContinental, as well as in Spa InterContinental with its signature honey treatment. Further Reading
4th April 2023
Intercontinental Fiji Launches New Recycling Initiative
InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa has partnered with Mission Pacific, a PET bottle and aluminum can ‘recovery / recycle’ program that is operated by Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Fiji with the support of Natural Waters of Viti Ltd. and the Motibhai Group of Companies. They are working together with the aim of minimizing the environmental impact of their operations by ensuring that their beverage packaging has a responsible place to go once the product has been enjoyed, and the packaging is no longer required. The Mission Pacific Program aims to promote sustainable practices and increase recycling rates in Fiji, with InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa being a proud supporter as a responsible tourism operator.
Under the Mission Pacific Program, InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa separate out PET bottles and aluminum cans into individual bulk bags which are then picked up by Mission Pacific and brought back to their main Bottle Buy Back Centre in Kinoya for processing. The PET bottles and cans are sorted for quality and brand, counted, processed and loaded into containers for shipping overseas for additional processing. The program is designed to promote recycling and reduce single-use plastic waste in Fiji.
16th March 2023
Ihg® Hotels In Fiji Phase Out Single-use Plastic Bathroom Amenities In Guest Rooms
IHG® Hotels & Resorts in Fiji, which includes InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, Grand Pacific Hotel, and Holiday Inn Suva, have successfully phased out all single-use plastic bottles of bathroom amenities in their guest rooms and replaced them with bulk amenities. This initiative is expected to save up to 200,000 single-use plastic bottles from ending up in landfills each year.
The project began in November 2022 and has now been completed across all three IHG Fiji hotels. Guests can still expect to access the same high-quality amenities they have come to enjoy at IHG® Hotels & Resorts, including shampoo, conditioner, bath wash, and body lotion, however, they will now be provided in larger refillable containers. The amenities are supplied by the award-winning, locally owned, and produced Pure Fiji, which offers a range of Pure Fiji and Reniu products that incorporate traditional Fijian blends and provide natural care for a discerning consumer. Read More…
28th February 2023
Ihg Fiji Coffee Sales To Support Wows Kids Fiji Cancer Initiatives
IHG Hotels and Resorts in Fiji, comprising of InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, Grand Pacific Hotel and Holiday Inn Suva, demonstrated their commitment to corporate social responsibility by donating all coffee sales on International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD) to WOWS Kids Fiji. International Childhood Cancer Day was celebrated on the 15th of February 2023, and all three Hotels and Resorts raised a total of F$3000 for this important cause. The donation is a part of IHG’s ongoing Journey to Tomorrow initiatives, a series of ambitious new commitments to make a positive difference for our people, communities, and planet over the next decade.
20 February 2023
Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa Reactivates Community Care Fund
InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa has reactivated and re-energized the ‘Community Care Fund’ program where guests staying at the Natadola Resort can opt-in to donate FJ$2.00 per room per night. All the funds collected through this initiative go towards the improvement of the education, well-being, sustainability, and infrastructure of the local community.
“Guided by IHG’s Journey to Tomorrow 10-year action plan on fostering a respectful and responsible culture, InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is committed to supporting our local community and positively improving the lives of our people,” commented Lachlan Walker, Area General – South Pacific, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. Read More
19th December 2022
‘Greener Stay’ Now Allows Guests To Support The Environment And Earn Points At Ihg Fiji Hotels & Resorts
IHG Hotels & Resorts have activated a ‘Greener Stay’ initiative at its three Fiji hotels and resorts to encourage IHG ® One Rewards members to opt out of housekeeping services and decrease their impact on the environment. In return, IHG® One Rewards members will receive 500 IHG One Reward points for every night they opt out of housekeeping services.
From 20th December 2022, IHG ® One Rewards members staying two nights* or more at InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, Grand Pacific Hotel, and Holiday Inn Suva can sign up for ‘A Greener Stay’ and opt-out of housekeeping services by hanging a sign outside their door or making Front Desk aware. In return, IHG ® One Reward members receive 500 IHG ® One Reward points per night. Should a non-member guest express interest, they can enroll in the IHG ® One Rewards Loyalty program via the Front Desk to opt in to ‘A Greener Stay’.
This program is aligned with IHG® Green Engage to help hotels with water and energy conservation. All IHG hotels worldwide use the Green Engage system, an innovative online environmental sustainability system that gives hotels the means to measure and manage their environmental impact. Hotels can choose from over 200 ‘Green Solutions’ designed to help them reduce their energy, water, and waste and improve their environmental impact. Read More…
06th December 2022
Resort Announces Partnership With Rise Beyond The Reef To Support Income For Remote Communities Across Fiji
InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa has announced a partnership with Rise Beyond the Reef (RBTR) to expand the admirable work that the NGO (non-governmental organisation) does to bridge the divide between remote communities, government and the private sector, sustainably creating a better world for women and children.
Through this partnership, guests can select high-quality, completely sustainable, hand-made arts and crafts for their events and weddings or take home a little piece of Fiji that will leave lasting memories and a yearning to return.
As part of the partnership, InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa will use Rise Beyond the Reef products on every tabletop of the award-winning Navo Signature Restaurant, from table décor and centrepieces to hand-carved shell knives and shells from their Waitui Collection. Guests will be able to purchase all the tabletop items either at the Restaurant itself or in the lobby so that they can take a part of the Fijian community home with them.
The Resort will also promote Rise Beyond the Reef products to all Weddings, Events and Conferencing customers so that they can use products handcrafted by local artisans such as hand-woven mats, ornaments, accessories, delegate packs, table décor and wedding party favours for their special event.
InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa will feature Rise Beyond the Reef products across all digital channels, social media platforms and all Resort customers will receive a 15% discount on products on the RBTR website.
“We are grateful for this partnership with the resort. Together, we aim to create a sustainable pathway for rural remote communities’ participation in Fiji’s formal economies that preserves and promotes traditional knowledge and culture. In addition, women in leadership and economic inclusion, by ensuring geographically marginalised communities have access to some of the benefits of tourism,” commented Janet Lotawa — Co-founder & Executive Director, Rise Beyond the Reef.
17th November 2022
Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa Named Fiji’s Best Mice Hotel
The World MICE Awards, a global initiative to recognise and reward excellence in the MICE industry, has announced InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa as “Fiji’s Best MICE Hotel 2022” at the star-studded Gala Ceremony in Amman, Jordan held last month. The World MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) Awards recognise excellence in MICE tourism and the annual awards programme aims to foster growth, innovations and best practice on a global scale.
Award-winning InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, which features outstanding conferencing facilities and is located on one of Fiji’s best beaches, was nominated among four leading MICE properties in the country. The voting process ran for 12 weeks, from 1st June 2022 – 26th August 2022, during which the MICE community, industry experts, and consumers were invited to vote online for their preferred resort. Read More…
01 November 2022
Ihg Wedding Show Brings Planners From Key Destinations
Combining luxury Fiji weddings with some of the world’s top wedding planners under one roof, InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa curated a wedding exhibition at the five-star property last weekend. Fifteen luxury Wedding Planners, public relations, and media representatives from Australia, New Zealand, and North America were flown into Fiji for an immersive destination itinerary and one-day trade show between planners and local wedding vendors.
Hosted by InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa and supported by industry partners, the exclusive event included two days of personalised wedding setups, curated dining experiences, and face-to-face meetings with the Resort’s key vendors and partners. Fiji-based vendors ranged from Wedding and Event Theming, Photography, Hair and Makeup, Group Tours, Sustainable and Luxury Gift Supplies, and more. Held at the Resort’s meeting spaces, the event brought together all the critical elements of a seamless destination wedding.
The multi-award-winning Resort announced revamped wedding packages and offerings for couples looking to celebrate their special day in paradise. From small wedding packages for less than ten guests to grand celebrations, the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa’s Weddings Team launched new options designed to bring dream weddings, honeymoons, vow renewals, and anniversaries to life. Original Source
19th October 2022
Ihg Portfolio In Fiji Supports Fiji Cancer Society This #pinktober
IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG) properties in Fiji join efforts to contribute towards Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October to create awareness and raise funds for the Fiji Cancer Society program, which provides essential support to patients and survivors. Throughout October, InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, Grand Pacific Hotel and Holiday Inn Suva are participating in fundraising efforts and will proudly donate part of the sale on selected items to benefit cancer awareness causes with the Fiji Cancer Society.
In addition, all IHG Fiji female employees are offered a pap test with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services at each hotel, recognising the importance of early detection to control cancer in its early stages. InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa has organised an outreach at Sanasana Village in Natadola. Read More…
11th October 2022
New Mixologist To Bring Local Culture To Life
InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, the award-winning five-star Resort nestled along picturesque Natadola Bay, has appointed Rafal Jaklik as its Head Mixologist. With a background and flair for creating unique guest experiences around wines, spirits, and cocktails, Rafal will play a key role in ensuring that our guests are well-taken care of in our restaurants and bars.
Rafal, a Polish-born national, has over eight years of experience in restaurants and bars across Poland, Tanzania, the Caribbeans and the UK. He has mastered techniques and refined his skills in bars worldwide, including high-end bars in London, the gin-drinking capital of the world. Rafal combines an appreciation of classic cocktails and culture with a desire to create new cocktail recipes with a forward-thinking culinary approach. His creations are strongly influenced by travel and continue to be inspired by local cultures and flavours. His strong passion has immersed him in the cocktail world and has been one of the reasons for his love for travel. Rafal finds inspiration in his surroundings and will use his culinary background to use local produce and work with local distilleries to create Fijian inspired cocktails that are unexpected, complex, and savoury.
“It is a great honour for me to take over this exciting role at iconic InterContinental Fiji, and I look forward to continuing the personalised and thoughtful guest experience with the team,” said Jaklik.
InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa has five spectacular restaurants & bars with enchanting panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean that invites guests to discover the culinary delights of dining in Fiji. The luxury Resort offers guests an inspiring array of dining experiences, from signature fine dining alongside sparkling ocean views in the award-winning and signature Fiji restaurant Navo to relaxing alfresco-style beachside alternatives that cater to all travellers. Each outlet’s themes are seamlessly integrated into the food and beverage concepts. The outlets have elegant indoor seating to its spacious outdoor terrace, providing visitors with a relaxed, bubbly, and intimate atmosphere encapsulating the core elements of art, social life, and fine dining under one roof. Read More…
5th October 2022
Spa Intercontinental Wins Fiji’s Best Resort Spa 2022 Award
Spa InterContinental at InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa has received the award for “Fiji’s Best Resort Spa 2022” at the 8th annual World Spa Awards. The World Spa Awards celebrate and reward spa and wellness tourism excellence through the annual awards programme. The aim is to inspire exceptional standards and connect spa consumers with the best in spa and wellness tourism.
Spa InterContinental was nominated amongst six other premium resort spas in Fiji, and the voting process ran for 12 weeks ending 25th July. During the voting window, industry professionals, the media, and spa consumers are invited to vote for the brands they consider the best in spa and wellness.
A haven of peace and relaxation, Spa InterContinental presents guests with the perfect getaway for wellness breaks. Combining Asian, Eastern, and Western treatment methods to bring balance to mind, body, and soul, the wide range of spa experiences and the caring touch of qualified therapists makes Spa InterContinental one of the best Fiji resorts for a spa vacation filled with relaxation.
The Spa features a Wai Zone – Fijian for water, the essence of life; this pre- and post-treatment area offers Aqua therapy with water in all three states – gas, liquid, and solid. The treatment includes access to the steam area, hydrotherapy Jacuzzi and Fiji’s first ice room.
Spa InterContinental has nine dedicated treatment rooms, a relaxation lounge for pre- and post-treatment, steam-showers, Wai Zone, room with a private plunge pool, and operates daily from 8.00 AM – 6.30 PM. Original Source
22nd June 2022
Intercontinental Fiji Nominated At World Culinary Awards And World Mice Awards
InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, Natadola is proud to be nominated at the annual World Culinary Awards for Fiji’s Best Hotel Restaurant 2022: Navo Signature Restaurant. In addition to this, the five-star resort is also a nominee at the 3rd annual World MICE Awards for Fiji’s Best MICE Hotel 2022.
2019 – Travel and Hospitality Awards: Fiji Resort & Spa of the Year, World Luxury Hotel Awards: Continent Winner – Australia and Oceania’s Luxury Family Beach Resort, Haute Grandeur Global Awards: Oceania’s Best Beach Resort, Haute Grandeur Global Awards: Oceania’s Best Destination Wedding Retreat, Haute Grandeur Global Awards: Oceania’s Best Golf Resort
Celebrating Culinary Excellence
World Culinary Awards™ serves to celebrate and reward excellence in the culinary industry through the annual awards program. At Navo Signature Restaurant, guests discover elegant Fiji specialty dining overlooking the lagoon and the island of Navo. This specialty dining restaurant features contemporary cuisine inspired by the sea and an extensive range of new and old-world wines. Providing a sensory experience, one can be tempted by an array of the finest creations prepared in the glass-walled show kitchen at one of the best restaurants in Fiji.
Celebrating Excellence in MICE Tourism
World MICE Awards™ serves to celebrate and reward excellence in MICE tourism. Our annual awards programme aims to foster growth, innovations, and best practice on a global scale. The award-winning InterContinental Fiji Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events are designed to capture a genuine sense of place that will inspire delegates and get results. With close to two kilometres of white sand beach and sparkling waters, it makes InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa a unique choice for a Fiji incentive or conference venue. The resort’s on-site experienced team understands the demand of time and is focused on making sure that the process runs seamlessly at every stage. Whatever the event, the InterContinental Fiji conference and events team are here to not only make an event a great one but one that delegates will never forget. The World Culinary Awards™ and The World MICE Awards™ is the sister event of the World Travel Awards™. Original Source
21 January 2022
Intercontinental Fiji Invests Into Meeting & Event Spaces And Pure Air Technology
InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, located at award-winning Natadola Bay is set to lead the way for Fiji’s events and conferencing experience with timely investments made into audio and visual services, air conditioning, air filtration and an electrostatic spraying unit for a safer, cleaner, and hygienic experience for events and conference delegates.
Encore Events Technologies, the in-house service provider for audio and visual services has just completed a quarter-million-dollar upgrade that is set to positively impact the overall event experience at Natadola Bay. Part of the upgrades includes new wider 4K projectors and drop-down screens in its meeting rooms that enable a much larger viewing surface, upgraded 75-inch TV screens, digital concierge systems for meeting facilitators and event planners as well as rewiring of event spaces for better audio experience. Together with this, state of an art Video over IP (VoIP) system has been installed to distribute vision throughout the space and installed wireless access points allow vision routing through handheld smart devices. This is further complemented by the twenty-four ceiling speakers enabling even distribution of premium surround sound across the space. A WiFi-controlled audio mixer has also been added that allows for wireless access to each of the room’s audio controls. These upgrades have also allowed Natadola Bay to be a more suitable venue of choice for hybrid events that need digital connection with multiple venues in other parts of the World at any one given time. Guests are seamlessly able to remotely attend meetings, and share screens and content with ease supported by high-speed WiFi.
With serious concerns, in the wake of COVID, for delegates’ health and well-being at events, the Resort has further invested in ActivePure Technology which enhances air filtration in the Resort’s pillarless and freestanding Ballroom. ActivePure’s Proactive Pathogen Defense™ creates oxidizing molecules that significantly reduce viruses, bacteria, odours, and volatile organic compounds – both on surfaces and in the air. The biodefense air purification system has been used in NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) spaceships and space stations for several years and has received the prestigious award of being inducted into the Space Hall of Fame in 2017 and is one of only 75 technologies to receive such an honour in 30 years.
Ensuring that enabling the personal well-being of guests and colleagues is key, the property has also implemented using hospital-grade disinfectants and electrostatic technology. The Peroxide Multi Surface Cleaner and Disinfectant is Australia Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) listed which has been proven to kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Electrostatic spray (ESS) is electrically charged, allowing the appropriate sanitisers and disinfectants to wrap around and evenly coat all types of surfaces for a complete clean. As the chemical exits the electrostatic sprayer, it is given a positive electrical charge. The droplets then become attracted to all negative surfaces, covering the visible area, underside, and backside, with the sanitizing agent. Read More…
Sources of Information
- Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort Spa Invests In Beach Cleaner To Tackle Plastic Pollution Press Release PDF