As we roll straight into the holiday season, here’s another great option for a Fiji vacation. Don’t forget to start planning now, not only so you can banish those winter blues, but also so you can get the best rates and airfare and reserve the dates you want.
Tropica Island Resort is located on Malolo Island in the Mamanuca group of islands. Not only is it super close to Nadi International Airport, but it has also recently opened in spring of 2013 with a great story to tell about how it got to the point it is now as a luxury resort option in Fiji.
A Dream of a Piece of Fiji
Rob and Sue Cecconi regularly vacationed in Fiji, and in 2009, they sold the very resort they owned in the island. They had to pass up the opportunity due to having young children, and the timing was off. But still, they fell in love with Fiji and the people and were pretty sure they’d come back one day to find a property.
Two years later, the same resort was up for sale again, and Rob and Sue didn’t let it get away this time. They bought the resort even though it was run-down and would need substantial upgrades, and they packed up their two young children and their belongings and relocated to Fiji in September 2012 to begin the remodeling. They saw the vision for this place as a luxury hotel property, even when it was so far from that state.
Guest Experience and Customer Service
They set out to create a resort around excellent guest experience and customer service. Less than a year of hard labor, the Tropica was born. The resort looks modern, yet it used local craftsmanship. Guests will find beautiful rock walls and rivers throughout the resort, enhanced by flowing water, waterfalls, and ponds.
The Tropica is still relatively new to Fiji but it is becoming known as a grown-up getaway for celebration and rejuvenation. With crystal-clear blue waters in a private bay with luxurious accommodations, couples and adults 18 years and above will surely enjoy the rich tropical lands of the resort.
It has 12 fully refurbished Beachfront Bures, four Deluxe Beachfront Bures (with outdoor river rock showers, air-conditioning, and hardwood balconies), and 14 Resort Rooms (all with air-conditioning). It also has a beautiful horizon pool, sunset beach bar, open-air restaurant, and spa to make the getaway truly magical for its guests.
Guests can choose to do as much or as little as they like at Tropica. There’s a range of activities that are included in your stay such as snorkeling right off the resort area to see butterfly fish. As a protected marine sanctuary, you’ll definitely see different kinds of fish. You can also ride Hobie Cats and kayaks or use stand-up paddle boards.
Other activities include beach volleyball, hiking, crab racing, herbal medicinal walks, and cultural entertainment in the evenings. If you want to be more exposed to Fiji culture, you can learn how to make a basket and hat in the weaving demonstration and learn how to tie a sulu, husk a coconut, and more. Of course, you must participate in the kava ceremony. For an additional charge, Tropica can also arrange fishing, scuba diving, island hopping, and Fijian village visits.
Tapas and A La Carte Dining
A great selection of tapas and an antipasto menu are available at the resort’s Sunset Bar. While you can find traditional antipasto such as cheese platters and chilled prawns, they also have true Fijian tapas such as waci poki (spinach balls made from taro leaves and prawn poached in spicy coconut cream), and you can get the marinated fish walu kokoda-style.
The resort has also put a spin on the traditional lovo dinner to an a la carte experience. Examples of dishes include the tavolea salad (seared beef with lumi jelly, ota, miti, and kokoda). Entrees include a lovo pork with kumala, palusami and dalo.
Director of Celebration
Tropica even has a position at the resort called the Director of Celebration. You can bet with a name like that, your special occasions, weddings and anniversaries will be in good hands. The director will help to plan the special celebration or intimate dinner so you don’t have to worry about anything.
Since Malolo Island is a short hop from the mainland, it’s easy to get there. Guests can take the Catamaran Transfers operated by South Sea Cruises or take a private speedboat ,water taxi, or seaplane.
Catamaran Transfers from Port Denarau Marina operate three times a day departing at 9 a.m. (two hour ride because it goes to other islands as well), 12:15 p.m. (one hour 45 minute ride because it goes to other islands), and 3:15 p.m. (55 minute direct boat ride to Tropica).