Fiji Mocambo offers convenient location

Hawaii bureau chief Doug Oakley recently spent a week in Fiji. He stayed his first night at the Fiji Mocambo. His report follows:

NADI, Fiji -- One of the hotels near the airport here that was recommended to me following my seven-hour red-eye flight from Honolulu was the Fiji Mocambo.

Because I usually don't sleep on planes, the hotel was a pleasant place to sack out for a day following my flight.

(If I had come from the West Coast of the mainland U.S., the flight would have been about 12 hours.)

Managed and partly owned by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, the Fiji Mocambo is a few minutes by car from the Nadi Airport, where all of the international flights land.

The hotel is set on a huge, park-like area, with all kinds of flowering plants and lush greenery plus a nine-hole golf course.

It has 128 rooms, some of which could use some sprucing up, but it does have televisions with CNN as well as telephones in the rooms, two amenities you won't find at the smaller boutique hotels in Fiji.

There are three categories of rooms: superior, executive and deluxe.

Superior rates are about $97 per night for a single and $102 for two people. Executive rooms run about $110 per night for a single and $115 for a double, and deluxe accommodations run about $123 to $128 per night.

The Mocambo has a 24-hour coffee shop, a bar and grill for dinner and a karaoke bar.

Breakfast at the coffee shop costs about $5 to $7, and dinner runs about $8 to $11, with lunch somewhere in between. It has two meetings rooms that will seat a total of 300 people.

There are no fees at the golf course except for club rentals, which run about $5. There also is a tennis court with lights for night play, a swimming pool, a volleyball court, a soccer field, a Ping-Pong table and a tour desk. The hotel has a number of gift shops, as well.

The Mocambo is available in all CRSs. For telephone reservations, call (800) 942-5050 or check the Web for general information on the resort at www.shangri-la.com.

Fiji slates seminar series

HONOLULU -- The Fiji Visitors Bureau is offering a series of evening sales seminars in California, Oregon and Washington during the remainder of this month and early February.

The seminars start at 5 p.m. with a trade show and refreshments and last until 8:30 p.m. The trade show is followed by a video of Fiji and the presentations of 25 hotels and attractions, including Air Pacific and Air New Zealand. U.S. wholesalers will be on hand, as well.

The entrance fee is $10 per agent. The dates and places follow:

  • Jan. 29, the Radisson in Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Jan. 30, the Manhattan Beach Marriott in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
  • Jan. 31, the Bristol Hotel in San Diego.
  • Feb. 1, the Hilton Irvine at the Orange County Airport in Irvine, Calif.
  • Feb. 5, the Biltmore Hotel & Suites in San Jose, Calif.
  • Feb. 6, the Doubletree Hotel in Sacramento, Calif.
  • Feb. 7, the Doubletree Hotel in Portland, Ore.
  • Feb. 8, the West Coast Grand Hotel in Seattle.
  • For information, call Rick Buecking at (877) 399-9811.

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