Hawaii bureau chief Doug Oakley recently spent a week in Fiji.
He stayed his first night at the Fiji Mocambo. His report
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
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
There are three categories of rooms: superior, executive and
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,
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,
Jan. 31, the Bristol Hotel in San Diego.
Feb. 1, the Hilton Irvine at the Orange County Airport in
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.