The $200 million Marriot Momi Bay Resort & Spa officially opened outside Nadi on April 8, as the first local property of Marriot International.
The global hotel chain acquired the Starwood Group last year and has took on the management and branding rights of the Momi Bay resort property, owned by the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF).
With 250 rooms that include 22 open-water bure villas, Marriot Momi Bay boasts Fiji’s first man-made lagoon and is also the first hotel property to have over-water bungalows on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu.
The property was officially opened by Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama with a large Government delegation and the business community in tow, as well as members of the site’s traditional landowners, the Vanua Naholo.
It’s expected to have 400 new jobs at its peak capacity, Bainimarama noted.
Built by Fletcher Construction (New Zealand) in 2014, it was redeveloped after being initially acquired by Bridgecorp over a decade ago. The New Zealand finance company collapsed in 2007 and the Fijian Government invested further finances to revive the property.
Marriot Momi Bay joins the FNPF’s portfolio of tourism properties, which include the 5-star Inter Continental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa and the Yatule Resort located at Natadola Beach, further up the Queens Rd from Momi Bay.
The FNPF is also currently re-developing the site of the former Nadi Hotel in the tourist town’s CBD, with the retail development covering a total land mass of 5,182 sqm. This multi-level complex includes retail tenancy, car parking, a food court and an FNFP office.
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