Published on February 23rd, 2010 | by Ann Rickard0
Travel – Wedding Vows
Couples from all over the world celebrate their weddings at Outrigger on the Lagoon on Fiji’s Coral Coast every week.
The Bure Ni Loloma Wedding Chapel high on a hill above the main resort, with breath-sapping 300 degree views over the Pacific Ocean, is one reason for the resort’s popularity. Higher still than the chapel, the Kalokalo Bar offers even more breathtaking views and is the perfect spot for drinks after the ceremony and before the reception. Once back down to the main resort, the facilities and accommodation options are many and varied for any type of wedding.
We were not a bridal couple on our visit, but Outrigger’s romance was not lost on us. In our pretty beachfront bure, we sipped our complimentary champagne and nibbled canapés brought by our personal Talai butler. After a stroll on the beach and a careful lowering of ageing bodies into private hammocks, we gazed out to sea like a starry-eyed young couple. Then we ate. In Ivi Restaurant where the waitstaff pampered us with fresh fish and chicken and tropical fruits, and then made crepes at our table. We deserved it.
Earlier we had taken a buggy up that high hill to the wedding chapel, but not to renew our vows, to enjoy a couple’s treatment at Bebe Spa situated next to the chapel in this soaring position above the world.
The Bebe Spa treatments, including a Bobo massage where the masseuse uses arms, elbows and forearms dipped in warm coconut oil – are designed to have to floating, but when they come with a view of the glittering ocean, it takes it all to another level of luxury. Hydrotherapy tubs and balconies feature showers in the sky; Fijian products are gently applied in a range of treatments from scrubs and wraps, to facials and massages. Many couples visit the resort just for the spa location and treatments. Families love Outrigger too. Its kid’s club takes care of the little ones while parents play, and a one-on-one nanny service is available for around $4 an hour.
Although the resort is renowned for its wedding packages, it is designed to cater for singles, families, couples and the young and mature. Dining options suit all styles, from themed buffets in the Vale Ni Kana restaurant to casual fresh food in the Baravi poolside restaurant.
If you can tear yourself away form the wide meandering pool, you could visit the fitness centre – then there’s snorkelling and kayaking, a tennis court and golf training facilities and, of course, the beach. – Ann Rickard.