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Completion of $80m Resort ‘On-Track’

Completion of $80m Resort ‘On-Track’
An artist’s impression of Pullman Nadi Bay Resort and Spa’s Kah Thai Restaurant.
September 05
11:32 2018

The $80 million Pullman Nadi Bay Resort and Spa at Wailoaloa in Nadi is set for its soft opening in February.

The property is being developed by the Gokal Group of Companies and will be operated by the Accor Group’s Pullman Brand.

The resort itself is in its final six months of completion and its general manager Warwick Kahl is anticipating “great” things for this new project.

The resort has already attracted attention with two major conferences already booked in for next year, even as the place is still under construction, Mr Kahl says.

“Our location is great in that we are right near the beach and close to Nadi and the airport,” Mr Kahl said.

“I started on site five weeks ago and am very excited going into the final six months to assist in the final completion of the resort.”

Mr Kahl works for Accor Hotels with Pullman being one of its upscale brands.

“We are very excited to be associated with the project and to see it finally come to completion,” he said.

Mr Kahl said the initial investment of $80 million looks to be “on track.”

“Pullman is a contemporary five star upscale brand with a lot of their guests wanting to experience culture, being beside the beach and have a fantastic food and beverage offerings,” he said.

The resort will have 236 rooms with four restaurants, three bars, a spa, a gym and a conference facility that could seat up to 400.

Soqoni Ballroom

Soqoni Ballroom

The restaurants include a signature Thai restaurant on the beach called Kah, Barefoot, a poolside restaurant, the Magiti Restaurant and Dandan, the noodle house.

Dan Dan Noodle House

“We also have the Ro Bar in the lobby,” Mr Kahl said.

Mr Kahl said one aspect they were proud of was the lobby and foyer which was a spacious and large and was all about open space.

“This space will great furniture and have vibrant colours and near the beach so this was one standout area,” he said.

“So it is really taking shape now.”

The 236 rooms include king-sized suites of which a majority of them are facing the beach and includes a lounge room, small bar, lots of seating and couches, a king size bed with a bathroom with separate showers.

All furniture for the resort were designed in Fiji and made overseas and the resort has incorporated the use of the Fijian magimagi in a lot of areas including the spa and rooms.

“So there really are a lot of great Fijian touches throughout the resort,” he said.

The resort boasts a six-treat room spa within close proximity of the beach, allowing the sea breeze to filter its way through the spa.

“The spa will set itself as the first of its kind in Wailoaloa and we are working with some consultants on the spa treatment itself,” Mr Kahl said.

“It’s not like a normal hotel spa where you walk in there and there are a lot of air conditioned rooms.

“Pullman’s is set outside with a lot of privacy amongst heavy Fijian foliage, plants and flowers.”

As for the menu and food on offer, Mr Kahl said Pullman will have some Fijian dishes and a variety of others.

“The reason we went for a Thai restaurant, Kah, was that we wanted to have a fantastic Thai offering that was different from those in Nadi and have it set in air condition near the beach,” he said.

“The Kah Restaurant would also be attached to the adult area at the resort and it would also have a great decking facing the ocean.”

There is also a pool for adults which is separate from the children’s pool.

Mr Kahl said the large pool will have around 640,000 litres of water and will be L shaped with a separate kid’s area which is connected to the main pool.

“The Barefoot, which is the poolside restaurant and bar seats up to 125 people and services the whole pool area,” he said.

The adult’s only pool has its own infinity area with seating and decks.

The resort will also have a kid’s and teen’s club.

“The 12 – 15-year-olds in the teens club and the 11-year-olds and under in the kids club,” the general manager said.

Mr Kahl said being affiliated with the Accor family, which in Fiji includes the Novotel Lami Bay and Novotel Nadi, Mercure Hotel Nadi and Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa connection will give Pullman access to the services and clientele of the Accor Group.

“We have had a lot of enquiries from wholesalers, online travels and also interest for the conference facilities,” Mr Kahl said.

“We have already secured two large conferences for 2019 which we are very proud of.

“You know it is difficult to get things signed off when you are still building on site.

“But we have started off really well and the owners are very happy.

“With 2019 shaping up as a very strong year for Fiji, we are very confident of the success at Pullman.”

Mr Kahl believes Fiji as a tourist destination is very strong in the   Australian and New Zealand markets and the emerging Chinese markets.

He said what would set Pullman apart would be its location and the beach.

At full occupancy, the hotel will have 270 staff on site.

The resort has already begun its recruitment beginning with the executive team and then other areas of hiring would the follow.

Training would begin for the new recruits in November and Mr Kahl says he can’t wait to start.

Feedback:  charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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