Let’s Go Local: Marriott Momi, Sabeto Mud Pools For Sharma

"The Yasawas. The white sandy beaches and pristine blue waters look so appealing."
15 Aug 2021 12:31
Let’s Go Local: Marriott Momi, Sabeto Mud Pools For Sharma
Sabeto mud pool in Nadi. Inset: Priya Sharma

Priya Sharma is not a new name in the tourism and hospitality industry. She was previously the cluster marketing executive at the Sheraton Fiji Resort, Nadi.

Her past work involved marketing for Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay, Sheraton Tokoriki, Denarau Villas and Westin Denarau Resort and Spa.

Ms Sharma said she has been passionate about the wellbeing of her community, the environment and women empowerment.

“Previous organisations that I have worked for have been very influential in raising awareness and making a positive impact in our community,” she said.

“It was a blessing to have been always heavily involved in corporate social responsibility activities as it helped me grow as a person and see the world through the eyes of compassion and love.

She is also committed to community work.

As an example, she on the executive committee for Nadi Touch Rugby Association.

Her role includes assisting with public relations and coordinating events.

“I love seeing how this platform impacts our youths and provides a positive outlet through touch rugby and not only that but it is an age and gender inclusive sport.”

Currently, Ms Sharma is freelancing with her acquired skills in marketing.

How many places in Fiji have you seen? 

I have been to several places and love going on local adventures.

I was fortunate to be a part of the tourism industry and had the opportunity to enjoy many of these experiences as part of work.

What is the one place in Fiji you would take every visitor to, and why? 

I would recommend two places:

  • Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pools, firstly because of the therapeutic benefits and the lush scenic views. It is a great way to experience a bit of the traditional Fijian way of life and wellness. 

Also, it is not a commercial business and is managed by the local village.

The entry fee is quite affordable for everyone. This service provides employment to some of the villagers and also a comfortable source of income for them.

It is close to the airport therefore also ideal for tourists that are transiting and have a couple of hours to explore

  • Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay – it offers exclusive luxury staycations which is very similar to the overwater bungalow accommodation offered in the Maldives. 

The overwater bungalow experience is on the bucket list of every wanderlust traveller and it would be great to showcase that Fiji offers this also.

Even though it is high end, it is still more competitive rates compared to the Maldives.

Also more convenient for Fiji’s target markets such as Australia and New Zealand in terms of flight duration.

What is your favourite place for a pie or coffee? 

The Corner Cafe in Nadi town.

Mint cake from the Corner Cafe in Nadi.

Mint cake from the Corner Cafe in Nadi.

The food and coffee is amazing and the location is quite convenient as it is just around the corner from my home.

The setup is very cozy and intimate and makes me feel right at home.

I can spend hours relaxing there just reading the newspapers or on a work assignments while I have my coffee.

What stands out for me is the service and the friendly staff that provide them same level of service to both locals and tourists.

What is the one place in Fiji on the top of your bucket list? 

The Yasawas. The white sandy beaches and pristine blue waters look so appealing.

A bay in Nanuya island in the Yasawas, where the movie Blue Lagoon was shot.

A bay in Nanuya island in the Yasawas, where the movie Blue Lagoon was shot.

I’m not a professional photographer but I love capturing scenic views and lifestyle moments and I think the Yasawas is any photographer’s dream location.

The pictures are always so beautiful and vibrant, anyone abroad looking at it would start dreaming of coming for a holiday to Fiji.

I would also love to visit the iconic cave where the movie Blue Lagoon was filmed


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