We have just arrived back from our fourth visit to WorldMark Denarau, and what an experience we had on this trip.
For the first time we took some of the family with us, my son, daughter-in-law and almost 3 year old grand daughter. It was to be a break for them after buying and starting to renovate their first home. They were exhausted and needed a good holiday and I knew they would have a wonderful time in Fiji.
We spent the first 8 days doing what we love to do, swimming, sunbaking, reading, eating and visiting the local area outside of Denarau. We even caught a local rugby game in Nadi and visited the Coral Coast for a day.
The resort is currently undergoing a major build and refurbishment and despite the works going on around us, we were well looked after, as usual, by the marvellous staff and felt little impact on our holiday. (Except I really missed the swim up bar and Bula Bingo in the pool but it will be worth it to have the new bar/café up and running.)
Day 9 arrived and so did the beginning of the Tropical Depression that eventually became Cyclone Daphne. We were battered by wind and rain that knocked out a lot of the other resorts on the island. The staff who were on duty at the time the storm first hit remained on duty as there was no way the next shifts could get to work through flood-stricken Nadi. Although obviously weary and concerned for their own families, the staff continued to look after us all with their wonderful smiling faces and kept us informed of the weather situation and flight disruptions. We were warned about possible blackouts and water problems due to the ferocity of the storms.
Our biggest concern was for the staff caught up in the floods. Many eventually came back to work with stories of flooding that had hit their villages and despite the fact that their lives had been turned upside down they were upbeat and thankful that they were safe. This gave us a good insight into the resilience of the Fijian people.
We had friends staying at other resorts on the island who were without power or water for most of the three days that the storms lasted. This impacted the restaurants at these resorts and most were closed or ran very limited services. No so at WorldMark. The restaurant menu may have been reduced as supplies were hard to come by initially, but we had water and electricity at all times.
By day 12 the cyclone threat had passed and we were back in the pool and spa, drinking our cocktails and enjoying Bula Bingo at the temporary bar while an army of WorldMark grounds staff raked, cleaned and tidied quietly around us. Congratulations WorldMark Denarau. It may not have been the 2 weeks we were expecting, but we still had an amazing time and the storm will be something we will talk about for many years to come.
We are already planning our next trip back to Fiji and this time we will be bringing all the family.
Editor’s note: The resort has not experienced any permanent damage due to the recent cyclone conditions in Fiji. Further information is available on our website.