On the 3rd of July this year we flew from Brisbane to Wyndham Resort Denarau Island (Fiji) for a one-week stay. This holiday with our daughter Lauren, son Matt and daughter-in-law Melinda had been planned for four years, since Matt and Melinda had returned from living and working in the UK. The holiday was originally planned for May to coincide with our (Bevan and I) 35th wedding anniversary but as Matt is a school teacher we had to wait until the July school holidays. The holiday was even more special, as we had become grandparents to precious Oliver in late December of 2015, so this was his first overseas trip! The family time was so special and gave us a chance to spend quality time with Oliver and get to know him better.
The staff at the resort were so good with children. Oliver was greeted with so much joy by everyone that we encountered.
Bevan and I stayed at Wyndham Resort Denarau Island ten years ago, for our 25th wedding anniversary. It’s safe to say our stay this year will not be our last. We love everything about this resort – friendly staff, excellent accommodation, fine dining options and most importantly time to rest and relax.
I have attached a photo of a beautiful Fijian sunset with us all enjoying this spectacular sight – as you must!
We left Sydney at temperatures of 18 degrees and arrived in Fiji at a warm temperature of 26 degrees. The weather was perfect! Sunny but not too hot. It was our first time in Fiji and we were surprised at how warm and friendly the people are especially the staff of Wyndham. I loved going to the reception to have a chat with them.
On our arrival, with 8 of our family and some friends, we were thrilled to see our beautifully decorated bed!! I hated removing all of the gorgeous flowers before we could retire! The unit was amazing, and the views to die for. We never tire of visiting this place!
One day my wife Vanessa made a crazy suggestion. ‘Why don’t we spend 2015 Christmas at the Wyndham resort in Fiji and invite all the family to join us?’
“All of them?” I responded. “They won’t come. Even if we use our Credits to cover the accommodation, the travel will still cost them too much. And they probably won’t be able to get leave…”
But naturally we floated the idea anyway and apart from two grand-daughters in London who couldn’t get away, they all said Yes. So nineteen of us rolled up at Wyndham Resort Denarau Island for what turned out to be a marvellous Christmas gathering.
Nineteen members of the family together at Wyndham Resort Denarau Island
As I approach my 12th Wyndham anniversary I look back on all of the memories I can thank Wyndham for.
In February 2004, I bought my first 6,000 Credits when my eldest children were just one and three years of age. Since then, my husband and I have become Privileges Platinum members and our family has grown to four children, ranging in ages from 15 to one year of age.
Being a member of Wyndham has not only benefited us, but, as a homestay family, it has also been a great way for our international students to experience Australia. One of our Japanese students even came with us to Fiji!
Over the six years we have added to the family, and extended the holiday as we simply don’t want to go home again! We now consider ourselves seasoned professional frog racers, bula bingo players, kayakers and water aerobics athletes which make up an important part of our holiday schedule!
When the taxi pulled up outside WorldMark Vancouver – The Canadian on Hornby Street in Vancouver, a lady appeared on the pavement. I heard her say “Welcome to WorldMark, you must have just got off the cruise ship”. The WorldMark receptionist had looked out the window and seen the taxi pull up and saw us get out of the taxi. She came out into the street to greet us. This friendly receptionist made us feel most welcome.
During my stay in Vancouver, I read in the Club’s Destinations magazine that belonging to WorldMark is like having relatives in 71 countries. This is how it felt when we were greeted in Vancouver. We had the feeling of being welcomed home by a long lost cousin.