Hideaway’s Adults-only retreat


Popular Coral Coast-based and family oriented property, Fiji Hideaway Resort & Spa, has added a sister location outside of Nadi.

I Do Fiji Holidays‘ readers may recall our previous story on the property from January last year. Well, the great news is that the resort is now up and running.

About 20 minutes drive north from Nadi International Airport, and after driving along a cane field-lined highway before turning onto a windy secondary road, and just after passing a small marina, you’ll find the boutique 4.5-star Fiji Hideaway Resort & Spa Vuda.

Vuda (pronounced Vun-da) has been earmarked by the Fijian Government as a designated future tourism precinct. Established in the area and just down the road is First Landing Beach Resort & Villas, and a littler further away is Anchorage Beach Resort, both of which sit on the coast.

The calm white beachfront of Fiji Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa, Vuda

Hideaway Vuda’s wedding chapel (right) and attached Function Centre

Fiji Hideaway Resort & Spa Vuda (Hideway Vuda) held a soft opening a few months back but is yet to have “officially” launched, Hideaway CEO and Managing Director Chandar Dutt explained to I Do Fiji Holidays. A precise official opening is slated for sometime before late July, but for now, all facilities are fully operational.

Aside from its somewhat isolated location and current size, what sets Hideway Vuda apart from its sister-hotel is the target market. Adults.

The new resort won’t take bookings for under 16 year olds. Dutt said his Vuda property is the only resort on the Fiji mainland exclusively adults-only. There are numerous off-shore options – take for example Likuliku and Matamanoa in Fiji’s Mamanuca islands – but none as close to Nadi.

“At this time, Vuda is not as popular as places like Denarau and the Coral Coast. It’s a new destination. The area is very quiet and Hideaway Vuda suits the environment. Very quiet, peaceful and no disturbances from traffic. It’s quite exclusive and will appeal to people looking for a real private and peaceful holiday,” Dutt told I Do Fiji Holidays.

Hideway Vuda has just 26 keys – comprised mostly of self-standing villas – making it extremely intimate for guests and capable of providing personalised service. The central building contains a handful of Deluxe and Ocean Deluxe Suites. There are also five two-person duplex Garden Bures, two of which provide interconnecting facilities. Couples should stretch the budget and select one of the four Beachfront Bures, all of which have a private plunge pool.

For couples tying the knot there is also an Honeymoon Beachfront Bure which sits adjacent to the wedding chapel – Fiji’s newest. Dutt admits the new hotel is only entering the wedding market, but believes the unique product will entice newlyweds.

Inside the chapel of Hideaway Vuda

“The chapel is right on the beach. Normally a structure such as this needs to be set back at least 14 metres from the shore line, but we’ve received approval to be almost perched on it,” Dutt said. It can accommodate up to 50 people sitting or up to 100 standing. A deck stretching off the chapel can also be used as a wedding ceremony venue, or couples can exchange vows on Hideaway Vuda’s white sand beach.

A mock-up setting for a beachfront wedding with the chapel behind.

Adjoining the chapel is a Function Room which enables couples to hold their wedding reception privately to the rest of the resort. The resort’s beachfront lawn, the restaurant, or the Chapel’s deck can also be selected as reception venues, ranging from 40 to 50 guests.

If a couples’ guests’ occupy up to 70% of rooms it can be bought out for exclusive use, based on a minimum of three nights and maximum of seven nights. A buy-out would also allow children under the age of 16 to stay, but under strict guidelines. I Do Fiji Holidays‘ couples will also be privy to special value-add inclusions – contact us for more information.

A deck extends off the chapel to the waterfront and can be used as a setting for intimate weddings.

Onsite guests will find a central pool with swim-up bar, a restaurant with a cocktail bar and a day-spa. Beachfront BBQs and parties are also organised regularly to offer additional dining options. “A lot of dining options can be arranged onsite,” Dutt said.

The setting for a beach-front wedding at Hideaway Vuda.

From the resort’s beach club, guests can kayak, dive and snorkel in the calm waters of the bay on which Hideaway Vuda sits.

Nightly performances during dinner by Hideaway’s in-house staff keep guests entertained as they dine.

Dutt says the advantage of staying on the mainland is the resort and transport cost-savings. “Travelling by launch and floatplane to the islands is quite expensive and often requires an overnight stay in Nadi or Denarau for visitors flying in from abroad due to timings, not to mention the cost of accommodation. Those costs are eliminated by staying on the mainland,” he explained.

The five-year masterplan for Hideaway Vuda will see up to another 80 keys (rooms) added. Expansion work is flagged to commence as early as next year. With growth, additional dining venues will also be introduced.

Dutt said the company was expected to introduce multi-destination accommodation packages, combining stays at Vuda with the Coral Coast to offer guests more variety. Additionally, layover accommodation at Vuda for Hidewaway Coral Coast guests on late flights into or early departures out of Nadi are in the pipeline.

For more information on Fiji Hideaway Resort & Spa Vuda wedding packages, email deahann@idofijiholidays.com.au

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