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Intercontinental on the Coral Coast

June 6-7


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Stand on side of road selling roti and baked goods

Stand on side of road selling roti and baked goods

Upon landing in Nadi, we had an hour long ride to Coral Coast, where we would stay one night at the Intercontinental Hotel. We stopped for roti and pies, arriving shortly before 1pm. They had a giant hollowed out log they beat as a drum and they let me try it out, which I’d been wanting to do every since I saw someone try it at Worldmark. Tomasi led us to the lobby, down a long hallway elevated above the beautiful grounds. We checked in but our room wasn’t ready, so a driver took us in a golf cart down to the adult pool, an infinity pool where we relaxed and napped a bit in the loungers. I walked around a bit and took a few pictures of the lovely white sand beach and clear blue water.
Me beating log drum at Intercontinental

Me beating log drum at Intercontinental


Lobby at Intercontinental

Lobby at Intercontinental


View from the Intercontinental Lobby

View from the Intercontinental Lobby


Infinity swimming pool

Infinity swimming pool


Coral Coast at Intercontinental

Coral Coast at Intercontinental

Amy checking out the tub

Amy checking out the tub

The grounds were perfectly tended and someone was spraying the grass to prevent mosquitos. Along the grass in front of the beach were cabanas that guests could lounge in. Shortly before 2, Tomasi found us and asked if we would be interested in staying in the oceanside suite instead. Yes please. The only catch was that it was a king bed instead of two queens. Share a bed for a suite? No problem! The room was absolutely spectacular! The living room had a dining table, sofa, and tv. The bedroom was huge, and the bathroom was beautiful with separate small rooms for the toilet and for the shower. The huge double balcony overlooked the water and had a lounge area, drying rack, and bathtub. Nice!
Living room

Living room


Bedroom

Bedroom

Bathroom

Bathroom


View from our suite balcony

View from our suite balcony


The wardrobe closets open to the bathroom

The wardrobe closets open to the bathroom

My turtle on bed headboard

My turtle on bed headboard

I settled my bobbing head turtle on a shelf by the bed and then we went snorkeling but missed the last boat out to the good snorkel area and we were unable to find the “great snorkeling right off shore” that we had read about. Perhaps the tide was going the wrong direction. We did find some striped fish that hungrily ate the fish pellets we had soaked for them. Next we swam in the infinity pool for a bit and then I went to go check out the souvenir tents on the public beach next to the hotel. Only one tent had souvenirs. The rest were for horseback rides or massages. I agreed to a 30 minute $35 massage from Tracy and also got a 30 minute $30 foot massage from her sister-in-law.

Getting my foot massage

Getting my foot massage

The massage was a bit annoying. She kept saying things like “Your back is really tense. This will be really helpful. Wow, all these knots” when she was moving her hands across my ribcage nowhere near any of my knots. These comments of course led to inquiring how long I was staying and encouraging me to come back tomorrow. She did do a few good strokes around my upper back and shoulders which was almost worth the FJ$35 for 30 minutes, but the ploy to get me to return left a sour taste in my mouth. The foot massage was more enjoyable though average. I did chat with her a bit, enough to discover that they were from the same village as Tomasi, who she called her brother. Surprised, I asked if they had the same father and learned that everyone in the village is called “brother” or “sister” unless they are an elder who would be “uncle” or “aunt” though they are all related and in the same “clan.”

Listening to live music

Listening to live music

That evening we listened to some terrific live music on comfy chairs outside the bar below the lobby. They sang some great tunes from the 70’s and 80’s. Sadly we had to leave very early around 6am, but they made us nice to go breakfasts with pastries and chicken wraps. Our stay at Intercontinental in our wonderful suite was far too short, but very enjoyable. I was glad to have the chance to see the famed Coral Coast with its gorgeous sand and water. We got to the dock at Lautoka before 7:30 for our 8:30 transport, and not surprisingly, the office was not yet open despite their email to come an hour early. A couple from Germany, Alex and Chris, were waiting also. We saw some boat taxis come in from nearby islands including one with about 15 school kids on their way to school. Finally 8:30 came about and we took our somewhat bumpy 2 hour trip to Nanuya Island Resort.
Kids taking boat taxi to school

Kids taking boat taxi to school


Boarding the boat to Nanuya Island Resort

Boarding the boat to Nanuya Island Resort


Posted by nutmeg2000 09:06 Archived in Fiji

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What a gorgeous hotel and suite! Looks like a wonderful place to stay.

by Julie

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