Following severe Tropical Cyclone Winston that hit Fiji on 21 February this year, VOMO was forced to temporarily close to conduct necessary repairs. Unfortunately, the extent of the damage was worse than originally thought. The main areas of damage sustained were
• The roofing
• Aluminium joinery – doors and windows
• Air conditioning units
• Main kitchen
As the Fijians like to say “We are stronger than Winston” and indeed we are. We are getting VOMO back to her natural self as quickly as we can. Teams of tradesmen are on VOMO, working solidly to replace all of the above-mentioned areas and to ensure our re-open date of 1st September is absolutely adhered to. We will be finished just prior to this date, giving us additional time for training our team back from construction into hospitality. Although we were hit hard by the cyclone, it gave us a unique opportunity to make some subtle changes that will be seen on reopening, to continue to give VOMO the ‘edge’!
“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky”. Rabindranath Tagore
To those who have had their travel plans interrupted, we are truly sorry for this unavoidable delay and anxiously await the opportunity to welcome everyone back home to VOMO.
Landscaping specialist ‘Meli’, originally from New Zealand, has been working with our grounds team and absolutely transformed our gardens with fresh, vibrant plants, bursting with colourful and fragrant blooms. Meli has also cleverly added back native species that were removed over the years. There are new flowers blooming everywhere and new species of bird-life not seen on VOMO before. The results are stunning and our island paradise is glowing!
Staff Recovery Fund
A huge vinaka vaka levu (thank you very much) to the many friends of VOMO who donated to the Staff Recovery Fund. Many of our VOMO family of staff sustained damage to their own homes as a result of TC Winston. You raised a very handsome sum of FJD$47,750 and this will be shared amongst the staff that were affected adversely. On behalf of the VOMO family, we are so appreciative of your care, your messages of support and your donations.
2016 GOLD LIST winners
VOMO was recently honoured to win the coveted Luxury Travel Magazine ‘2016 Gold List’ award for Best Overseas Resort for Families, ahead of four other Fijian resorts who were announced in the Top 10. VOMO also won third place in the overall Best Overseas Resort category behind such prestigious company as The Brando Resort in Tahiti and Laucala Island in Fiji. As we go to print, we’ve just received another award, the “Trip Advisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence” for superior service which is a wonderful addition to our trophy cabinet and recognition for the genuine hospitality that our amazing VOMO family of staff provide.
Private Villa Collection unveiled
We’re ready to wow you with two brand new private residences from 1st September.
The island chic 3 bedroom BeacHouse is everything you dream your ideal beach house to be. The BeacHouse is modern elegance at its best. Drawing inspiration from the authentic natural surrounds, the interior designers have used Dedon Collection furnishings and bespoke ‘statement pieces’ crafted from sustainable teak. The modern luxe look of the BeacHouse is completed with an industrial show kitchen and three luxuriously appointed ensuite bedrooms, giving you the distinct sense you have arrived home. You wish!
The BeacHouse is set around a stunning tranquil infinity pool that will take your breath away. There are several areas for sunbathing and a range of dining options, both indoors and out. This is the ultimate destination for total relaxation and indulgence and it’s available for bookings now.
The Palms is a grand and unique residence also located on the beach front, next door to The BeacHouse. At VOMO, not only are you on an island surrounded by water but at The Palms you’re situated amidst pools and water walls set in an opulent space that is the ultimate ‘live in – live out’ residence.
The large lap pool is partially covered allowing you to bathe in or out of the Fijian sun. Beautifully appointed with bespoke furnishings crafted specifically for The Palms, 4 large ensuite bedrooms with open air star bathrooms ensure you know you are in a truly unique piece of paradise.
At both The BeacHouse and The Palms, your stay is complimented with concierge services and tariffs include all meals, non-alcoholic beverages, wifi, daily wash and fold services, as well as a range of resort activities.
Discreetly nestled in stunning beachfront locations on VOMO, these superbly appointed contemporary residences are available on nightly or weekly rental basis and our incredible stay/pay offers apply at certain times throughout the year. For more information contact [email protected] or your travel agent.
Family & Friends Offer
Take advantage of a very rare family and friends offer, just for making your booking in the month of June. For 30 days only, we are offering readers of this newsletter and their friends, the opportunity to book a stay and receive a FJD$500 Resort Credit for each villa booked.
Simply book throughout the month of June 2016 to stay at VOMO for 5 nights or more, between 10 October and 23 December 2016 or 9 January to 31 March 2017 or 1 May to 23 June 2017.
The FJD$500Resort Credit will be added to your booking and you can spend it at VOMO on spa treatments, excursions, diving, fishing or on cocktails and refreshments at the bar!
AND as if that isn’t a great offer in itself, you can combine your FJD$500 Resort Credit with our Stay 7 Pay 5 deal and enjoy two nights complimentary across the above mentioned dates as well. What a wonderful excuse to come back to VOMO!
Quote family and friends booking code: “500FAMILYFRIENDS” when making your booking. This is a one-time offer for new bookings only and will not be extended, so spread the word. If you already have a booking, then why not make another one for some friends so they can take advantage of the offer! This offer may be combined with our Stay Pay offers but no other special offers apply. For more details and full terms and conditions contact [email protected]
Take advantage of complimentary nights
Enjoy up to two nights on complimentary basis in all villa and private residence categories when staying at VOMO from
10 October to 23 December 2016
09 January to 31 March 2017
1 May to 23 June 2017
Book a stay of seven nights and only pay for five or book a stay of five nights and only pay for four. Conditions apply. Contact VOMO Reservations or your travel agent for further details.
We look forward to seeing you soon at VOMO and thank you again for your fantastic support throughout the past few challenging months.
Your VOMO Family
A message from General Manager, Mark Leslie
For three years we have been telling all our wonderful regular guests, “we are going to do this…. we will make this better…. we are determined to do this and that!” Well we are true to our word and made the changes you wanted to see. We’ve basically refurbished the whole island as we went along with many new enhancements for our guests to enjoy. You may even remember when you had to hire a boat and go diving somewhere else, prior to the addition of our state of art dive facility! So after three years of constant tweaking and upgrading we felt we were really getting to where we wanted to be. This of course, was only possible through your loyal support and for this we are grateful!
We also stopped to pick up some amazing awards and accolades along the way! Perhaps we spoke too soon, because no sooner had we nearly completed all the enhancements and T.C.Winston checked in!
We knew Winston was in the vicinity and I think Jacques and myself were ready three times as he passed on his way to some other islands. But yes he came back as we knew he would and checked in properly – keeping the best to last. His visit was quick and precise, hitting heavily and directly. Thankfully he checked out overnight…yes without paying!
Assistant General Manager, Jacques and a number of the VOMO team took care of our beautiful island through the cyclone and we are so grateful they came out safely!
So what now? What an opportunity this is, to get all the areas we couldn’t get to and now can. Along with our fantastic Fiji team who are assisting with landscaping and construction, supported by the ace team from Cape construction New Zealand, who are well entrenched in the scope of works.
As was mentioned earlier the wildlife and landscaping has taken on a new healthy glow that I have not seen on VOMO and it’s as if the island has shed its old layer and is now looking the best I have seen it.
We took a hard hit but we will be back with some new additions and this is a truly exciting time ahead. Vinaka to you all once again for your messages, donations to our Staff Recovery Fund and for your patience. We can’t wait to welcome you back to the island that keeps delivering and ensuring you really are in the best place in Fiji.