Posted on 02/03/2012
Guests ‘Heart’ Vomo
We can see why guests love Vomo; it’s only a 3-hour flight from Australia and New Zealand and the laid-back and relaxed nature of Fiji suits the Australasian personality perfectly, all the while Vomo gives guests from the Northern Hemisphere a real taste of privacy and unspoilt idyllic luxury.
Because Vomo is such an idyllic and private escape, many recognisable Australasians have visited our shores. Elle MacPherson, international businesswoman and supermodel spent a fortnight on Vomo and loved every minute. Barefoot and with her trademark long hair loose, she was able to enjoy the very best of a tropical holiday without the usual crowds of her European and Caribbean haunts. She said, “I chose Vomo because it is the perfect getaway – a genuine slice of paradise that combines luxury, natural beauty and privacy in one of the most beautiful places in the world. To be able to snorkel and swim from the doorstep of my villa allowed me to relax and recharge.”
Our reputation stretches far afield as during the recent Rugby World Cup held in New Zealand, our history as Fiji’s Royal Island was reiterated with the arrival of a very special royal couple. Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco visited Vomo for a private dinner in The Residence and after enjoying Vomo’s excellent cuisine they stayed on to watch the RWC2011 semi final between France and Wales. After spending the night on his luxury yacht the party returned the next day to sample the excellent snorkelling surrounding Vomo.
Another sight to behold was swimming giant Ian Thorpe in the resort pool. Despite the fact that his arm span was shockingly close to spanning the width of the pool, his gentle giant nature was on display as he gave the children lucky enough to be holidaying at the time some tips in the pool before he challenged them to a few races. Ian is currently training for the 2012 London Olympics and we hope that when he needs to slow down his mind, he will think of the peace and quiet of Vomo.
The fashion set also enjoy Vomo and we think it’s because the vivid colours and amazing light on the island inspires them for their next designer creation. Yvonne Bennetti graced us with her gorgeous smile and cheerful manner when she visited with her friend and store manager Karin. Having just had a baby and put her latest collection to bed, Vomo really was the ideal place for Yvonne and Karin to get away, spend some girly time together and also let the creative juices flow for their next collection. Yvonne told us, “It was unforgettable. Often when you go to a holiday resort it takes you three or four days to unwind, but when I went to Vomo I instantly felt relaxed”. Karin added, “It wasn’t just an opportunity to be away from work. We left Vomo feeling like we’d had an experience”.
Constant travel around the globe and preparation for events such as New York Fashion Week can take it’s toll and Vomo is Karen Walker’s go-to spot for instant relaxation and a chance to recharge her batteries. Travelling with her husband and young daughter, Karen is able to kick back, take her shoes off and spend the quality uninterrupted time with her family which she just can’t get at home. Karen even lists Vomo as her favourite holiday destination saying, “This tiny speck in the Pacific Ocean is unforgettable.”
Fiji has long been an adored destination for rugby union players and both Matt Giteau and John Eales visited Vomo in the same year. Matt enjoyed a week on Vomo celebrating his honeymoon and the end of long, hard seasons with the Brumbies and the Wallabies. It clearly did the trick as shortly after such a glorious honeymoon Matt and Bianca have embarked on their next big challenge, a baby. Matt told us, “The honeymoon on Vomo was absolute paradise”, and that their beachfront hammock was their favourite place on the island.
John Eales came to Vomo and was impressed with the food, the beach and the enthusiasm the staff have for footy! Joining the staff for a run around showed there was no dulling of this Wallaby great’s skills and naturally it was all the staff talked about for weeks. Eales said, “The 5.30pm scenes on Vomo are duplicated throughout the islands and villages of Fiji and for the Fijians, it is not the fact that they play touch rugby that matters most, but how they play it. After playing one-touch-touch, my vocabulary expanded. I quickly learnt the word for forgiveness, vosota; “Vosota, that was a bad pass”, “Vosota, he was my man” – “Vosota, I think I’ve torn my hamstring”.
Elle hasn’t been the only gorgeous face to visit Vomo. Former Miss Universe and the face of Myer in Australia, Jennifer Hawkins came to Vomo to shoot a swimwear catalogue for her range, Cozi. She charmed guests with her relaxed manner and huge smile and enjoyed a few extra days on the island after all the work was done with her now-fiance, Jake Wall. Emerging Hollywood talent Teresa Palmer spent a week relaxing on the island preparing for an international press trip to promote her movie, ‘The Sorcerers’ Apprentice’. A brief period of stormy weather at the beginning of her stay meant massages and afternoon naps were de rigeur and she quickly embraced the laid back welcome she received from the staff. The Vomo staff made such an impression that Teresa said, “I felt really immersed in the Fijian culture. The standout thing for me was how beautiful they are – the nicest, kindest people you will ever meet”.
Known for our cuisine, we can’t forget two of the most recognisable faces in food to visit. The French Cafe arrived from Auckland New Zealand and guests were able to enjoy amazing cuisine during their stay on the island. Their guest chef appearance was matched with outstanding service and beverages and was a real treat for everyone involved. Pete Evans visited Vomo too and wowed guests with not only his personable nature, but also his creativity in the kitchen. Having just finished appearing on Australian TV screens in the second series of hit show, ‘My Kitchen Rules’ and having just released yet another outstanding cookbook, Pete hosted a special cocktail party, did a guest masterclass and a special five-course degustation dinner which really treated guests to the best of his skills.
We love our guests and we love the energy and diversity they bring to the island. Americans and Europeans enjoy the privacy and isolation of Vomo and Australasians enjoy the ease of travel. When we combine all these, we always have a wonderful time with many friendships made and many a drink shared.