Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay

Buchan + Conway Beg Architects

 

Located at Momi Bay, 45 minutes from Fiji's Nadi International Airport, this 250-room resort is centred on a 21 hectare lagoon. It features 92 free-standing beachside bures, 22 overwater bures and 136 standard rooms on the hotel's main island. 
The development, which commenced in the late 1990s but halted for over a decade, was re-started in 2013 when the Buchan Group (with local Fiji Architect Conway Beg) was appointed by FNPF to review and amend the site master planning, and then to design and document the resort in response to a growing demand for luxury overwater bures in Fiji.
The brief was to review and amend the site master planning, and then to design and document the resort (to be operated by Marriott). Costs were highly constrained and the completion date was fixed early in the design process.
The combination of the ocean frontage and the very large lagoon allowed all accommodation to have water views and it ensured the public buildings could enjoy those views as well. The palette of materials is largely driven by the existing site and the locally available tradespeople. Stone cladding is all collected from the overall Momi Bay site. Joinery timbers are all from Fiji and the woven ceiling matting is a modern interpretation of a traditional Fijian material. The decorative turtle screening motif used throughout the resort was designed by Buchan and derived from images of the local turtles.

 

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