My husband and I put a lot of effort into finding the perfect location for our destination wedding in Fiji. Since we had never been there before, we had to do our homework. After reading tons and tons of reviews, we chose Castaway Island Resort. Why? We weren’t only planning a vacation and wedding for us: we were planning a vacation for 28 people. We wanted a place where the food was great, the island and beach were paradise, the staff was friendly, and there were plenty of activities for everyone to partake in. Castaway is definitely the place we were looking for and we found it!
I’m sure Castaway would agree with me in saying “I was not your typical destination bride”. We were writing emails back and forth for a year, in preparation for our wedding events. I sent photos and charts of everything that I wanted. We even sent glass vases, tablecloths, decorations, etc. to the island prior to arriving. We worked out our own event dinners with the Chef and everything. All was left in the faithful hands of the staff at Castaway Island Resort.
We planned two major events while we were staying on the island. First we prepared a reception cocktail event, dinner and after party. We organized a beach BBQ theme for the reception dinner with fresh lobster, mud crabs, fish, chicken, fresh fruit, etc. This meal was fit for a king! It was absolutely everything we had hoped it would be. The band played soft music for us throughout dinner and afterwards picked things up a bit for dancing and tons of fun and laughter. The second event was our wedding day. We planned the wedding ceremony at Monkey Rock, which is absolutely stunning. It is right on the beach and private. We had a barefoot wedding and were escorted by Fijian warriors. It was everything I envisioned. Afterwards, we had a cocktail event, followed by an 8-course tasting menu. The 8-course tasting menu was out of this world. Each course just kept getting better. They really outdid themselves; our guests were very impressed. They decorated the entire venue just as I asked. It was like a fairytale jungle. The entire place was decorated in greenery and flowers were EVERYWHERE! They have their own greenhouse there where they grow their own flowers. This very much excited us; we spent a lot of time there going over our flower arrangements with the staff. Our wedding cake that was prepared for us, looked even better than the photos I had sent to them. After dinner, the band played for us all night long. They didn’t stop playing and serving drinks until every last person was ready to go to bed. It was a huge celebration. It was 100% perfect.
We knew that our vacation and wedding was going to be wonderful the second we stepped off the boat onto Castaway Island. We were greeted by the staff singing to us, followed by a welcome cocktail, which we set up for all of our guests. This gave us a chance to learn everything about the island, meet some of the staff, and go over the wedding events. It didn’t even take the staff 20 minutes before they knew every single persons name within our party. It was AMAZING! The staff at Castaway Island Resort is by far the most friendly and accommodating staff we have ever had the pleasure of vacationing with (and my husband and I travel a lot). They never say “no”; they will do anything they can to satisfy you and get you exactly what you need. They are very genuine people. To show us their gratitude, they surprised us with a special Asian theme farewell dinner, the night before my husband and I departed for our honeymoon location. The dinner made us feel very very special; having another nice intimate dinner with our family and friends, one last time before we left.
The bures at Castaway are clean, sizable, and air-conditioned (which is a huge bonus). The entire island is a beach paradise. The grounds are beautiful, filled with lush greenery and flowers. You don’t need to go very far for top notch snorkeling, which is right on the main beach. Many of our guests commented on how their massages were amongst one of the best they’ve ever received. The food was wonderful! We went to a very high-end resort for our honeymoon and they never changed their menu. We were eating the same things everyday. At Castaway, we rarely were eating the same things twice. I would recommend getting the meal plan, though. All of our guests got the meal plan and were all very happy they did. It can end up being quite expensive if you don't get it. Plus, all food is completely inclusive, minus drinks of course. One of our favorite activities was the daily beach volleyball with the staff. This was an absolute riot and we made sure we did this everyday (even on our wedding day). There is an amazing island hike that you can do at anytime. Some of our guests arranged fishing trips and village tours, which they said were great. My husband and I participated in two diving adventures and we were very pleased with the locations and instructors. Mostly, we laid around on the beach and took in the beauty around us.
We can’t tell you enough, how incredible Castaway Island Resort was. There is not one single detail we would have changed. There is no other location that could have remotely compared to the wedding experience we had at Castaway Island Resort. The staff exceeded our expectations and made our wedding day a dream come true. We will try to make it back as soon as we possible can. Thank you for wedding of a lifetime.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Castaway Island, Fiji provides a unique South Pacific experience - a great place to relax, unwind and enjoy life's simple pleasures. Fiji's most popular island resort has guests returning year after year to experience the magic that is "Castaway". The island's 174 acres are covered with lush tropical vegetation, and surrounded by white sand beaches and vibrant coral reefs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Castaway Island Fiji Hotel Qalito Island
- Castaway Island Fiji Qalito
- Castaway Island Resort
- Fiji Castaway Resort
- Castaway Fiji Hotel Island
- Castaway Island Fiji Castaway Island (Qalito)