The WorldMark Resort is located on an artificial island whose one purpose is to be the Pacific paradise that popular culture imagines the Pacific to be.
The WorldMark beach faces a south-westerly direction & is a shallow beach due to land reclaimation. Pippies & clams can be picked up off the beach & fish & crab are easy to catch. The beach itself is not spectacular as one would expect of a Pacific island & the sand is not soft & fine but grainy & dull in colour.
The resort shares its private beach with the Sheraton Nadi Resort next door & all of the Sheraton's restuarant's & shopping mall are all accessable via the beach, free shuttle bus or pathway at the front.
A great feature that separates the WorldMark resort from other resorts is its usage of self-serviced apartments. The apartments are town-house in style & size. My apartment had a fully functioning kitchen, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, living room, 51 cm tv, small stereo, dvd player & 2 bathrooms. The main bedroom has a walk-in bathroom with spa-bath. I stayed via timeshare with family.
The resort's free facilities include a small gym, clubhouse, convention building, ocean-view spa baths, huge swimmin pool, catamaran, kayaks, bikes & golf course.
The convieniance stores & main tourist supermarkets on Denaru Island & Nadi stock many well-known Australian brand foods, snacks & even Batlow Apples are available.
On the down-side, the souviener store was quite expensive for budget travellers & didnt seem authentic but manufactured as were the organised tour service that were on-site. The drinks at the swim-up bar & pool-side bar are as expensive as city bars in Sydney as was the food at the resturant. Denaru Island is an area of Fiji that is fenced off from local Fijians, meaning locals are not free to mix with tourists. All money-making schemes & businesses seem to be resort-controlled. Taxi's to & fro Nadi are a little expensive.
The staff are extremely friendly & accomidating. Without fail, you will be greeted with a smile & 'Bula' even if running by. The staff that i encountered all had some form of formal hospitality training for industry standards but they are not paid very well in regards to the prices you pay for everything else. It seems the large chunk of profits go straight to the corporations & not to the local economy which is ironic as there is huge emphasis on buying certain crafts & goods to support poor villages.
Overall, the WorldMark Denarau Island Resort is a great place that is family friendly & relatively safe from danger. The resort's facilities are free so they get my tick & window shopping is great next door at the Sheraton complex, if only the prices didnt represent a king's ransome.
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- Also Known As:
- Worldmark Denarau Island Hotel Denarau Island
- Worldmark Hotel Denarau Island
- Worldmark Resort Denarau Island
- Denarau Island
- WorldMark Denarau Island Fiji