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Pullman Nadi Bay Resort & Spa: a design inspired by the vibrant Fijian culture

Surrounded by uninterrupted ocean views, Pullman Nadi Bay Resort & Spa is Fiji’s newest resort. Located on Wailoaloa beachfront and overlooked by vistas of the island's most recognised mountain The Sleeping Giant, this unique resort concept of by Miaja Design Group is inspired by the colourful and vibrant Fijian culture. The resort has 236 rooms, suites overlooking the beachfront, along with an extensive range of facilities including four restaurants, three bars and swimming pools, a day spa, 24-hour fitness centre and impressive meeting rooms which can host up to 525 guests.

"People travel to Fiji from all over the world because it's a joyous, dynamic and diverse location, renowned for its natural beauty. I wanted the resort design to reflect all of the positive energy, bright colours and symbolism of traditional Fijian culture and to translate this into a contemporary design for the modern traveller" comments Isabelle Miaja, founder of Miaja Design Group.

The lobby area offers a warm Fijian welcome from the onset, including wooden canoe style seating and bright coloured sculptures, designed by Isabelle Miaja. These rotating vertical columns named ‘Totems’ connect story-telling imagery in an apotheosis of balance in motion, and feature free flowing patterns and symbols inspired by local culture and island nature.

Traditional arts and crafts in Fiji include wood-carving, pottery and Tapa Cloth, also known as Masi. Tapa is made from the bark of the paper mulberry tree and decorated in charcoal with symbolic motifs and dancing patterns. Throughout the resort, geometric shapes feature on the walls, floor tiles and carpets. The use of wood, metal and stone creates a light contemporary feel and balances the occasional wild bursts of rainbow colours within the design.

The four signature restaurants and three bars offer a range of dining options in a relaxed-chic design setting. Lobby based RO Bar serves fresh fare and juices with sea-facing seating. Magiti restaurant (which appropriately means ‘communal feast’ in Fijian) delivers on its name to offer all-day dining. DanDan, open for lunch daily, specialises in fast, fresh food inspired by street vendors and the flavours of Asia. Pullman’s Barefoot Bar & Grill is an ‘all ages’, taste and budget affair, with rotisserie, grills, tandoor, roasts and sharing plates. To make the most of the sun set, Kah is the Thai restaurant set directly on the beach.

Guests can soak up the sun at one of three dreamy palm-lined pools surrounded by island nature or unwind in the divine day-spa, named Veikau. Beyond the spa, there is also a fully equipped gymnasium with indoor and outdoor workout spaces and two tennis courts on-site. For adventure seekers, there is a water-sports centre, with Hobie-cats, jet skis, quad-biking and many other options available onsite. Sea Planes – ideal for day trips and island hopping – fly in and out less than 500 metres down from the beachfront.

Pullman Nadi Bay Resort & Spa is a cosmopolitan coastal playground with a unique artistic signature by Miaja Design Group. By honouring local culture and the natural beauty of its location, this new resort is the ideal retreat for globe-trotters looking for an unforgettable escape to Fiji.

Article by: Sophia Smith.

Pullman Nadi Bay Resort & Spa Fiji.

Interior Design of Public Areas by Miaja Design Group.

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