Castaway Fiji Resort Refurbishment - Malua Adult Pool

2012 Resort Refurbishment

We did it!

Lolomas and happy tears flowed as our five week refurbishment came to an end.

The new ‘Malua’, or ‘quiet pool’, adjoining bar and Jacuzzi are designed for adult enjoyment and will be the most obvious improvement to the eye. However this redevelopment represented only 30% of the entire project undertaken during the five week closure.  Gentle, natural enhancements to the resort’s major common areas have added new space and enhanced facilities to ensure our guests enjoy holiday fun and relaxation for many more years to come.

After a lot of market intelligence (i.e. listening to your valued opinions!) we realised the need for two separate pool areas – one pool designed for quiet adult enjoyment, perfect for relaxation-hungry adults and a family pool for fun and laughter in a safe, friendly environment – and the outcome is spectacular, delivering two new and distinctly different pool areas.

Some highlights…

The central ‘Malua’ pool designed for quiet adult enjoyment

  • Overall depth 1.3m to 2.6m fresh water pool
  • 25m lap swim and turn capability
  • Jacuzzi designed for adult use
  • Swim-up bar and in-pool conversation area
  • Tiled in natural stone
  • Tropical landscaping amongst pool lounges and umbrellas

The ‘Nuku Marau’ pool, bar & grill designed for family swimming, fun and dining

  • 20m fresh water pool
  • Graduated depth 0.3m to 1.4m
  • Waterfall and water arch features
  • Tiled in natural stone
  • Massive sails providing shady surrounds
  • A great bar & grill – mocktails, cocktails and changing menu specialties

We’ve also refurbished our iconic Sundowner Bar and made substantial enhancements to our dining and back of house areas.

And this three million dollar project was completed in just five weeks!

Again, HUGE VINAKAS for your patience over this period.

Take a peek at some of the awesome photos below…

For further information, contact our Sales and Marketing Manager Karen Marvell –

Guest Testimonials since the refurbishment…

“We arrived with our kids and our 4 grandchildren aged 7 to 15 and were all so excited, the water taxi driver wondered why we were all jumping up and down.  We could immediately see the wonderful changes, but in a subtle way.  Everything seemed to look more sleek and whilst its the same Castaway we love, there seemed to be a different feel about the island.  The lighting in the new adult pool and the surrounding landscaping is just exceptional.  It’s as though the top of the water is illuminated.  It has a totally different ambience without taking the feeling of friendliness away.”


I’m in the hospitality industry and understand the constraints of access and time to make change; its just amazing what they’ve achieved at Castaway in such an isolated environment in just 5 weeks.  They’ve just excelled themselves.  None of the staff did the work they normally do.  Chefs were mixing concrete, band members were laying fibreglass on tanks, housekeepers were re-potting plants and everyone was helping out with the laboring or gardening and so on.  I’ve really enjoyed talking to the staff and asking them what part of Castaway did they improve.  The staff are so proud of what they have done.  We couldn’t stop saying ‘wow look at this’ as we walked around the resort and saw all the improvements, especially the stunning new pool.


4 replies
  1. fred marsilio says:

    Geoff Was great meeting you in Late January,as you were getting ready to start the Project. Looks like you did an amazing job at the resort. I’me sure knowing your Staff the workmanship must be stunning.I am very amazed the project was done in five weeks of a rainy season.
    Please add some photos of the Sundowner to the Web

    We will be back in January to enjoy Castaway once more Fred & Gloria Marsilio

    • Castaway Fiji says:

      BULA Fred and Gloria! We will pass on your comments to Geoff Vinaka! And yes – a great idea to get some pictures up of Sundowner. We’ll wait for some sunshine and add some few to the website for sure. Vinaka and Lolomas from Castaway

  2. Yanek Gina, Nico and Danielle DUDEK says:

    Hi guys,
    we are back again this year and the kids have jumped onto your website and are hanging out til next Weds 29thAug…….
    Theyve browsed throught the photos and keep checking out the webcam………I guess they’ll have very little sleep next Tuesday evening……Theyre really excited , Nico cant wait to get out there and throw the ball around…….See you next week…… Bula….. and Kia ora from us all south of the tropics!!!!!!

    • Castaway Fiji says:

      BULA to you all! Only 7 sleeps to go for you. We look forward to welcoming you back. We’ll keep the beach and ball warm for Nico! Vinaka and Lolomas!


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