Chef Marcus NuferBula! We’re excited to officially announce the appointment of our new 6-star Executive Chef – Markus Nufer.

Please help us welcome a new addition to the Castaway Family by saying a big “BULA” to Markus Nufer.

Markus comes to the island armed with impressive and diverse 6 star international experience including  Four Seasons and Mandarin Oriental hotel chains. Not shy of Fijian culture and food, Marcus has lived in Fiji at Momi Bay for the past 16 years. Most recently, Markus has sailed through a career with Crystal Cruise Lines before setting anchor on Castaway’s shores. With Markus at the helm, we cannot wait to see what the Castaway kitchen will bring to the table in the coming months.

Let’s Celebrate! New Foodie Special to Celebrate Chef’s Arrival …

To showcase our kitchen team’s new delicious mix of international culinary talents the Resort is now giving guests a tempting opportunity to indulge in new and exciting food on the island – ALL FOR FREE! See our Summer Feast Deal just released for more!

Official Press Release. Read more about Marcus…


Chef Markus Nufer has returned to his home in Fiji to become Executive Chef of Castaway Island Fiji after an outstanding career with five star cruise line Crystal Cruises.

Markus was only 15 when he began cooking in Zurich in his native Switzerland and by 19, had obtained his degree
as a chef from the Swiss Culinary Academy. In 1991, he moved to Fiji to become Sous Chef for the Regent Four Seasons resort before taking up a position with the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong as Sous Chef. He later moved to the Mandarin Oriental Kahala in Hawaii as Executive Sous Chef.
In search of a challenge, he joined the six-star rated luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises as Chef de Cuisine
on the exclusive Crystal Symphony and was quickly promoted to Executive Chef working across the
Crystal Cruise Line fleet , a position he held for 16 years.
Markus has now dropped anchor at Outrigger-owned and managed Castaway Island and is looking
forward to blending his global experience with the Asian, Indian and Fijian flavours for which the
resort’s cuisine is famed when he begins work on May 9, 2015.
“My home is Fiji,” says Nufer. “I live here with my wife Maureen and my son Nicholas. We got married
on the island of Modriki in 2000, where they made the movie Castaway with Tom Hanks.”
“Two years later we built our home which sits on 16 acres of land in Momi overlooking the bay outside
“It’s great to be home and I’m looking forward to working with the Castaway Island team,” he says.

Click here to download official press release