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Looking for unique venues? Try booking an island

Fiji’s Malamala is a heavenly enclave that is perfect for an unforgettable teambuilding session or incentive trip

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The Fijian island of Malamala can be reached via a 25-minute ferry ride from Port Denarau. Credit: Tourism Fiji, Malamala Beach Club

In the highly-competitive industry of meetings and incentives, planners often face the challenge of sourcing for a unique venue that will serve as the bedrock of an unforgettable event experience for your participants.

While venues like hotels and convention halls are tried-and-tested, savvy planners who are looking to wow customers have to constantly look for creative options that can elevate the event experience the moment guests arrive at the venue.

With companies and delegates now increasingly opting for exotic destinations, the Pacific island nation of Fiji makes a compelling case as a destination that provides exclusive, honest, authentic and out-of-the-world experiences.

To enjoy an air of exclusivity - for meetings, corporate launches, incentives or team-building alike - why not book out an entire island for your use? There are a number of Fijian islands that planners can charter for an awesome event experience that will leave delegates reminiscing long after the event is over.

Arguably the most prominent of them all is the island of Malamala. A small island nestled among the Mamanuca group of islands in Fiji, it is on this island where Tom Hanks filmed most of his award-winning survival movie Castaway in 2000.

Just two-hectare in size and surrounded by crystal-clear waters, Malamala boasts the world's first beach club that spans the entire island, the Malamala Beach Club. A mere 30 minutes from Port Denarau by ferry, guests can enjoy and experience white sandy beaches, beachside cabanas, a resort-style infinity edge pool, and magnificent views across the Mamanucas.

Designed as a day beach club, the tiny size of Malamala Beach Club means one can stroll around the island in just 20 minutes on foot, yet it is spacious enough to give one a feeling that it's your very own paradise.

The island has an illustrious past, when it was used as a traditional healing centre for ill local Fijians who were sent here to be cured. Today, following a US$2.8 million makeover by the island's parent company South Sea Cruises, it is now transformed into a haven for experiential events.

Ample event spaces
The Club Restaurant has covered seating for up to 120 guests that allows groups to enjoy the stunning ocean views in one space with all of the main facilities within easy access. Dedicated space at the club can be set aside for groups for semi-private dining options. Its culinary team are also available for cooking demonstrations in this space.

At The Deck, an open-air space with day beds, sun loungers, deck chairs and beanbags, planners can hold casual networking sessions such as casual drinks, informal dining, cocktails and canapés for up to 50 guests. There is also a covered space called The Venue, where its ocean views are perfect for a dedicated and private meeting space, day and night events and formal cocktail functions for up to 50 guests.

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The Malamala Beach Club has hosted corporate events with Coca-Cola.

Fun activities
Upon arrival at the island, a memorable, fun-filled day of unwinding and chilling out awaits.

The Malamala Beach Club, which opened in 2017, boasts spectacular ocean views with all of its main facilities within easy access. They even offer complimentary use of its non-motorised water sports equipment such as snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding. Perfect for organising team activities.

Over the past couple of years, the island had hosted corporate events with Coca-Cola and the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ). It has also held sporting events such as Ocean Swim Fiji in 2018.

Planners can pre-book poolside day beds for guests to rest and relax with a cool drink in hand, while enjoying stunning views of the Mamanuca Islands. For those who enjoy the finer things in life, private cabanas for the day are available for booking where a butler awaits your guests as they arrive from the jetty.

The infinity edge pool is a spectacle just by itself - and great for that Instagram shot to make colleagues back home jealous.

Mouthwatering delights
Malamala Beach Club offers a delicious a-la-carte menu from light bites to tame your cravings. There are also pacific-inspired meals and shared platters, an array of hand-crafted cocktails and a club-like atmosphere with upbeat tunes mixed all day long.

Sunny and breezy, its dining areas cater to anything from poolside snacking to relaxed seated dining. Inspired by the chefs' rich experience throughout the South Pacific, each dish is balanced, nourishing and full of fresh Pacific flavours.

Expect small bites through to substantial sharing platters, with a few treats to satisfy your sweet tooth. The food menu is complemented by a selection of imported wines, beers and handcrafted tropical cocktails.