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Hot Idea (TOP LEFT) LLUSTRATION: GETTY IMAGES 12 JAN-FEB 2020 MEETINGS & CONVENTIONS MCMAG-ASIA.COM I n 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 Pacic 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 Looking for unique venues? Try booking an island WORDS STANLEY HO Fiji's Malamala is a heavenly enclave that is perfect for an unforgettable teambuilding session or incentive trip on this island where Tom Hanks lmed 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 rst 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 innity edge pool, and magnicent 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. The Fijian island of Malamala can be reached via a 25-minute ferry ride from Port Denarau. CREDIT: TOURISM FIJI, MALAMALA BEACH CLUB

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