SILENCE is golden and so is the upgrade taking place at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa.
Sofitel's extensive guestroom refurbishment program will commence this October and is expected to create maximum impact on completion yet minimum interruption during its progression.
General manager Adam Laker said following a soft renovation of certain public areas at the resort over the past 12 months, focus has now shifted to guest rooms.
"We will update half of our room inventory from mid October. During this time we will change the look and feel of our guest rooms, including 10 suites."
Mr Laker explained that the integrity of the resort experience for current guests is a priority over the renovation period.
"We don't want our current guests to be inconvenienced, so at no time will they ever see any work in progress, as we will isolate each block being worked on one at a time.
"Unlike a city hotel where there is noise floor to floor, our resort is only three floors high and expansive, so we have the luxury of being able to close off entire blocks with minimal disruption. There will be no jack hammering, pulling down of walls or any other excessive noise."
Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa's new look will involve a luxury upgrade of all furniture, carpet floorings, paint, wallpaper and glass shower screens. As part of the facelift, Sofitel will also introduce a new luxury room category available from April 2012, positioned above the resort's superior room type yet below its suites.
These new luxury rooms will receive personal Bose iPod and iPhone docking stations and an updated version of Sofitel's famous Mybed, to ensure the most comfortable sleep in Fiji.
In collaboration with leading hotel interior design consultants, the Carmody Group, Adam Laker and the Sofitel team have designed a vibrant yet refined room concept seemingly inspired by the muted yellow and leather colours made famous by iconic French fashion house, Louis Vuitton.
The result is an exuberant blend of texture and colour, befitting its refined Sofitel label, and Fijian island address.
Stitched high leather bed heads, desk chairs and strong timber and polished Fijian shell writing desks provide a handsome structure reminiscent of LV's tell tale travel totes and luggage. These strong elements are complemented by the otherwise soft yet elegant furnishings of each guest room and suite, punctuated with crisp white quilts and cool colonial style shutters to provide light relief from the bright Fijian sun.
Fijian floral signatures are evident on contemporary cushions, intricate wood and shell ornaments and other artwork have been introduced to reinforce the resort's tropical location and appreciation of local culture and style.