An artist's impression of the future Rydges Wailoaloa

EVT Hotels and Resorts is set to bring the Rydges brand to Fiji with the signing of a 258-room new-build resort.

EVT Director of Hotels and Resorts, Norman Arundel, shared the news exclusively with delegates from the stage at the inaugural AHICE South East Asia on Thursday.

“This partnership is an exciting development for Rydges and continues EVT Hotels and Resorts strategic focus on brand expansion, in both local and targeted international markets,” said Arundel.

“Fiji is a beautiful country with a rich heritage, a holiday climate and picturesque ocean views. We look forward to bringing our refreshingly local philosophy and extensive hotel management experience to the Fijian hospitality sector.”

The future Rydges Wailoaloa will be developed by owners Hari Punja and Sons Limited on the beach front at Wailoaloa Beach, with Chairman, Hari Punja, saying it is a welcome boost economic boost for Fiji’s construction and tourism industries  amid an accommodation shortage in the country.

The property will feature a cultural village, extensive recreation facilities, spa, event and conferencing spaces, multiple food and beverage outlets, as well as Fiji’s largest swimming pool and swim-up rooms.

Development is expected to take up to two years, with the opening slated for late 2026.

Bringing extensive experience in regional accommodation, Rydges will bring its ‘refreshingly local’ approach to the new hotel with the EVT design team collaborating with interior designers to reflect by textures and tones that are naturally Fijian.

Rydges Wailoaloa joins the 43 Rydges Hotels and Resorts currently in operation across Australia and New Zealand.