On Saturday 16th of May 2015, the new Rhum-Ba and Denarau Yacht Club were officially opened by the President of Fiji, Sir Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.
Officiating the proceedings, he commended the owners, Mr. Mike Dennis and Mr. Nigel Skeggs for their commitment to Fiji and the building that was a result of a collaboration by various parties.
The Rhum-Ba and Denarau Yacht Club is set to be the premier restaurant, bar and social club in Fiji. The need and desire for the Yacht Club has been present since the inception of the working marina, and has been a topic of discussion among locals for several years. With the growing number of residents, visiting yachts and tourists to the area, The Rhum-Ba and Yacht Club will be poised to cater for this growing market.
The Rhum-Ba menu philosophy is based on using fresh quality ingredients, prepared in a simple manner. According to the Yacht Club, the kitchen, which is under the guidance of executive chef, Henry Selman, is committed to using local farm fresh flavours and ingredients throughout the menu with the goal of keeping imported products to a minimum.
The Rhum-Ba kitchen will be open from 11:00am to 10:00pm, seven days a week, serving late breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Rhum-Ba will also feature a selection of wines and cocktails, and as a world first, will be the only bar outside of New Zealand to have Lion Breweries premium beer, Steinlager Pure on tap. In addition, through this partnership, Speights’ Cider will also be available on tap.
Michael Dennis commented, “We are very excited about our relationship with Lion and look forward to launching more new products for Fiji over the coming year.”
As the name implies, The Rhum-Ba will be renowned for its large selection of rums (rhum) from around the world. Currently there are 100 rums on offer with this set to grow over time.
Nigel Skeggs commented, “Rum is an incredibly diverse spirit with a colourful and important maritime history. Our intention is not just to stock Rum but also to inspire our customers to explore the different varieties and gain more knowledge of rum. We intend to hold rum appreciation courses and rum also features heavily in our cooking which adds a fun and unique element to our cuisine.”
A 20-minute drive from Nadi International Airport, Port Denarau Marina is Fiji’s premier marina facility. The basin contains 63 commercial and 52 fully serviced private berths, and 14 swing moorings, including 14 berths capable of taking superyachts up to 85 metres in length with 5 metres draft.
For more information, visit Port Denarau Marina.