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Koro Sun Floating Bures Near Completion

Koro Sun Floating Bures Near Completion
May 30
09:20 2015

Works on Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa’s floating bures are expected to be completed within the next couple of weeks.

The investment made into the floating bure project is a partnership with ANZ Fiji which is understood to be an investment of around FJ$5million.

The floating bure concept has been a dream shared between resort owner/director, Jack Young and his friend of some 30 years, Joe Nelson who is currently the project director.

Mr Young’s vision and risk management approach along with Mr Nelson’s technical background of designing and engineering have combined well.

They have embraced some of the traditional technology to create something as innovative as a ‘floating bure’.

The project commenced with the outer Peninsula units now known as the Edgewater bures and then further discussions evolved into determining how best to utilise and develop the ‘harbor’ concept.

Resort co-general manager Josaia Rayawa said: “After some extensive work and appraisal done on the harbour concept some five years ago, the idea of floating bures in the harbour/lagoon was birthed.

“The project director is currently working to complete the eight floating bures in the next couple of weeks.

“The addition of the floating bures to Koro Sun Resort’s list of categories will no doubt extend to a strong and unique market positioning.

“It would be a great way for us to move the guest experience seamlessly from the rainforest to the reef, so to speak.”

The algae that has attached itself to the flotation models or pontoons has created some interesting off-shoot with wonderful habitat for sea life recreating itself around the floating bure.

“You basically can enjoy fish and sea life right off your deck,” Mr Raiyawa said.

“As Mr Nelson puts it, just like our Edgewater Bures, the floating bures, we reckon, are one of the best values in Fiji when you think in terms of the overall guest experience and what you get for the money”.

The resort’s primary market is the United States of America.

The new product will be marketed to the European market, China and not to mention, our neighbours in Australia and New Zealand.

“We are hoping that the local market will feel adventurous enough to consider this product too,” Mr Raiyawa said.

“In the area of accommodation, there is nothing more unique than the floating bure right now in Fiji and dare I say, in the South Pacific.

“I would venture to add that this is the first of its kind in Fiji and in the South Pacific.”

Both men, Mr Young and Mr Nelson, had the vision and the imagination to look at the space in the harbor and birthed this concept.

“That is to have a small Fijian-style bure to float, providing a truly ‘on-the-water’ experience in a protective harbor inside a protective lagoon,” Mr Raiwaya said.

“Just launching right off your deck for a lagoon swimming experience or kayaking to the reef is not just some run-of-the mill experience. This is truly inspirational.”

Every guest who will stay in the floating bure will first be informed about the importance of the lagoon environment; they are a ‘guest’ in.

This will enable them to also take a sense of responsibility which is the latest buzz now with the new type of traveller.

“Gone are the days where visitors would float out beer bottles and then pot them with pebbles to see who breaks the first bottle, as a way of having fun,” Mr Raiyawa said.

“The new type of traveller wants to have a great time but they also want to enjoy their time responsibly, by feeling like they contributed adds value to their holiday experience.”

Mr Raiyawa feels that Koro Sun Resort developers have played their part in contributing to Fiji’s whole unique point of difference.

“What’s the point of having 20 brand hotels of the same kind all over Fiji that, in my humble views lacks imagination and vision,” he said.

“Every resort ought to have at least a unique point of difference that is one way of diversifying our market base.

“We ought to be imaginative, creative and free – these are all the characters of Fiji, anyway.”

Mr Rayawa noted there ought to be recognition for such ingenuity in accommodation type.

“It ought to be regarded as a ‘feather in the cap’ for Fiji tourism at large and being a Savusavu resort, it only adds further to the uniqueness of Savusavu as a destination.

“I know there is a lot of attention and much emphasis placed on big tourism developments especially if it’s a 300 room or a 400 room resort/hotel opening up in Fiji.

“This is because the volume impact is often the most definitive factor in that type of development which is more rooms for more people.

“However for a small boutique resort like Koro Sun Resort and many other boutique resorts, like ours, the definitive factor here is all about having a unique and innovative product.

“That is some people are willing to pay to come and experience.

“Having an emphasis of a higher yield and a quality-driven approach will also mean lesser carbon-foot print impact on the environment. What better way to manage a unique product.”

Mr Raiyawa said he understood the directors will allow this development to settle well into the market before any further development can be considered.

“We are on a 150 acre land property so there is still a lot of room for more innovative plans and development,” he said.

“I would encourage our local corporate market to dare themselves to experience a break that is truly out of the norm and come experience the beauty of Savusavu and all it has to offer.

“They can start right here at Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa.”

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

 

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