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Tokoriki Island Resort Plans $5m Renovations

Tokoriki Island Resort Plans $5m Renovations
Tokoriki Island Resort owners Yvonne Turnbull and Andrew Turnbull. Photo: SALOTE QALUBAU
August 31
11:55 2015

Major renovation plans are in place for Tokoriki Island Resort in the Mamanucas.

Chairman, Andrew Turnbull, who acquired the five-star property 20 years ago, has confirmed $5 million investment plans.

He made these revelations as the resort celebrated its 20th anniversary on Saturday evening.

The resort is expected to close briefly in January to allow for the renovations.

“We will be spending probably about $5 million because we are redoing the whole main complex,” he said.

“We’re also doing the kitchen, new bar, new refrigeration, and staff quarters, new jetty where the boats can pull up to and where helicopters can land.”

As part of more expansion plans, Mr Turnbull said they are building swimming pools for each bure and so that will be 36 swimming pools in total.

Sister resort

Meanwhile, Mr Turnbull confirmed talks are in place to build a sister resort.

“I am in the process of looking at buying some land and starting up a new one,” he said.

“We would then do a new four & half star family resort because this one is just for couples.”

Mr Turnbull said key selling points were the beach front, every room would have a private outdoor shower, air-conditioning and king size bed

Also they are building a school in Yanuya.

“We have spent a lot of money in building the school and we’ll continue to do it. Even though we are Australian citizens, we try and give back to the country,” he said.

How it started

A holiday in Fiji had sparked interest in Mr Turnbull to invest in a resort business in Fiji.

The 20th anniversary of Tokoriki Island Resort was marked by about 80 guests from various sectors of the tourism industry on Saturday.

Mr Turnbull bought the resort back in 1995 for about $3 million.

He described the first three years as being very hard but he said since then, it’s just gone from strength to strength.

The resort started out with 19 bures and has grown to 36 at present.

Mr Turnbull said he regarded the staff of Tokoriki Island resort as its most valuable aspect.

“We have an old saying ‘Arrive as a visitor and leave as a friend’ and it’s just so true. What makes the difference is our staff because we treat them like family,” he said.

“We try and portray personalised customer service and quite luxury.”

He said the resort had started off with 40 staff members and now has 133.

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