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Koro Resort Bounces Back With Soft Opening

  Koro Sun Resort and Spa in Savusavu is coming out stronger and ready to bounce back after sustaining damage from Tropical Cyclone Winston. Koro Sun Resort and Spa Co-General
08 Mar 2016 09:00
Koro Resort Bounces Back With Soft Opening
Koro Sun Resort and Spa Co-General Manager, Margret Rayawa and Josaia Rayawa in Savusavu. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

 

Koro Sun Resort and Spa in Savusavu is coming out stronger and ready to bounce back after sustaining damage from Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Koro Sun Resort and Spa Co-General Manager, Margret Rayawa, explained that the botanical side of the resort was lucky enough to have all their 26 garden bures sustaining little or no damage to the overall structure.

“We are committed to completing maintenance programme for the garden bures by tomorrow (today March 8) and to at least open the botanical side of the resort for business this week,” Mrs Rayawa said.

“Because of the continued interest of a conference group to still attend their annual event at a nearby resort, the neighbouring resort will be reliant on us in having our bures available to their group as well.”

 

Devastation

The resort, one of the biggest on Vanua Levu, sustained heavy damage to its 24 Edgewater villas.

The Edgewater villas are expected to be back in full operation by August, barring any other related interruptions.

Reflecting back on the fateful morning the cyclone struck, she said: “During my time in the tourism industry, I have experienced about seven or more cyclones, but never one this devastating.”

Koro Sun Resort lost all eight floating bures from the resort dock.

Her husband, Josaia Rayawa, who is also the co-general manager of Koro Sun Resort and Spa said: “Our management team led by my wife were making arrangements on Thursday night (February 17) to get majority of our guests out of Savusavu on Friday morning (February 18).”

By the time, the cyclone hit Savusavu on February 20, the remaining three couples who chose to stay back, were housed at another hotel in town which seemed a safer haven.

“I want to personally acknowledge my wife’s leadership role in making sure her staff and her guests were safe,” Mr Rayawa said.

The couple gave credit to their staff and nearby villagers for turning up to help clean up the debris and damage sustained at the resort.

Insurance Assessors are currently completing their independent assessment on the resort.

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