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Vessel Boosts Resort’s Image, Creates More Opportunities

  The inclusion of the upgraded 38-year-old Serenity vessel at the Savasi Island Resort guarantees a boost in economic activities in the province of Cakaudrove. With seven private villas, Savasi
25 Apr 2018 10:00
Vessel Boosts Resort’s Image, Creates More Opportunities
Inside one of the state room on board Serenity.

 

The inclusion of the upgraded 38-year-old Serenity vessel at the Savasi Island Resort guarantees a boost in economic activities in the province of Cakaudrove.

With seven private villas, Savasi a boutique island resort is 10 minutes from Savusavu airport offering an ultimate island retreat experience.

Serenity, the 140 foot tri-level schooner is now moored permanently in its surrounding serene blue waters.

Resort owner Paul Senkov said they have plans to make Savusavu the tourism hub of the north; the inclusion of Serenity will boost tourism activities and create more financial sustainability to those within the vicinity and outsiders.

While Mr Senkov would not disclose how much he had spent on the vessel, he was confident the new inclusion would achieve the reasons they had bought the vessel for.

“We are still working on the ship, but getting closer to completion, it has taken us much longer than we expected, especially lately due to the very bad weather,” Mr Senkov said.

“Savusavu is going to be the tourism hub in the north, there will be opportunities to create more employment and empowering people to nurture small businesses,” he said.

He said once upgrading works are completed, the vessel will not be sailing and or engaged with expeditions as it will be permanently based on Savasi Island.

The facelift includes an opportunity for tourists or diners to dine under the stars on the rear deck or inside in the large common room.

“There’s plenty of space to flop and relax with a book or just snooze,” he said. The vessel used to provide tours to the  Garden Island of Taveuni and its Bouma Falls Reserve, the anomalous cultural enclaves of Rabi and Kioa, the uninhabited Ringgold Atolls and the eco-reserve of Qamea.

National Geographic Adventure listed Tui Tai (now Serenity) among its 25 best trips for 2009 and it’s hard to disagree.

The motor-schooner began life in 1980 as a modest steel-hulled passenger ferry between the islands often carrying up to 300 passengers.

She was acquired by former owners Tige and Morika Young in 2002 and refitted to carry just 24 in comfortable cabins. In 2006, she was remodelled again with more luxurious refinements like a massage/spa, private cabanas and deluxe staterooms.

“Not only can guests enjoy all of Savasi Island’s high-end amenities and extensive activities, but also Serenity’s cinema room, conference facilities and richly furnished lounge, bar and dining room,” he said.

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