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New Resort on Sunset Strip in Korotogo, Kaila Na Ua, to Open New Year’s Day

The room rates range from $520 to $325.
21 Dec 2021 11:00
New Resort on Sunset Strip in Korotogo, Kaila Na Ua, to Open New Year’s Day
Kaila Na Ua owners Rosalind and Warren Lake standing in front of the entrance to their Kaila Na Ua Resort Sunset Strip, Korotogo on December 16, 2021. Photo: Maraia Vula

 Kaila Na Ua Resort, an investment of $4.68 million (NZ$3.25 million) opens on New Year’s Day. 

The resort located on Sunset Strip, Korotogo is owned by Rosalind and Warren Lake. 

Mrs Lake is no stranger to Fiji, she was born here. With the international borders slowly reopening, the target market for this new resort is international guests from Australia, New Zealand, America, China, Canada, and Europe. 

Asked why did they wanted to invest in Kaila Na Ua, Mr Lake said: “Rosalind dearly wanted to return to her country of birth.”

Mrs Lake said: Warren saw a tiny advert in the NZ Herald and he said let’s go and experience it 

“We spent a weekend at this old tired resort and saw the wonderful potential it had. 

“The position is in the middle of the Sunset Strip which we call the Golden Mile where guests from many resorts flow out of the hotels and enjoy the sunset beach. 

“The spectacular sunsets with the beautiful hues of red, pink, and yellow are amazing.”

About the owners

Mr Lake began as a car groomer and worked his way up to management running very big motor car companies and was GM to Jaguar, Jeep, Chrysler and Toyota in New Zealand.

“Rosalind was born in Fiji alongside four other siblings and always wanted to be a school teacher like her parents. 

“Her dad taught at Derrick Technical Institute and her mum taught at Suva Grammar School in Fiji. When she left school she studied at Auckland Teachers College and became a teacher and Assistant Principal and Acting Principal. 

“As a family, we have five young adults ranging in age of 18 to 35 years old and proudly have five grandchildren.”

Why was Kaila Na Ua, chosen as the name for the resort? the couple said: “We wanted something that reflected the area we live in on the Coral Coast. 

“The name we came up with Kaila Na Ua – the Fijian meaning of roar or shout of the waves was reflected in the crashing sound of the waves over the reef along the coral coast. 

“A beautiful sound to lull yourself to sleep every night.”

 

The interior of a room at Kaila Na Ua Resort. Photo: Maraia Vula

The interior of a room at Kaila Na Ua Resort. Photo: Maraia Vula

Room rates

The couple said the room rates range from $520 to $325.

“Opening rates and special deals to come soon…We have put all our energy, creativity and love into making a beautiful resort that has beautiful lush, tropical gardens full of colourful parrots, native flowering plants such as frangipanis and hibiscus. 

“Our elegant, private, and Fijian style suites all have a modern twist offering a mix embracing sustainable design and functionality. 

“Tapa Cloths from the island of Vatulele are a centrepiece in every room alongside a locally designed artist who painted Frangipani Art which has been framed. 

“Magimagi has been weaved on the beams to enhance the Fijian style. 

“All suites are fully self-contained for cooking local produce or if you don’t feel like cooking…wander down to the many restaurants and bars along the Sunset Strip.” 

The couple shared that seven new jobs were created from receptionist, cleaner, maintenance, gardener, accountant, IT, nanny.

 

Kaila Na Ua Resort swimming pool. Photo: Maraia Vula

Kaila Na Ua Resort swimming pool. Photo: Maraia Vula

Kaila Na Ua activities:

  • Swimming pool 
  • Kayaks
  • SUP Boards
  • American Bikes
  • Swimming off the beach
  • Entertainment Suite to watch DVDs (like Village 6) etc… 

Kaila Na Ua future plans

The couple’s vision is to be a resort where returnees come and enjoy the Kaila experience and share their relaxing rejuvenating experience with their friends. 

“We would like to be known as one of the best resorts to stay at. 

“We cater for families, special birthdays and reunions where you can book the entire resort to yourselves. 

“Soon to have weddings on the beach and receptions in the lush tropical gardens at the front of the resort-private yet beautiful.”

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj



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