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More Exciting Land Development Plans To Follow Renovations: Darren Shaw

The Korotogo resort on the Coral Coast, will operate within 60 to 70 per cent occupancy during the period of renovation. General manager, Darren Shaw, said all 254 guest rooms and bures were included in renovation plans scheduled for this year.
24 Feb 2022 16:30
More Exciting Land Development Plans To Follow Renovations: Darren Shaw
Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort general manager, Darren Shaw, inside the resort’s superior room. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Major renovations and refurbishment works are expected to begin from July at one of Fiji’s coastal resorts.

But more exciting plans surround the property’s 450 acres of land, Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, management has hinted.

“As soon as we get past the renovations, there will be some more exciting plans coming up because we have got about 450 acres of land around us,” general manager, Darren Shaw, said.

 

Guest Experience
The Korotogo resort on the Coral Coast, will operate within 60 to 70 per cent occupancy during the period of renovation.

General manager, Darren Shaw, said all 254 guest rooms and bures were included in renovation plans scheduled for this year.

He oversaw a phase of the resort’s renovation in 2008, when he was the resort manager.

 

“It is an achievement to say that we have been able to renovate or set up hotels, as it can have an impact on the total guest experience,” he said.

Management will ensure the renovation is successful, Mr Shaw said.

 

The areas that would be renovated include:
– the all-day dining restaurant, which is going to receive a full makeover.

– the resort’s lounge bar, which will also get a full renovation, and

– the lobby area including all guest rooms and bures.

 

Renovation will be carried out one building at a time, as a gradual process, Mr Shaw said.

 

The Origins
In 1989, Geoff Shaw bought what was then a small tourism property built on the site of a former dairy farm.

He undertook a major refurbishment, including diverting a portion of the Queen’s Highway, to create the original 72 room The Reef Resort.

In 1999, Mr Shaw collaborated with Outrigger Enterprises Group in a joint venture to rebuild the site to include 254 rooms.

 

The project was FJ$50million (US$23 million), they rebuilt the site to include 254 rooms and thatched bures based on the architectural style of a traditional Fijian waterfront village.

The new property was named The Outrigger Reef Fiji and received its first guests in October2000.

In 2004, the hotel was renamed Outrigger On The Lagoon Fiji; the same year, it was rated five star by AAA Tourism, Australia.

 

In February 2014, Mr Shaw sold his complete shareholding to Outrigger Enterprises Group.

Early 2015, as part of a global brand repositioning by the Hawaii-based family company, it was renamed Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort.

Work on the new capital projects commenced in February 2016 with an upgrade to the resort’s main lagoon swimming pool.

Recognised as Fiji’s premier family resort, its unique Talai Butler Service and Meimei Nanny Service have endeared it to both the family market, and the couples and destination weddings market.

 

Feedback: nicolette.chambers@fijisun.com.fj



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