THE owners of Mamanuca-based Tokoriki Island Resort are planning to invest in a new property that will cater to families.
Resort owner and director Andrew Turnbull said there would be no further expansion of their existing 36-bure property.
“There won’t be any development on this island and this resort and the reason for this is because one of our key selling points is beachfront bure and we’ve now run out of beachfront,” he said.
“We sell the fact that we are personalised and when you get many more villas or bure than 36, you lose that ability for your staff to know everybody by their names the minute they arrive.
“So we’ve decided that rather than expanding Tokoriki as a couple’s island, we’re going to open a new one, which will be the Tokoriki family equivalent of what we’ve got.”
He said the agreement for the new resort was likely to be signed within the next week, after which the location for the property would be disclosed.
Once built, Mr Turnbull said guests would be able to experience the same hospitality received at their couples-only resort.
“We will build a family resort of about 40 bure but it will be of 4.5 star calibre as well.”
Mr Turnbull also said investing into the property and upgrading facilities was of utmost importance.
He also attributed the success of Tokoriki Island Resort to its staff.
Earlier this year, TripAdvisor announced the resort as the number one property for luxury and romance in Fiji and the South Pacific. It was also ranked 16 out of 25 in the world’s best hotels list.
This article first appeared in The Fiji Times on June 2, 2016.