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A Unique and Secluded 2.5+ acre Lagoon-side Tropical Island Retreat
This very private modern spacious home of 400 square metres (4,300 square feet), perched 45 metres above a beautiful lagoon, was designed by Architects Pacific Fiji to capture spectacular sea views from each of three interconnected Fijian-style bures and has been built to both Australian and New Zealand standards.
The sea side of each bure opens entirely to verandahs each with 180 degree views of reef, islands and the ocean beyond extending to the horizon.
The home looks out over a deep 15 metre by 7.5 metre freeform infinity pool which has been excavated from and set into the rock substrate. The pool appears to merge with the sea. A large thatched gazebo overhangs the pool and is the perfect place to enjoy the breeze while lying in a hammock.
Two and a half acres of former coconut plantation extend down to sea level. More than half of the property has been landscaped with mature palms, fruit trees, shrubs and flowers.
This property is ideal for retirees; as a second or holiday home; as the first component of a small boutique resort; or for anyone with an internet business who would like to live in a tropical paradise while staying connected with the outside world. Simply move in and enjoy.
The property is accessed through high locked gates from a private drive then via a wide circular cement driveway through to a double porte-cochere. A short covered walkway then leads to the entrance. The Vesi-timber double doors open to reveal a jaw dropping view across the horizon edge pool, which merges with the lagoon and then the sea beyond, with 180 degrees of horizon view.
Overall building size
The internal Vesi (beautiful local hardwood) timber floor area totals 247 square metres. There are a further 150 square metres of Rosawa-floored verandahs and Vesi front porch plus another 25 square metres of Vesi-floored gazebo by the pool.
Additional timber decks and extensive timber walkways have been recently added around the outside of the home.
Two large external lockup store rooms provide secure storage. One houses two pool pumps, a filter tank and chlorinator.
Plans are approved for an additional guest cottage and for a garage of 49 square metres on an already levelled site. There is ample room for an extra bedroom to be added to the home.
The house comprises 3 connected bures built on one level and set on 2.58 acres of former coconut plantation 45 metres above the beautiful Maravu lagoon. More than 1.5 acres have been landscaped with a variety of mature palm trees, ornamental shrubs, fruit trees, papaya trees, and many kinds of bananas, passion fruit, pineapples and abundant tropical flowers which are visited by the local birds (including sea birds), butterflies and bees.
The building design features a strong Fijian theme. Soaring 26 feet ceilings beneath insulated galvanised colorbond roofs are overlaid with kuta matting proudly woven by skilled local women. Traditionally made and naturally dyed magi magi is woven around the main ceiling supports and finished with custom-produced masi (tapa) decoration. Extensive architect-designed lighting enhances the features inside and out and there are outdoor power points handy on each verandah and in the gazebo for added convenience.
Bi-fold doors along the sea side of the three bures and entrance foyer open up the entire southern side of the house to the sea breezes and magnificent ever-changing views.
Air conditioners are located in the bedrooms as well as ceiling fans in each bure. The bures are carefully positioned to catch south-east trade breezes and to optimise the views.
The windows in each bure are insect-screened, and one outdoor area is fully insect-screened and protected for outdoor wining, dining and relaxation on those balmy summer nights.
The great bure houses the kitchen, dining and drawing room with pantry, powder room and laundry at the rear.
Clerestory windows high around every bure provide natural filtered light. Cyclone glass is installed in the windows throughout for added safety.
The master bedroom suite is situated on the western side with a large foyer connecting it to the great bure. The foyer opens to sweeping views of the pool, lagoon, reef, sea and islands. The guest bedroom/study suite is arranged on the eastern side and is approached via a breezy louvre-enclosed walkway with views of surf crashing on that reef.
Each bure has its own bathroom. The master bathroom has a bidet, two basins and double shower. A powder room is also located in the great bure and a large hot and cold outdoor shower overarched with tree ferns enjoys views across the sea and to the mountains.
The bench tops and splash-backs in the kitchen are granite. There is one double stainless steel sink plus one single stainless steel sink, glass stove top with retractable exhaust and light, dish-drawer and portable oven (the wall unit is wired for a full sized electric oven if needed). The laundry houses a new front loading washing machine and dryer.
The property is on mains power and also has a backup Robin Subaru 9.5 KVA generator with ignition key start. There are separate fuse boxes located in each bure and in the pool pump room.
The house is designed and rated to withstand an ultimate wind speed of 66 metres per second or 273 km/hr and has full certification for cyclone-protection issued by an insurance-industry recognised Engineer. The house withstood Cyclone Winston, a category 5 cyclone, with no ill effects. The fully fenced property is well drained with generous concreted spoon drains to cope with sudden torrential tropical downpours.
Property insurance is assured by a Certificate of Design and Construction Compliance to Australian and New Zealand standards from the respected firm Engineered Designs of Suva and by the Engineer's cyclone certificate.
Vodafone Wifi, landline telephone plus good mobile reception ensure reliable communication.
Swimming pool, Snorkeling and Diving Sites
The 15 metre by 7.5 metre freeform chlorinated horizon-edge pool has depths ranging from 1.2 metres to 2.4 metres and remains cool enough to refresh throughout the summer.
The pool replicates the shape of the original rock from which it was excavated so that its horizon edge appears to blend with the waters of the lagoon. It is the perfect location for watching the sunset with a cocktail then lingering on for some tropical stargazing.
The gazebo overlooking the pool is roofed in a fine version of Palmex synthetic thatch imported from Canada. It is fire resistant, maintenance free and very natural in appearance. Best of all, it makes no mess in the pool.
A variety of locations for spectacular snorkeling are within a short walk of the property, and fabulous scuba diving is located at a choice of dive sites off the reef directly in front of the property. Dive boats operate daily from a nearby resort as well as from other locations.
Water is supplied from a natural spring further up the hill. The water filter is a multimedia filtration filter (sand, anthracite, garnet and gravel support media) Model No TFM9 manufactured by Contamination Control Technologies. The spring water itself has been tested and is potable before filtration. There is a further filter for drinking water in the kitchen.
Abundant solar hot water is supplied from a double paneled solar collection panel and storage tank. There are also two 5000 litre rain water tanks and pumps. Galvanised colourbond roof over the water tanks within a cemented enclosure serve to keep them cool.
Only 20 minute drive from Savusavu town via tarsealed Hibiscus Highway and close to all Koro Sun Resort amenities.
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