A Fam­ily Hide­away

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Zealand and then Aus­tralia. He was work­ing for a com­pany when he took the day off for the birth of the sec­ond of his four daugh­ters. He said that when he got back to work next day, he was fired. That was all the in­cen­tive he needed to set up as a de­vel­oper on his own. Af­ter more than 20 years abroad, he turned his skills to Fiji. He de­signed the Bayview re­sort him­self in a clever con­struc­tion of 20 vil­las clus­tered in a way that pro­vides all of them with pri­vacy, se­cu­rity and an at­trac­tive out­look. Part of the view is in­deed the promised par­a­disi­a­cal palm trees sil­hou­et­ted against a trop­i­cal sun­set and a slowly dark­en­ing Nadi Bay. Bayview Cove is pop­u­lar amongst tourists and as part of its ser­vices, of­fer tour ser­vices tai­lored to suit the in­di­vid­ual guests pref­er­ences to en­sure guests make the most of their stay. The in­no­va­tive de­sign gives each villa a central liv­ing area with a well equipped kitchen sec­tion. There are good qual­ity ap­pli­ances, re­frig­er­a­tor, cooker and air­con­di­tion­ing and at­trac­tive. Cus­tom made ma­hogany fur­ni­ture through­out. A large bed­room big enough for a king-sized bed or three sin­gles, and a bath­room, open off one side of the liv­ing area. A sin­gle, self con­tained room with a large bed, a bath­room, equipped kitch­enette and its own en­try opens off the other side of the liv­ing area. This room can be locked off from the main area, pro­vid­ing af­ford­able ac­com­mo­da­tion for those who want just a sin­gle room, while the other sec­tion can be used as a dou­ble, or the whole villa opened as a fam­ily unit. As Buksh has wound his way through the pa­per­work and per­mis­sions for build­ing and es­tab­lish­ing a vis­i­tor in­dus­try busi­ness, he has come up with an idea that he says is used in some other coun­tries to speed up the process and con­trol the temp­ta­tion to cor­rup­tion. Buksh sug­gests a scale of of­fi­cial charges, higher for some­thing needed in a hurry, less for some­thing the ap­pli­cant is pre­pared to wait a bit longer for, and a nor­mal rate for the usual length of time it takes to process. Fiji has al­ready in­tro­duced this sys­tem in the Im­mi­gra­tion de­part­ment for pass­port ap­pli­ca­tions, where it works ef­fi­ciently and well. The Bayview restau­rant is an invit­ingly cool, open sided area very handy to the equally invit­ing swim­ming pool. Im­por­tantly for par­ents, the chil­dren’s shal­low area is on the side where mums and dads can sit with cof­fee or cold drinks while watch­ing their lit­tle ones. Mrs Noorun Buksh keeps a sharp eye on the kitchen that pro­vides meals rang­ing from Fiji cur­ries to Ital­ian to ba­sic hol­i­day fare, in sub­stan­tial serves with tasty, home-cooked flavours…although the well-equipped villa kitchens make it easy for fam­i­lies to cook their own. Self-cater­ing is the way to go with lit­tle chil­dren, although the par­ents may find the tastes of the Bayview Cove kitchen en­tic­ing. There are no high priced drinks, but you can bring your own for a nom­i­nal cork­age. Mr Buksh also keeps a fond eye on his horses, well cared for an­i­mals that are avail­able to guests for rid­ing when they aren’t off on ex­cur­sions to the moun­tains, is­land day trips or the plen­ti­ful beaches and tourist at­trac­tions nearby. Mrs Buksh has had an in­ter­est­ing ca­reer, tak­ing her on a track as var­ied as the Aus­tralian army, a youth coun­selling agency and into run­ning a highly suc­cess­ful school as well as rais­ing four daugh­ters and a son. Although this is her first en­try into the tourism in­dus­try, she is de­ter­mined to make it a busi­ness suc­cess also.

Orig­i­nally from Suva, even af­ter so many years abroad with her hus­band Mrs Buksh has a keen sense of what lo­cal trav­ellers want. She knows that many Suva peo­ple of­ten go to go the west to drop vis­i­tors to the airport or for events and func­tions, par­tic­u­larly wed­dings, and like to make a hol­i­day week­end of it. They look for ac­com­mo­da­tion that is quiet, fam­ily ori­ented and safe, with plen­ti­ful hot wa­ter and de­cent cook­ing fa­cil­i­ties. Just fol­low the di­rec­tions if Bayview Cove is what ap­peals. And if you get there and find it even more ap­peal­ing, you can own a piece of this se­cret getaway from the 20 lots avail­able for sale. Just ask the Buk­shes on site. www.bayview­cove.com

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