HIDE­AWAY

mailife - - Travel - By SEONA SMILES

Like a grow­ing num­ber of other Fi­jians who have spent decades abroad, the Buk­shes have come home to in­vest in Fiji’s fu­ture – or as Imam Buksh put it “to give some­thing back” to the land of his birth. The re­turns he has so far put in in­clude a ma­jor build­ing project and the es­tab­lish­ment of a new busi­ness that pro­vides em­ploy­ment for Fiji work­ers and adds to Fiji’s rep­u­ta­tion as a tourism des­ti­na­tion…as well as be­ing a beaut new place for lo­cal fam­i­lies in search of safe, rea­son­ably priced, at­trac­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion. It is called Bayview Cove and it is lo­cated on Nadi Bay at the end of Son­aisali road. Just at the mo­ment the big­gest chal­lenge is to find it. The in­for­ma­tion pam­phlet about Bayview Cove sug­gests you should ‘dis­cover Nadi’s hid­den Par­adise’. Fiji is the sort of idyl­lic is­land lo­ca­tion where a hid­den Par­adise is a not all that un­usual. Bayview Cove, how­ever, is just a lit­tle harder to dis­cover for a first time vis­i­tor. If you are seek­ing di­rec­tions to a place in Fiji, you are well ad­vised to ask only taxi driv­ers, they mostly know where they are going. Other well-in­ten­tioned souls who know ex­actly where it is that you want are of­ten not strong on co­her­ent in­struc­tions. You could end up in Raki­raki in­stead of Lautoka if you aren’t care­ful. So I’ll tell you. Bayview Cove is in the area known as Son­aisali and com­ing from Nadi Airport it is about 30 min­utes along Queens Road to the Son­aisali Road turn off on the right. There is a Bayview Cove sign on the right just be­fore you get to the turn and on the cor­ner is a handy shop­ping com­plex, usu­ally busy. Con­tinue al­most to the end of the Son­aisali Road – if you spot the sea you’ve gone too far. Just be­fore that there is a nar­row but good sealed road to the right, lead­ing past some newly built vil­las. Ac­tu­ally ev­ery­thing is new down here, it is a re­sort area just start­ing to boom. Keep going down the road along­side a wa­ter­way, fol­low the last bend to the right and then at the ab­so­lute end is in­deed the Bayview Cove Re­sort. The lo­ca­tion prom­ises tran­quil­lity, which it cer­tainly de­liv­ers. For­tu­nately there is some­thing else. Fiji re­sorts of­ten gen­uinely boast of their friend­li­ness. But the Bayview Cove own­ers are es­pe­cially wel­com­ing, they are de­lighted to share their en­thu­si­asm for their piece of Par­adise. Buksh was orig­i­nally a Ba boy who made his way to New

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