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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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