WHO WE ARE
The development team behind this project is a small group of friends from New Zealand and the United States who are focused on creating the ultimate waterman's paradise. Each of us is passionate about creating something where we can share our love of ocean activities with our friends and family. All of us have traveled the world pursuing ocean activities and this development encompasses our ideal. We see Vunabaka as catering to all generations of our families; husband and wife on a romantic getaway, a guy's trip, a girl's trip, or a great experience for all the family to enjoy together.
We are also owners and are building homes for our families enjoyment, thus we place great importance on our environment and look forward to building a community together that we will be proud of for generations to come.
Our vision is to create a community that we can all enjoy for generations to come.
This marina based community will give residents and guests open access to all ocean based activities while the Six Senses Fiji will help ensure the entire community runs efficiently and professionally.
The key to our vision is building a community that is focused on long term sustainability, and one that emphasizes adding beauty to our lives.
Vunabaka takes great pride in learning your families’ individual preferences and anticipating your every need. The Six Senses Fiji will manage and coordinate your itinerary and facilitate arrangements necessary to ensure your stay is seamless and effortless.
Richard Priest is a design-focused Architect offering a product of the highest quality. His style of architecture leans towards the contemporary, but also allows the site and client brief to direct the development of any project.
Richard describes the site at Vunabaka as the best he's ever seen. It has every element you could ask for on a tropical island; a stunning sandy bay, welcoming marina, varied elevation, original rainforest, and a generous fresh water aquifer. The site is graciously oriented to capture dazzling sunsets and is protected from the trade winds in an amphitheater like setting.
“What struck me about this particular project is that it offered much more than any other luxury tropical island development. For starters the only way to get around is by boat so you get an immediate sense of island life, but more than that this, Vunabaka becomes a sanctuary. The hidden harbour that is created behind the main beach emphasizes the significant natural land forms and the fauna that surrounds it culminating at the rainforest and the Baka tree.This in turn leads up to the natural water spring from which flows a fresh water swimming lagoon, beautiful rainforest walks, and other related activity areas. Importantly, the tree was a meeting place for people on the island and has a spiritual significance that underlies its size.”
The intent of the architecture is to emulate the Fijian vernacular in the design of both the villas and the settlement itself. Construction of simple pavilions connected by covered walkways gives emphasis to both the outdoor spaces and to the wider environs.
“It is important to design that which is appropriate for both the site and the environment and in this way the architecture at Vunabaka is a response to both. I wanted the development as a whole to appear as any village in Fiji would from the water . And as you get closer to the building and as you inhabit the pavilions the aesthetic, while remaining honest, becomes more refined.”
Guided by a philosophy based upon the triple bottom line, all of our decisions are considered within the context of:
- Their economic viability;
- Consideration of all the stakeholders within the community, including the homeowners, hotel guests and local villages;
- Their environmental impact
We have various examples already of how this filter is guiding our decisions. As an example the structure of lot ownership (99 year leasehold) has been set up to preserve the underlying ownership of the land by the local tribes (Mataqali). In addition they will generate sustainable revenue streams by way of a share in the leases on the land and an ownership share in the resort management company.
We also intend to employ local people wherever the opportunity presents itself and to partner with them in the ongoing development of their public services like education and health.
Included within our stakeholder base of home owners are philanthropists who together have created immense impact in various social and environmental projects throughout the world and we intend to leverage these experiences and expertise to leave Malolo Island and Fiji in a better state than when we arrived. If we can do this in this small corner of the world we hope it can serve as an inspiration and model for successful "eco tourism".
The natural beauty and wildlife of Vunabaka will be protected and preserved. We have applied innovative initiatives to prevent soil erosion, promote ecological biodiversity, protect our indigenous rainforest, keep our water source clean, create windbreaks, and utilize building practices that help us blend into the environment around us.
Within our plans, we intend to landscape extensively with indigeneous plant species, and maintain a large scale greenhouse and garden areas to grow our own fruits and vegetables on-site. In conjunction with the local community we also plan to undertake a reforestation program of Fijian Kauri across as much of the island as feasible.
We recognize that the ocean and land we occupy is a precious resource and everything we do is aimed at preserving and protecting this resource so we can all enjoy it for many generations to come!