Guests at Koro Sun Resort can head off on kayaking adventures from private docks attached to their overwater “bures.” // © 2015 Koro Sun Resort
Feature image (above): The floating adults-only accommodations sit on a protected lagoon. // © 2015 Koro Sun Resort
Couples pondering a romantic vacation in Fiji now have a reason to book Koro Sun Resort on the northern Fijian island of Vanua Levu. The resort has unveiled a unique overwater “bures” concept, dubbed “Floating Bures” — and it’s generating a lot of buzz. The adults-only, thatched-roof bungalows float in a protected lagoon, but are attached to a dock system that’s linked with the shoreline.
“Why stay overwater when you can stay on the water,” said Merlyn Young Ellis, the director of marketing for Koro Sun Resort. “You can wake up floating over the water, which is not something people get to do every day.”
Ellis’ father, Jack Young, is the resort owner and architect of the property. Her family has operated the 50-bungalow Koro Sun for 14 years.
“Clients who are best suited to the experience at Koro Sun are curious travelers, who have come to Fiji to experience the friendly, warm culture of the Fijians in a boutique resort setting,” she said.
Ellis noted that Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second-largest island in the northern region, is very popular among U.S. travelers, partly because the destination is less commercialized than other areas of Fiji. Koro Sun is located in Savusavu on the island’s southern tip.
“Savusavu is regarded by the Fijians as a hidden paradise, where Fiji is as it was perhaps 50 years behind the main island,” Ellis said. “Our lush tropical backdrop of virgin rainforest and pristine reef makes an incredible playground.”
The new Floating Bures welcomed their first guests in May. Ellis wants couples and honeymooners to take full advantage of their accommodations and use them as launching points for water adventures.
“Guests who stay in the Floating Bures love to explore the lagoon in front of the resort with their own private kayak,” she said. “They can paddle from the privacy of their own bure or snorkel and explore the underwater world right outside.”
The eight new individually designed bures feature handcrafted interior furnishings made from Raintree wood, creating a feel similar to what guests might find onboard a high-end, classic yacht. Guests can also expect to find a built-in king-size captain’s bed; a contemporary bathroom outfitted with a rain shower; a private deck with a daybed and a private dock.
And while the Floating Bures are located on the property’s marina in the adults-only peninsula, Ellis noted that Koro Sun is a great resort for families and a particularly good fit for multigenerational travelers.
“We can offer accommodations with multiple bedrooms and great educational programs for children at our Jungle Kids Club for those ages 12 and under,” she said. “Children under the age of 3 are offered complimentary nanny service, so that mom and dad can enjoy time together as well.”
In addition, all non-motorized activities are included, so clients can enjoy unlimited snorkeling, kayaking, bike riding, tennis, golf, guided hikes and cultural demonstrations.
“Our most popular excursion is the Natewa Bay dolphin and snorkeling trip,” Ellis said, “and one of the best experiences while visiting Koro Sun is to sit around the kava bowl at night and listen to the house band playing and singing Fijian songs.”