TURNING a major setback into a $5.5million work of art, the Rosie Hotel Group welcomed their first guests at Malolo Island Resort yesterday,
The resort had to close down following damages sustained during Tropical Cyclone Evan last December.
About 70 guests were welcomed by Rosie managing director Tony Whitton and landowners from the mataqali Ketenamasi.
Mr Whitton also welcomed the Sommer family, fourth time visitors to Malolo, and honoured them with the unveiling of the rehabilitated resort.
The Rosie Group head acknowledged the work done by architect Adrian Soffield and contractors Miki Construction in rebuilding the resort in six months, a task that should have taken about a year to complete.
"An ingenious plan was hatched on how to turn a major setback into a force for good," he said.
"I'm blessed to have many bright people in my management team and we spent one day locked up in a room thinking of how we could enhance the lives of our employees and customers who come to this resort."
Guests at Malolo marvelled at the refurbishment which included a new 100 seater Terrace Restaurant, a 60-seater fully air-conditioned signature restaurant and private events venue.