1 May, 2015, 12:00 am
FROM its humble beginnings on October 3, 1976, Musket Cove Resort on Malolo Lailai, has come a long way from its 12 bure island resort.
The resort which was the brainchild of tourism pioneer Dick Smith, has become one of the top five star island resorts in the country.
Resort general manager Garry Snodgrass said 40 years later, the resort now proudly stood as Fiji’s oldest resort company boasting a diverse range of services.
And this includes the recently opened $5million trade house.
The new facility boasts a range of unique boutiques and gift shops for guests.
Company director Josephine Smith Moffat said the facility represented the resort’s historic journey.
“Embracing our family’s and Malolo Lailai’s history were key driving forces in the design inspiration. We have incorporated elements from the islands past both in nautical history and as a copra plantation, colonial architecture of the era and inspiration from the early days of travel in Fiji,” she said.
“Ultimately the new Trader brings a new level of guest experience from arrival to departure, and all done with our signature relaxed style and friendly service.”
The property now consists of 55 villages and bure scattered along the beachfront and throughout the tropical landscaped gardens.
With a land mass of 400 acres, the resort also boasts a marina which hosts the annual Musket Cove Fiji Regatta and its own ferry service that transports guests from Denarau Island.
“Musket is proudly Fijian, which embraces our countries rich and diverse culture and remains committed to delivering a true Fiji Island experience,” he said.
The island resort boasts Malolo Island also contains an airstrip which is also used to deliver guests to and from the resort.