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Real Estate

Paradise for Sale
By Olga Mironenko

Youve dreamed of it so often, or thought about it in the melting heat of the stifling city: a paradise to run away to, where you can breathe in blissful abandon. Good news: the 21st century grants you such an opportunity. Indulge yourself with a treat that even a sweet tooth cant refuse: buy yourself an island.

From you, not much is required: some imagination, a love of exploring the world, and a good designer. Oh, and just a tiny bit of extra money. Some $20-30 million will do.

It is not only lucky shipwreck survivors who get to step onto beautiful but isolated tropical islands. Nowadays affluent people can enjoy the same privilege. Owning your own island gives you all the time in the world to dedicate yourself to whatever it is you always wanted to do. You could write a book, gather coconuts, or just walk along the sandy beach with no one else around. All, that you see before you is yours.

Where should you start your search? Actually, theres more than one answer to this question. Challenge your imagination. Be original. Perhaps consider Fiji. But be sure to think quickly, because what you are being offered is the timeless ownership of one of the finest islands in the world, and one of the last freehold islands in the South Pacific paradise of Fiji.

Fiji is an archipelago comprised of some 332 separate islands in the south-eastern region of the Pacific Ocean. The island group is arranged like a horseshoe around the Koro Sea. This tropical location is world-renowned as a holiday destination due to the warm climate, natural beauty and friendly people.

The 225-acre Blue Lagoon island, which is offered for sale, is 1 mile long by 1/3 mile wide, and rises to 150 ft. It is surrounded by a 5,000-acre lagoon, which offers protection from storms and extreme tides, thus providing the island with calm tranquil waters ideally suited for water sports. It is a comfortable 80 degrees Fahrenheit most of the year. Its just the type of paradise you saw in the movies, dont you think?

Blue Lagoon island has spectacular sugar-white beaches on the east and west sides, with the Katafanga villa development on the west, permitting enjoyment of the magnificent South Pacific sunsets. In the 19th century, Blue Lagoon was an functioning coconut plantation, so that today the island is covered with swaying coconut palms, creating the ultimate tropical ambiance.

For the curious, and those full of energy, the island offers an amazingly wide range of things to do and explore. If your interests incline toward land pursuits, there is golf, cycling, tennis and spelunking (the island boasts nine spectacular caves). Below the high-water mark, the cool, crystal-blue waters are ideal for snorkeling, kayaking and windsurfing. There are opportunities for internationally-acclaimed sport fishing or world-renowned scuba diving. Either way, an intoxicating blend of sights, activities and unforgettable memories await you.

For the less adventurous, there is no need to stray further than the hammock in front of your own spacious villa while gazing at the dazzling lagoon, possibly spying a playful dolphin or a sea turtle. For those who need rest from the outside world, Blue Lagoon is one of the last spots of true bliss and natural luxury.

But this island can offer you even more than all that, since it is home to a world-class resort development, which should be completed within nine months and is already cropping up in travel forms with the longing remark, " if only Katafanga would open". There are opportunities to make money here, too.

Without a doubt, Fiji, with its many scenic islands, is one of the most distinctive and beautiful areas in the world. It is blessed with a mild climate, abundant sea life in its tropical waters, and excellent sailing conditions off-shore. Add to this modern facilities and a local population known for its good humor and hospitality, and it is easy to see why Fiji is such a popular tourist destination.

Another reason for developing a resort on Blue Lagoon Island is quite simple: in recent years tourist numbers in Fiji have been steadily increasing. The Fiji Visitors Bureau predicts that this trend will continue. Only the lack of accommodations can slow this process. At present, demand exceeds the supply. Fiji has a shortage of hotel rooms. This is a powerful incentive for an enterprising person to do business here a perfect opportunity to share your newly discovered paradise with others and be fully rewarded for your generosity.

Blue Lagoon has been a safe haven from storms for Polynesians sailors over the centuries. The entrance to the lagoon is 35 feet deep and about 200 feet wide, recently allowing yachts over 200 feet long the serene protection of the lagoon. The island still provides a safe and pampered haven from the storms of everyday life and is the only resort in the largely uninhabited and pristine archipelago, offering privileged visitors an image of Polynesian life as it was hundreds of years ago. You can become the Paul Gauguin of the 21st century.

The Katafanga Island resort development consists of the main complex plus private villas. The main complex comprises the lobby, lounge, dining pavilion, meeting facilities and a full-service spa. It soars 100 ft above the turquoise lagoon, offering sublime vistas and spectacular sunsets. The lavish private villas are scattered along the crystal-clear waters edge, on a magnificent white sand beach. Spa tubs built for two complete each of the 21 guest villas, which, according to the present designers plan, will feature mosquito- netted four-poster beds and other sumptuous furnishings.

Currently there is a 3,400 ft runway on the island, but this could be extended to 4,000 ft, so neither you nor your guests are likely to face problems with transportation to and from your private paradise.

If you are interested in developing the resort and creating your own small tropical world of 21 regal villas, you will not have to wait. Construction is forecast to be completed in less than nine months, generating an almost immediate return on your investment. There is also the option of selling the beach-front luxury villas to private investors, with or without freehold titles. Or the undeveloped areas of the island could be subdivided to permit individual home development. The undeveloped areas constitute more than half of the island.

Projects like this have been carried out in other areas of the world, as well as in Fiji with great success, generating significant income streams from renting the homes and providing management services to the owners. This is a pleasant challenge for the enterprising business person. You can make your escape, marvel at the pristine ecosystem while indulging in all the amenities of a luxury resort and best of all have an immediate return on your investment. True bliss, isnt it?

The potential of this unique, stunning island is immense. In fact, its all up to you. Enjoy this serene magnificence in much desired solitude, sipping your favorite cocktail in a hammock, diving for fish of unimaginable colors and exploring the mystic depth of the caves, unseen by anyone but you. Or make Blue Lagoon a profitable, luxurious five-star resort and spa.

Make your decision and buy yourself into paradise.

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Fax: +67 9 330 1333
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