Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji, one of the most renowned luxury vacation destinations in the South Pacific, plans to reopen on 1 September 2016 after completion of previously planned renovations and extensive restoration following Tropical Cyclone Winston, the most severe tropical cyclone on record to make landfall in the southern hemisphere. The reopening marks the first time guests will be welcomed back to the resort since the cyclone struck the island nation on 20 February.
“The outpouring of compassion and support we have received on both a regional and international level is truly incredible,” said Bart Simpson, general manager of Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji. “We have been working hard to restore the resort and we are extremely excited and proud to announce that we will be back and better than ever.”
A category 5 Cyclone, Winston slammed into Fiji with sustained winds estimated at 185 mph, the strongest in the island nation’s recorded history. The storm caused immense damage to many structures all over Fiji including Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, located near the small town of Savusavu on the island of Vanua Levu, and almost every home of the resort’s 180 staff members. Following the storm, the owners and management team of Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort partnered with charitable organisations and internally raised funds for the affected staff. In the days preceding the cyclone, the resort provided emergency food and bottled water to all its employees. Throughout the following weeks, the resort helped raise a significant amount of money to further aid the storm victims.
The award-winning luxury resort will reopen on 1 September with its exquisitely appointed guestrooms (bures) and suites, three swimming pools, outstanding restaurant, spa, Bula Club for kids, and dive centre. Guests can once again enjoy the resort’s spectacular ecological experiences, understated natural luxury, and warm hospitality in the traditional Fijian style.