A half-finished Aman resort in Fiji has been given a new lease of life thanks to Australian billionaire Lang Walker who invested $100 million in developing a luxury resort on the site. We originally reported on this highly anticipated project—an ultra-luxurious private retreat geared for multi-generational getaways—in January 2017 in advance of its soft opening last year.
A recent article by Bloomberg Pursuits provides great insight into Kokomo Private Island, highlighting the fact that “Australia’s 17th richest man spared no expense when building Kokomo, near one of the world’s largest coral reefs.” Instead of looking at the resort as a strategic financial investment or “money maker,” Kokomo is a “passion project, pure and simple.” The 140-acre hedonistic hang-out was designed with its own PADI 5-star Dive Center, restaurants, and spa, despite the small room count (just 21 villas, complete with infinity pools and outdoor showers).
Sustainability is a key focus, with an on-site water filtration system, grey water collection system, organic garden, coral gardening project, and pretty soon, a hydroponic nursery. To quote Bloomberg, “Walker is developing the resort with the same eye toward sustainability and innovation he’s used on his company’s latest initiative, Melbourne’s $2.5 billion Collins Square.” Bloomberg also reports that Kokomo has worked on community involvement, supporting the schools on neighboring islands, training Fijians, and creating employment. In total, 94 percent of the staff come from Fiji.
Kokomo Private Island Resort is a member of Small Luxury Hotels. Looking to buy into paradise? Luxury residences are set to go on the market in 2020.