Construction of Moana Sands Group’s newest property, Moana Sands Lagoon Resort, has been steadily underway over the last few months. With a focus on location awareness and the environment being at the helm of all decisions during the design and build process, a revised completion date of June 2018 has now been set with details on pre-booking and a soft opening expected to be announced in early 2018.
The addition of Moana Sands Lagoon Resort to the family owned property group was a decision based on tourism growth, with an aim to fulfill the demand for quality mid-range accommodation in the Cook Islands.
The property will be the newest accommodation complex to be built in the tourist hot spot Muri Village. Upon completion, the resort will feature 24 Deluxe Lagoon Studios, an onsite restaurant and bar, a large swimming pool with beach access.
(Views of Muri Lagoon from top level at resort)
A spokesman for the Short family, owners of the Moana Sands Group, recently released a statement on the property’s progress; “we have gone to great lengths to make the property as self sustainable as possible using latest technologies to minimize the impact on our islands infrastructure and delicate environment. We are satisfying the demands of tourism environment whilst maintaining our duty of care towards the environment, our culture and Cook Islands values.”
Decisions are being meticulously made throughout the design and build process, ensuring that environmentally conscious solutions are made at every level. Through research and expert advice from engineers, architects, environmentalist and the many builders, the property has adopted an array new technologies and concepts to achieve their goals of becoming as much of a self sufficient and sustainable property as possible.
Features to support this approach have already included the installation of an advanced technology sewage system imported from Germany; the first well established wastewater tertiary treatment system on the Island. The Cook Islands Ministry of Health has shown interest in the use of these technologies and will closely monitor the Moana Sands system with the intention to introduce similar systems to the island.
The resort also houses a 120,000 litre underground water tank; that will store rainwater from a large roof catchment, the water is then cleansed using the latest water cleansing system, minimizing the resorts need to use the Islands water supply.
The owners have invested in solar power paneling, in order to support water heating and discussions have begun with Te Aponga Uira to allow for power generation to go back into the grid, in the effort to continue to reduce the reliance on Rarotonga’s diesel generated power supply.
Moana Sands Group has also been working in coalition with government agencies, discussing methods they can develop and beautify the beach frontage of the resort, in a way that does not disturb the natural structure of the environment.
Focusing on experimentation and exploration of sustainable and positive environment practices, the local owners of Moana Sands Lagoon Resort are setting an example for future accommodation providers in the Cook Islands.