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SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 19, 2000 – Fiji Times)---A new F$ 60 million (US$ 30.77 million) luxury resort is being planned for Waya Island in Yasawa.

Construction of the project is expected to begin in October.

It will be the first of three such complexes to be built on the island.

The other two resorts, to be built within 10 years, are estimated to cost F$ 60 million (US$ 30.77 million) each.

The resort’s developer, Dr. Daryl Turner, and his wife Gail plan to build the 180-room upscale resort as individual cottage-type structures.

Each cottage will contain a master bedroom, two separate bedrooms, lounge, kitchen and other home-like features.

The resort complex will have a spa, gymnasium, sporting venues, scuba diving and deep-sea fishing.

The Turners, who are American-based New Zealanders, have been associated with the development of several projects on Waya Island, including a school block named after them. They have donated a generator and schoolbooks.

"After a cyclone, I would always assist in whatever way I can and this has been happening over the past 20 years,'' Dr. Turner said.

The Turners originally thought of building a small resort, but decided a bigger project would be more appealing.

"We are targeting the 50 and above age group bracket of mainly Americans and Europeans,'' Dr. Turner said.

Turner contracted Arizona State University to conduct a feasibility study on the project.

Local architect and builder John Grey has designed the project.

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