Kuriftu Branches Out to Djibouti with Luxury Lodge on Red Sea Island


Though only at the beginning of its design stage, modern construction techniques mean that Kuriftu Resort & Spa will be enticing tourists to Moucha Island in a year’s time




Kuriftu Resort &Spa is building in Moucha Island off Djibouti what could be the tiny nation’s second resort at a cost of seven million dollars.

Kuriftu got a 50-year lease for a 500,000sqm land on Moucha Islandin December 2013. It hired Eyasu Siraj Consulting Architect two weeks ago to carry out the design in two and half months, said Tadios Belete, who co-owns Boston Partners plc with his wife.

The resort will be made with prefabricated material, which is ordered from Bali Prefab World, an Indonesian firm that designs and builds hardwood prefab houses, cottages, villas, bungalows, up-market homes and gazebos. Bali Prefab will deliver the parts, which account for 90pc of the entire construction, in six months, says Tadios.

Moucha is a coral island in the Gulf of Tadjoura, just off the shores of Djibouti. The three-kilometres long island is surrounded byMaskali Island and other smaller islands. These islands are known for their diving opportunities, as well as for swimming, snorkelling and fishing activities.

Kuriftu chose to go prefab for this resort  in order to launch the service as quickly as possible, and because prefabrication takes shorter for the construction work, Tadios said. Opening is expected in a year’s time.

The resort will have complete spa service, one restaurant that serves international and sea food, three presidential rooms, 47 premium rooms, one conference room, three break out rooms, one out door cinema, wedding gazebo, two big swimming pools, two pool side bars and a children’s playground.

Kuriftu plans to employ over 200 people at the resort.

“The Island has a unique feature of white sand and very clear water thatEthiopian lakes lack,” Tadios said.

Moucha Island already has one resort owned by Lagon Bleu Village, which, according to Trip Advisor, is one of six five-star hotels in Djibouti city. Tourists at the resort have appreciated the location of the diving places, with modest reviews for the food and accommodation, which, in 2013, included limited hours of electricity.

Kuriftu plans to facilitate solar generation and water treatment solution mechanism since Moucha Island does not have infrastructure that connects it with other areas of the country.

Kuriftu will continue construction in phases to develop on its leased land.

Eyasu Siraj, the designer, is also designing Kuriftu’s Burayu Resort & Spa in Burayu town, Oromia Region, 23km from Addis Abeba, and Geralta Resort & Spa in Tigray Region.



By HIWOT SEYOUM
FORTUNE STAFF WRITER

Published on April 13, 2014 [ Vol 14 ,No 728]


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