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Ever wished to own a private exotic island?

17 February 2017
Nananu-i-cake (Nananu-e-thake), a freehold island with a smaller satellite isle, has been released to the market for US$12 million. Ready for immediate occupation, the island is approximately 1km off the Northern Coast of Viti Levu, Fiji; a leisurely two-and-a-half-hour drive from Nadi International Airport, or under three hours from the capital, Suva.
 
For sale exclusively through global property consultancy, Knight Frank, the islands have an estimated area of 600 acres, and comprise a four bedroom architecturally designed house along with an additional two Fijian guest ‘bure’ bedroom suites, a library, large open plan living/dining room, BBQ/dining area, laundry and swimming pool.
 
The main residential complex was designed by Murray Cockburn, a well-known and respected Fiji and New Zealand architect. The magnificent property sits on top of one of the highest points on the island, with magnificent 360 degree views, most particularly to the west over neighbouring Nananu-i-ra, the South Pacific Ocean, and the highlands of Viti Levu.
 
The property is well established with access tracks and roads to its five beaches, staff quarters, horse and sheep paddocks inclusive of stock, boats, jeeps, generators, satellite and telecommunication facilities, a fresh water supply and 300,000 gallons of water storage, and a jetty.
 
Rick Kermode, Fiji Specialist Broker from Knight Frank, said the extensive landscaped gardens have been developed over a generation, whilst most of the island still maintains the natural tropical vegetation, including groves of mango trees lining some of the trails, and pine forests for potential harvest.
 
“There are also well defined road trails for vehicles and horse trekking and ample paddocks for horses and sheep.” The 1.5 kilometre concrete drive leaves the jetty, and winds through some beautiful native bush and an avenue of mango trees on its way to the main house on the summit, passing on the way sheep and horse paddocks with fresh water drinking supplies for stock."
 
Fresh water runs from a spring into a small man-made dam on the southern side of the island. The water flows from the bank only a few feet above the high water mark during both wet and dry seasons, and is pumped, as and when required, to the two 150,000 gallon storage tanks.
 
There is a helicopter pad just meters from the main dwellings ensuring easy access to and from Nadi airport - just 35 minutes away.
 
At the end of the 110 meter jetty, the water depth is approximately five meters at low tide, providing a safe mooring for reasonably large boats. As the winds blow mostly from the east or south/east the jetty is very sheltered at all times.
 
Mr Kermode comments: “Location is a word used by many agents, but this property truly has the ‘location factor’. It is away from the heavily populated areas around Nadi and Lautoka, but is easily accessible by road and a short boat trip out.”
 
“There is very little evidence of the “masses” washing up on the beaches, as occurs in the Mamanucas and Yasawa groups, and the reefs and ocean areas are pristine. Many people go to Fiji for an escape from the crowds – Mel Gibson purchased an island nearly 200km away from the main centres to get his privacy and a pristine environment,” Mr Kermode adds.
 
The islands boast an interesting history, remaining in the same family since 1974 when Sir Harold Mitchell visited from the United Kingdom and purchased the freehold islands as an idyllic retreat. Sir Harold held the position of Vice-Chairman of the Party under Sir Winston Churchill during the war, and his social and political standing led to a number of high profile dignitaries visiting and staying on the island at various times, for which commemorative trees were planted.
 
Sir Harold took a keen interest in his gardens, and the landscaping he created around the main house on Nananu-I-Cake exists largely unchanged to this day.
 
There is extensive potential for further development within the 600 acres of private property, and the islands enjoy an excellent year-round climate.
 
Such well located, secluded and highly private freehold islands are rare, particularly with all infrastructure in place for immediate occupation or further development, and are genuinely exclusive and private compared to the main tourism areas. Viewing, by appointment only, is highly recommended.
 
For further information
 
Contact
Rick Kermode, Fiji Specialist Broker
 
Aleisha Stopforth, Head of Marketing and Communications
 
Notes to Editors
Knight Frank LLP is the leading independent global property consultancy. Headquartered in London, Knight Frank has more than 14,000 people operating from 413 offices across 60 countries. The Group advises clients ranging from individual owners and buyers to major developers, investors and corporate tenants. For further information about the Company, please visit knightfrank.com.