Tranquillity is owned by Owen & Lydia Drew who are both Vanuatu citizens as well as a minority share by the customary owner representing the village.
The Resort is quite a distance from the village around 4km by a bush walk but Tranquillity has worked closely with the village providing support in a number of ways.
Since the Development of the resort, various innovations created and developed at tranquillity have been introduced into Tassariki village with the transfer of experience for fresh water supply by tapping wells into the fresh water lens floating on salt water very close to shore. Prior to this water was transferred from the mainland since ancient times.
This has also been supplemented by village workers being employed at the resort, gaining and encouraging skills in the construction of traditional style housing using local materials. Many of these skills had been lost to the younger generations due to the introduction of corrugated iron and brick houses during the last century.
Solar power which was a novel system when tranquility first started, was introduced and adopted many years ago too by some of the village people and now has become the mainstay of power instead of Kerosene and generators.
We also have special projects for the village either done directly by us or with some of our frequent guests. This has included the installation by the resort and our management, of a solar power unit for the school which has around 100 students, to support numerous computers, laptops and Ipads and other materials donated to the school through Tranquillity’s regular guests.
Most of the organic fruit and vegetables that we use at the resort also comes from the villages gardens which are all naturally organic. The fish we use are also caught locally by village fishermen and for our Turtle conservation program, the project buys fish from the village fishermen to feed the turtles which pays for school fees and basic necessaries for the villagers.
Some of our guests ask about village and school visits but as any visit has to be arranged through the chiefs and the Headmaster of the school, we do not really encourage this unless on very special pre-arranged occasions, as it tends to disrupt village life and the school time that is so important to the kids.