Curse of the Cook Islands – and a chance to turn derelict hotel into a tourist hotspot

January 3, 2018

On a crumbling site on Rarotonga, every attempt to build a hotel has failed. Now it’s the turn of a China-backed group to try to beat the hex

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Half-submerged by a jungle and populated by cows, chickens and goats, it is one of the more unusual tourist attractions on the South Pacific island of Rarotonga: the “cursed” Sheraton hotel complex, a long-abandoned luxury resort that has lain derelict for a quarter of a century.

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The crumbling, graffiti-covered buildings are overgrown with creepers. The only human visitors to the 70-acre site in Vaimaanga pay a small fee to explore what has become known as the biggest white elephant in the South Pacific.

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