Moon Beach Resort was built by the Owner Don Yaxley to Australian Resort standards. Don was a builder working throughout Queensland during its early tourist development days of the 70’s to the 90’s. He built some of Queensland’s most prestige resorts, including Hayman Island in the Whitsunday group, the very exclusive Bedarra Island in the Dunk Island group and the Grand Hyatt Regency Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast.
After visiting Indonesia on several holidays he moved to Indonesia in the mid 1990’s as a construction manager, working for various companies throughout Indonesia. In his free time, he was also working with coconut timber to build windows, doors and furniture in West Java, and so was contacted by an international NGO who was looking to build houses without relying on hardwood, which could damage forests. In December 2005 he was offered a position with them on the remote Island of Simeulue Aceh, and was tasked with building 150 shelter houses on the west coast of the Island using non-forest timber. Working with the local community in a program in which 2 coconut trees were planted for every one harvested, and using 4 Australian Lucas portable saw mills, approximately 1000 cubic meters of coconut timber was produced and 150 houses were built.
During this construction phase Don had time to appreciate the Islands natural beauty of pristine jungle, clean white deserted sandy beaches with great waves and fishing and began to plan to build a top class exclusive resort. In 2007 the first part of the plan came to fruition with the purchase of one hector of beachfront land that is beautifully landscaped and developed to the standard of the exclusive resorts that Don worked on previously. He is now excited to share the beauty of the island with guests.