You can buy many things for $49: dinner and a movie, a full tank of petrol, a pair of Apple headphones. Oh, and a luxury island resort.
Rub your eyes as much as you like, but you did read that last bit right: a luxury island resort.
An Australian couple is raffling off their slice of paradise to give an average Joe and Jane a chance to live in tropical Micronesia as owners of the fully-functioning Kosrae Nautilus Resort – all for the cost of a US$49 ticket.
With a stroke of luck and maybe a few prayers, it could be you.
It sounds too good to be true. But we are assured this is 100 per cent legit.
Doug and Sally Beitz masterminded the “world-first” idea in place of a conventional selling method after they decided they were ready to return to the Gold Coast to be close to family and become self-described “professional grandparents“.
Doing so meant giving up the resort in the Western Pacific Ocean they had lovingly built up over 22 years.
"We’ve had our time in the sun and enjoyed a career most people only dream about, but our current goal now is to become professional grandparents. We feel like a new chapter in our lives is beginning, and we’re ready to pass the baton to someone else,” Doug said.
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The fully-furnished, debt-free resort comes with 16 guest rooms, a four-bedroom family home, two apartments, a scuba diving operation, a private beach, a swimming pool, a restaurant, a handful of vehicles and more than a dozen long-term staff.