The company contracted to build the Momi Bay Resort in Fiji says it will use the current dwellings on site, but they will will need significant repairs after seven years of disuse.
Fletcher Construction has 24 months to deliver the site to the Fiji National Provident Fund, which announced recently the Marriott Hotel would open in 2016, and generate 400 jobs in the contruction phase.
The much-criticised investment for the pension fund was stalled when the New Zealand company, Bridgecorp, collapsed in 2007.
The Fiji Manager for Fletcher Construction Pacific, John Matthews, says the time frame is tight but he is confident a good product will be delivered.
"We're going to be working tirelessly to help the client trim up their budget and make sure that the Marriot gets the end product that they're looking for. Obviously for the Marriot it's the wow-factor and it's definitely a wow-factor site. It has a man-made lagoon and white sandy beaches, it's very spectacular."
The resort will include 114 free-standing bures and 136 standard rooms.