Sustainable Island Developer Thomas Despin Is Building an Eco-resort for Remote Entrepreneurs

After the recent onslaught of events that came with 2020, it’s no surprise more and more entrepreneurs and investors are now looking for ways to escape the chaos of today’s world to reconnect to both themselves and to what truly matters. 

Relocating to a remote island, immersed in pristine paradise is a way of life that is becoming increasingly sought after. There is also a major shift taking place where people are looking to live sustainably in ways that still provides a high-quality standard of living.

Thomas Despin, founder of Reconnect eco-resort and sustainable island developer is building an eco-resort like no other, on Buka Buka Island, Indonesia, where guests are invited to enjoy untouched tranquility, live, work, and work alongside the locals to nurture, maintain and improve the island in the most sustainable way possible.

Despin is a 29-year-old French entrepreneur who started his first entrepreneurial venture at the age of 18. He moved to Indonesia 5 years ago and fell in love with the country, the people, and the culture.

The unique vision of Reconnect is world-class and one-of-a-kind.

Reconnect was born in Despin’s mind after his first trip to Buka Buka Island in 2018. After creating a thriving 6-figure e-commerce business, his desire to bring life to an even bigger vision came about. Now he is allowing more people to join him in his vision.

Reconnect offers the option for entrepreneurs to live or work on the island on a short or long-term basis. Investors are also able to purchase a villa, choosing to live in the villa for a few months a year and rent out the villa for the remainder of the time. This way they are able to earn a passive return on their investment.

“The grand vision is to develop the whole island as a sustainable paradise, protecting the endangered pristine reef, replanting forests, protecting unique endemic species, and offering a one-of-a-kind living experience for our visitors and residents.”

Entrepreneurs are searching for ways to escape the noise of the world.

There are many beautiful and remote islands that grace our planet earth, however Buka Buka Island is unique in its own way. It isn’t just a slice of paradise, it’s a place where you live life to a different rhythm.

Reconnect is a place where relaxation comes from what you do, who you meet, and where you are. It is about creating a meaningful, impactful, and authentic experience.

Imagine waking up every morning in paradise, waking as the sun rises – no alarm clock needed.

Enjoying a healthy breakfast, with food freshly harvested from the permaculture farm while looking out across the ocean view horizon.

When the sun is at its peak, you take a moment to lay down in a hammock, read a book, or get work done on your laptop.

The best time to snorkel is around 4-5pm, when the reef is full of fishes, right before sunset.

Sunsets are a magical experience on this 2km wide island, which you can enjoy right from the comfort of your bedroom.

Investors are searching for ways to invest in projects they deeply care about.

More and more online entrepreneurs are looking for ways in which they can take ownership of a piece of paradise to live in a few months per year, and have a passive return on their investment the same time.

These online entrepreneurs wish to invest in projects they deeply care about, building businesses that contribute to the positive change they wish to see in the world. 

Reconnect has a fully operational restaurant, productive permaculture garden, fully-functional jetty with a gazebo and hammock, sea-view jungle gym, and boats for both operational use and transportation from mainland. It is also infrastructure-ready, with a solar farm and desalination. 

Although we do expect around 15% yearly return (or more) from renting the villas, we also make the decision to focus on the experience, the project and our impact – before the ROI.”

Reconnect eco-resort offers you the opportunity to enjoy everything that Buka Buka Island has to offer: snorkeling and kayaking, drinking from fresh whole coconuts, and laying down to rest on white sand next to a pristine blue ocean.

You can connect with Thomas on Instagram here.

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