Listed among the world’s most exclusive resorts, Laucala Island tempts travelers with 3,015 acres of private paradise.
Previously owned by Malcolm Forbes and now by Red Bull billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz, it’s frequented by celebrities and other clientele who wish to relax in a dream-like setting.
Think coconut plantations, sugary beaches, rich green mountains and idyllic gardens. Each all-inclusive bure boasts a freeform pool, private beach and yoga platform, and though you needn’t ever leave, activities outside abound.
With a max of 72 guests to 300 staff, no detail is overlooked, from the welcome party meeting your private jet to your gas fireplace magically igniting every evening at dusk.
Pastimes like watersports, horseback riding and yoga are at your beck and call, and a spa facility and championship golf course are available for use.
One of guests’ favorite activities is visiting the 240-acre farm, which provides sustainable fare to the five on-island restaurants.
LAUCALA ISLAND LOCATION
One of three small islands to the east of Taveuni – otherwise referred to as Fiji’s Garden Island – Laucala’s location is refreshingly remote. That said, guests of the resort needn’t worry about inconvenience, as from Nadi International Airport it’s just a scheduled 50-minute flight by Air Laucala.
Laucala is the largest private island in all of Fiji, yet with the resort resting on the northern tip it covers just a mere 20 percent of the landmass. Expect immaculate gardens and landscaped grounds for the space surrounding the resort, and Jurassic-like jungle and other natural vegetation taking over thereafter.
Laucala is home to 25 villas: 11 Plantation, 7 Seagrass, 4 Plateau, 1 Peninsula, 1 Overwater villa and 1 three-bedroom Hilltop Residence. Thatched in palm leaves and boasting elements of stone and hardwood, the villas are designed to emulate a more glamorous version of Fijian dwellings, incorporating the original culture and nature of those who traditionally call this place home.
Amenities of the resort are varied, catering to any hint of want or need. A pro can play a round with you at the golf course, the chef can lead a cooking class or the yacht can be outfitted with your favorite canapes and champagne. The service is always flawless and the staff always friendly, with everything inherently covered by one all-inclusive price.
Plantation Villa The 11 Plantation Villas are located on the old Copra plantation, each boasting a sun deck, private beach, swimming pool and hot tub. Light and spacious, you can relax on the shady daybed, bathe in an indoor or outdoor stone tub or retreat to the airy indoors, which have been styled with traditional Fijian materials. Free nanny services, a private chef and chauffeur are available for your convenience.
Seagrass Villa Nestled unobtrusively under the opulent green of the Sea Grass Bay’s coastline, the seven Seagrass Villas captivate guests with their clear commitment to the natural environment. An organically-shaped pool tempts with ocean views, wooden decking and daybeds for true tropical living, while indoors the bure has been styled with traditional Fijian materials plus indoor and outdoor stone tubs. Free nanny services, a private chef and chauffeur are available for your convenience.
Plateau Villa The four Plateau Villas are situated on Nawi Mountain, offering unforgettable views out to the sea and neighboring islands. Carefully integrated into the island atmosphere, the bure has been styled and built with traditional Fijian materials, indoor and outdoor stone tubs and plenty of other interior and exterior spaces to sit back and relax. Free nanny services, a private chef and chauffeur are available for your convenience.
Peninsula Villa The Peninsula Villa is like your own little kingdom, caressed by dazzling turquoise waters and surrounded by opulent green hills. Dramatic hanging walkways lead to relaxed living and dining rooms, while a private boat landing and white sand beach offer the utmost seclusion and privacy. Enjoy a natural pool carved directly into the rock or settle into your beautiful bure styled with traditional Fijian materials. Indoor and outdoor stone tubs are again a feature here, while free nanny services, a private chef and chauffeur are available for your convenience.
Overwater Villa Built directly over the ocean, the two-bedroom Overwater Villa appears to be floating on the emerald-green lagoon. A private jetty greets you on arrival, extending over a turquoise sea and the lively world of tropical fish that swim beneath. The bure itself has been built and designed with traditional Fijian materials, boasting indoor and outdoor tubs, a spacious terrace and private hot tub and pool carved into the shore. Free nanny services, a private chef and chauffeur are available for your convenience.
Hilltop Estate The crown jewel of Laucala Island is the palatial Hilltop Estate. Located high in the rolling green hills, this traditionally-styled ‘resort within a resort’ offers both a main residence and two spacious guest residences, plus a sprawling pool and panorama views. Enjoy stunning sunrises and sunsets, an indoor and outdoor tub and the services of a free nanny, private chef and chauffeur.
- One 60-minute massage welcome gift for guests 18 yrs and above
- All meals in the restaurants, within the privacy of the villa or anywhere on the island
- Laucala house wine, champagne and spirits in all restaurants, bars and villa
- Fully stocked bars in the villa with Laucala house beverages
- Daily laundry and dry cleaning services
- Babysitting services upon request
- Designated buggy/golf cart per villa
- Swimming pool and yoga deck per villa and air-conditioning
- Satellite TV in each bedroom and lounge with in-house movie channel
- iPod and iPhone docking station and Bose home entertainment system
- Wireless internet access in the villas, restaurants and lounges.
- Green fees for the David Mclay Kidd 18-hole Championship Golf Course, buggy and club rental
- Horseback riding, tennis, mountain bikes, fitness center, yoga, cooking classes, spa classes, kids club, cultural village, nature walks and trails.
- Diving and snorkeling in the inner reef, discover scuba dive for beginners, sailing with the catemarans and sailboats, inner reef boat activities (waterskiing, inflatables, wake boarding, trawling etc), jet skis and underwater scooter, windsurfing and usage of various paddle boards and sea kayaks