Tropical nirvana on a private Fijian isle
What it is
A remote Fijian island with 18 holes of golf, five restaurants and 25 villas set among coconut groves—and that’s just the start.
What it isn't
You can’t snow ski here or dine on a glacier, but that’s about it. Still, with rooms starting at $7,000 a night, this isn’t a resort for just anyone.
What we think
With a seemingly unlimited budget, Red Bull co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz has made Laucala, his fantasy island. He purchased the island from Malcolm Forbes and in a surprising move, he’s invited guests to overnight here—provided they can afford rooms that start in the mid-four figures.
The full staff greets you on a private landing strip before being whisked off for a tour of villa, all glamorous versions of traditional Fijian dwellings, each offer unparalleled exclusivity and privacy in dramatic, and very different, locations around the northern coast of the island, the 18-hole golf course (designed by Scotsman David McLay Kidd), marina with 15 boats and hilltop spa. The resort’s five restaurants source ingredients from on-island farms, which travelers can tour to learn about organic and native gardening practices. You might not have the time, though, provided you want to take advantage of some of the other all-inclusive activities. There are Dragon sailboats and traditional Fijian outriggers, as well as windsurf and kite surfing. You can explore Laucala on one of eight horses and on state-of-the-art mountain bikes, or visit the island’s Cultural Village to learn about Fijian arts and traditions such as palm-frond basket weaving. After dinner, guests sip sundowners in one of 25 villas, built from local stone and timber and equip with outdoor showers and private plunge pools.
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Arguably the best way to explore Fiji’s marine offerings is by taking the plunge, and Laucala offers snorkelling equipment and PADI certified Dive Centre to get guests up close and personal with hawksbill turtles and angelfish.
Restaurants & Bars
Plantation House Restaurant - Fine International Dining
Seagrass Lounge and Restaurant - Asian
Beach Bar - Casual Dining
Pool Bar - Casual dining
Plantation House Bar - Elegant
Seagrass Lounge - Ideal for sunset
Beach Bar - Casual and open till sunset
Pool Bar - Open all day and night
Rock Lounge - Open from 3pm till after dinner - ideal for sunset
The beach boy staff are brilliantly helpful and can take your kids out on jet skis or walk with them while they look for crabs.
At the Spa kitchen, the family can learn how to do soap, candles and other Spa products
Laucala is located in the northern archipelago in Fiji. It is an hour flight from Fiji’s Nadi International Airport.