A private island refuge in the South Pacific, Laucala unites dramatic rain forest-laced landscapes and white sandy beaches with unparalleled levels of luxury and privacy. No expense has been spared at the exclusive tropical hideaway, where 25 Fijian-styled villas are set amid coconut plantations, beside deserted beaches and atop the island’s volcanic mountains, overlooking fertile coral reefs and endless jungle. Style and sustainability go hand in hand throughout, from the natural fibers and woods used in design to the wild orchids harvested in gardens and organic produce grown on island farms. Set over 1,400 hectares, Laucala epitomizes the seclusion and graceful hospitality for which the Fijian archipelago is famed.
A collection of five restaurants and bars offers everything from beach side barbecues to fine dining, with many of the buildings inspired by nature. Plantation House occupies an airy replica colonial mansion, the fine-dining and a bar complemented by a thoughtfully-selected premium wine list; alfresco meals are available at Seagrass Lounge and Restaurant, specializing in Asian and Fijian favorites; the Beach Bar is all about casual barbecues beside the water; share plates of Mediterranean-style fare are served at the Pool Bar, beside Laucala’s 2.000-square-meter lagoon-style swimming pool; and the Rock Lounge features open-air dining above Seagrass Bay, with finger food and cocktails the order of the day. Laucala also offers dining by design, which means customized menus in private dining locations – amid the jungle, along a jetty, in your villa.
Number of Bedrooms
- Private Island
- Fine Dining
- Luxury Spa
- Water Sports
- Horse Riding
- Scuba Diving
Highlights & Reviews
- Private Island
- This private-island holiday home of Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz is almost kitsch in its perfection: four square-miles of private forest and coconut groves, cut through with a golf course, pools and waterfalls. With just 25 villas, and almost 350 staff, the service is as glorious as the island’s setting.
- One of three little islands in the Koro Sea, a 50-minute flight (costing £810 return) in the island’s private King Air B200 plane from Nadi (into which regular flights land from Los Angeles, Seoul and Hong Kong). From London Heathrow, it’s a long 32-hour journey, but once there, it’s the ultimate millionaire’s hideaway.
- Star Australian chef Anthony Healy supervises the cuisine and it’s as fine as any five-star hotel in a city – never mind a remote island. Food is light and delicious, from exotic fruit platters and light pastries for breakfast to rich fine-dining degustation menus in the smart plantation-style main restaurant. This is a place where you can have almost anything, anywhere, from lobster sushi on the beach to wagyu teppanyaki at the cliff-side bar.
Hotel AddressLaucala Island Resort