Kokomo Private Island Fiji
What We Love
- The resort's island neighbors one of the most scenic coral beds in the world
- Private infinity pools in each villa
- Torch-lit dinners at The Beach Shack
- Complimentary nanny service for children ages three and under
What To Know
- Even the entry-level rooms here have direct beach access
- The hotel’s Kaji Club caters to children aged 4-11 and offers activities like coconut bowling, beach Olympics, and a dolphin safari
- The property is a passion project for Sydney-based real estate developer Lang Walker
- The authentic Fijian spa onsite features a languid three-and-a-half hour treatment option
Solitude has never looked as stylish as it does on this slice of the South Pacific. Kokomo is the pristine vision of an Australian billionaire, who spent six years transforming the unruly jungle island of Yaukuve (an 50-minute seaplane ride from Fiji’s main airport) into a reverie-like expanse of beachfront villas, hilltop residences, and wet-edge pools separated by bougainvillea-lined paths. Developer Lang Walker, whose extravagant portfolio also includes the country’s very exclusive Laucala Island Resort, brought his over-the-top swagger to Kokomo’s 140 acres, gilding them with star-studded embellishments like hardwood furniture sourced from the cinnamon trees on actor Mel Gibson’s private Fijian island and villa art by Chris Kenyon (the architect designed the sets for the original Mad Max films). The five-star PADI dive center onsite (the resort is also equipped for other types of water play, such as stand-up paddle-boarding, deep-sea fishing, and laser sailing) is an ode to the locality’s prime attraction: guests at Kokomo are granted front-row access to the Great Astrolabe Reef—a treasure trove of manta rays, clownfish, and humpback whales (depending on the season)—and kaleidoscopic coral beds long considered an underwater paradise.
In the Area
With a private plunge pool, sundeck, complimentary minibar, and the option to take your meals (often made with the catch of the day) en-suite, you might struggle to ever leave your sprawling, wicker-clad villa. But the azure waters will eventually beckon, whether it’s in the form of an awe-inducing dive (each villa is provided one complimentary scuba voucher), a snorkeling trip alongside the resident turtles, or a windswept Hobie Cat sail. Back on land, choose from gratis yoga classes held poolside or a rainforest hike, which will lead you to Yaukuve’s lofty summit. There, you’ll be able to spy a trio of lush neighboring isles—not surprisingly, it’s more Lang Walker territory.
How to Get There
As an ex-management consultant with hundreds of nights with $1K/night hotel expense cap, I've never seen such a beautiful property run so horribly that it was more than reminiscent of tier-2 Las Vegas nightclubs. Note that I'm comparing Kokomo to similarly priced properties such as St. Regis Bora Bora and Conrad Maldives
+ Amazing coral reef for snorkeling and diving
+ Western frontline staff—including live-in property manager Jacque, front office manager Rebekah—are truly amazing
+ Towards the end of my stay, I was exposed to a gas leak that I had to file a police report with the Fijian police. Although the property is relatively new, some parts are already showing some serious age
+ Even after considering its brand-new nature, it's run so poorly—with grossly insufficient processes and training. During the gas leak incident, the employees admitted that there was no training given or they have a First Aid Certification—an absolute must had this been a high-end chain like Aman or Four Seasons. This was shown on a regular basis—everything ranging from poor housekeeping to its tragically insufficient support system for the frontline employees from general management that sets them up for failure, not for empowerment, forcing guest-facing hospitality professionals to deliver at their personal cost (in the gas leak incident, a couple managers literally were up all night and still had to work the next day due to their 6-week/1-week off work schedule (which seems to be a fairly standard thing in Fiji)
+ Bad F&B offerings with zero taste that do not match the price tag
Overall, overpromised yet vastly underdelivered. I felt like I was at a wanna-be-tier-1-yet-really-tier-2 vegas club with fancy promotional videos that do not live up to their self-created marketing and hype. At the end of the day, Kokomo was created for the owner's tax savings, so go figure.
Avoid at all cost. Go spend your money elsewhere.
Our time at this resort was outstanding . The staff members are extremely attentive. No detail is overlooked. The Kokomo service commences from the greeting at the Nadi airport to immigration on departure. Kokomo operates its own luxury lounge at Nadi airport but the transfers were so swift we never had time to visit it . We met the manager Martin on arrival who set the tone for Kokomo visit... breakfast starts at 6am and then the restaurant and activities roll on seamlessly during the day .. no set times. The guests set their own agenda. We felt completely pampered. We saw turtles and Manta rays within easy swimming distance from the resort. Order a Maitai ‘strong’.
The fly in/out service is extremely personalised.
As an LTI researcher I have just returned from Kokomo and overall had an excellent experience. Just a few niggles but nothing significant enough to spoil my visit. Spacious accommodations, great service. The ultimate in barefoot luxury. More details in our member report.