What We Love
- Guided horseback tours through the island’s coconut plantations
- An 18-hole championship golf course designed by David McLay Kidd
- Complimentary vitamin shooters and scented towels by the infinity-edge glass pool
- Guests can create signature essential oils, soaps, or lotions at the spa using ingredients sourced from a neighboring garden
What To Know
- The resort is the first in the world to offer a private two-seater submarine ride as part of its all-inclusive package
- Two-Bedroom Plantation Villas offer direct beach access
- All villas come with a buggy to explore the lush grounds
- The property’s elite Hilltop Estate is a “resort within the resort,” equipped with a personal chef, nanny, and chauffeur
Only a small sliver of this South Pacific paradise (roughly 15 percent) is actually inhabited. The proud occupant is an ethereal island resort, the reverie-like vision of Red Bull cofounder Dietrich Mateschitz who purchased the island from the estate of the late Malcolm Forbes. Glamorous villas, ringed by rainforests and emerald-green lagoons, are swiftly fueling its rep as a lavish celebrity playground—model Miranda Kerr and Snapchat scion Evan Spiegel honeymooned here, making the property’s infinity-edge pool Instagram famous—though it’s also an unlikely advocate for sustainability. Accommodations, some of which are only accessible by yacht, are constructed from a host of natural materials such as local doga timber and sago palm leaves; the property grows its own orchids, which you’ll see on display; and all five restaurants, which range from a cliff-side teppanyaki joint to an open-air pool bar, are supplied with bounty from a 240-acre plot nearby. The farm, established by Laucala itself, is home to six mango varieties, a herd of Wagyu cattle, and Sulmtaler chickens flown in from Mateschitz’s native Austria.
In the Area
This exclusive but remote resort, hemmed by coral reefs, volcanic peaks, sandalwood forests, and coastal mangroves, is located in the northern portion of the Fijian archipelago on the tip of Laucala, one of three small isles to the east of Taveuni (the country’s third-largest island). Laucala boasts its own 3,800-foot airstrip and aircraft—a King Air B200 shuttles guests on the 50-minute ride to Nadi International Airport. Not to miss: a jaunt on the property’s aforementioned submarine, which often includes ray and reef shark sightings.
How to Get There
Back on our radar after an extensive makeover Laucala Island in Fiji now features unusual furnishings sourced from Asia and custom designed fabrics from Australia. Outdoors, seating around the lagoon pool has been updated to oversized beach beds under canopy shades while villas now have wicker armchairs and mood lighting to create a soft glow. The 25 villas, all versions of traditional Fijian homes, have their own pool, tropical garden and complimentary buggy to explore the estate and are set in a picturesque coconut plantation in a remote corner of Fiji. There are a maximum of 72 guests, with 27 swimming pools and over 300 staff. Plateau Residences are the most private with incredible views out to sea, but they have no direct access to the beach as they are on a hill. We love the Peninsula villa, with its own hidden beach and jetty. There are lots of great activities on offer at Laucala too. The 3,000-acre hideaway has more than three miles of trails for avid hikers or horse riders plus rainforest tours, diving, yachting and golfing (18-hole championship course). If you are feeling a little more laid-back you can meet local native artists, spend the day by the pool or visit the spa. Attention to detail is everywhere, from personalised wines in the rooms to staff greeting each guest by name. Despite the luxury, a sustainable ethos runs through the entire resort, from building to energy sources.
Laucala Island is one of the most beautiful places on earth. We visited in 2016 and it was amazing. The staff was amazing. Anthony, the chef was great! The food was fantastic. There horseback riding, hiking and tons of water sports. The pools are gorgeous. The accommodations are incredible. This is truly a 5 star resort with every amenity you can think of. The golf course is incredible as well. We took a trip to a nearby island and hiked the same waterfall some waterfalls with big mike and it was really fun for the whole family. I would def suggest Lacula Island. The worst part was the 26 hour plane ride to get there. But even that is worth the trip.
OMG - this is the most magic place on earth!!
The resort, villas and grounds are architecturally stunning. The food is wonderful, under the leadership of a wonderful Australian chef. Meat, seafood and produce from the island. An amazing "included" wine list.
The thing of note however, is the genuine warmth of the service. If you can think of it, you can have it. And right now. You'd like a pig roast in your villa on your private beach - no problem - 10 staff show up to make it happen. You'd like to be one of the 120 people a year to play the golf course - no problem - caddy and golf pro ready. You'd like to visit some of the world's legendary dive sites - jump on the boat and let's go.
Our children traveled with us - 6 and 17 years old. Both had an amazing time, including the younger one with the amazing nanny that was provided.
Since you're unlikely to be getting married there, I won't give you the details of that (we were the tenth wedding in the resort's history). Suffice to say that about 20 staff showed up at 9am to set up for a 4pm wedding. The day was seamless, magnificent and truly beautiful. Exactly what we wanted. And all at no effort from us. The flowers alone were worthy of any global venue.
I could go on and on, but realistically you just have to go.
Our heartfelt thanks to the management and staff. You are truly wonderful people who made our stay magic. We will be back for every anniversary. Vinaka!