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What We Love

  • The rate inclusions: Meet-and-greet service at Nadi International Airport; all meals and beverages (alcoholic and nonalcoholic); unlimited use of the fully stocked minibar; personal laundry service; two scuba tank dives per person, per day (Monday through Saturday only); beach picnics and more (see Details tab for more info)
  • The setting: a 2,200-acre private island
  • Exclusive beachfront bures, each with its own view
  • Pristine beaches and a beautiful coral reef at your doorstep
  • Elegant, colonial-style furnishings, with fabulous attention to detail

What To Know

  • The island is a 40-minute flight from Nadi, the international airport. Transfer is available only on the resort’s own Cessna and costs about $1,152 (including taxes) per couple
  • Best suited for couples and small groups
  • Gym is small but well equipped; there’s also tennis and golf
  • A la carte menus change daily and focus on fresh local produce
  • Children 15 and under are not permitted in the resort
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Overview

The Review

The Wakaya experience begins truly at the beginning: when a representative meets you at the international airport, sweeping you to the resort’s own Cessna airplane. In just 40 minutes, you’ll see the 2,200-acre island for the first time — literally an emerald gem in the middle of the Fijian waters.

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The island itself has the majestic cliffs and protected coral reef that characterize the Fijian islands. Simply revel in the deserted island views, or get swept up in an activity like scuba diving, hiking, golfing on the nine-hole course, tennis or even a coconut oil demonstration. One popular dining option is a picnic for two, during which the staff takes couples to a private beach with a basket of lobster and champagne — with a two-way radio as the only connection to the rest of the world.

The all-inclusive rates mean everything is taken care of, from unlimited Taittinger champagne to an impressive cellar of fine wines from around the world. With a focus on fresh local ingredients, the daily-changing à la carte menus are beautifully balanced.

Relax in your Ocean View Bure, one of just 10 accommodations, on the two outdoor decks. Exquisitely furnished, the bures are filled with artifacts from the Gilmours’ many travels that complement the elegant, colonial-inspired furnishings. Modern touches include DVD players, flat-screen TVs and stereos — but you might find you don’t even need them on this private island that feels built just for two.

How to Get There

Wakaya Club & Spa
P.O.Box 15424
Suva, 00000 Fiji

Reviews

Wakaya is better than ever!
EHoke-Jackson-Wyo

We have just returned from the Wakaya Club and want to report that it is in tip top shape after an extensive rebuilding and refurbishing of bures (rooms), grounds and landscape. Even the professional crochet court had a new grass surface. We have stayed here more than a dozen times over 25 years and it never disappoints. For divers it is nirvana! The management is caring and competent; the Fijian staff is fabulous; the food couldn't be better, with lots of freshly-caught fish and produce from the island's gardens. Treat yourself to a slice of Heaven and enjoy Wakaya!

The Finest Week We Have Ever Spent
Loyd P

On a trip to Australia, our travel agent suggested we fly to and stay at the Wakaya Club & Spa on the island of Wakaya. We flew from Brisbane to Suva and caught a small prop place to Wakaya. We landed on a small grass runway where we could see both sides of the island and were greeted with tropical drinks by the Wakaya staff when we disembarked. It was a scene right out of the TV series "Fantasy Island!" We were taken to the resort which is the only one on the island and the concierge said that he knew we must be hungry since we had not had lunch as yet. He said he had fresh cajun tuna stake and a salad which was PERFECT and asked for our beverage preferences. I looked at the wine list and they had Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc (We preferred that to beer). When we got to our bure (our 1200 sq. ft. room on the grounds by the ocean) we said we would prefer Cloudy Bay wine to the beer. We walked out to the beach and when returned, they had already replaced the beer with the great wine. I off-shore fished with their pastry chef each morning and caught yellowfin tuna and wahoo. We also scuba dove with one day on a spectacular wall dive. We have been to great hotels around the world and the Wakaya Club is the quintessential place for luxury customer service and first-class amenities. We also had a spectacular 2 hours at their spa with great massages and steam bath. Lastly, on your final day they take you to the south end of the island with a cooler willed with lobster, tuna poke, wine and a radio and leave. You are the only people within a square mile and we rollicked, snorkeled on the reef and had a blast. 3 hours later we radioed them and them came to pick us up. We cried when we had to leave Wakaya, but will definitely return one day soon. Wakaya has been remodeled after Hurricane Winston and the pictures show that it is even more spectacular.

Best Experience Of Fiji
maccareardon

If you're looking for a private island getaway than Wakaya Private Resort is the place to spend it! We stayed in one of the villas which had the most amazing island sunset. The food was absolutely amazing, and the chefs cook some amazing vegan meals!

The island has heaps of activities such as Surfing the reef, which apparently can get up to 7ft but we surfed some fun 1-2ft waves all afternoon, Snorkeling was awesome and they also have diving, standup paddle, kayaking to name a few. Or you can relax by the beach in the hammock and pool area.

In summary, you will have an amazing time on the island with the friendliest staff.