Fiji is out there: the 330-so-odd islands that make up this South Pacific archipelago are 1,100 nautical miles from the nearest large landmass (New Zealand), and just a third of them are inhabited. This is the definition of tropical paradise—a honeymooner’s utopia of palm-fringed islands and luxury resorts. If you’re looking for a worry-free getaway, these 9 all-inclusive resorts deliver.
Turtle Island, Fiji
This 30-year-old Fijian mainstay, famously the setting for The Blue Lagoon, is better than ever thanks to the renovation of its 14 oceanfront villas—now completely solar-powered and decked out in traditional Fijian design elements such as ceilings made from woven palms and coconut husks, furniture carved from fallen tree limbs, and hand-sewn fabrics made by locals. As private as the accommodations are here, the rest of the day is spent with other guests “as one,” from the horseback riding, sunset cruises, and scuba diving done offshore to the staff-hosted communal dinners spotlighting fresh-caught fish and ingredients from the resort’s own garden to the cultural nights featuring traditional song and dance. If it’s privacy you seek, all is not lost: the 500-acre island has a separate beach for every villa and a freestanding spa, while secluded picnics and dinners can be arranged on the beach.
Kokomo Private Island
When it opened in March, Kokomo Private Island redefined luxury in Fiji. Sure, the surroundings are expectedly lush: 140 acres of a rain forested island fringed by white-sand beaches and adjacent to the Great Astrolabe Reef, the fourth largest in the world. But the resort is on a level all its own, with 21 open-plan beachfront villas, each with their own infinity pool, rainforest shower, walled garden, and separate butler’s entrance, along with five hilltop residences showcasing stunning views over the surrounding islands. Take a dive with the resort’s PADI 5 Star Dive team, get a massage at the spa, and pay a visit to the turtle sanctuary all before a dinner of mahi mahi or yellowfin tuna.
Laucala occupies just a sliver of an otherwise untouched 3,500-acre Pacific island and acts as its own self-sustaining community, with livestock and herb gardens and a policy of sourcing local products (from its building materials to ingredients). Each of the 25 ocean-facing villas has its own beach or garden and pool, but you won’t be spending much time in them given what's on offer. Animal lover? An equestrian center leads rides along the beach. Swimmer? A massive lagoon pool stretches right to the sand. Golfer? The 18-hole championship course is built directly into the jungle. Thrill-seeker? There’s a dive center with a Super Falcon submarine that takes guests out for a submerged spin—it's rumored to have cost the owner $1.7 million.
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort
This 25-villa eco-resort, on a former coconut plantation on the island of Vanua Levu, is exactly what we’d expect from the son of oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. The bures, which hug a curve of beach, were built entirely from local materials, featuring vaulted ceilings, expansive wooden decks, and showers that overlook tropical gardens or the beach. Explore the property and you’ll find a clutch of hammocks for catnaps; a beachfront spa hut specializing in Fijian massages; two restaurants, both overlooking the Koro Sea; and a kid’s club with crab hunts and sandcastle contests.
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Matangi Private Island Resort
You'll feel like you’re the only one on the island at the family-owned Matangi, a former coconut plantation whose traditional_ bures _and split-level tree houses are set among thick tropical rain forest or by the sea. It’s a popular choice for adventurous honeymooners, who are no doubt lured by the pristine beach on Horseshoe Bay (one of Fiji’s best), the chance to gather seafood for their gourmet dinners, and the proximity to some of the world's best dive sites (equipment is included in your rate).
Nukubati Private Fiji
It doesn’t get more authentically Fijian than Nukubati Private Island, a remote adults-only eco-resort owned and run by native Fijians. The journey to get here is not for the faint-hearted—after arriving at Nadi International Airport, guests catch a connecting flight to Labassa, followed by a 90-minute drive through the jungle and then a short boat ride across the channel from Vanua Levu. But the effort is worth the reward, especially for travelers looking to get off-the-grid. The 7 _bures _are simple but stylish with rattan furniture, woven palm rugs, and zero air conditioners (rooms are cooled instead by ocean breezes), and have private porches overlooking a gorgeous stretch of sand. When not swimming or snorkeling, guests are treated to hyper-local meals built around ingredients picked from the organic garden in the pavilion. In keeping with Nukubati’s light carbon footprint, there’s no pool or spa onsite, but for anyone seeking serious R&R, this place delivers.
Namale Resort and Spa
On a former copra plantation in Savusavu, the adults-only Namale has 19 thatch-roof _bures, _with private decks surrounded by a rain forest and overlooking a volcanic beach. More than 525 acres are at your disposal during your stay: spot native birds during island hikes, hit the 10,000-square-foot cliffside spa for treatments that incorporate green tea and coconut milk, play a game on the 9-hole golf course, or try out one of the motorized sports like wake-boarding or sailing. (Rate is inclusive of all meals, beverages, activities, and extras including a bottle of wine on arrival and sunset canapés.)
Vomo Island Resort
Just a 15-minute helicopter ride from Nadi International Airport, Vomo Island is a Swiss Family Robinson-style escape. A multi-million-dollar upgrade following Cyclone Winston in 2016 introduced two- and three-bedroom beachfront residences, and the adults-only Rocks bar was revamped to stunning effect. The villas are decked out with handcrafted furniture, pillow menus, freestanding tubs, and private sundecks with infinity pools. But don't expect TVs ensuite: the emphasis is strictly on your surroundings—the sea that swirls with more than 1,200 species of fish and 400 of coral, the views of far-off islands and spectacular sunsets, and all the activities that put you out on the water, be it snorkeling, paddle-boarding, or picnics on the sand.
Likuliku Lagoon Resort
One reason to make the journey to Likuliku, in the Mamanuca Islands? It's the only resort in Fiji with overwater bungalows. The second? Its 45 traditional bures, strung along the beach or above the lagoon (connected by a wooden jetty), are adults only. That means you can float in your private plunge pool (or descend your ladder down to the sea) in total serenity, and take full advantage of your outdoor shower in peace. Expect service and amenities that go above and beyond, from staff who remember how you take your coffee to the rotating tasting menus at Fijiana restaurant (you might feast on tea-smoked salmon with green papaya one night and salt and pepper shrimp the next). Don’t miss the traditional family-style dinners on Sundays known as “magiti."
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