Laucala Island Resort, Taveuni, Fiji
Laucala is one of three small islands lying to the east of Thurston Point on the island of Taveuni in Fiji. The privately owned island is the site of the exclusive Laucala Resort. A private island refuge in the South Pacific, Laucala unites dramatic rainforest-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 fibres and woods used in design to the wild orchids harvested in gardens and organic produce grown on island farms.
Laucala Island Resort is set on the northern coast of a private island in the South Pacific, only covering 4.5km², the vast majority of the land is an unspoiled wilderness of jungle and coconut plantations. Five restaurants and bars offer everything from beachside barbeques to fine dining.
Facilities & Activities:
A wide range of activities are provided, such as watersports, rainforest walking tours, golf, farm visits and horseback riding. The spa features four treatment villas with outdoor tub, relaxation and changing room; two wet rooms, a beauty salon, pedicure and manicure rooms and the spa garden. The Water Sports Centre is home to a fleet of 14 boats, windsurfing, kitesurfing, kayaking and jet-skis are also available. Also a mini submarine is available to explore the underwater world arround the island. On the Island you can enjoy several activities including, rain forest tours, a quad bike adventure, golf, or go naturally across the sands on horseback.
Arguably the best way to explore Fiji’s marine offerings is by taking the plunge, and Laucala offers snorkelling equipment and PADI certified Dive Centre to get guests up close and personal with hawksbill turtles and angelfish. An island highlight is the 18-hole championship golf course. Closer to the resort, the Kids Club caters to children of all ages with fun, educational and informative activities under the watchful supervision of trained staff. The necessary infrastructure was carefully located to merge into the surrounding tropical forest.
On the Island you can enjoy several activities including diving, rain forest tours, a quad bike adventure, or go naturally across the sands on horseback.
Rooms & Villas:
Laucala’s 26 villas, all glamorous versions of traditional Fijian dwellings, each offer unparalleled exclusivity and privacy in dramatic, and very different, locations around the northern coast of the island. Eleven Plantation villas are set amid a coconut grove beside a private beach; four Plateau villas perch atop Nawi Mountain at the heart of the island, ringed by rainforest and offering unbroken views of the sea; seven Seagrass villas line a powder-white beach; the Peninsula villa hugs a cliff and crescent-shaped beach; the Overwater villa is set above an emerald-green lagoon; andthe Hilltop Estate sits at one of the island’s highest points, commanding views of the Fijian archipelago.
All 26 individual residences, tailored to carefully selected sites at the beach, cliff top and tropical jungle each have a private pool and extensive ocean views. Thatch, stone and local timber are the primary building materials, used selectively to make a seamless transition between built areas and the natural beauty of the island.
The original colonial plantation house was restored and converted to be the signature restaurant at the heart of the resort.
Guests dine on food grown and harvested within the resort, and cooked in first class facilities. The necessary infrastructure was carefully located to merge into the surrounding tropical forest.
Hotel Rating: *****
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Hotel Address: Laucala Island, Fiji, Pacific