Island idylls

Laucala Island

With verdant, emerald-topped peaks that run down to pristine white sandy beaches and just 25 individual villas set among almost 3,500 acres, privacy is of the highest order on Laucala Island. Owned by Red Bull magnate Dietrich Mateschitz, the resort has been carefully conceived to offer guests serenity, exclusivity and inspiration from the comfort of each elevated interpretation of a traditional Fijian dwelling – complete with dusk-lit Tikki torches and furnishings by Lynne Hunt.

A private island covering 12 square kilometres, Laucala offers dramatic extremes in landscape: volcanic mountains covered in tropical rainforest and postcard-perfect beaches, untouched mangroves and coral reefs brimming with marine life. The resort sits on the island’s northern coast and covers just 4.5 square kilometres, which means that the vast majority of the land is an unspoiled wilderness of jungle and coconut plantations, home to some of the archipelago’s rarest birds and animals.

Sustainability lies at the heart of Laucala, from indigenous architectural designs crafted with natural fibres and locally sourced materials, to organic farms and gardens that make the most of the island’s natural bounty to produce food, flowers and spices for use at the resort. Should the lust for activity and adventure strike, guests can enjoy a whole range of endeavours, including diving, golf, hiking, farm visits, and horseback riding, or even simply soaking up the finer things in life such as sipping a chilled glass of champage and sampling some fine cuisine while the sun sets over the South Pacific.

A private island covering 12 square kilometres, Laucala offers dramatic extremes in landscape: volcanic mountains covered in tropical rainforest and postcard-perfect beaches, untouched mangroves and coral reefs brimming with marine life. The resort sits on the island’s northern coast and covers just 4.5 square kilometres, which means that the vast majority of the land is an unspoiled wilderness of jungle and coconut plantations, home to some of the archipelago’s rarest birds and animals.

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