Dreaming of a luxury Fiji resort stay?
Fiji closed its borders to international travel until March 2021. But one ultra-luxury resort has found a loophole in the COVID restrictions for those who can afford it.
Laucala Private Island Resort has partnered with Fiji Airways to create a personal “travel bubble” for travellers coming from LA.
Up to 20 people can hire a private Fiji Airlines flight to Nadi using airline’s Private Suite at LAX.
From Nadi International Airport the lucky guests will be taken to the luxury resort in Fiji, where they will have the private island all to themselves.
Laucala is is unquestionably one of the most beautiful, most luxurious private islands in the world.
The lush 1400-hectare island, 25 villa resort attracts the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Elle McPherson and Aussie golfing champion Adam Scott.
For those who demand the very best Mateschitz’s Hilltop Residence is the villa to book.
It presides over the island’s highest point on a volcanic mountain, commanding views across the Fijian archipelago. It comes complete with a multi-level swimming pool, a private cook, chauffeur and nanny.
And it will only set you back $42,000 a night.
Anyone hoping to access the Laucala must have three negative COVID-19 tests, one two weeks before travelling, one 72 hours before boarding and one on arrival in Fiji.
Travellers must send the test results to the tourism authority in order to confirm travel permits.
The cost for this private Fiji luxury resort stay with flights? A cool $AU957,000.
Sadly the private flight loophole does not work from Australia. But there is another way.
Fiji’s blue lane
You can also circumvent the coronavirus border restrictions and stay in a luxury Fiji resort if you use “the blue lane”.
Under that scheme, anyone who comes to Fiji via private yacht can serve out coronavirus quarantine on board before coming ashore.
Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said travellers who entered Fiji this way would be free to “roam around” the country after a negative Covid-19 test result.
You can also stay at any luxury Fiji resort you choose.
In June, Fiji’s Prime Minister Josaia “Frank” Voreqe Bainimarama told Fiji’s parliament the future of tourism in the islands would be in the luxury resort sector.
He then offered an open invitation to billionaires to visit Fiji.
“So, say you’re a billionaire looking to fly your own jet, rent your own island, and invest millions of dollars in Fiji in the process – if you’ve taken all the necessary health precautions and borne all associated costs, you may have a new home to escape the pandemic in paradise,” Bainimarama wrote on Twitter.
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So if you really want to stay in a luxury Fiji resort and you can’t wait for the Australia-Fiji Bula bubble, there is a way.