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The 9 best luxury resorts in Fiji

At the very best luxury resorts in Fiji, you will find untouched beaches, personal butlers, a blissful island vibe, gourmet dining, and the sophisticated accommodation that has made Fiji a five-star favourite. Here we walk you – barefoot, of course – through Fiji’s best luxury resorts.

COMO Laucala Island, Fiji

Como Laucala Island – owned by Red Bull’s Dietrich Mateschitz – was built with no expense spared. And it shows. It is 80 per cent self-sustaining, producing the organic fruit, vegetables, honey and meat used in its irresistible cuisine, as well as providing flowers and spices for the spa.

Sustainability also shines through in the natural fibres and woods used in the resort’s 25 spacious villas, choose from retreats set into the cliffs or beachfront access, all accommodation are oversized and some of the biggest you will find in Fiji. Villas come with not one but two golf buggies for you to use during your stay. Discover extraordinary views and a seamless transition from modern indoor to outdoor living with a traditional Fijian feel. Activities include scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing, wakeboarding, a stable of horses, organic treatments at the garden-set Laucala Spa and an 18-hole golf course. There’s also a fleet of boats offering every imaginable water sport.

COMO Laucala Island, Fiji
COMO Laucala Island, Fiji

Likuliku Lagoon Resort

With its magical location in the Mamanuca Island group, Likuliku Lagoon Resort is an adults-only retreat with modern overwater and beach villas. The resort has been constructed using a clever mix of natural materials and luxurious modern comforts. Escape from reality in a dreamy choice of chic island-style beachfront or overwater bures. While both are breathtaking, those suspended over the lagoon’s stunning reef edge have glass panels in the floor inviting the underwater world in, climb down the ladder, don a mask and meet the fish living right below your bed. Guests can choose to laze by the resort’s horizon-edge pool or in a mini-Jacuzzi, get to the know the locals on a village tour, explore the kaleidoscopic colours of the reef, end the day with the Twilight Tadra spa experience, or simply soak up a splendid Fijian sunset. And gastronomes will find themselves in epicurean heaven as they enjoy the clean and creative culinary masterpieces produced by Likuliku’s kitchens, using only the freshest and finest local and international produce.

Kokomo Island Resort

Visit Kokomo Island Resort for an intimate hideaway in relaxed elegance. Pristine reefs and an all-inclusive six-star experience await you. With just five luxury residences and 21 sprawling beachfront villas on the island – each featuring a private lounge, bar, deck and infinity pool – you’ll have so much space to yourself. The resort was founded by late Australian property developer Lang Walker AO, who transformed it into a tropical oasis with a deep commitment to preserving the island’s environment.

The island is located on the edge of the Great Astrolabe Reef, the world’s fourth-largest barrier reef and teeming with marine life, the resort offers cave, coral, drift and wall dives as well as PADI certification courses. The list of included activities is seemly endless, including, fishing, snorkelling, sailing, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, an ocean trampoline, towables, waterskiing and wakebaording, sunset cruises, waterfall tours, yoga, tennis, basketball and tours.

Royal Davui Island Resort

This tiny private island resort is surrounded by the most majestic turquoise water in the Beqa Lagoon. Sleeping just 32 guests, the luxury Fiji villas and bungalows are hidden amongst the trees. Each has a unique open-air shower, air-conditioned sleeping pavilion, and a private plunge pool. The resort prides itself on its extraordinary experiences and excursions. One day, you may cast out for a picnic on a deserted chalk-white sand bar; another, cruising in a Hobie cat to snorkel and dive in the caves, wrecks, corals and marine life of the Bega Lagoon. Spa suites at the Davui Spa face the ocean and are the ultimate spot for relaxation.

Royal Davui Island Resort is adults only, so you’ll only hear the sounds of nature as you watch the sunset with a cocktail and dine at the Banyan Bar & Restaurant with daily changing menus.

Dolphin Island’s castaway luxury

Dolphin Island offers an incomparable luxury castaway experience to a maximum of just eight guests, on an exclusive-use basis. What makes this property so special is Dawn Simpson, the resort manager, who – together with her team – makes you feel as if your mum is looking after you. Nothing is too much trouble. The four oversized bures feature interiors designed by Virginia Fisher, and each room references the colours, textures and patterns of the Pacific with large glass doors that open onto a wooden deck overlooking manicured lawns and the beach. But the island’s pièce de résistance is a romantic hilltop sleep-out boudoir, lit only by lantern and candlelight.

Dolphin Island Fiji
Dolphin Island Fiji
Dolphin Island Fiji
The floating pontoon at Dolphin Island Fiji

Vomo Island Fiji

A private island paradise of bone-white sand, swaying palms strung with hammocks and startlingly blue waters, Vomo has 28 sleek and stylish villas and six ultra-luxe residences that offer guests a modern take on Fijian design. Creative dining options include world-class feasts on a changing daily menu of international and Fijian cusine at the resort’s two restaurants and private gourmet picnics on tiny Vomo Lailai. With its Kids’ Village, where young explorers can get a hands-on experience of the local culture, the sublime Kui Spa, golf, paddleboarding and extraordinary diving and snorkelling off two private islands, the siren song of Vomo has long been luring discerning travellers to its pristine shores. The addition of the all-new Rocks Pool next to the secluded Rocks Bar and restaurant is a chic adults-only beach club. The island’s finest sunset views can be soaked up while relaxing in partially submerged sun loungers at the edge of the pool.

Club InterContinental at InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa

Although InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa is located on the main island of Viti Levu, it manages to retain a secluded island feel, fringed by the white sands of Natadola Bay. Part of this is thanks to the hillside Club InterContinental, Fiji’s first ‘resort within a resort’ concept. Guests staying in the one- and two-bedroom suites of this sanctuary can take advantage of benefits such as the iTokani butler service and the Club Lounge. This space is the heart of the Club experience, complete with an infinity pool overlooking the bay, tropical high tea in the afternoon and sunset cocktails and canapés. Best of all, guests still have access to all of the amenities of a larger resort, from the multi-award-winning Spa InterContinental to the 18-hole championship golf course and a choice of four dining venues.

When you’re ready to venture beyond Natadola, the signature ‘In the Know’ cultural experiences will provide you with an authentic taste of Fiji, whether it’s joining villagers for a Sunday church service or seeing the difference community work can make to the children at a local primary school.

a birds eye view of the Club hill, villas and pool
Club InterContinental and Suites
Club InterContinental Fiji pool with girl

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort

A warm welcome of melodious Fijian song will set the tone for your stay at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji. With 25 sophisticated bures, including a Presidential Suite, this award-winning eco-resort has heart, catering as well for honeymooners as it does families, with young guests paired with a nanny or buddy. Its soul, however, is the ocean. Renowned for its dive centre – directed by the son of scuba-pioneer Jacques Cousteau – and its commitment to protecting the marine world, the resort’s location was chosen by Jean- Michel Cousteau for its rich marine life.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji
Credit: Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji.

A right royal retreat at Vatuvara

Given the royal seal of approval by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, romance blossoms on the 324-hectare Kaibu Island and the three all-inclusive villas of Vatuvara Private Islands Resort. Each of the three exclusive seaside retreats is nestled in a fragrant garden with a beach, infinity-edge pool and extensive decks to soak up vistas of the neighbouring islands. Each villa comes with a personal masseuse and either a massage bure on the deck or a dedicated massage room with an additional Jacuzzi bath. If you are able to tear yourself away from your opulent retreat, you’ll enjoy gourmet meals prepared with ingredients direct from the island’s organic farms or fished from the surrounding ocean waters, a four-hole golf course and putting green and a myriad of ocean activity, made possible by the three boats waiting at the marina.

This article originally appeared in volume 34 of Signature Luxury Travel & Style magazine. To subscribe to the latest issue, click here.

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