Property: Laucala Island
Region: Northern archipelago of Fiji
Resort size: 25 villas on a 3,500-acre private island
Flight time: Getting to Laucala Island requires a 4-hour flight from Minneapolis or Chicago to Los Angeles, followed by 11 hours from Los Angles to Nadi Airport in Fiji. From there, couples can land directly on Laucala’s private airstrip, which is an additional hour flight from Nadi Airport.
Why I’m smitten: Laucala Island is the type of place you might fully expect to see a unicorn materialize among its acres of coconut trees. It’s that magical—and that mythical.
With only 25 villas, the resort boasts:
- A private airstrip
- Its own submarine
- A pristine 18-hole golf course
- 32 pools
- 5 restaurants and bars
- A 240-acre plantation that supplies 85 percent of the island’s food, including vanilla, 15 types of tropical fruits, herbs, 40 different vegetables, coffee, and animals such as poultry, cows, pigs, quails and ducks, goats and crabs
- A staff-to-guest ratio of 8 to 1
- Fijan horses
- Housekeeping three times per day
- And much, much more.
As one travel writer penned for Travel + Leisure magazine in 2015, “It is not, on the surface, an altogether rational endeavor. Laucala is rather like something you might have hallucinated in a fever dream after a long night guzzling Red Bull [its owner is billionaire and Red Bull cofounder Dietrich Mateschitz]—and then, to your accounting team’s mounting alarm, went ahead and built.”
Rational or not, it is a honeymoon heaven.
That said, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves this week.
Travel tip: The resort’s 25 villas are scattered across the island’s northern coast: 11 plantation villas sit amid a coconut grove; 4 plateau villas are atop the island’s Nawi Mountain at the heart of the island; 7 seagrass villas sit on a white sand beach; 1 peninsula villa hugs a cliff and crescent-shaped beach; 1 overwater villa rests above a crystal clear lagoon; and 1 hilltop estate sits on the island’s tallest point, providing breathtaking views of the Fijian archipelago. In other words, each accommodation at Laucala offers a vastly different experience. Therefore, you’ll want to consider what type of location is most fitting for you and the love of your life.
(Photos courtesy of Laucala)
“It is not, on the surface, an altogether rational endeavor. Laucala is rather like something you might have hallucinated in a fever dream after a long night guzzling Red Bull [its owner is billionaire and Red Bull cofounder Dietrich Mateschitz]—and then, to your accounting team’s mounting alarm, went ahead and built.”