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The Peninsula Villa on Fiji’s Laucala Island. PHOTO: Courtesy of Laucala Island.
All manner of services are at guests’ fingertips, including the spa, game fishing, a personal submarine, five restaurants and bars, and sailing. PHOTO: Courtesy of Laucala Island.
All manner of services are at guests’ fingertips, including the spa, game fishing, a personal submarine, five restaurants and bars, and sailing. PHOTO: Courtesy of Laucala Island.
All manner of services are at guests’ fingertips, including the spa, game fishing, a personal submarine, five restaurants and bars, and sailing. PHOTO: Courtesy of Laucala Island.
All manner of services are at guests’ fingertips, including the spa, game fishing, a personal submarine, five restaurants and bars, and sailing. PHOTO: Courtesy of Laucala Island.
All manner of services are at guests’ fingertips, including the spa, game fishing, a personal submarine, five restaurants and bars, and sailing. PHOTO: Courtesy of Laucala Island.
All manner of services are at guests’ fingertips, including the spa, game fishing, a personal submarine, five restaurants and bars, and sailing. PHOTO: Courtesy of Laucala Island.

Fantasy Island

by C California Style

Dreaming up your next adventure? Allow us to suggest an ultra-exclusive South Pacific oasis with amenities beyond belief.

If your criteria for a private-island birthday bash include a place you can land your Gulfstream G550, invite 70 of your nearest and dearest, laze on snow-white sands, and jet around in a DeepFlight Super Falcon submarine, Fiji’s Laucala Island is a natural choice. There are also coconut plantations, deserted beaches, coral-filled reefs and lush jungles to seal the deal. The resort, set on the truly paradisiacal 4.6-square-mile island owned by Red Bull co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz, is not only a playground for thrill-seekers—with sailing, game fishing, surfing, diving, horseback riding and jet-boating on offer—but also features more mainstream activities including cooking classes, golf (there’s an 18-hole championship course) and spa-ing.

Treatments in the four spa suites are totally customizable and showcase the island’s native ingredients like freshly pressed virgin coconut oil, hibiscus flowers and papaya. Beauty product junkies can even concoct their own elixirs using herbs, flowers and fruits picked in the garden and mixed in the in-house kitchen. In fact, the resort is 85 percent sustainable, with a hydroponic 240-acre farm that provides much of the five restaurants and bars’ products, from veggies and spices to Wagyu beef, Peking duck and coconut crabs.

A complete island takeover goes for an all-inclusive $150,000 per day (minimum five days), or you can visit Eden sans entourage by reserving one of the 25 luxuriously appointed, thatched-roof villas of varying size (rates from $4,600 per night). Each comes with its own stunning and unique view, buggy, and infinity-edge pool that’s ripe for a magical tiki-torchlit midnight dip. The ultimate one-of-a-kind underwater experience, however, is courtesy of that winged
submersible—something no other resort can offer. laucala.com.

By Kathryn Romeyn.
Edited by Jenny Murray.