“Ever entertain ideas of owning your own private paradise? Try Laucala. While it’s not for sale (it is owned by Red Bull CEO Dietrich Mateschitz), there are just 80 guests in 3,000 acres, meaning it pretty much feels as if you are there on your own. Except of course, for the fab staff and the five restaurants. Villas are dotted across the island. Thatch roofs and wood give a Robinson Crusoe vibe, while luxury linens and mod-cons remind you that you aren’t actually marooned.
There is a huge choice - from over-water to hilltop - so make sure that you thoroughly check out the website before booking. We were a large family group, so opted for the Plateau Villas that have a bit more space and oodles of privacy. There are great views over the sea and neighboring islands, which acted as a backdrop to our private family BBQs and sunset drinks.
As a family, we had lots of different ideas on what to do. Luckily, the island has a whole host of activities, all of which were really well-organized. There are hiking and riding trails across the island, rainforest tours, beaches, spa, 20 different pools to pick from and water activities such as yachting, diving and snorkeling. We packed the youngest off to the Kids Club, which fully entertained and exhausted them. A wow trip.”
- Trusted Friend: Laura Gibson, Sydney
(Date Experienced: July 2013)
A private island escape.
As a romantic couples treat (GREAT honeymoon destination) or a family break.
I love the private island vibe, the desert island activities and the sensational sunsets, but what really stood out about Laucala was their commitment to organic, local produce. The island has its own organic farm and we visited some of the gardens and livestock. It gave my kids a good idea of where their food was coming from and also a concept of the challenges of growing food on an island.
Best time to go
The Fijian winter, or dry season (May - October) is the best time to visit as rainfall and humidity are lower.
The resort is enormous. Luckily, each residence has a little Club Car to get around. However, be aware that you need to leave time to get to activities, dinner reservations etc. Also, be aware that snorkelling is good, but if you’re used to Australia, Maldives etc, it can be disappointing on some days.
Price per night
From $3,800 per night