Laucala Island Fiji
Set among coconut groves I found heaven. Laucala, pronounced Lathala, is the most incredible island stay I’ve ever experienced. This exclusive island is privately owned and provides “Ultra” all-inclusive, serious luxury.
From the private jet greeting on the mainland, to the beauty of the coral reefs and turquoise waters, a stay in anyone of the 25 villas on the island is certain to give you the most incredible dream island experience.
The 1400-hectare island accommodates a maximum of only 80 guests in 11 Plantation Villas, 4 Plateau Villas, 7 Seagrass Villas, 1 Peninsula, 1 Overwater Villa and a 3-bedroom Hilltop Estate. No expense has been spared here. Each thatched roof villa has been made with beautiful natural materials and is fenced to give guests absolute privacy, a feature that is popular amongst the island’s celebrity guests. Oprah and Elle McPherson have posted their stays here on social media.
Our Plantation Villa for 2 nights was a complete oasis, luxurious beyond words. Walking in we found a large king bedroom with an indoor and outdoor bathroom, both with large bathtubs – 1 wooden, 1 stone, so we could decide which we felt like using – and house made bath products. A covered walkway attached a separate lounge bure stocked daily with premium wines, spirits, mixers, coffee pods and freshly made snacks complete with a mobile phone and Bose sound system. Stepping out onto the patio area we find a cabana and plush daybeds surrounding a full-size pool overlooking your own private beach. The villa also came with a golf buggy so we could explore the island at our leisure. I really did think I’d possibly died and gone to heaven. An inspection of the other villa types was part of my visit. They only got bigger and better if that is at all possible.
The island has 5 restaurants with a team of 37 chefs preparing the highest quality farm/ocean to table meals with most of the produce coming from the island’s own farm. The Coconut Crab was my favourite meal and is the their most popular dish. Fine dining, Asian fusion and casual meals with a choice of premium wines and spirits are all on offer also with the option of delivery to the privacy of your villa and all options included in the price of your villa. Cigars, whilst not my thing, are also complementary.
If I had to have 1 complaint, honestly it could only be not having enough time to enjoy all the facilities and activities. Even though the Laucala caters to a maximum of only 80 guests the island’s owner, Dietrich Mateschitz, also the co-owner of Red Bull, has thought of everything including a 2-person semi submersible for those wanting to explore the surrounding reef life without getting wet. In my 3 days I did find time for a horse-ride, snorkelling and to jetski around the island, a private yoga session followed by a massage by the pool in my villa and a visit to the hydroponic gardens and farm. Had I been there longer I would have added a day trip to Taveuni Island for the waterfalls, a dive at the legendary Great White Wall site, a visit to the gym and some time to just relax on the beach. There is also kitesurfing, an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Scotsman David McLay Kidd and a Riviera Open Flybridge available for leisurely trips and game fishing.
If you are looking for privacy with Ultra inclusive luxury, Laucala is the island for you. Whilst I was a guest of Laucala and Travel The World on this trip, as always, to preserve the integrity of my work, I have provided an honest review of this incredible island. Contact me at WorldLee Journeys for more information.
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