Stay at the Laucala
Rainforest tumbles across volcanic mountains. Waves splash gently besides coconut groves. White-sand beaches blur into turquoise lagoons. Waterfalls and swimming pools hide down forested trails. Welcome to a hideaway for millionaires, the holiday home of Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz, recently given a makeover by the highly respected COMO brand.This is not the typical postcard Fijian island. It’s big, with a lot of nature to explore. There are four times more staff than guests and every villa has a butler service. And mostly because Laucala is designed more like a home than a hotel, with every villa individual in its design and location. All this adds up to a level of choice you simply won’t find anywhere else in the South Pacific.
Fiji is already remote. Laucala is right on the edge of the archipelago. It’s one of three islands that make up the Koro Sea, a 50-minute flight from Nadi International Airport in Laucala’s King Air B200.
Rooms - The 25 villas are a mix of Fijian architecture and modern design. Some hide in the forest, others stand on the beach, one has a glass-edged pool looking onto an underwater reef. All come with butler service and oodles of private space. Spectacular private pools come as standard.
Who is it for
This is a distinctive hideaway for billionaires, especially couples. The island setting and service is magnificent, you have countless activities and amenities, plus the Robinson Crusoe vibes. It’s also comfortably the most expensive place to stay in Fiji, which is a consideration when compared to our other favourite resort, Kokomo.
Amenities & Activities
An island with just 25 villas but five different restaurants, several pools, even an 18-hole golf course. The spa is good and we expect it to improve after the recent COMO takeover. The kids’ club is okay but there’s not as much to satisfy children as Kokomo or Vomo. Laucala is more of a place where adults can play - sailing, jet-skiing, fishing, horseback riding, scuba diving and more.