With 332 islands to choose from in this archipelago, options are endless in Fiji. However, not all islands are created equal. Here are four of Fiji’s finest—well worth the long journey.
Kokomo Private Island Fiji
Guests arrive to Kokomo Island in style in Kokomo’s private seaplane or helicopter. Whether being pampered at your beachfront villa or hilltop hideaway, taking in an ocean view, sustainability reigns supreme at this beach retreat with locally sourced mahogany, cinnamon, Kavalua timber, and Fiji plantation pine throughout.
Guests are privy to private infinity pools, open-floor plans, in-villa and destination dining throughout the island, and heated seashell massages. Australian Chef Anthony Healy serves more formal fare in the evening with his six-course tasting menu which changes daily. With the Great Astrolabe Reef within reach, guests can kayak, sail, scuba, snorkel, stand-up paddle, or swim with manta rays. kokomoislandfiji.com
Set on the tip of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, this 14-acre Relais & Châteaux retreat caters to just eight guests at any given time. Visitors are delivered by Dolphin’s private boat directly to their beachfront Guest Bure Suite or taken to the rustic chic Hilltop Sleep Out-Bure. The thatched open-air bedroom lit by lanterns sets a romantic tone.
Romance and relaxation aside, Dolphin is a diver’s paradise with four reef systems and easy access to 25 dive sites. Mantas, barracudas, turtles, and white-tip sharks, among other sea creatures are quite common. Food on the island is Fijian fusion made with indigenous vegetables, tropical fruits, and fresh fish caught daily. The traditional lovo, where food is wrapped in banana leaf and cooked underground on hot stones, is a farewell favorite. dolphinislandfiji.com
Laucala is dramatically set with 25 luxe and traditional Fijian-style villas on the northern coast of the island. Perched on hilltops, along the beach and amid coconut plantations, the setting provides privacy and unparalleled views. Guests can dip in to their infinity pools or dive deep into the saltwater lagoon pool, one of the largest in the southern hemisphere, in the center of the resort.
Activities range from equine to aquatic with a fleet of 14 boats, a submarine, and an equestrian center, not to mention an 18-hole championship golf course. Dining on the island features dishes such as Wagyu beef, pigs, duck, and quail sourced from their 240 acres of farmland. Needs are immediately met thanks to its highest staff-to-guest ratio (16-1) of any hotel or resort in the world. laucala.com
Six Senses Fiji
Six Senses Fiji is already one of 2018’s most anticipated resort openings, set to open in March 2018. The 120-acre boutique hotel, together with its residences, is located on Malolo Island just offshore from Viti Levu, accessible by a 10-minute scenic helicopter ride over the water from Nadi International. The Six Senses Spa Team and Wellness Board—which includes Dr. Oz as an advising member—is reason enough to dip in with individualized health, wellness, and spa programs.
The 26 spacious villas range from 1,200 to 1,600 square feet. The 60 private residences average 6,500 square feet (10,500 including exteriors) and also include private pools overlooking Vunabaka Bay. vunabaka.com
By Karen Loftus. Originally published in Architectural Digest.