Best Resorts in Fiji For Luxury Travel
Pick the right luxury Fiji resort, and you’ll feel as if you have gone to heaven. And while elegant décor and attentive staff are great, the ultimate draw of staying at these opulent escapes is the way they blend raw, tropical beauty with sumptuous comfort. To help travelers seeking this type of experience, we’ve compiled a list of 5 of the best resorts in Fiji for luxury travel.
Four main criteria were evaluated when deciding which retreats would be included:
- Every resort has a 5-star rating
- They each feature world-class luxury
- All of the experiences can be customized
- And of course, each resort is all-inclusive
But most of all, we examined how these resorts went above and beyond to deliver the best possible experience for their guests.
Here are our picks for 5 of the finest luxury resorts in Fiji
Laucala Island – Five-star decadence away from the crowds
The sugary white sand shifts beneath your bare feet as you gaze out on the impossibly blue tropical waters of the South Pacific. It’s the beginning of a new day in paradise and you can spend it doing anything you please – relaxing in your private villa, fishing for big game, snorkeling or embarking on a horseback riding adventure.
Located on 3,200 unspoiled acres of tropical terrain, this resort offers 25 unique villas and amazing hilltop residences set atop the volcanic cliffs. Your every whim is accommodated at this luxurious resort, but the restaurants here are particularly decadent. Enjoy unrivaled cuisine from the five onsite restaurants, which include an Asian Fusion lounge with jaw-dropping views, a simple laid-back beach bar and a replica colonial mansion that serves exquisitely posh cuisine.
This island escape was described by Travel & Leisure magazine as the “world’s most extravagant resort” and it goes above and beyond to offer guests an unforgettable experience. An atmosphere of true luxury is created here, with large airy living spaces that seamlessly transition from indoor to outdoor living and a staff of over 300 catering to your every need.
Take a ride on one of the private boats to explore the turquoise water and hidden beaches around the island. Go for an adventure on the three miles of trails or opt for a horseback riding trek instead – the resort has a stable with trained horses. An 18-hole championship course offers a thrill for golfers in a beautiful setting and surfing, golfing and rainforest tours are also available.
The Wakaya Club and Spa – Celebrity approved luxury escape
The Wakaya Experience begins when you land at Nadi International Airport and are picked up by the resort’s private luxury aircraft. Feeling like a true VIP, you soar over the green islands and bright blue waters of Fiji and the South Pacific Ocean until you land at this stunning remote resort.
Some of the famous names that have stayed at The Wakaya Club and Spa include Russell Crowe, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and Prince Felipe. A place like this offers everything even a celebrity could ever want, especially privacy.
Pamper yourself with a treatment at the elegant Breeze Spa, where you can melt into a water shiatsu massage while soaking up views of the tranquil lagoon. Go for a dip in the immaculately designed pool, play a round on the nine-hole golf course, or go on the daily dive that is already included with your stay.
Each of the stylish villas is furnished with outdoor decks, Tibetan rugs and a beautiful open air volcanic rock shower. This intimate and peaceful resort only hosts a mere 20-25 people at one time, so you will enjoy a quiet atmosphere and attentive service.
Feast on gourmet meals that include organic locally grown produce, game and fresh-caught seafood – a delicious taste of what the island has to offer.
Dolphin Island – An exclusive spot to get away from it all
Only one family or group with up to eight guests can stay at Dolphin Island resort at any time, which creates an exclusive, private Pacific Island experience that’s unlike anything else. No wonder it was selected by The Telegraph as one of the World’s Best Private Islands.
Located 30 minutes by private boat from the tip of Viti Levu Island (or just minutes by helicopter), this resort will immerse you in luxury from the moment you arrive. Every detail has been chosen carefully to provide you with the best possible experience – from scented candles to fluffy towels.
The décor reflects Polynesian influences, with soft feather-filled sofas and plantation-style chairs. Each of the rooms feature timber floors, stone tiles, high ceilings and air conditioning. Spend the day lounging in the day beds, swimming in the infinity pool or dining alfresco by the light of lanterns and tiki torches.
The traditional thatched room bures mesh seamlessly into the landscape and they are designed to maximize your enjoyment of the island’s natural beauty. The open veranda offers stunning views of the ocean and is the perfect place to sip a tropical cocktail. There is even a romantic, open-air, “Hilltop Sleep-out Bure” that is lit only by lanterns and perfect for a tryst or rustic, overnight stay. Meals at the resort feature juicy tropical fruit and fresh-caught fish brought to the island daily.
Wadigi Island – A private island in a tropical paradise
Wadigi Island is a lush green Eden, surrounded by deep-blue water in the beautiful Mamanuca Islands. But what makes this escape really stand out is how personal the experience is.
First, you’re whisked away on a helicopter to this private island where you will be greeted by the owners Jim and Tracy Johnston. They are so dedicated to making the experience special that they only cater to one reservation at a time, so travelers need to book well in advance.
Despite this private island’s remote location, luxuries abound at this resort. Select a wine from the extensively stocked cellar or ask your personal boat captain to prepare the private boat for an island-hopping sightseeing cruise. Extra activities, such as golf on the mainland or scuba diving, can also be arranged.
Experience the local culture by sipping a traditional – and very relaxing – shell of Kava or learning to fish by hand. Your friendly and welcoming staff of 9 will help to arrange any activity or experience you can imagine.
Stroll barefoot along the private beaches and feel the ocean breeze in your hair or plunge into the cool crystal clear waters of the lagoon. Retreat to the air-conditioned cool of your suite, which offers a large decking area that connects the indoors and outdoors.
The talented and creative chefs at the resort will be able to create a delicious meal, which you can enjoy while surrounded by torches on the sandy beach or overlooking the cliff-side.
Taveuni Palms Resort – One of the Best Luxury Boutiques in the World
This resort is a multi-time winner and perennial nominee for the ”World Luxury Hotel Awards”. It’s easy to see why. Hidden amongst coconut trees on the edge of a sandy beach, this is the perfect spot to create memories with someone you love.
The spacious and beautiful private villas each sit on their own acre of beachfront and feature a private pool, complimentary Wi-Fi and hammocks. Neutral colors, large open spaces, hand-polished wooden floors and Italian tile create a look of style and sophistication. The rooms include modern details such as DVD players and iPod docks as well as large decks with gorgeous views. Lofted ceilings, super king beds and water hyacinth furniture add to the opulent atmosphere.
You’ll feel pampered upon arrival, as every guest is treated to a free one-hour massage to begin their stay. Everything served at the local restaurant is homemade and most of the ingredients are organically grown right there on the property.
Cultural theme nights are another highlight of this resort, which include tableside cooking and your own traditional Fijian band. Guests enjoy a full menu of spa services, scuba diving lessons and the option to hire your own 27-foot boat with captain. All day complimentary room service is also available, so you can enjoy a slow start to the day with breakfast in bed or indulge in a late-night snack.
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