Words by Carlie Tucker
Who among us hasn't fantasised about a jet set lifestyle with private island getaways on a whim? Impeccable service is a given as is a sweep of sugary soft sand, palm shaded loungers and the exclusivity of being one of only a handful to soak it all up. Set your holiday sights to Fiji and your dreams of a secluded island getaway could become reality.
With more than 300 islands split over the Mamanuca and Yasawa groups, there are plenty of exclusive resorts beckoning to would-be castaways that dream of luxury accommodations and the serenity of seclusion. Here are just a few.
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Romantic Reunions: Likuliku Lagoon Resort
Turquoise waters lapping against a stretch of sandy beach and the gentle whisper of an ocean breeze fluttering the fronds of towering palms ... Likuliku is the epitome of romantic island getaways. This prestigious 5-star resort even comes complete with 10 luxuriously-appointed overwater bures, intoxicating guests with unobstructed views of the tranquil ocean surrounds.
When you're not stretching out on your private daybed, enjoying the temperate climate and astounding natural beauty, you can cool off with a snorkelling stint in the clear waters of Likuliku Lagoon or book a serious pamper session at Tatadra Spa. Fishing, walking trails, picnics, Meke and Kava ceremonies, diving and island hopping can also be on the cards should you wish.
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Barefoot Luxury: Royal Davui Island Resort
This adults-only private getaway promises intimate seclusion with limited guest capacity and a tranquil spot in the Beqa Lagoon. Fiji's famous blue waters and white sand beaches are par for the course, but this resort takes it to the next level with an easygoing elegance that demands relaxation in the lap of luxury. There are just 16 vales available, each one appointed with a traditional thatched roof, private heated plunge pool, spa bath, sun deck and wet bar.
In true private island resort style, the glamour of this getaway extends through every aspect of your stay. This includes the activities. Enjoy champagne breakfasts on deserted sand bars or let your troubles melt away with a Pure Fiji Spa Treatment. You can do as little or as much as you please while you savour the spoils of the highlife.
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Eco Warriors: Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort
Proving that eco-friendly and luxury travel can go hand-in-hand, this sensational private island resort is all about pampering guests while preserving the beauty of its surrounds. There are only 25 bures available. Each one is constructed of local timber and enjoys either a garden or ocean view. TVs and telephones are out to ensure your stay is as relaxing as possible, but you can stay connected with WiFi access.
Savusavu Bay is at your doorstep, which means days of lazing on the beach while enjoying the crystal blue beauty of the water are a must. Should you be up for something a little more high energy, there is plenty for all to enjoy, from the romantic pursuits of private picnics to the peacefulness of complimentary yoga sessions. And, if at any time you wish things were just a little more private, you can rent a second private island for half the day. Complete with a gourmet picnic lunch and a bottle of chilled champagne, Naviavia Island could be all yours.
Family Friendly: Castaway Island
Private island luxury doesn't have to be reserved for adults. This escape is about ensuring all members of the family are well looked after. With 4-star style and a sweep of prestigious awards, including Luxury Travel Magazine's best Overseas Family Holiday, guests can expect all the trappings of a private island resort with the addition of a few family-friendly features. This includes family beach bures comprised of two interconnecting bures with three bedrooms and two separate bathrooms. It can sleep up to 10 guests, which means families of all sizes are well taken care of.
There are multiple dining options for tastebuds of all ages, and a variety of available activities to please the young and young at heart. Mum and dad can book in a couples massage, while the kids can enjoy supervised activities at the Castaway Kids Club. Or play as a family with a game of beach volleyball followed by a walking trail trek to discover some of the native flora and fauna together.