lifestyle /Travel Graceful hospitality at the Fijian archipelago, Laucala Resort Laucala is one of a triplet of small islands that lie to the east of Thurston Point on the island of Taveuni in Fiji. The privately owned islands are the site of the exclusive Laucala Resort.
by Aleezeh Hasan

A private island refuge in the South Pacific, Laucala unites dramatic rainforest-laced landscapes and white sandy beaches with unparalleled levels of luxury and privacy. No expense has been spared at the exclusive tropical hideaway, where 25 Fijian-styled villas are set amid coconut plantations, beside deserted beaches and atop the island’s volcanic mountains, overlooking fertile coral reefs and endless jungle.

Style and sustainability go hand in hand throughout, from the natural fibres and woods used in design to the wild orchids harvested in gardens and organic produce grown on island farms.

Set over 1,400 hectares, Laucala epitomises the seclusion and graceful hospitality for which the Fijian archipelago is famed.

Graceful hospitality at the Fijian archipelago, Laucala Resort
Hilltop Residence at Laucala Island
Credit: Laucala Island

Laucala’s diversions range from relaxing to adventurous. A wide variety of watersports introduce guests to Fiji’s azure oceans, while rainforest walking tours, golf, farm visits and horseback riding are exhilarating ways to explore the island.

The island’s Water Sports Centre is home to a fleet of 14 boats, including the Riviera Open Flybridge for game fishing as well as Dragon sailboats and traditional Fijian outriggers, ideal for sunset cruises or archipelago discovery. From here, windsurfing, kitesurfing, kayaking and jet-skis are also available. Arguably the best way to explore Fiji’s marine offerings is by taking the plunge, and Laucala offers snorkelling equipment and PADI certified Dive Centre to get guests up close and personal with hawksbill turtles and angelfish.

Graceful hospitality at the Fijian archipelago, Laucala Resort
The Infinity Pool at Laucala Island
Credit: Laucala Island

When it comes to experiencing Laucala’s beaches, plantations and hinterland, guests have access to eight immaculately groomed Fijian horses. Guided walking tours also lead guests to far-flung corners of the island, with arranged visits to a Cultural Village detailing Fijian arts, crafts and traditions, as well as Laucala’s organic farms and gardens.

Graceful hospitality at the Fijian archipelago, Laucala Resort
The iconic golf course at Laucala Island
Credit: Laucala Island

An island highlight is the 18-hole championship golf course, thoughtfully designed by David McLay Kidd with spectacular greens and fairways overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Closer to the resort, the Kids Club caters to children of all ages with fun, educational and informative activities under the watchful supervision of trained staff.

Visit Laucala Island – http://www.laucala.com/

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