The Fijian archipelago, with its pearly-white beaches and azure-blue skies, has provided the location for some of the world’s most luxurious resorts and spas where the welcome is sincere, the hospitality is exceptional, and the cuisine is exquisite. Each of the resorts we highlight has been sensitively constructed with sustainability in mind; making for some of the most indisputably blissful retreats in the world.
Nestled comfortably on the serene beachfront and sheltered by a lush rainforest canopy, the Namale Resort’s wonderfully plush bures and villas are generously furnished and equipped to cater for every need, all whilst simultaneously immersing guests in the island’s natural beauty – a credit to the resort’s magnificent architectural design. From the delicately prepared five-course dinners to the world-class treatments provided in the panoramic spa, the care and attentiveness of Namale’s staff is truly heart-warming. The most luxurious of luxury resorts – it is deserving of every award bestowed upon it.
In his 1933 novel, Lost Horizon, British author James Hilton described Shangri-La as a secluded utopia existing within, though completely sheltered from, the rest of the world. It is a legend from which the Shangri-La Resort aptly takes its name. Set on the enchanting little island of Yanuca, Shangri-La is a serene haven where guests are invited to completely unwind and restore their mental and physical well-being in the luxurious comfort of its resort and spa, where the body and soul receive a blissful pampering.
The Royal Davui Resort is set upon a tiny privately-owned islet in the Beqa Lagoon, providing ultimate seclusion. There are just 16 villas scattered along its perimeter, which peep out from under the tropical canopy across an uninterrupted azure-blue horizon, making you feel as if you are at the very edge of the world. As an adult-only resort, the Royal Davui is an idyllic romantic retreat for couples and honeymooners who can relax in complete serenity on the island’s immaculate beaches.
Each of Wakaya’s lavish bures feels almost like a private island in itself, with 1650 square feet of surrounding land, large outdoor decking areas, and their own secluded, beautifully designed gardens. The bures’ stunning interiors are no less impressive. From the four-poster king-size beds to the large stone bathing tubs (the Governor’s Bure has its very own spa, in fact) to the plush rugs and intricate wall-hangings, the bures are glittering treasure chests waiting to be discovered.
An air of chic tinged with exotic Fijian influences, Vomo Resort is particularly elegant and sophisticated, yet wonderfully relaxed and comfortable. Whether you wish to rejuvenate in the spa, soak up the pure island air on the sandy beaches, snorkel in the surrounding reefs, or hike to the rocky summit of Vomo’s sister island, Vomo Lailai, there is a wealth of activities on offer right on the bamboo doorstep of your luxurious villa.
A craggy, volcanic island smothered in dense rainforest brimming with colorful flora and fauna, Taveuni is often referred to as the ‘Garden Island of Fiji’. Sat atop a cliff with breathtaking views across the Pacific Ocean, the Taveuni Island Resort is comprised of 12 lavish bures, all of which are spacious, breezy, and surrounded by expansive, well-maintained gardens. With an exceptional restaurant and gorgeous spa – both of which utilize fresh organic ingredients – Taveuni Resort is an idyllic place to base yourself as you explore the island’s stunning landscape.
The enchanting Likuliku lagoon is a crescent shaped-bay on the north-western shore of Malolo Island, shrouded in Fijian mythology and an important landmark in the country’s history. The resort’s design emulates that of traditional Fijian villages – with hand-woven thatched roofs and tribal-patterned interiors, imbuing the resort with authentic charm. But perhaps the unique selling point of the Likuliku Resort is its over-water bures – the only ones in the Fijian archipelago, which arch across the lagoon’s placid waters.
The Emaho Sekawa Resort is simply magical. Each of the private residences has not only a beautiful interior, but also an expansive outdoor deck with panoramic ocean views, complete with a candle-lit plunge pool and large outdoor bed where guests can soak up the breathtaking views as the sun sets and the stars emerge above the horizon. The resort’s employees are a wonderfully cheerful community, passionate about providing their guests with the best possible experience.
The adults-only Tokoriki Island Resort is located on the stunning Mamanuca Islands where, if the heavenly beaches aren’t enough, there is a plethora of activities on offer. Whether you want to paddle-board, kayak, basket-weave, hike, or even take a fascinating tour of the island’s medicinal botanic life, there is plenty to keep you not just occupied, but enthralled. At the end of a thrilling day, rejuvenate in your lavish bure or in its gorgeous outdoor area, complete with private pool, sun-loungers, and cabana.
Navutu Stars Resort | Courtesy of Navutu Stars Resort
The pristine bures at Navutu Stars are incredibly spacious and light, with high ceilings, cream-hued walls and wide doors that slide open directly onto the alabaster beach-front. Guests are encouraged to slip into the blissfully relaxed island rhythm with wonderful outdoor spa treatments and yoga sessions on the Sunset Deck, which has a panoramic view of the surrounding ocean. The resort’s chefs craft some culinary delights, and the cocktails flow as if on tap.