Fiji reopened to international tourists on Dec. 1, 2021, and three of its luxury properties have unveiled some news.
Vomo Island Fiji: Taleitaki
At Vomo Island Fiji resort, for example, there’s a new private residence accommodation that is ideal for clients looking for more space and privacy. Taleitaki is a four-bedroom, oceanfront vacation home with views of the neighboring Yasawa Islands. Separate from the resort — but just a short walk away from the bar and restaurant — Taleitaki is designed for travelers who wish to enjoy the hotel in their own private compound.
Each of the four bedrooms has an ensuite bath, all equipped with a private outdoor shower and most with a private outdoor bath. The four bedrooms surround a convivial living and dining area fronted by an infinity pool, with plenty of spaces for indoor and outdoor gathering. Rates include butler service, daily laundry service, meals, non-alcoholic beverages and all the amenities and activities of the broader resort.
Vomo Rocks Package for the Day
For Fiji visitors who won’t be spending their time in residence at Vomo Island, there’s a new day trip option available on Sundays. The new Vomo Rocks Package allows visitors to day trip from Port Denarau to The Rocks, the adults-only enclave of the resort, where they can relax in a cabana by the infinity pool or bring the heat during a weekly dance party with live music.
The package includes roundtrip transfers, unlimited soft drinks and bottled waters. There are special happy hour cocktails and a chef’s grazing menu available. Space is limited and the package is offered on Sundays from April to December.
Como Laucala Island, Fiji Debuts
Visitors to Fiji can also now visit Como Laucala Island, Fiji, a brand-new resort option. Situated on private Laucala Island, located off the coast of Vanua Levu, this outpost of the Singapore-based luxury resort company is 50 minutes from a dedicated lounge at Nadi Airport via private charter. The air strip can also accommodate up to a medium-sized private jet; customs and immigration clearance can be arranged for direct arrivals.
The resort is intimate, with just 25 residences in a variety of geographies, from perched on a hilltop to floating overwater. Each of the residences — which are built in the style of traditional Fijian construction — have private pools with daybeds, golf carts, outdoor bures (covered huts) for dining or lounging, indoor and outdoor baths and bars stocked with refreshments and light bites.
Residences are provided with a tau (Fijian for “friend”) who arranges activities, complimentary laundry and in-residence meals. For dining out, there are two farm-to-table restaurants, a lounge, and two bars.
The resort grows most produce onsite, breeds poultry and cattle on the island and bottles its own honey and volcanic mineral water. In addition to land and water excursions (which take place on a refurbished sailing yacht from the 1948 Olympic Games), there’s also an amenity that is unique among private island resorts: an 18-hole golf course.
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji, Is Focusing on Sustainability
On the island of Savu Savu, the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji, has also taken the opportunity to expand its local crop programs during the 20-month pandemic closure. There are now an additional 12 acres of land dedicated to growing food crops and hardwoods (used in resort construction and furniture pieces). Because of the resort’s remote location and focus on sustainable practices, the expansion was developed to reduce dependence on food imports and production of food miles — a large contributor to global carbon emissions.
Herbs, fruits, vegetables and edible flowers are among the crops grown for the Fijian and Asian-inspired dishes created by executive chef Raymond Lee for the resort’s restaurants, including the traditional Fijian lovo feast, named for the underground oven used for cooking.