This post was written in collaboration with a well-traveled friend of Au Courant.
Laucala Island is a green and mountainous paradise in Fiji. A forty-minute plane ride, on Laucala’s King Air plane, from the main airport of Nadi, this former coconut plantation awaits with luxurious accommodations, extraordinary service and, should you require it, exceptional privacy.
The island was purchased by the co-owner of Red Bull from the family of Malcolm Forbes, who had a vacation home there. The 25 villas of the resort are scattered on different parts of the island. Some are on the beach, others are on hillsides, surrounded by Plumeria, Mango and Banana trees and all have views of the ocean.
Laucala has five choices for dining. The Plantation House, whose menu changes nightly; Seagrass, a Thai restaurant, that also has a Teppanyaki table, a poolside restaurant and one on the beach for daytime fare. Sample the fresh fish and local lobster, grilled at the beach side restaurant for lunch. Don’t forget the Spicy Pineapple Margarita!
They grow and raise most of their own food on the island (a tour of their farms is a must!), including chickens, hogs and Waygu beef. The eggs you have for your breakfast omelette have been gathered that morning, which is no mean task considering the chickens have an extensive area in which to roam.
For activities, they offer every marine-craft and water activity imaginable – even a mini-submarine for underwater exploration. They have a string of the most beautifully groomed horses ever seen at any resort. The golf course has been carved out of the tropical vegetation and the spa, in a secluded hillside location, provides treatments using ingredients that they grow and make themselves. Luxury upon luxury. Laucala is like a waking dream. Even after four visits, we cannot wait to return once more to “our” special island.