Fancy escaping to your own private Fiji island with family and friends?
Start planning. It is possible – at a price.
While Fiji remains predominantly closed to the outside world due to the COVID-19 crisis, you can still experience the tropical island nation.
Enter: the private island buyout.
As recently announced by the Fiji Government, the country has permitted high net worth individuals to come to Fiji so long as they arrive by private charter aircraft or private yacht and buy out a resort for a minimum of 14 days.
With 333 islands that make up Fiji, there is lots of choice including five private island resorts that can be booked out privately.
The buyout options range from intimate islands with just a handful of bures, to larger resorts accommodating up to 100 or more guests.
It is a unique opportunity for those seeking an ultra-luxury escape. Who wouldn’t fancy being marooned on a luxury private island with people of your choice.
VIP Lanes and Blue Lanes
Through the country’s new initiatives called VIP Lanes for air travel and Blue Lanes for sea travel, Fiji is encouraging discerning travellers to escape to Fiji via private transportation.
COVID Safety Measures
The country’s quick and effective response to COVID-19 has allowed Fiji to avoid any outbreak of the virus. It has recorded under 30 cases total.
With enhanced safety measures and guidelines in place, visitors can have peace of mind as they get off the grid with a two-week escape in paradise and enjoy their own private island in complete isolation.
Whether it be a reunion with friends and family after months of separation or a long-needed romantic escape, here are Fiji’s best luxury, private island resorts available for buyouts.
Vatuvara Private Islands Resort
Where: Vatuvara Island Resort
Accommodates: This is an intimate luxury resort for a couple or small family – maximum occupancy is six.
Known for: It hosted Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their honeymoon trip to Fiji. Vatuvara Private Islands Resort is an enchanting escape located in the lesser travelled Lau Group of islands in Fiji’s east.
The low down: With just three, one-bedroom villas situated across 400 hectares, Vatuvara is the epitome of luxury and seclusion.
Best Fit: It’s suited to a couple, intimate group or small family.
What’s it like? Each villa has its own private beach, infinity-edge pool, private outdoor massage bure and expansive views that overlook the stunning lagoon formed by the additional three Vatuvara islands.
The Star: The flagship villa – Delana Villa – reigns in ultimate seclusion and elegance.
Perched cliffside above the turquoise waters, the Delana Villa offers dramatic vistas, an expansive outdoor lounging area and private dining gazebo. With its own private jet air strip, top of the line amenities and exceptional organic cuisine grown right on the island, a stay at Vatuvara combines the ultimate in luxury comforts with the opportunity to immerse in authentic Fijian culture.
To book: Visit here.
Where: VOMO Island Fiji, located just off the coast of Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu is between the Mamanuca and Yasawa island chains.
Accommodates: VOMO Island Fiji is home to 32 villas and residences and caters for 100. It is a chic and contemporary, yet relaxed private island resort.
Known for: The island has endless beaches, two infinity pools, a fully equipped Kids Village with Baby Butlers, scuba diving, a 9-hole pitch and putt golf course, tennis and state-of-the-art gym.
The lowdown: The private island is home to a selection of stylish resort villas and multi-bedroom beachfront private residences, all complete with top-of-the-line amenities and tasteful décor.
Best fit: Family and friends – all ages.
What’s it like? Blissful and the perfect luxury escape.
The Star: Guests staying on the island will have all of VOMO’s facilities and amenities at their fingertips to enjoy – plus dedicated butlers —the epitome of the perfect private island vacation.
To book: Visit the resort website here.
Wakaya Club & Spa
Where: Wakaya Club & Spa
Accommodates: This authentic Fijian luxury resort caters for mid-size groups with a maximum of 34.
Known for: It is one of Fiji’s oldest resorts that has hosted Hollywood celebrities and musicians for decades. Immerse yourself in a true authentic Fijian feel.
The lowdown: While the private island resort has gone through extensive renovations over the years to maintain its ultra-luxury status, Wakaya is special. The resort features eight oceanfront bures.
Best fit: It is perfect for family and friends looking for a reunion in beautiful surrounds. Guests can spend the day golfing on the island’s 9-hole course, exploring out on the water, hiking the lush terrain, or simply relaxing at the spa, on the beach or by the pool.
What’s it like? Fabulous scenery, views and service. Wakaya Island is part of the Lomaiviti Group due east of Fiji’s main island and is surrounded by a protected coral reef boasting serene lagoons, majestic cliffs and pristine white sand beaches.
The Star: A two-bedroom Ambassador’s Bure with a private pool, a three-bedroom Valeo Bure and the Sega Na Leqa bure with a 12,000 square foot one-bedroom mansion including a guest villa, expansive pool, gym, spa and full chef’s kitchen.
To book: Visit the resort website here.
Kokomo Private Island
Where: Kokomo Private Island
Accommodates: For large groups seeking the utmost in contemporary luxury – it caters for 120.
Known for: It is a luxury private island resort located in the Kadavu region of Fiji and cradled by the world’s fourth largest reef, the Great Astrolabe.
The lowdown: The ultra-luxury accommodation feature abundant space, sustainable design, modern amenities, and traditional Fijian nuances.
Best fit: Embracing the ‘farm to table’ concept, Kokomo has a farm that produces a wide variety of local vegetables, herbs and fruits year-round. Fusing wellness and sustainability into every aspect of the resort, Kokomo provides an unforgettable, transformational experience in Fiji.
What’s it like? The resort has 21 exclusive villas each with its own private pool, tropical walled garden, expansive ocean view and direct beach access.
The Star: Additionally, Kokomo has five residences ranging from four to six bedrooms each. They provide complete seclusion on the hilltops with captivating views of the ocean from above.
To book: visit the resort website here.
Where: Laucala Resort
Accommodates: It can accommodate up to 40 people.
Known for: It is one of the world’s most exclusive private island resorts. No expense has been spared at the luxurious tropical hideaway.
The lowdown: Set over nearly 2000 hectares, Laucala showcases seclusion and impeccable hospitality. The 25 glamorous villas are situated by deserted beaches, stunning clifftops, and lush rainforest.
What’s it like? Each villa is unique and immaculately furnished. They feature stylish bedroom and living room decor opening to a private garden and infinity-edge pool. The 4km island has an 18-hole golf course, organic farm, and private hangar with mechanics to service private jets.
Best Fit: Each villa comes with its own buggy, so guests are free to explore the resort at their leisure.
To book: Visit the website here.
Tavarua Island Resort
Where: Tavarua Island Resort
Accommodates: For the active group looking to get off the grid. It accommodates 36.
Known for: It’s fabulous surf and stunning landscape. Viti Levu is a favourite among surf legends including frequent guest Kelly Slater.
The lowdown: The heart-shaped island with just 16 bures is located just off the coast of Fiji’s main island.
Best Fit: The Mother of all world-class surf resorts, this is a bucket-list experience no matter what level surfer you are.
What’s it like? Tavarua is not only perfectly positioned next to the world-famous Cloudbreak, but also has access to beginner and intermediate surf breaks. It is also great for kite-surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, diving, fishing, or simply just relaxing on the beach.
To book: Visit the Waterways Travel website here.
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The government’s effective containment measures put in place in March 2020 meant Fiji was able to officially declare itself COVID-contained in June. Now, with the introduction of the Care Fiji Commitment, travellers can be assured that Fiji is a safe destination to enjoy on their next visit to the islands.