Hilltop Residence at Laucala Island

  • Jennifer Ryan

The Resort: "No problem" is the response to most requests made at Laucala Island. From coconut-milk baths to midnight tee times at the David McLay Kidd–designed golf course, the more than 300 staff members at this private-island resort—located 45 minutes by plane from Fiji’s international airport—are equipped to arrange just about anything for their guests, who never number more than 80 at a time. Such exclusivity, of course, means that reservations are irrelevant once you arrive at Laucala, which includes five restaurants that remain open whether two couples or 20 families are in residence on the 3,000-acre island. Walk up to the activity center for an impromptu water-ski session, and a boat driver will be ready and waiting.

The Villa: The Hilltop Residence sits at Laucala’s highest point, affording views of palms and the Pacific Ocean in every direction. Guests’ immediate surroundings within the main one-bedroom house (two guest villas sit just across a lawn) include a thatch-roofed library, a lap pool, a hot tub, and outdoor lounge areas. Private access roads ensure that guests of Laucala’s 24 other villas need not know who is staying at the Hilltop, which comes with a butler and chef, as well as a golf cart for easy transport to the resort’s restaurants, golf club, spa, marina, and beaches.

The Highlight: Watching from a daybed on the villa’s 270-degree-view pool deck as the sun rises over the ocean during breakfast and sets over the ocean during cocktails.

The Price: From $25,000 per night for up to six guests. +679.888. 0077, www.laucala.com

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