Luxury operator Como Hotels and Resorts has pulled off a major coup, signing on to operate one of Fiji’s premier offerings, Laucala Island.

“Como Laucala Island offers unspoiled wilderness surrounded by turquoise-blue sea and white sandy beaches,” a spokesperson for Como said.

“At the heart of the island are tropical rainforests, volcanic mountains, blue lagoons, mangroves and coconut groves waiting to be explored.

“Como Laucala Island offers the perfect island escape in a carefully protected ecosystem.”

The island features 25 residences, each with their own Como butler, spread out on private beaches, above lagoons, atop hills and mountains.

“With its private airstrip accessed by a 45-minute private air charter from the country’s Nadi International Airport, this sanctuary will provide unparalleled levels of luxury living in 25 standalone residences located on the northern shore of the island,” the spokesperson said.

“The carefully designed spaces are at one with nature and surprise with individual features and views across the Pacific. With private spaces between 3,000 and 4,000 sqm, all residences feature private pools.

“The construction has been carefully considered using local materials where possible. The residences are built with natural Fijian wood in a South Pacific style, and blend seamlessly with COMO’s contemporary flair.”

A first for Como, the island features a tropical 18-hole David McLay Kidd designed golf-course, a wide range of land and water activities, a fleet of jet-skis, sailing and game fishing boats as well as jet boats and diving boats.

The resort also offers horse-riding, mountain biking, nature hikes and tennis.

“To minimise its impact on the environment and in line with Como’s farm-to-table philosophy, the island’s five dining options receive fresh produce from the resort’s 240-acre farm, cultivating a wide range of organic crops and livestock including chickens, quail and wagyu cattle,” the spokesperson said.

“Fresh seafood supplies are sourced exclusively from local fishermen, contributing to the island’s commitment to sustainability.

“Menus include Como Shambhala options, which are high in flavour, nutrition, and low in fats and refined sugars.”

Laucala Island will also be home to a Como Shambhala Retreat where guests can expect physical fitness classes, yoga, a fitness centre and luxurious spa treatments.

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management