Where to Go Next: Laucala Island, Fiji

  • The island was purchased by Malcolm Forbes in 1972 and later on sold to Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz.

    The island was purchased by Malcolm Forbes in 1972 and later on sold to Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz.

  • From relaxation to water sports, Laucala has plenty of facilities to try throughout one's stay.

    From relaxation to water sports, Laucala has plenty of facilities to try throughout one's stay.

  • The 12-square-kilometer island is home to 25 private villas.

    The 12-square-kilometer island is home to 25 private villas.

  • The island's David McLay Kidd–designed golf course.

    The island's David McLay Kidd–designed golf course.

  • Every villa comes with its own private infinity pool.

    Every villa comes with its own private infinity pool.

  • Laucala's iconic swimming pool

    Laucala's iconic swimming pool

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Fiji has long been known for its grand resorts, but Laucala, a private island getaway in the northeast of the archipelago, raises the bar on excess. A 12-square-kilometer isle purchased by Malcolm Forbes in 1972 and now in the hands of Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz, Laucala Island is very much a world of its own: it has its own workshops and medical center; the kitchens use island-grown produce and livestock; spa products and shampoos are made on-site; and more than 300 smiling staff are on hand to keep everything in order, at least until their shift ends and a boat whisks them home to the island of Qamea, which lies across an azure lagoon.

Places of note: The private island has just 25 sprawling villas—each with its own pool and wine-stocked fridges—and a host of spare-no-expense facilities, such as horse stables, five restaurants, and bars, a fleet of sports boats for fishing and diving, and a David McLay Kidd–designed golf course. Guests can also explore far-flung corners of the island with guided walking tours that will take you to a cultural local village.

Best time to visit: Visit during the dry season, which runs approximately from from April to early December.

How to get there: Well off the beaten track—the resort flies guests in from Nadi on its own 10-seat turboprop, a 50-minute flight.

For more information, visit Laucala.

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