Leave the kids behind and take some time out at these luxurious Fiji resorts… for adults only
In the Yasawa archipelago, this dreamy, new resort hosts just 34 grown-up guests at any given time. When you arrive, activities range from private kava ceremonies to kayaking, snorkelling, hiking and lessons in traditional basket weaving. That is if you can leave your room… Bures and villas at this postcard-perfect place are designed with high thatched-roofs and outdoor showers, tucked amid lush jungle. Because you’re in the tropics, after all. Niceties include a stellar restaurant and open-air spa pavilion where you can enjoy couples’ treatments while listening to the lapping waves.
There are a lot of reasons to stay at the barefoot-luxe Royal Davui Island resort, from its 16 pool villas and bungalows to its exceptional dining highlighting local produce. Another incentive is the retreat’s romantic sand cay beach picnic, which sees you and your loved one whisked over the waves to a remote private patch of powdery white, which you’ll have to yourselves for as long as you like. Resort staff will set you up with picnic mats, champagne and breakfast or lunch… how you spend the rest of the day is up to you. Swim, snorkel, lounge about in the sun, and then retire to your luxury cocoon, replete with a plunge pool and unbroken views over the Pacific.
This 36-villa resort takes home awards year after year for its stunning setting and romantic abodes. Every bure is designed with style and sustainability in mind, which means you can look forward to traditional accommodation with thatched roofs, Fijian artwork and private plunge pools. Activities can be as active or passive as you want: time out in the spa, a beach picnic, snorkelling with a marine biologist, experiencing a kava ceremony, visiting local villages or wandering the grounds to discover medicinal plants. We recommend all. Dining experiences are out of this world, and range from ‘floating’ breakfasts served in your pool to lobster dinners delivered to you under the stars at the end of the jetty.
Tucked into a sheltered lagoon, Likuliku Lagoon Resort is easily recognisable by the luxurious overwater bungalows that hang over the reef’s edge – other deluxe bures line its long white-sand beach and frangipani-scented gardens. Sustainability is at the forefront of this postcard-perfect property, which is ringed by a marine park that you can explore on snorkelling and diving expeditions. For a truly romantic experience, escape to Likuliku’s pocket-sized Honeymoon Island for a stunning summit sunrise and scrumptious champagne breakfast on the island’s private beach.
Nestled under the swaying palms of a former coconut plantation, Lomani Island Resort is the ideal place to unwind and switch off with your loved one. The retreat’s beachfront bures are steps from the sand and the ocean, and come with private plunge pools and spacious decks overlooking the lagoon. When you’re not in the spa or enjoying romantic dining experiences – think, dinner on a sand cay, beanbags and bubbles, breakfast in bed, a sunset champagne cruise – indulge in activities like diving, heli-tours, surfing, village visits and kava ceremonies. You can also head to neighbouring sister property, Plantation Island, for a selection of adventures on the water.
While children are welcome at this secluded resort at selected times, for most of the year it remains and adults-only haven. The 18 luxe bungalows are hidden among a grove of palms, each just a few steps from a pristine beach – one of 10 on the island. Diversions range from diving in the house reef, amid vividly-coloured corals, to blissing out in the beachfront spa. You can also sign up for private picnics, cultural activities or a visit to the stunning Blue Lagoon Caves – skim over turquoise waters to these impossibly pretty caves, hidden beneath dramatic volcanic peak. Swim through lagoons and underwater passages that Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins did in their saucy 1980 film, Blue Lagoon.
Remote and ravishing, Turtle Island has 12 private beaches… and just 14 villas. Chances are, your footprints will be the only ones in the sand. Sitting pretty in the Yasawa Islands, the resort is reached either by boat or sea plane – when you arrive you’re welcomed into an eco-sanctuary where villas come designed with artisan-crafted furnishings, vaulted ceilings woven from palms and knotted coconut husk, textiles inspired by tribal graphics, and patios offering incredible ocean views. As difficult as it is to tear yourself away from your accommodation, a vast array of activities wait. Sign up to enjoy a kava ceremony, discover the island’s turtle conservation programs, go mountain biking or hiking, or gallop along the sand on one of the resort’s beautiful horses. Bliss.