For sun-seekers looking for the royal treatment, paradise is found at Fiji’s Vatuvara Private Islands

For our sins, we can’t resist the undeniable allure of travel destinations favoured by the world’s most-known figures. Somehow, the seal of approval from celebrity royalty (and, in this case, real-life royalty) carries far more weight than a star rating or review ever could. We were pleasantly surprised to recently discover that Fiji — just a short three hour flight away, is home to many private island resorts that often play host to some of the world’s most notable names, with one destination in particular in hot demand amongst this cohort. 

Offering utterly luxurious accommodation at one of Fiji’s most picturesque locations, Vatuvara Private Islands offers guests not only unparalleled amenities, but an unprecedented immersion into Fiji’s magnificent culture. Just three secluded villas, across 800 acres, meld into the island’s lush landscape at Vatuvara, offering an unmatched level of privacy. The villas, as you’d expect given the resort’s calibre, set a new benchmark for luxury travel — each perched cliffside above the Pacific’s shimmering azure waters, complete with a heated infinity pool, personal massage room (and private masseuse), expansive decks, and your very own white sand beach. When it comes to dining (as with everything else at Vatuvara) the focus here is a light touch. The entire island runs on solar-power, with an organic farm and greenhouse providing food for the island’s two on-site restaurants.

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At both full-service, five-star eateries, every aspect of the food on offer is approached with respect and reverence for the land and ocean surrounds — from the fresh fish caught sustainably from the surrounding ocean waters, to the virgin coconut oil produced from the island’s many coco palms, and lagoon sea salt — sourced directly from the surrounding Pacific waters. The resort is also home to an impressive fitness and wellness centre, with all of the amenities to continue (or level up) your routine — from yoga to boxing, Pelotons, reformers, and more, plus a 20-metre lap pool. And if it’s culture, or adventure, that you seek, you’ll find both here aplenty.

From exploring one of the most exotic natural reserves in the world to enjoying a multitude of exceptional activities — from hiking, paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkelling, diving, and exploring uninhabited islands nearby, to immersive cultural events that offer unmatched insight into the charming Fijian way of life. At Vatuvara, guests are invited not only to observe the exquisite environment that surrounds them, but to engage in an experience that is so special, it is impossible to replicate.


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