LAUCALA ISLAND Beyond Five Star
Idea & Philosophy
Arriving on Laucala is almost like entering Paul Gauguins painting "Garden of Eden". Ones imagination of the South Pacific - serene beaches, turquoise water, waves crashing, lush tropical vegetation, spectacular cliff top views - some people would describe it as paradise. This awaits you at Laucala.
Nature is just a fraction of Laucala island's beauty. It is rich in culture and diversity.
Laucala is a little different to what you might expect of a resort. Our integral philosophy encompasses the whole island, growing our own livestock and vegetables, caring for our own poultry and hand making all our own guest products, using the islands natural resources. We have tried to preserve the integrity and history of Laucala in this way.
Our residences have been specifically designed with your privacy in mind, each one exclusive and individual, with the interior designs hand chosen to suit each residence location. Take a journey and see for yourself the diverse variety of scenery on the island, ranging from rainforest to surrounding views, plantation to beach settings.
Our broad range of activities will fulfill your every wish and whim. Ranging from trail riding to game fishing, golf to tennis, or yoga to beach combing whether you want to catch that dream fish or just find your inner peace - you can at Laucala.
Laucal's History & Future
Mr. John Rosa was the owner of Laucala, which had been in his possession since 1869. The island contained over 3000 acres, 600 of which are under cultivation of coconuts. Cattle, pigs and poultry were also reared on the island. Mr. Rosa was born on May 24th 1861 and was educated at Camden College, New South Wales. On leaving college he came straight to his father's plantation, and remained on island until his passing. He is buried with family on Laucala. Laucala's aim is to restore the plantation and farm to its former glory.
In 2003 Dietrich Mateschitz, head of the Red Bull energy drink company, acquired the island. Mr. Mateschitz has since restored and renovated the island upgrading the residences to a new level of luxury, using integrated eco friendly building architecture and unique structures. His passion towards the islands beauty and nature, created a vision of a special place in this world, which is soon to be revived.
Residences & Architecture
The architectural design of Laucala Island Resort requests a seamless transition between built areas and the untouched beauty of the island. Based on traditional Fijian building techniques the resort construction utilizes local timber, thatch and stone. The spectacular appearance of the island is enhanced in the form and style of the buildings. Integration of outdoor and indoor living spaces provides the guest with the luxury of total privacy and exclusivity.
The Plantation Residences are located on the old Copra Plantation and have private beaches. Each Residence is individually named after a certain characteristic of its setting. Using light and space as part of the architecture these residences are particularly spacious, with spectacular views upon the open sea. Cleverly designed with up to three bedrooms and outdoor living pavilions surrounding your private pool, you are sure to enjoy your stay. Wake up in the morning with the sun streaming in and the warm fragrance of jasmin floating in through your villa. The beating of the traditional Lali drum calls sunset into your bure and then watch as the Tikki torches and fire bowls are lit just on dusk.
The Seagrass Residences are located in the tropical jungle within the sea grass bay. Camouflaged by the mature natural vegetation that surrounds them, they form a part of the jungle. The organic pool formation blends seamlessly into the ocean view, a perfect place to contemplate indigo sea. Wooden decks, rocks and daybeds create a tropical outdoor living experience.
The Plateau Residences are situated on the Nawi hill overlooking the ocean, lending themselves to spectacular cliff top views of neighboring islands. Local flora and fauna are at your fingertips and you will surely hear the birds before you see them. The local ferns that are reflected in your living space blend together indoor and outdoor living. With only four residences in the plateau region, this would be a perfect choice as a secluded area for family and friend reunions.
The unique Overwater Residence captures the sounds of the soothing ocean, built out over the sea, watch the tides come and go. Swim out to your little island and admire the colorful coral surrounding you. Feel the rhythm of the South Pacific Sea beneath you as you relax on the floating day bed.
The Peninsula Residence has total privacy nestled into the headland with an uninterrupted ocean view. Babylonian style hanging walkways leads you to your relaxation and dining rooms. Arrive by sea or land this residence is equipped with its own boat landing. A secluded private beach with a single palm is set in the peninsula cove – a perfect romantic retreat!
The pools in the Overwater and Peninsula Residences have been naturally carved over time into volcanic rock. Hilltop Residence is a resort within itself with a main residence and two guest villas. All secluded at the highest point of Laucala lending itself to sweeping 360 degrees view
over the turquoise water. Undisturbed sunset and sunrise vistas.
Fine Dining and casual settings, sophisticated, modern Pacific influenced cuisine & small tasting plates are served throughout the day, wherever you decide to spend your day.
A relaxed feel encouraging guests to enjoy the day without being bothered by meal times. Emphasis on Laucala cuisine, afternoon & dinner is Tapas style cuisine with fresh breads from our own bakery and homemade hams and delicatessen meats.
Modern kitchen tech niques presented in a distinctive Laucala style, is our motto throughout our various restaurants, each an individual in itself. To showcase island grown produce, through sophisticated innovative cuisine, offering culinary experiences with Fijian influence.
Plantation House Restaurant
The reconstructed original colonial style plantation house is our sophisticated fine dining restaurant. At cocktail hour you can visit walk-in cellars showcasing a wide variety of old and new world wines. Feel times gone by with a cigar in your hand looking out over the Coco plantation. The restaurant spans two levels, the higher with an open view display kitchen where cooking shows will be held. Degustation menus with corresponding wines and spirit selection for your enjoyment. Freshly collected ingredients from the island's garden lead you on this tasteful experience.
The Rock Lounge high up overlooking the sea grass bay has open air chill out ambience and cantilevered ocean views towards the horizon. It has a sophisticated classy and tropical chic atmosphere. Enjoy tropical cocktails and taste assiette style finger-food, soak in the view, watch as the flying foxes come out to play at dusk.
Seagrass Lounge & Restaurant
The Seagrass Lounge and Restaurant boasts amphitheater ocean views towards our neighboring
islands. An elegant look with a contemporary Asian feel. Various private platform areas offer
separate wining & dining choices. Teppanyaki grill and Asian inspired Laucala cuisine become
part of the scenery. An extensive collection of new world whites, international beers, sakes &
chilled reds to compliment our cuisine. Enjoy our scenic coastline on your overwater journey
to our Seagrass Lounge & Restaurant.
Enjoy barefoot dining at the edge of the lagoon bordering the beach.
Watch as we prepare your catch of the day on the barbecue surrounded by flickering tiki torches.
Enjoy a relaxing sunset with friends and family reliving the day's events.
LAgoon Pool & Leisure Center
At the heart of the resort we find the lagoon pool complete with lap pool and sand bottom
lagoon. Little islands for relaxation and sunbathing are shaped for privacy of the guests.
Stepping away from the water you enter into a unique curvilinear architectural structure
designed for shade and relaxation. The Leisure Center holds comfortable seating areas for your personal use along with a selected
chosen library. Modern electronic facilities and plug ins are available. Concierge service for any
queries you may have.
Spa & Wellness
Spa Journeys Signature Scents
Laucala's four signature scents, Molikaro, Wainimate, Senikau and Qele are integrated
into all our tailor made spa journeys. Wainimate meaning herbs or herbal medicine uses local
curing botany, Molikaro, the wide variety of native citrus trees, Senikau, countless tropical blooms
and Qele, our indigenous roots, woods and spices.
Fresh tropical fruit and the coconut also have their well deserved place in the spa, freshly
prepared at a moments notice for your spa visit. The ingredients of the signature scents will
change within their range of elements depending on the season of herbs, spices and fruits.
Walking over a curved wooden boardwalk, below a running creek, hearing the water splashing
down softly – this is the path to your spa villa. An open gate awaits you and your wellness day begins . . .
The private and secluded treatment suites all have the convenience of changing rooms with
showers, double treatment massage facilities & open views from the cliff top out to the open
sea. The adjacent room has an Asian daybed and a hot stone warmer. Stepping out of the
relaxation room into the garden you will find an open air bathtub with a striking view.
A separate bure features the experience showers, Vichy shower beds and steam rooms for aromatherapy.
All the spa suites are equipped with a variety of experience showers to concede the spa philosophy
of healing through water.
The heart of our spa is the spa garden. In this display garden you will be able to explore and learn about one of Fiji's finest collections of tropical flowers, herbs, and spices. All the different ingredients that are implemented in the spa products will be represented and interpreted in their roles for the spa. Herbs and spices in all their garden variations are also displayed at the perfume pavilion creating a botanical array of exciting scents and textures.
Visit the florist's pavilion and create your own posy, let us guide you around the flower, herb and vegetable patch. Heliconias, Gingers, Anthuriums . . . to enjoy the cutting garden for floral displays is an attraction in its own right!
The spa journeys offered in our spa menu are based on traditional rituals, combining South Pacific traditions and modern techniques. Within the menu you may choose and find the right treatment for you and your present state of mind. Two and four hand massages, hot river stone therapy, body wraps, island volcanic scrubs and mineral crystal therapy to name just a few. Traditional Fijian healing traditions using the Dilo tree are the base for our alleviating
skin care products for sunburn and windburn, and minor aches & pains you may have from traveling.
Classical facials using fresh ingredients, manicure and pedicure are offered in the beauty salon.
Hairstyling and Indian head massages also a part of the menu.
Spa Kitchen Products & Room Amenities
Starting with a base of virgin pressed coconut oil harvested from our very own coconuts,
a range of personal care products based on the entire coconut itself: milk, flesh, oil and more
will be hand made in the kitchen.
Applying cold pressed soap making techniques, aromatherapy & sulphate and paraban free
formulas, a range of chemical free soaps, shampoos & lotions are freshly prepared according to
age old recipes for personal use in your residence.
Soap and lotion making classes are available if you are interested in learning more at the spa
kitchen. The assortment of tropical herbs and spices such as Vanilla, Cocoa, Lemongrass,
Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Coffee, Ylang Ylang, Pepper & Ginger will become your own scented
Sports & Activities
The 18 Hole Championship Course is uniquely and carefully set in the old plantation surrounded
by Laucalas dramatic mountains. Challenging for the serious golfer, but still enjoyable for the
social golfer. This is achieved making use of various tee positions. The design of the course
with big subtle greens and well placed bunkers is a friendly course but still challenging from
the back tees.
The design compliments the environment with a variety of different holes. Natural features like
rock formations and elevation changes where used to make the golfing experience enjoyable.
The player will enjoy incredible ocean views from 11 holes and 5 holes are bordering the
magnificent Pacific Ocean. 8 holes are molded and integrated in the mountainous landscape
incorporating the natural vegetation to compliment the natural esthetics of the course.
For those whose are attracted by the lush and tropical inland of the island can book an early
morning or afternoon adventure hike. One might think you're walking through Jurassic park.
Round island tours on mountain bikes are the mobilized alternative.
A personal trainer will create an individual Yoga class depending on your physical and personal
needs. Take tennis lessons or just enjoy a game with a challenging partner.
Explore the island and farms on horseback. Ride through the Plantation and coconut groves at
early mornings and sunsets. The Fijian horses are of a strong stature and mild in temperament.
Horses are available for experienced riders and beginners.
Marine & Watersports
Just in front of the beach, you can have a great snorkeling by seeing lots of small creatures such
as Leaf Fish, Flying Gurnard, Anemone Shrimps, Sand Eels, Flounders and Sting Rays. Outside
of Barrier Reef, there is a world of diversity with walls full of corals. You feel constant excitement
of unexpected encounters of the deep blue.
All courses offered are PADI certified: Open water certification, Advanced Dive Courses,
Dive Photography, Night Diving & Wreck Diving, Marine Education & Coral Regeneration.
Propulsion with Aqua Scooters, Shore Dives, Guided Snorkeling, Fish Feeding, Low Tide
Walks, Coral Regeneration, Marine Biology Centre and Turtle Research.
The blue waters around Laucala invite you for a day excursions to enjoy game fishing all year
round. Excitement on board, the pacific ocean surrounding you and enjoying culinary delights
a perfect day out!
If you have any desire to be active or do anything that is related with the ocean, over and underwater
sports we offer a wide range of activities. Water skiing, jet skies, wake boards, snorkeling
and diving, these are just a few to mention . . .
Farm & Agriculture
With almost a quarter of the Island covered in copra plantations, coconuts will be one of the
signature themes to a guest experience on Laucala. Being such a useful plant it the linchpin of
all our agricultural pursuits. The coconut's uses are wide & varied including shaved coconut
for the kitchen, coconut cream, coconut milk, coconut meal and fl our, high grade stock feed
and coconut oil.
The nuts themselves will be used in the freshly picked green state for cocktails & beverages
and in the matured brown state for coconut oil. Coconut oil can be used as a cooking oil,
a food additive, a health food supplement, an ingredient in massage oils, soaps, moisturizers,
hair conditioner, cosmetics and even as an alternative to diesel oil. Our oil harvesting method
qualifies for 'Certified Organic' status as well as 'Cold Pressed', 'Hand Pressed', 'Virgin' and
'Extra Virgin' certifications.
The main emphasis of the resort's infrastructure is the farm. Not only to re-establish the old
"Rose" Plantation but to re-introduce original crops and plants such as coffee, cocoa, vanilla,
pepper, teas, tropical fruits and more. The breeding stock of cattle is already established on
Laucala. It is envisaged that we will house cows, pigs, goats, venison and poultry.
Ducks, chickens, quail, pigeons, guinea fowls, all for self sufficiency of the resort - projected
numbers of animals is approx 1500. Long Beach has been identified as the location for the farm
development complex at a size of 240 acres farmland.
The goal is for the resort to be self sustainable within two years up to 85 percent.
Bees & Honey
Coconut plantations are an ideal environment for bees as they flower all year round and coupled
with very consistent climatic conditions our hives will be in continuous production.
Coconut plantations can carry two to three hives per hectare and the coconuts set more fruit
as a result of the increased pollination. Frames of honey can be used in the restaurant for buffet
displays and shaped frames that produce small round honey combs for individual servings.
The wax is edible and can be used as an ingredient for spa products and of course for candle
making. Exotic products such as 'royal honey' can be produced and any excess honey can be used
as a soap making additive or in foods like honey mead.
A Kids Club within a tropical paradise will be the fun part of the holiday for any child at any age.
The fun never stops and adventures begin!
For any age group starting off with toddlers until 14 years of age, for all we will have educational, fun and unforgettable holiday experiences. In the meantime the parents can enjoy some time off, relax by the pool or just finish that book. The kids will be in the best hands.
Visiting the Kids Club the childrens will receive a 'welcome package' with the most important
things for a holiday – a map with Laucala's treasures, a compass and a disposable camera …
and more to discover. In the Kids Club the children can paint, learn how to carve wood,
dress up like a princess or a super hero – or they can play in the biggest sandpit ever
at the beach. Water enthusiasts can cool off in the water or attend the bubble maker course
at the dive shop or go fish feeding in the sea, or just splash in the pool.
Not only the Kids Club offers entertainment for our young guests. Children may take
soap making class in the spa or spend a day with our chefs in the kitchen.
Babysitting services in the villa or childcare during the day are available at any time.
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