Photo courtesy of Likuliku Lagoon Resort / Hamilton Lund Photography
Dreamy tropical ocean views are everywhere at this resort on Malolo Island—from the bed, the private deck, the bathtub, and beneath the glass floor of your overwater bure. This adults-only resort takes quiet relaxation to another level, particularly if you're pampered at Tatadra Spa, where the lagoon views and traditional treatments calm the soul. The chef's relationships with farmers and fishermen ensure that the only best local seafood and tropical fruits are on the menu daily. The resort also incorporates sustainable and conservation practices, including a forest restoration project and a marine sanctuary that protects the reef.
By Celeste Brash, AFAR Local Expert
Likuliku Lagoon Resort
Likuliku Lagoon Resort was the first in Fiji to introduce overwater bures (traditional “huts” made of wood and straw) and while a few more have popped up over the years, this adults-only, all-inclusive property on Malolo Island, about 15 miles west of Viti Levu, continues to set the standard for romantic luxury. Couples who spring for one of the 10 overwater bures, accessed by a long wooden walkway over a pristine lagoon, can enjoy views over this marine reserve from their deck or oversized soaking tub in the separate bathing pavilion – or at night, when fish are drawn to the lights under the hut that are visible through glass panels inset in the floor. Back on the beach and closer to the restaurant and two bars (one on a small island in the lagoon), there are 35 beachfront bures, including 18 split-level “deluxe” bures that feature private plunge pools adjacent to a deck with daybeds, and a secluded courtyard with outdoor shower. Activities like snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and sailing are complimentary; the resort will also arrange for diving and fishing trips, island-hopping tours, sunset cruises, and other cultural tours.
By Deb Hopewell, AFAR Contributor
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