With its bleach-white sands, luminescent aqua waters and swaying palms, Fiji is pinch-yourself beautiful. There are 322 islands and 522 islets to choose from here, though it’s Fiji’s private island resorts that provide the ultimate away-from-it-all escape.
Private islands in Fiji offer barefoot luxury of the highest order for every type of traveler. For families, there are spacious villas and nannies on hand to ensure parents get some time out, while couples can opt for an adult-only sanctuary. Once you’ve chosen your island, it’s up to you how you spend your days. You could lie horizontal on a palm-strung beach hammock before retreating to your thatched overwater villa for a dinner of island-grown produce. Or, for something more high-energy, try diving, surfing or horseback riding before winding down with a spot of drink-in-hand sunset-watching.
Snorkel, scuba dive or travel by submarine to the fish-filled ocean depths
Go hiking or mountain biking amid the lush, rainforest-carpeted island interiors
Rid yourself of any remaining tension during massages at mountainside spas
Soak in your very own private pool
Embark on an island-hopping excursion
For five-star and child-friendly luxury (a combination that’s surprisingly rare), opt for 28-villa Vomo, where you’ll be assigned your very own on-call nanny to lend a helping hand with little guests.
Further north lies the 25-villa Laucala resort. Kids are also well-catered for here with ample activities on offer, as are child-free guests, with the resort’s five fantastic on-site restaurants among its biggest draws.
For an adult-only option, try Royal Davui, whose 16 traditional Fijian-style “vales” (villas) accommodate a maximum of 32 guests at any one time.
The second outpost of famed chef Peter Kuruvita’s award-winning Sydney restaurant, the Flying Fish restaurant on Denarau Island boasts a stunning setting, sandwiched between the beach and the pool. Try the seafood-oriented degustation menu or go a la carte and choose between dishes such as seared yellow fin tuna, steak or crustaceans – either steamed, flash fried or cooked tempura-style.
Fulfil your Robinson Crusoe fantasies by spending the day on an entirely deserted island before radioing for a boat ride back.