Hilltop Villa, Laucala Island, Fiji
If you haven’t been to Fiji and imagine a place that looks like heaven on earth, well a stay at the Hilltop Villa on Fiji’s Laucala Island proves that your imagined-placed isn’t so far off. The Hilltop Villa is the most breathtaking accommodation option at Laucala Island in Fiji.
Laucala is one of a triplet of small islands (along Matagi and Qamea) that lie to the east of Thurston Point on the island of Taveuni in Fiji. The privately owned islands are the site of the exclusive Laucala Resort, which boasts a total land area of 12 square kilometers.
Publishing magnate Malcolm Forbes bought the island in 1972 and supported those who worked on the estate by providing accommodation, offering free education for the natives, and promoting tourism. Forbes loved the place so much that when he died in 1990, he was buried in Laucala. In 2003, Forbes’ heirs sold the island to Red Bull CEO Dietrich Mateschitz, who then asked Lynne Hunt London to convert the island into an exclusive resort to the rich and famous with about 25 villas (ranging from $7,000 to $48,500/night) that feature different themes.
The Hilltop Villa
The 25 villas on the resort offer different themes. 11 Plantation villas are lined at the coconut grove near a beach, 7 Seagras villas sit in front of a private beach, and 4 Plateau villas are situated atop the Nawi Mountain. Three villas are extra special: the Overwater villa is set on top of a lagoon, the Peninsula villa hugging on a cliff, and the Hilltop villa (described as a “resort within a resort”) that sits at the island’s highest point with the most gorgeous view of the Fijan archipelago.
Like other villas at the resort, the Hilltop Villa features its own sundeck and infinity pool with Tikki torches surrounding it, and plenty of natural materials for construction and interior design such as coconut husk, sago palm leaves as roof, bala-bala fern stems and more. Guests also have access to five restaurants and bars, four Spa villas, and a championship golf course, designed by David McLay Kidd. All Laucala Resort guests are also allowed to use their own buggy, which they could ride to explore the entire resort.
The Hilltop Villa has 11 square meters of bedroom space with two other bedrooms and special services like a private nanny, chauffeur and cook.
The Hilltop Villa can be rented out for $48,500/night with a 5-day minimum reservation. If you’re in deep pockets and want to treat 72 people of your closest friends and relatives, you can rent out the entire property for $750,000/5-nights with food, drinks, wine, champagne and 90-minute spa session for each guest included in the tab.