The team took inspiration from the island itself; to create innovative, memorable design pieces using a local, natural, sustainable materials, and generate an unforgettable sense of place that reflects the culture of Fiji. They developed a palette of materials, gathered inspirational local artifacts and made hundreds of sketches to help form and convey the design ethos for the island. They created ‘jellyfish’ chandeliers with silk shades and magi magi (coconut braid) ‘tentacles’. They designed carved stone washbasins and bathtubs, mahogany hanging rails suspended by magi magi, doors with rustic carvings and turned wood handles, and many other unique pieces that engage guests luxuriously with local crafts and culture.
Set upon 3,500 exclusive acres on its own island in the archipelago of Fiji, Laucala Island brings a new meaning to the term “all-inclusive resort.” A private island resort, Laucala Island is set amidst coconut plantations, sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons, rich green mountains and breathtaking natural beauty, often drawing comparisons as a veritable paradise on earth. True luxury is appreciated in the privacy of the resort’s 25 villas as well as the freedom to experience a variety of activities, ranging from golf to water sports to beachside horseback riding and more.
The resort prides itself on an integral philosophy, incorporating elements of the entire island into each guest’s experience, and offering products and ingredients raised and grown on the island.
The resort’s 25 villas are comprised of one-, two- and three-bedroom configurations, and each features its own pool, lush tropical garden and spacious indoor and outdoor areas. Each villa comes with all food and beverage services included, chauffeur, nanny, housekeeping, Tao service, laundry and dry cleaning and both welcome and farewell gifts. Guests are also offered sports and activities, golf, tennis, horseback riding, biking, surfing, fishing and diving as part of their stay.
Romantic candlelight dinners on the private beach, fine dining in the Plantation House Restaurant, authentic Asian delicacies in the Seagrass Restaurant, spectacular sundown cocktails in the Rock Lounge, avantgarde finger food at the Pool Bar and barbecues at the Beach Bar all capture the tropical atmosphere and provide a broad variety of culinary rarities that fulfill every wish. A superbly stocked wine cellar on property acts as a treasure trove for the most discerning of oenophiles.
Plantation House, located in a mansion replicated in the original colonial style, provides a fine dining experience that incorporates the experience of a professional, international team with excellent gourmet dishes and an exceptional wine list featuring older vintages and “New World” options. Cooking classes and show kitchen are also available. Seagrass Lounge & Restaurant, available by land and boat, offers a perfect combination of top-quality cuisine á la Laucala with a distinct Asian touch. Set against panoramic views, with a sensuous atmosphere, specialties include Teppanyaki barbecue and authentic Asian dishes, introducing a taste of the Far East to Laucala.
The Beach Bar offers a relaxed atmosphere where fine white sand, blue sunny skies, crystal clear water and freshly caught and barbecued fish come together, creating the perfect beach setting. The Pool Bar provides a Fijian avant-garde experience where imaginative design in the form of off-the-wall architecture combines with tropical drinks and light, modern Mediterranean cuisine. Rock Lounge is comprised of scenic views overlooking Seagrass Bay, spectacular sunsets, an ingeniously designed “chill-out” atmosphere, delicious finger food and exceptional drinks and cocktails. The lounge also offers open-air, casual dining.
Laucala Island is perhaps best known for and enjoyed as, a kaleidoscope of sporting and cultural activities for guests of all ages. From diving in a unique underwater world to golfing on an 18-hole championship course, to meeting indigineous artists, everything is possible on Laucala Island.
Laucala’s spa experience is unlike any other, offering treatments that translate into enchanting, once-in-a-lifetime moments in a true island paradise. The spa features four treatment villas, each with a private treatment room, hot stone relaxation room, outdoor bathtub, and private changing room. Facial Treatments, Body Treatments and rituals, Massage Therapies, and Salon Services are all available. The spa additionally features two wet treatment rooms, Vichy shower and steam rooms, along with a beauty salon, pedicure and manicure rooms and spa garden. In each of the Spa Suites, wellness experts strive to open up the energy centers of the body while allowing the soul to rest on cloud nine.
The spa incorporates the natural resources of the island, best exemplified in Laucala’s four signature scents: Molikaro (native citrus trees), Wainimate (herbal medicines from curing botany), Senikau (tropical blooms) and Qele (indigineous roots, woods and spices). Each scent is integrated into the bespoke Spa Journeys. Spa Journeys are offered on the spa menu based upon tradition rituals that combine South Pacific traditions and modern techniques. Choices range from Fijian hot and cold river stone therapy to island volcanic scrubs to mineral crystal therapy.
The Spa Garden is located in the heart of the spa, and through an interactive display, guests are able to explore and learn about Fiji’s tropical flowers, herbs, spices and fruits. All ingredients are implemented in the spa products. Guests are offered the chance to create their own essential oil in the resort’s distillery. The florist’s pavilion allows guests to create their own bouquet, and provides a guide to navigating the flower, herb and vegetable patch, as well as the coconut oil press. The Spa Kitchen offers soap and lotion making classes.
The team took inspiration from the island itself; to create innovative, memorable design pieces using a local, natural, sustainable materials, and generate an unforgettable sense of place that reflects the culture of Fiji. They developed a palette of materials, gathered inspirational local artifacts and made hundreds of sketches to help form and convey the design ethos for the island. They created ‘jellyfish’ chandeliers with silk shades and magi magi (coconut braid)...
- Year 2008
- Work finished in 2008
- Status Completed works
- Type Hotel/Resorts / Wellness Facilities/Spas