Lacaula5Laucala Private Island Resort is set upon 3,500 of exclusive acreage, amidst coconut plantations, sandy beaches, rich green mountains and pure beauty.  The resort’s 25 luxurious Fijian villas are widely spread on the northern tip of the island.

The luxurious Laucala shows is a idyllic destination with sporting and cultural activities, diving in a unique underwater world, rain forest tours, horseback riding, surfing, golfing on the 18-hole championship course and spa & wellness centre for relaxation.

Laucala-Island-Fiji-11The Spa experience, where traditional Fijian therapies, organic amenities and serene settings go hand in hand.  With four treatment villas – each with an outdoor tub, relaxation room and changing room – and two wet rooms with Vichy showers and steam facilities sit amid water features and tall palm trees, complemented by a beauty salon, pedicure and manicure rooms and the Spa Garden.

Treatments begin in a relaxation lounge fitted with day beds and an open fireplace, followed by a footbath incorporating a hibiscus, honey and sugar-crystal polish and a gentle massage. Signature experiences range from Fijian hot-and-cold stone therapy to body scrubs using volcanic soil from the island and mineral crystal therapy.

Lacaula6The Resort has a collection of five restaurants and bars offering everything from beachside barbecues to fine dining, with many of the buildings inspired by nature.

Plantation House occupies an airy replica colonial mansion, the fine-dining and a bar complemented by a thoughtfully-selected premium wine list; with alfresco meals are available at Seagrass Lounge and Restaurant, specialising in Asian and Fijian favourites; the Beach Bar is all about casual barbecues beside the water; share plates of Mediterranean-style fare are served at the Pool Bar, beside Laucala’s 2.000-square- meter lagoon-style swimming pool.  The Rock Lounge features open-air dining above Seagrass Bay, with finger food and cocktails the order of the day.

Laucala also offers dining by design, which means customised menus in private dining locations – amid the jungle, along a jetty, in your villa.

Shannon Bennett4Gourmet Weekend with Shannon Bennett
The luxury resort will host renowned Melbourne chef Shannon Bennett in October for a gourmet weekend from Friday 23 – Sunday 25 October.  The well-known and celebrated Melbourne based chef Shannon Bennett, from three-hatted restaurant Vue de Monde, will host tours, conduct cooking demonstrations and create special lunch and dinner menus alongside the Resort’s executive chef, Anthony Healy.

In 2011, acclaimed Australian chef Shannon Bennett undertook the greatest challenge of his life – moving his award winning  Vue de monde restaurant to the  dramatic new location on the 55th floor of Melbourne’s iconic Rialto building. From the beginning, Shannon’s goal was to make Vue de monde Australia’s most sustainable restaurant.  Shannon uses homegrown and small-farm organic produce wherever possible and recyclable products.