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Laucala Island – championing sustainability

10 April 2019

April French Furnell

Set in the South Pacific’s Fijian archipelago, Laucala Island is a private tropical paradise and ecological Garden of Eden. Laucala combines a unique commitment to the environment that surrounds it with unparalleled levels of luxury and privacy. The resort is 86 percent self-sustainable and prides itself on an integral philosophy, incorporating elements of the entire island into each guest’s experience, from island-made spa products to cuisine derived from indigenous plants, fruit and aquatic life.

Set over 12 square kilometres of volcanic mountains, rainforest and idyllic white sand beaches, style and sustainability go hand in hand throughout. The resort itself sits on the north coast and only covers approximately one third of the island, leaving the vast majority of land an unspoiled wilderness of jungle and coconut plantations, home to some of the archipelago’s rarest birds and animals.

From the natural fibres and woods used in the design of the villas, the wild orchids harvested in the gardens and the organic produce grown over the 240 acres of farmland, the abundant and rich natural life is utilised and nurtured. Organic fruits, vegetables and dairy are collected each morning for guests, including vanilla, pepper, coffee, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and string beans. Guests are encouraged to visit the farms on the island.

Free-range poultry, cattle including Wagyu cows, pigs, quails, ducks, goats and the Fijian Fantastic breed of sheep are reared and allowed to roam free on the island. Fish is caught daily from the island’s shore and the bakery produces freshly baked delicacies for guests. Laucala Island’s farm-to-fork philosophy is like no other in the world. Forgetting food miles, the resort chefs count food meters and hold a creative liberty unmatched anywhere in the South Pacific to craft authentic, natural dishes which celebrate and preserve the natural beauty of this piece of heaven on earth.

In the South Pacific the coconut palm is viewed as the tree of life and forms the basis for medicinal and beauty products in Laucala’s spa, traditional Fijian therapies and organic amenities are championed. The herbs, spices, flowers and fruits on the island are integrated into all tailor made spa journeys and used to create Laucala’s four signature scents: Molikaro (native citrus), Wainimate (medicinal herbs), Senikau (tropical blooms) and Qele (indigenous roots, woods and spices). Guests are encouraged to pick their own spices, herbs flowers and fruits from the Spa Garden – vanilla, lemongrass, cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee, ylang ylang, pepper, ginger – and create a signature essential oil, soap or lotion in the Spa Kitchen, where a coconut press produces oil in small batches.

Stay on Laucala Island from $4,800 (approximately £3,650) per villa per night on all-inclusive basis. For bookings, please contact reservations@laucala.com or visit www.laucala.com