The Cut : The Cut - Winter 2016
146 THE CUT L aucala Island Resort was lucky. If by lucky you mean that its buildings and major infrastructure largely withstood the unprecedented storm that lashed Fiji with winds of up to 330 kilometres an hour and torrential rain in February this year. But the private island resort northeast of Taveuni didn’t get away scot-free. As managing director Christoph Ganster told us in early March, “First, the island with its infrastructure is still standing! However, the landscaping has taken a hammering and the once-beautiful green and lush environment that our guests expected to be the backdrop to a memorable island vacation is no more.” It has taken four months to restore Laucala to its former glory and 1 July sees the first guests welcomed back to one of Fiji’s most exclusive hideaways. Laucala Island Resort, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, is fabulous. Pricey, yes: a one-bedroom villa will cost a couple US$4,800 a night, so it’s not for everyone. On the other hand, the tariff covers just about everything, so you won’t be forking out to play Laucala’s emerald-green championship golf course. Nor will you pay for tennis, mountain bikes, gym, yoga, horseback riding, cooking classes, farm tour, trekking, jet- skiing, inner-reef diving, sailing, water-skiing, wakeboarding, sailing, windsurfing, paddle-boarding, kayaking... Or even an excursion in Laucala’s unique DeepFlight submarine. All food and drinks (those from an extensive wine, champagne and spirits menu) in Laucala’s five restaurants and bars are included, as is a 60-minute spa treatment per adult. Faultless service is provided by a staff of 400.
The Cut - Spring 2016