The Cut : The Cut - Winter 2016
GOLF & LEISURE 147 If you’re looking for special packages, forget it. “We don’t have special packages at any time as we are already ultra-all- inclusive and literally everything is included when it comes to the stay with us at Laucala Island,” Ganster told us. “When it comes to golf, for example, the golf buggy, the club rental, the green fee – all is part of the daily rate.” Laucala, Ganster writes in an introduction to the resort, “is a perfect island escape, for those who seek the total luxury of privacy and space, relaxing ambience, enjoying culinary delicacies, yet being sportive active. Anything is possible on Laucala Island – playing a round of golf, cycling the island, game fishing, surfing, diving, sailing the turquoise waters or being pampered in the spa.” Unless you choose to arrive at Laucala in your own Gulfsteam 550, you’ll be met at Nadi airport and flown to the island (45 minutes) in one the resort’s two seven-seater King Air turboprop aircraft. OK, it’s not cheap, but dream destinations seldom are. And Laucala is a dream – one man’s dream realised, in fact. Laucala is owned by Red Bull squillionaire Dietrich Mateschitz, who bought the 12 sq km island – a one-time cattle and coconut plantation – from the heirs of the late US publishing tycoon Malcolm Forbes in 2002. Over the following years Mateschitz spared no expense in creating a quite exceptional private island retreat. CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE PAGE, TOP: Infinity pool within a pool; Fijian welcome; Laucala’s DeepFlight submarine; the resort’s King Air turboprop aircraft; spa treatment; most of Laucala Island remains untouched.
The Cut - Spring 2016