VOGUE | Inside the Private Island Resort Where Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Stayed in Fiji
WISH Magazine | Hotels: Vatuvara Private Islands
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s 16-day tour of Australia, Tonga, New Zealand, and Fiji is jam-packed with engagements (76, to be exact). But in the middle of it all, the couple managed to sneak in a luxurious night to themselves.
According to multiple sources, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent an enchanted evening at Vatuvara Private Islands resort. The 800-acre property, which can only be accessed by private plane, has just three over-the-top villas. Its “flagship” home, called the Delana Villa, has an infinity pool, a private beach, an indoor massage area, and its own dining gazebo, all overlooking the South Pacific.
Exclusive Travel Group presents Vatuvara Private Islands
A tropical island paradise, relatively remote but intriguingly accessible, with just three holiday villas, activities galore and a complement of staff worthy of a fully fledged resort? It sounds like the stuff of fantasy, but on Kaibu, the centrepiece of the Vatuvara duo of neighbouring private isles, the dream is delivered. First comes a flight from Fiji’s gateway of Nadi aboard a Kaibu Air twin-otter helmed by Central Casting pilots. Our flight of more than an hour over the main isle of Viti Levu reveals mesmerising views of the dip and rise of forested valleys and fertile highlands, then lagoons of paint-chart blues that fade to rinsed turquoise shades around encircling reefs. As the plane lands on Kaibu’s immaculate airstrip, edged with an acreage of solar panels, and staff appear to sing in melodious welcome, it’s as if the real world has all but disappeared. Management’s assurance of the fastest and most efficient wi-fi access in Fiji somehow seems a disappointment.
Vatuvara Private Islands Encourages Fiji Visits
The islands are idyllically hidden as far off the beaten track as one can imagine. Rising out of the cobalt blue waters of the South Pacific, this breath taking destination is located in Fiji’s pristine northern Lau waters on Kaibu Island and offers a secluded, unspoilt paradise for the discerning traveller.
Made in the Shades at Fiji's Ultra-Luxurious Vatuvara Resort
Cyclone Winston made landfall in Fiji on Saturday, February 20, after being declared a category 5 system. The winds experienced in the north of Fiji, including the Lau Group, Taveuni, Vanua Levu, and Koro Island, were in excess of 300 kmph.
Fiji's Luxury Vatuvara Private Islands
When Jim Jannard, the billionaire founder of Oakley and RED Digital Camera, first stayed on Kaibu, an island in Fiji's northern Lau Group, the owner was the American fiberglass mogul Jay Johnson, and his resort on the island, Kaimbu, was very simple.
On a deserted island in Fiji’s pristine northern Lau archipelago, Sophie McComas settles into an over-the-top villa owned by Oakley founder, Jim Jannard. I'm being defeated in a staring contest by a double-decker coconut cake, thickly iced and sprinkled with golden toasted coconut flakes and frangipani flowers.