Likuliku Lagoon Resort
- Style South Pacific panache
- Setting Malolo Island lagoon
Few resorts can boast the kind of somebody-pinch-me, postcard-perfect ocean views that Fiji’s Likuliku Lagoon Resort hotel can. At this romantic, adults-only retreat – featuring the island nation's only overwater bungalows – you can watch coruscating coral from a window in your floor. Fusion dining from one of New Zealand's most highly acclaimed chef and the Tatadra ('house of dreams’) spa provide other memorable innovations.
Need to know
- Rooms 45.
- Rates Double rooms from $732.68 (FJD1,373), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates include all meals (excluding alcohol and soft drinks), welcome drink and floral lei, Likuliku sulu (sarong), Friday cocktail party and non-motorised watersports.
- Facilities Spa, activities bure including dive centre, gym, restaurant, bars, library with books, DVDs and CDs, free WiFi in all rooms, gardens. In rooms: CD/DVD system, iPod dock, minibar on request, free fresh-baked cookies, bottled water and ice delivered daily, Pure Fiji toiletries. Guests in Over-water Bures also receive a daily chef's canapé platter.
- Poolside Holding court beside the restaurant at the heart of the resort, the foliage-fringed outdoor pool is spacious and sexy, with infinity-edge ocean views and lots of loungers for lazing.
- Check–out 11am, but flexible subject to availability. Check-in, 3pm.
Children Likuliku is an adults' resort, and only welcomes children age 17 or over.
- Eco‐friendly A veritable eco warrior, Likuliku is an active member of the Mamanuca Environment Society, committed to turtle and coral conservation, green education and water-quality monitoring. Its lagoon and reef has been declared 'Na Tabu' by the late island chief, which outlaws fishing, shell and coral collecting to ensure regeneration. Forest replanting is also afoot, as is a scheme to protect the rare Fijian crested iguana. Oh, and the hotel recycles and uses local produce and building materials, naturally.
- Also Spa services, motorised watersports and tours are not included in rates. Smoking is allowed in the Masima Island Bar, on Dua Tale Bar veranda, and outside on room decks. A minimum three-night stay applies from 15 December to 6 January.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Fiji's only Over-water Bures are a big draw for honeymooners, with a glass floor-panel for subaqua gazing, direct ladder access to the lagoon, and oh-my ocean views from bed, freestanding bath and lounger-strewn decks. We also love the more spacious, secluded Deluxe Beachfront Bures, elegant affairs with vast bedrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, and private plunge pools right on the sand.
- Packing tips Trainers for island hikes; your own mask and snorkel for reef ogling (or just hire kit at the hotel's activities bure). There's also great diving, surfing and watersports, so bring kit to look stylish while showing off your skills. Mosquito repellant goes without saying.
- Also Meaning 'house of dreams', Tatadra Spa lives up to its moniker, with sea-view treatment rooms, a serene chill-out area, rainforest-facing shower and Pure Fiji products. Therapies combine indigenous and global rituals, with options for solo and couple pampering – how can you resist the Hydrating Milk Bath?
Food and drink at Likuliku Lagoon Resort
- Hotel restaurant Food enjoys a star turn at Likuliku, with gorgeous gourmet treats care of New Zealand-born executive chef Ihaka Peri. Served in airy, beachside restaurant Fijiana, dishes run the gamut from local to global via creative fusion feasts, with fresh-caught seafood and tropical fruits the standouts. Breakfast is one of the best in Fiji, including DIY-juices, house-blend muesli, fresh coconuts, gourmet breads and pastries, and hot dishes such as mud-crab omelette with chilli and papaya relish or twice-cooked Gruyère cheese souffle. Loosen that belt...
- Dress code Casual resort wear by day; informal chic by night. Think understated luxury.
- Top table For private dining, bag one of Fijiana's two romantic waterfront tables set under the trees, both touting seductive sea views. Otherwise, snaffle any of the upper terrace tables facing the ocean, or the secluded table on the right of the lower terrace.
- Last orders Dinner is served from 7pm to 9pm, with reservations required; the bar keeps pouring until late.
- Room service There's no room service, and minibar drinks are on request. Rooms do come stocked with delicious cookies and two free bottles of water a day.
- Hotel bar It's hard to miss open-air Masima Island Bar, a laidback affair at the end of the jetty. It's where you'll be met with a welcome drink (and ukulele tunes) on arrival, and shed a tear over a moreish mocktail before you depart. The go-to spot for sunset sipping, it also plays host to Friday night cocktail parties. There's a second sleek indoor bar upstairs in the main lobby bure, oppposite the restaurant.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details