Dip your toe in Fi­jian lux­ury

As a hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion blessed with 333 trop­i­cal is­lands, there is no doubt that Fiji has be­come one of the world’s top tourist des­ti­na­tions. Take Liku­liku La­goon Re­sort, which, amongst its many ac­co­lades, was most re­cently named in the Top 10 Re­sorts i

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Liku­liku is top of the list of lux­ury re­sorts in Fiji.

Here’s a cou­ple of re­views: “Wel­come Home” This place is like heaven on earth, the staff is so friendly and treats you like fam­ily. They wel­come you with “wel­come home” and this is ex­actly how you feel!!! The food is ex­ep­tional high qual­ity and the ac­com­mo­da­tion peace­ful, quit, and very beau­ti­ful. “Slice of Heaven” Liku­liku is a lit­tle slice of heaven in the South Pa­cific! Amaz­ing food, im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice from the friendli­est staff, and of course the most beau­ti­ful la­goon set­ting! It can­not be faulted! “Some­thing spe­cial” Liku­liku La­goon Re­sort is some­thing very spe­cial in­deed. Lo­ca­tion, ac­com­mo­da­tion, ser­vice and the best cui­sine I’ve had any­where in Fiji, ac­tu­ally by one hell of a mar­gin!

Ab­so­lutely world class! Can’t fault any el­e­ment of it. We booked into an Over Wa­ter Bure. Just un­be­liev­able!

Liku­liku La­goon is clearly well loved and much of its ap­peal can be at­trib­uted to Group Gen­eral Man­ager, Steve Anstey, who found him­self in Fiji when he was ap­proached to run Malolo Is­land Fiji, a fam­ily friendly re­sort, and to de­velop and open a new lux­ury adults-only prop­erty - Liku­liku La­goon Re­sort.

“I came out for a site in­spec­tion and the jour­ney be­gan...” Steve says. Fiji is the per­fect place to work for some­one in hos­pi­tal­ity.

“In Fiji, hos­pi­tal­ity comes nat­u­rally as it is part of the Fi­jian cul­ture to be friendly, hum­ble and hos­pitable. Ser­vice comes from the heart and there is a gen­uine­ness

there that I find miss­ing in many parts of the world to­day. The Fi­jians who work in the re­sorts and ho­tels here gen­uinely love and en­joy what they are do­ing and this goes a long way in defin­ing the end prod­uct.”

Steve has been involved in lux­ury prop­er­ties through­out his ca­reer and as well as man­ag­ing prop­er­ties, he has over­seen re­fur­bish­ment and pre-open­ing projects. His pas­sion is in wilder­ness-style re­sort op­er­a­tions that of­fer unique ex­pe­ri­ences in re­mote ar­eas.

He says these op­er­a­tions by their na­ture and lo­ca­tion, are more com­plex and di­verse to op­er­ate than city or sub­ur­ban ho­tels. They are more chal­leng­ing but in Steve’s view, more re­ward­ing. Re­sorts in re­mote ar­eas gen­er­ally need to be self-suf­fi­cient in their abil­ity to gen­er­ate their own power, wa­ter and han­dle waste prod­ucts and they op­er­ate in pris­tine, pro­tected en­vi­ron­ments that re­quire strict en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives and prac­tices to be set up and closely mon­i­tored and main­tained whilst en­sur­ing min­i­mal im­pact.

How­ever, the en­vi­ron­ment is part of their charm and a good re­sort such as Liku­liku La­goon Re­sort must re­flect that.

“Each coun­try brings with it dif­fer­ent cul­tural at­tributes that one can ei­ther em­brace or dis­re­gard in de­vel­op­ing a new prod­uct. We were build­ing a Fi­jian prod­uct with Fi­jian ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign...the ser­vice needed to be of in­ter­na­tional stan­dard but with a blend of Fi­jian nat­u­ral friend­li­ness and cul­ture. A sense of com­fort­able, un­der­stated and friendly for­mal­ity - if that makes sense.”

Anstey says he didn’t want to cre­ate a pre­ten­tious at­mos­phere, de­spite the lux­ury tag. It is not the Fi­jian way. Liku­liku has a more rus­tic, barefoot, “toes in the sand” type of am­biance but with all the ac­cou­trements of a lux­ury re­sort.

Ahura Re­sorts is a 100% Fi­jian owned Re­sort de­vel­op­ment and man­age­ment com­pany and pro­vides unique, re­lax­ing and gen­uinely warm and friendly Fi­jian Is­land hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ences in pris­tine nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ments.

Ahura uses “The Warm Heart Of Fiji” to char­ac­terise its brand, how­ever the ge­n­e­sis is sur­pris­ingly not Fi­jian. Ahura was an an­cient Per­sian god who be­lieved in the key prin­ci­ples of equal­ity, care of the en­vi­ron­ment, char­ity, loy­alty and faith­ful­ness to set­tle­ment, tribe and coun­try. These same val­ues also hap­pened to per­fectly align with the val­ues of the Fi­jian fam­ily com­pany who own Liku­liku and its sis­ter prop­erty on the same is­land, Malolo Is­land Re­sort.

“With the build­ing of Liku­liku La­goon Re­sort we de­cided that we needed to in­tro­duce a brand to cover both re­sorts and any oth­ers that we may take on in the fu­ture. It forced us to ex­am­ine our prod­ucts and fo­cus on what our core val­ues were and what we wanted them to be in­clud­ing fair­ness, hon­esty and in­tegrity and a com­mit­ment to Fiji, its peo­ple and the en­vi­ron­ment.

Safety is also key to Ahura’s op­er­a­tions.

“We have very strict poli­cies and pro­ce­dures in place to deal with emer­gency sit­u­a­tions.

“Be­ing lo­cated on is­lands, peo­ple and es­pe­cially fam­i­lies with lit­tle ones at Malolo, get un­der­stand­ably anx­ious and ner­vous when a cy­clone is men­tioned, so we take great ef­forts to make sure that our com­mu­ni­ca­tion to guests is timely and ac­cu­rate.”

Our fo­cus here is pre­dom­i­nantly on Liku­liku, so what sets it apart

from other Fi­jian re­sorts?

“Liku­liku has the first and only au­then­tic over-wa­ter ac­com­mo­da­tion in Fiji,” Steve says.

“We take great care to en­sure the prod­uct re­mains in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion at all times and that we main­tain the high ser­vice stan­dards which we have set for our­selves”

“Since open­ing in 2007 we have re­mained true to our food con­cept and our prom­ise to de­liver qual­ity in­no­va­tive food for our guests. If you’re of­fer­ing an is­land ex­pe­ri­ence make sure the food is out­stand­ing. Our food con­cept was drawn up in­tro­duc­ing dai­ly­chang­ing al la carte menus us­ing as much lo­cal pro­duce as pos­si­ble and fo­cus­ing on mod­ern Pa­cific Rim cui­sine. It was am­bi­tious at the time but with the right Ex­ec­u­tive Chef we re­ally lead the way in rais­ing the food pro­file not only of our re­sorts but also in Fiji.”

Our staff, who are the heart and soul of the re­sort, re­ceive regular train­ing to en­sure in­ter­na­tional lev­els of ser­vice are pro­vided. Many of them have been with us since we opened and they are im­mensely proud about what they have achieved, the awards that have been won and the ac­co­lades that have been re­ceived over the years and how we have sus­tained it.

“What sets us apart is the unique blend of a stun­ning pris­tine lo­ca­tion, out­stand­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion and guest fa­cil­i­ties, ex­cel­lent cui­sine, un­der­stated friendly Fi­jian ser­vice and smiles and a va­ri­ety of in­ter­pre­tive land and sea based ac­tiv­i­ties. These all work to­gether to cre­ate an exclusive am­bi­ence that is dis­tinctly Liku­liku La­goon Re­sort.

“Con­sis­tency of prod­uct is paramount to suc­cess. You can­not sit back on your lau­rels for one mo­ment.. New guests ar­rive daily with high ex­pec­ta­tions and we work hard to meet these ex­pec­ta­tions and ex­ceed them where we can. Our high level of re­peat guests is tes­ta­ment that we are do­ing just that, and win­ning the Best Over­seas Re­sort award for five years run­ning in the Lux­ury Travel Mag­a­zine Gold List Awards is in­dica­tive of the con­sis­tency and qual­ity we strive to achieve in our prod­uct de­liv­ery.”

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