Kokomo Private Island
As the seaplane comes in for landing, you can easily see what inspired Australian property tycoon Lang Walker to build his first resort on this palm-fringed speck in Fiji’s southernmost island group. Kokomo’s location on the edge of the pristine Great Astrolabe Reef is idyllic and, with a PADI-certified dive center on hand, it offers guests a multitude of ways to experience the vibrant underwater world. Just 27 villas are dotted along the beach and up into the hillside, including the Walkers’ own palatial beachfront residence. The interiors are minimalist and spacious, opting for a neutral palette to complement the natural beauty that surrounds each villa. Families are a top priority for Kokomo, and its Kaji Club looks set to be one of the best kids’ escapes in the South Pacific, though couples will find no shortage of tranquil and romantic hideaways. One of these is the pirate-chic Walker D’Plank bar, where personal preferences take the place of menus; it’s also the perfect spot for watching the sunset. Chef Anthony Healey, formerly of Fiji’s acclaimed Laucala Island resort, leads the kitchen, experimenting with fresh seafood and extraordinary presentation, including nigiri served on a bed of shells and a palate-cleanser encased in a dome of ice. The resort feels less like a hotel than your personal slice of the Walkers’ family paradise. —679/776-4441; kokomoisland fiji.com; doubles from US$1,995, including meals.