Kokomo Pri­vate Is­land

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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.

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