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“The ab­so­lute height of pri­vate villa, pri­vate is­land lux­ury travel any­where in the world.” So said one sat­is­fied Amer­i­can guest af­ter a stay at Lau­cala Is­land Re­sort ear­lier this year. Lau­cala is owned by Red Bull co-founder Di­et­rich Mates­chitz, who has spared no ex­pense to make this “pri­vate is­land refuge” very ex­clu­sive in­deed. The re­sort it­self oc­cu­pies 450 hectares on the north coast of the tiny (12sq km) is­land east of Tave­uni. Else­where on Lau­cala are green vol­canic peaks, rain­for­est and co­conut plan­ta­tions, with gar­dens and a small farm sup­ply­ing the re­sort with fresh meat (in­clud­ing Wagyu), or­ganic pro­duce and flow­ers. White sand beaches bleed into the turquoise wa­ters of the sur­round­ing la­goon.

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