WAKAYA CLUB & SPA

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“Where those who have it all go to get away from it all.” So reads the Wakaya leg­end. It’s true you’ll need a fair bit of dis­posal cash to stay here, but then Wakaya leaves very lit­tle to be de­sired, even by the most well-heeled stan­dards. Is­land own­ers David and Jill Gil­mour opened Wakaya in 1990 as “a small, pri­vate, ex­clu­sive re­sort that of­fers an ex­tra­or­di­nary va­ca­tion ex­pe­ri­ence to a hand­ful of guests” and their vi­sion hasn’t changed. The Wakaya Club & Spa sits on the western side of Wakaya Is­land in the Koro Sea and guests ar­rive from Nadi on the re­sort’s own Cessna Grand Car­a­van. The 40-minute flight costs US$2,640 per cou­ple re­turn, but once there most things are in­cluded in the tar­iff – all meals and bev­er­ages, a fully stocked mini bar, un­lim­ited Wi-fi, per­sonal laun­dry ser­vice, one scuba tank dive per per­son per stay, and un­lim­ited use of all other sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties and equip­ment in­clud­ing golf, ten­nis, snorkelling, sea kayak­ing and more. Wakaya has just 10 air-con­di­tioned wa­ter­front bu­res, in­clud­ing seven pri­vate Ocean View Bu­res, the Gover­nor’s Bure and Am­bas­sador’s Bure. The 150sq m Ocean View Bu­res have ev­ery­thing you’d ex­pect in such a place, in­clud­ing pri­vate gar­den, four-poster king bed, bath­room with over­sized soak­ing tub, open-air lava rock shower, liv­ing room with wet bar and en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem. The two larger bu­res are even more lux­u­ri­ous (the Am­bas­sador’s Bure has its own spa with two treat­ment rooms). And then there’s the ex­clu­sive three-bed­room Vale’o villa on its hill­top es­tate with wrap­around decks, a rock­rimmed pool with wa­ter­fall and Jacuzzi, a night-lit ten­nis court and a pe­tanque court. Oh yes, and house­hold staff. Food at Wakaya is or­gan­i­cally grown or raised on the is­land. Seafood, of course, but also veni­son, pork, lamb, chick­ens and their freshly laid eggs. Guest can choose to eat in the Palm Grove res­tau­rant, out­side on the deck or in their bu­res. A mem­ber of the Ge­of­frey Kent Pri­vate Col­lec­tion, Wakaya can also be booked as an ex­clu­sive-use pri­vate is­land through Aber­crom­bie & Kent.

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