WAKAYA CLUB & SPA
“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.