SIX SENSES FIJI

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FEW RE­SORT BRANDS MIX ex­otic es­capism with sen­si­tive lo­cal de­sign quite like Six Senses, and the Bangkok-based ho­tel group’s months-old Fiji out­post is no ex­cep­tion. For starters, it’s en­tirely pow­ered by one of the largest so­lar mi­cro­grids in the South Pa­cific. It also has its own re­verse os­mo­sis plant and wa­ter re­fin­ery, as well as a farm for veg­eta­bles, fruits, herbs, and a pet pig named Sid. The eco-cre­den­tials ex­tend to 24 one- and two-bed­room pool vil­las that in­cor­po­rate sus­tain­able lo­cal ma­te­ri­als—pan­danus-thatch roof­ing, grass cloth for wall­pa­per—in their pared-down but lux­u­ri­ous de­sign. Part of an up­com­ing res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment on the west coast of Malolo Is­land—a 35-minute speed­boat ride from the main­land—the re­sort is laid out like an ideal Fi­jian vil­lage with three din­ing venues and a spa where guests can mix their own body scrubs or em­bark on sleep, fit­ness, and yoga pro­grams. At the beach­front To­v­olea restau­rant, chef Pranil Prasad makes good use of for­aged in­gre­di­ents like otta fern heads, while mixol­o­gists at the ad­ja­cent bar cre­ate “liv­ing” cock­tails with home­made ton­ics and pro­bi­otics. Oh, and the snor­kel­ing and div­ing is fan­tas­tic too, as is the surf­ing. For novice wave rid­ers, a Trop­icSurf academy is on hand to teach you the ropes. —679/666-5028; sixsenses.com; dou­bles from US$935

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