Make a splash at Mr & Mrs Smith’s top five fantasy Fijian hotels…
Taveuni Palms occupies a beachfront headland on tropical Taveuni Island, which you can take over, Robinson Crusoe-style (with additional perks that Crusoe and co. had to do without). Pick from two exclusive-hire pool villas, each with two big bedrooms: the Lower Beach Villa is handiest for beach access; the Upper Horizon Villa will woo Bali enthusiasts, thanks to its Indonesian furnishings and frills. Whichever villa you opt for, you’ll get a private pool to splash around in; count gambolling dolphins, billionaires on boats and shark-sleek yachts gadding through the waves while you laze around or rack up laps. Budding mermen and mermaids will be pleased to hear that the hotel also has its own small private beach: spend entire days here horizontal, go kayaking around the island, try solo or guided snorkelling on the house reef or set off on borrowed bikes. If you’ve relished the Fijian cuisine rustled up by your private chef, sign up for a cookery class and learn how to make the villa’s papaya soup, cassava chips and coconut pesto dip. For an extra cost, you can also be pampered with spa treatments on your terrace (featuring Pure Fiji products, natch).
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Vomo Island doesn’t take any chances when it comes to romance: this private-island idyll has a second isle on hand, replete with a tiny beach, day-bed and dining platforms for lounging in peace (staff will drop you off by boat with a two-way radio, drinks and a champagne picnic). Surprisingly, you won’t want to throw that radio in the ocean (though you might want to ditch your passport), as Vomo has considerable charms of its own: 30 romantic rooms with simple mod-Fijian styling, ensuite showers and spa baths; more stretches of sugar-soft sand than you could cram in a Bounty ad; a sleek outdoor pool with eye-popping sea views and a dreamy spa with two couples’ treatment rooms, outdoor rainshowers and tempting Sodashi treatments carried out by skilled Thai therapists. Facials with marine plants and Himalayan salts, algae and green tea-infused body treatments, head-to-toe massages and mani-pedis round off the indulgent menu. Expect to notch up more than a few memorable meals at the poolside Reef Restaurant, graced with soothing sea views and a choice of covered or open-air dining. Trained in Napa Valley, executive chef Erwin Joven – assisted by well-travelled Italian chef de cuisine Michele Bellotto – whips up fresh, eclectic dishes that star local produce (including fish and seafood, dressed with ‘raw’ sauces).
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Two words: adults only. This grown-up getaway aims to please (and then some), via the country’s only overwater bungalows, spacious beachfront bures and sea views. Unsurprisingly, the hotel is catnip for honeymooners, but you don’t need a ring on your finger to enjoy the overwater bures’ glass floor-panel for sub-aqua gazing, direct ladder access to the lagoon, and oh-my ocean views from the bed, freestanding bath and lounger-strewn decks. (The beachfront bures are nothing to sniff at either, thanks to their vast bedrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, and private plunge pools right on the sand.) This luxury waterworld has a foliage-fringed outdoor pool with infinity-edge ocean views, but don’t be surprised if you don’t spend a great deal of time here – you might be too busy swimming and free snorkelling in the pretty lagoon surrounding the resort (Likuliku means ‘calm waters’ and the lagoon was once a safe harbour for tribal war canoes). Unsurprisingly, there’s an excellent spa, set in a serene spot on the east side of the grounds where the forest meets the ocean. All this luxury comes with a healthy conscience: Likuliku is an active member of the Mamanuca Environment Society, committed to turtle and coral conservation, green education and water-quality monitoring. Its lagoon and reef has been declared ‘Na Tabu’ by the late island chief, which means that fishing, shell and coral collecting are forbidden, so as to ensure regeneration.
Smith Extra Book with Mr & Mrs Smith and you’ll get a FJ$100 spa credit to use during your stay at Likuliku
Shark around at Royal Davui Island Resort, whose Beqa Lagoon is renowned for offering some of the best diving in Fiji, with more than 13 sites within half an hour of the resort. PADI-certified scuba courses are available; bring your dive certificate if you’re already experienced. The Big Fish Encounter shark dive is a major highlight (shark wranglers and feeders will lay the bait, while you stay back and watch the feeding frenzy). Expect to see soft and hard corals and sculptural fans on other dives, as well as rainbow-bright tropical fish. Night dives around the house reef will also appeal to the intrepid. Back on dry land, this adults-only tropical treat has 15 vales or rooms, all of which are spacious, modern and embrace the outdoors, with Jacuzzi spa baths, louvred roofs, glass doors giving onto sun-decks, and plunge pools. Royal Davui is also home to a curvy outdoor pool shaded by palms, plus a small Pure Fiji Spa (try the Dilo Rescue Wrap if your skin feels a little sun-frazzled). Look out for the Davui Daily newsletter at turndown, which lists spa treats, the menu and tide times for the following day. You’re likely to spend a big chunk of time at the Banyan Restaurant & Bar, whose wooden decks are embraced by a majestic, ancient banyan tree. Sea views come as a standard, along with equally eye-pleasing modern Pacific dishes. Try lip-smacking kokoda – Fiji’s answer to ceviche.
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Live the life aquatic – with help from a resident marine biologist – at this coastal sanctuary on tropical Vanua Levu Island. You’re in safe hands: the hotel’s dazzling diving programme is run by the son of legendary scuba-pioneer Jacques Cousteau. Cruise the walls and canyons of Shark Alley, gasp at the coral heads of Namena or join the marine team to explore new, as yet unnamed, sites. There’s plenty to please landlubbers, too: nature hikes, mangrove tours, reef-flat walks, and rainforest and waterfall hikes. Have a cultural immersion courtesy of the weekly lovo dinner (with dishes cooked in an earth oven), Fijian storytelling, traditional medicine walks, and palm-leaf basket-making sessions. If you want a room with a view, bed down in one of the Oceanfront Bures and Suites, which survey Savusavu Bay and are closer to the beach than the Garden View Bures (pick one of the more private rooms, furthest from reception). For extra seclusion and space, treat yourself to a stay at one of the three split-level Point Reef Bures, or the luxe Villa, which boasts its own walled garden with spa tub and waterfall. The styling is traditional Fijian: thatched roofs, plantation shutters and bright bedding. Tap into Fiji’s healing heritage at the two beachfront, open-air Ocean Spa Bures, where the signature Bobo Massage harnesses generations-old combinations of sweeping hand strokes and tropical nut oils. Daily yoga and rainforest and waterfall hikes are other well-being boosters on offer here.
Smith Extra A private island picnic for two, plus free breakfast and lunch prior to 2pm check-in, if arriving earlier