SENIOR CITIZEN TRAVEL TO LAUCALA

Nov 30th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Discover a Private Island

Laucala is an outstanding private island in the magic cosmos of the Fijian Pacific Archipelago. In 1972, Malcolm Forbes bought this luscious green morsel as his private refuge; now its new owner, Red Bull magnate Dietrich Mateschitz, has spared no expense to create a spectacular tropical hideaway for senior adventurers. The high price tag gets you over-the-top luxury and total privacy in one of 25 unique villas—all glamorous versions of traditional Fijian dwellings. Laucala (pronounced [lauˈðala]) is one of three small islands lying off the northeast coast of Taveuni, the third largest island in Fiji.  The privately owned island is the site of the exclusive Laucala Resort.

Fringed by cerulean waters and dazzling beaches, this stunning Island treasure is the ultra-exclusive eco-chic destination of the decade. Laucala has taken luxury to a whole new level, not only for its opulence but also for its philosophy of self-sufficiency. It has created a new benchmark not only in the South Pacific but also the Caribbean. So unique is Laucala that Exclusively South Pacific will only be representing this extraordinary Island paradise in its portfolio for this region. TripAdvisor is also big on Laucala.

The 3,000-acre atoll is a study in tropical gardening, with hillsides thick with herbs and vegetables, as well as fruit-bearing plants that supply the shot-glass portions of fresh juices that attendants serve to guests throughout the day. Senior visitors stay in thatch-roofed villas,each with its own swimming pool,  set along the mountainous island’s beaches and cliffs. Looking out over the palm treetops to the dark-turquoise water, you might just forget where you came from and why you need to go back.

The accommodations include 25 ocean-view villas. Five restaurants all use produce grown on the island. The facilities include a  world-class spa, personal watercraft, a fleet of boats, a man-made lagoon of swimming pools, and an 18-hole David McLay Kidd–designed golf course. The rates range from $3,800 to $35,000.

A Paradise Beyond Five Star for Discerning Seniors

Laucala is a little different from what you might expect in a resort. Their integral philosophy encompasses the whole island, growing their own livestock and vegetables, hand-crafting all their own guest products using the island’s natural resources. For pure opulence, the expansive Hilltop Residence sits 110 meters above sea level: with three villas and two swimming pools it is priced at an indulgent USD26,000 per night!

The architectural design of Laucala Island Resort requests a seamless transition between built areas and the untouched beauty of the island. Based on traditional Fijian building techniques the resort construction utilizes local timber, thatch and stone. The Plantation Residences are located on the old Copra Plantation and have private beaches.

With their remarkable combination of space, contemporary furnishings and luxurious interiors, yet built in the Fijian tradition, the residences offer a natural sophistication seldom found. Each room flows seamlessly into the next and, by opening all of the windows and the doors, flows directly outside onto your own private terraces, beautifully landscaped tropical garden, an infinity pool and extraordinary views. Every residence has an indoor and outdoor bathroom. The 25 residences are spread out in unique locations to give complete privacy and peace and quiet. Your residence is a home away from home – a place to rest, relax and rejuvenate.

Bula Bula… Hello!  Good morning.. ni sa yadra.  Almost everyone in Fiji speaks English – as it is the official language, but the Fijian language is preserved and widely spoken in many different dialects. Almost everyone is bilingual and many Fijian terms are included in everyday English usage. It is handy to know some of the more common words and phrases, and the Fijians will be delighted to know you picked up some of their language.

Travel & Leisure provides seniors with an “insider tip” and suggest that you bring hiking gear and comfortable clothes. There are more than three miles of trails for outdoorsmen to explore by foot or on one of the island’s seven trained horses. Expedia will get you there by air on what they call Cheap Flights. One Travel will also set you down in “paradise.” So pack your swim fins, sun screen, a ready supply of greenbacks and head out for Laucala Island.  jeb



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