The appeal of a private island rental for a corporate retreat is huge. You get exclusive use of a tropical island, and the deals usually include five-star accommodation, gourmet meals on request, and an army of staff to satisfy your every desire.
Laucala Island – 1,400 hectares of paradise in the Fiji archipelago in the South Pacific – is now offering private buyouts for a minimum of five nights.
First purchased in 1972 by Malcolm Forbes as his private refuge, its current owner, Red Bull magnate Dietrich Mateschitz, has transformed it into a spectacular tropical hideaway affiliated with The Leading Hotels of the World.
The price tag for a corporate buyout is high at a minimum of US$150,000 per night. But it gets you over-the-top luxury and total privacy for up to 72 guests in 24 tropical villas. The bill for a business group getaway for five nights starts at a cool US$750,000 including all meals and drinks.
The residential villas, all luxurious versions of traditional Fijian dwellings, open onto their own private pools. There are 11 one-bedroom Plantation Villas with large outdoor bathing areas and a private yoga deck set in a coconut grove beside a golden stretch of beach. There are also four Plateau Villas perched atop Nawi Mountain at the heart of the island surrounded by rainforest, and seven two-bedroom Seagrass Villas tucked away in the jungle along the coastline. There is also one Peninsula Villa and one Overwater Villa set above an emerald-green lagoon.
Laucala is accessible by its own airstrip, with transfers aboard the resort’s two six-seater planes priced from US$600 per person each way from Nadi International Airport. Alternatively, a chartered flight for up to 40 aboard Fiji Airways’ sister company Pacific Sun is priced from US$8,000 each way.